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Obama gets bear hug from Fort Pierce supporter

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM
FORT PIERCE -

If President Barack Obama was looking for a lift in Florida, he got one from Scott Van Duzer.

The 46-year-old 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 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 the 6-foot-3 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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