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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Florida Congressman Fires Up Crowd at Romney Rally in Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. - At a rally for Mitt Romney on Saturday, Representative Jeff Miller, a Republican from Florida, suggested that President Obama had abandoned the American ambassador to Libya and the employees killed in an attack on a consulate there last month.

In a fiery introductory remarks to warm up a crowd here for Mr. Romney, Mr. Miller said that “America deserves a president that will not leave a U.S. ambassador and three others.”

He was immediately drowned out by loud applause.

In a play on the traditional test of a president, the so-called 3 a.m. emergency phone call, Mr. Miller said: “Mr. President, the phone rang and you didn't answer it.”

Mr. Miller began by mocking a now-famous Obama comment from a fund-raiser. “Here we are, clinging to our guns and our religion,” he said, triggering loud applause.

Mr. Romney is visiting Pensacola on the first day of early voting in Florida.

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