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Obama Gets Picked Up!

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - If President Barack Obama was looking for a lift in Florida, he got one from Scott Van Duzer.
    
The 46-year-old, six-foot-three Republican gave Obama a bear hug, raising him off the ground as Obama marveled at the man's strength - and enthusiasm.
    
Van Duzer owns the Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant where Obama stopped on Sunday during a Florida bus swing. He also runs a foundation that helps collect blood for the ill; he has received White House commendations for his work.
    
As he entered, Obama admired Van Duzer's biceps, saying "Look at these guns!"
    
Said Obama:  "The guy's just got a big heart, along with big pecs."
    
Of his embrace, Van Duzer said: "I was overwhelmed when I saw him."
    
He said Obama had his vote.

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