Connie Mack borrowing page from Gov. Rick Scott's playbook?

4:40 PM, Aug 30, 2012   |    comments
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PALM HARBOR, Florida - In what could be a preview of his fall campaign strategy, U.S. Senate hopeful Connie Mack told Florida's GOP delegation that the party needs him if it wants to take away Democratic control in Washington.

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Rep. Mack (R-Ft. Myers) aligned himself with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and added that the two campaigns would live or die together in Florida.  On Thursday, Mack mentioned President Obama as much as he mentioned his opponent, Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida). 

It's a similar strategy to the one Governor Rick Scott used to defeat Democrat Alex Sink in 2010: attack the president to capitalize on the anti-Obama sentiment.

However, a number of delegates told 10 News they had hoped Mack would talk more about his own character and plans if elected.

"Connie needs to focus on himself," said U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Brooksville), "(including) who he is and what he brings to the table."

"I was surprised to hear him talk more about the national campaign today than his own campaign," said Cherie Billings, Nassau Co. GOP Chair.  "But this convention is about Romney...it's not about the rest of us."

Mack said, "if Mitt Romney wins, I win; if I win, Mitt Romney wins.  We are certainly going to be tied together...I'm proud to stand next to Mitt Romney."

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