SARASOTA, Fla. — Republican Congressman Connie Mack IV announced he's entering the U.S. Senate race.
Mack made the announcement Monday night on Fox News Hannity Show that he hopes to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
In a statement released by his office, Mack said:
“Sadly, our country is moving in the direction of Greece and Italy. Liberal Senator Bill Nelson’s tireless support of President Obama have put our nation in great peril with the belief that government can spend its way to prosperity; President Obama and Senator Nelson have fought together in lockstep for one failed liberal policy after the next, putting the security of this nation on the brink by spending taxpayer dollars on programs Americans cannot afford and do not want.
"Bill Nelson has become Barack Obama's closest friend and ally in the United States Senate. Together, these 'LockStep Liberals' are imperiling the future of our country and hurting the people of Florida. We can and must do better.
Mack added that his campaign gave Floridians an alternative to put the country "back on the road to prosperity."
“The days of Bill Nelson’s liberal, big government programs are over," his statement said.
Mack will first have to win the primary. Buoyed by name recognition, Mack surged to the top of a Quinnipiac University poll even before officially entering the race. His father is former Sen. Connie Mack III and his great-grandfather is Hall of Fame baseball manager Connie Mack.
He will now have to prove he deserves the front-runner status as the other four major candidates attack his record.
Also seeking the nomination are former Sen. George LeMieux, former state Rep. Adam Hasner, retired Army Col. Mike McCalister and former steakhouse chain CEO Craig Miller.
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