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Two Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls talk about their platform

By James Call

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Tallahassee, FL – Two of the five Republican U.S. Senate Candidates spoke in Tallahassee Wednesday. James Call reports they carried a familiar message to the Associated Press's annual Legislative Planning Session at the state capital.

Craig Miller, who began his restaurant career as a 13-year old dish washer says he is the only true businessman in a race filled with career politicians. Miller wants to inject free market principals into U.S. Senate debates.

"I don't believe we have enough champions for free enterprise in the U.S. Senate. I don't think we have enough people in the U.S. Senate who have actually signed the front of a check. And I want to bring that perspective. I want to bring that life experience to the U.S. Senate. That is why I am doing this."

Miller a former restaurant executive was followed by Mike McCalister who among other things promised to reexamine trade treaties and work to rebuild the U.S. manufacturing base.

"I think we need to have more business friendly environment, we need less regulation, we need lower taxes for everybody and we need serious tort reform. We're going to have take a hard look at our treaties and trade agreements. These are having a huge impact on our country."

Both McCalister and Miller are in a five man race for the GOP nomination that also includes, Connie Mack, Adam Hasner and George Lemieux.

***The winner of the GOP Primary will challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson in the 2012 election.