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First Coast Republicans, Tea Partiers Weigh in on GOP Debate
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First Coast Republicans, Tea Partiers Weigh in on GOP Debate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  As seven of the Republican candidates for President of the United States squared off in the New Hampshire debate, dozens of First Coast Republicans and Tea Partiers looked on.

"I haven't quite made my mind up yet. I want to see what else is out there. I wanna hear what's going on," said Chuck Berlinghoff, a member of the First Coast Tea Party.

He has been looking forward to the Republican presidental debates and waiting for a candidate to earn his vote.

"I know what we've got now is wrong, and I just don't trust a lot of the ones running," he said.

Berlinghoff said he's been disappointed in his party's candidates lately, both nationally and here in Jacksonville.

"I don't think we had really good choices for the mayoral run we had here," he said.

So who would he be happy with?

"What I'd like to see is none of the above on the ballot. And if 30% of the people vote 'none of the above', start over. It means your candidates are no good," he said.

His family takes a little more kindly to the candidates on the podium.

Chuck's brother, Jeff Berlinghoff, may have already picked his man for 2012.

"He tells it like it is. I love someone who speaks their mind," he said.

Jeff is rooting for Herman Cain, the former CEO and founder of Godfather's Pizza.

"I betcha he'll be the Republican candidate," he said.

But Chuck's not so sure about that.

"I can't eat Godfather's Pizza because this government has given me ulcers," he said.

 

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