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updated 8/2/2012 9:05:53 AM ET 2012-08-02T13:05:53

Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., walked into a room full of supporters, American flags, and Romney for President placards at this afternoon's grand opening of the GOP's Miami Victory Office.

After pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States, Mack took the floor where he took some swipes at President Obama and the Democratic senator from Florida, Bill Nelson.

"You know, Sen. Nelson is a lockstep liberal with Barack Obama," said Mack, the heavy favorite to win the Aug. 14th GOP Senate primary. He'd face Nelson in a general election. "When Barack Obama needed to pass the health-care law he turned to his friend in the Senate Bill Nelson, and Bill Nelson was there to help him. When he wanted to pass their stimulus bill, he turned to his friend Bill Nelson, and Bill Nelson was there to help him. When he wanted to make sure that the Keystone XL pipeline wasn't built, he got on the phone and called his friend Bill Nelson, and Bill Nelson stood with the president instead of the American people." Handicapping a potential veep shortlist

He added, "So we're gonna make sure the people in the state of Florida know that with Senator Nelson you have a lockstep liberal who believes in government. With me, with Gov. Romney, you have someone that believes in you. You'll have a government that believes it's the individual that makes this country great not government and not bureaucracies."

Following his speech, Mack had an enthusiastic response for a reporter who asked for his thoughts on the other Florida senator, Marco Rubio, a Republican, possibly being Romney's choice for vice president.

"Are you kidding?" Mack said. "Sen. Rubio would be great! And for all of us in Florida, we recognize that if Sen. Rubio is on the ticket it's good for America it's good for the state of Florida. It almost ensures that Sen. Nelson will be retired after this time. So I'm hopeful."

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And in case the press and his supporters hadn't heard him the first time, he added, "I keep saying I think Marco Rubio would be fantastic, and I hope that he's picked."

The last question Mack received was whether he felt Romney's trip abroad was a success.

"It's nice to see such a contrast between the failures of the Obama administration and what Mitt Romney stands for and believes in," Mack said, "the strength of his character, so I'm thankful that Romney is showing America what a true leader looks like."

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