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On The Road In Florida: Hard Times, Politics And Smoked Bat

Hot Rod's BBQ is hard to miss in somewhat sleepy Lutz, Fla. — part of a swing county that could be key to deciding the presidential election. Along with his new hot sauce, "Hot Rod" Gaudin served up his political views. And got a vegetarian journalist to try what the menu billed as smoked bat.

Will Tea Party Star Marco Rubio Get GOP VP Nod?

Among the Tea Party successes in the 2010 congressional elections was U.S. Sen. Mark Rubio of Florida. The Cuban-American is a plus for Republicans, a party that polls show has been losing ground with Hispanics.

Older, Tougher — But Will The Tea Party Be Stronger?

Polls showed public support for the movement falling off significantly. But the Tea Party remains a force in many states. Its favored candidate for the U.S. Senate won big in Texas last week, sending the strongest signal yet that the movement will be a factor this fall.

Presidential Foods And What They Say About Our Leaders

What our presidents and candidates eat says a lot about the public images they strive to project. Historically, their recipes also gave us insight into the cooking advancements and habits of the period.

Race An Issue That Simmers In Florida Battleground

The economy is the central issue in this fall's campaign. But when you talk with people in Hillsborough County, a key swing area that includes Tampa, they link the economy to other issues, including race. In the diverse county, residents see race affecting them in different ways.

Dressage Enthusiasts Find Romney-Driven Attention A Mixed Blessing

When a horse co-owned by the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was named to the U.S. Olympic team, the small American dressage community thought the publicity would help the little-known sport. But the increased interest has come with a sharp edge.

For July, Romney Fundraising Outpaces Obama Yet Again

Republican Mitt Romney's overall take for July was $101.3 million, compared with $75 million for President Obama's re-election effort.