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Political sons, unite: Jeb Bush Jr. endorses Connie Mack IV

Jeb Bush Jr. threw his support on Friday behind Rep. Connie Mack IV for U.S. Senate, a chance for the two sons of well-known Florida politicians to appear together and, well, talk about their fathers.

"We have a lot of things in common," Mack, a Fort Myers congressman, told three reporters at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. "One of them is we have fathers that are very respected."

Mack's father, Connie Mack III, was also in Congress. Bush is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Mack said Bush Jr. will co-chair his campaign. Bush praised Mack's "honor, integrity and dogged determination." Mack made no mention of his Republican primary opponents, former Sen. George LeMieux and Mike McCalister, and instead tried to tie incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson with President Barack Obama, calling them "lockstep liberals."

"That's a good thing, we welcome that," Mack said about former rival Adam Hasner dropping out of the Senate race to run for Congress. "But this race is really about Sen. Nelson."

Bush, for his part, last held a made-for-press endorsement for former Gov. Jon Huntsman, before Huntsman dropped out of the presidential primary. Bush has since backed Mitt Romney.

"I am a Mitt man," he said. "I think it's time for us as a party to get behind one candidate.

"In terms of Dad," Bush added, "we'll see."