By BRENDAN FARRINGTON
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lavished praise on Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday as he looked ahead to the possibility the state will move up its presidential primary.
"The more popular he is and the closer I can get to him the better I'm going to do," Romney said during a news conference with Crist, whose approval ratings have been in the 70s.
Romney spoke with state lawmakers, highlighted his Florida campaign team and devoted some attention to a critical Florida issue - the creation of a national catastrophe insurance fund.
He left no doubt that the talk of moving up the Florida primary is part of his overall strategy in winning the presidency.
"Florida is going to have a big say in who is going to be the nominee in each of the parties so I want to be in Florida as often as I can be," Romney said.
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