Haridopolos: the anti-war candidate in Florida GOP Senate race?

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As we reported in our post on Monday, "Dirty Hari" said the U.S. should get out of Libya, and said the U.S. military needs to start "moving out" of Iraq and Afghanistan (He also said we shouldn't get involved in Syria, which is good to know).

Neither LeMieux nor Hasner has come out against American conflict overseas to that level, and we doubt that Hasner, a passionate defender of Israel, is ready to have the U.S. leave Afghanistan anytime soon. (After President Obama's speech on Afghanistan last week, Hasner said in a press release that "the President...failed to outline the clear conditions for victory or how our national security interests are served by a time-certain withdrawal from Afghanistan").

In Pinellas Park, George LeMeiux, whose campaign mantra seems to be single-mindedly focused on cutting federal spending, warned Tea Partiers that "that means defense as well, " mentioning a subject that is so incredibly ripe for serious discussion - the fact that the U.S. has troops all over the world, including in many places where we're not at war, might not be the best use of resources.

With a recent poll of Floridian voters saying a majority want out of Afghanistan, it's interesting to see Haridopolos work outside of what used to be called Republican orthodoxy when it comes to conflict overseas.

But as with the recent complaining about Libya in Congress has revealed, A) it's a Democrat leading these wars, which make it apparently easier for a Republican to criticize them, B) with the dominant emphasis in Republican ranks being cutting spending, overseas operations ain't cheap, and thus should be ripe for criticism (Libya has already cost over $750 million).


A Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday shows that Florida Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson still maintains a sizable lead over the three main candidates for the GOP nomination in 2012 - Adam Hasner, George LeMieux and Mike Haridopolos.

The poll comes out on the day before those candidates will be appearing in St. Petersburg, at the Florida Press Association/Florida Society of News Editors conference at the Vinoy Hotel.

It also got us to realize after hearing all three candidates speak to a Tea Party event in Pinellas Park last Sunday - that Mike Haridopolos is setting himself up as the anti-war candidate of choice in this race.

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