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Florida Primary 2012: voter goes medieval to support troops, Mitt Romney

2:02 PM, Jan 31, 2012   |    comments
Cody Anderson dressed as a knight of the Crusades "to remind people that we're still fighting the Middle East and we got soldiers in harm's way and vote for whoever is going to help our troops the most."
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Bonita Springs, Florida (News-Press) -- Florida Republicans took to their votes to ballot box Tuesday for the GOP primary.

Most polls show former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney holding a double-digit lead in Florida, the fourth, largest and most diverse state so far to hold a nominating contest. The 50 delegates at stake in this winner-take-all state is the biggest prize to date on the path to August's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

As voters turned out Tuesday morning, our partners at the Fort Myers News-Press spotted Cody Anderson of Bonita Springs.

The 56-year-old stood outside the First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs dressed as a knight of the Crusades "to remind people that we're still fighting the Middle East and we got soldiers in harm's way and vote for whoever is going to help our troops the most."

Anderson voted for Mitt Romney. "Newt Gingrich is a very intelligent man," Anderson said. But Anderson doesn't believe Gingrich has the moral character to be president.

"His wife was still in the hospital dying of cancer, and he was running around with a good-looking blonde," he said. "Moral issues are paramount in determining the character of a person and that's just not the moral character that I want for a president."

In summer 2009, Anderson walked 10 hours a day, six days a week, for a month between the Capitol and the White House to collect international phone cards for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said one of President Obama's aides met with him but he never received an acknowledgement from the president himself.

"If Obama really did care about our troops, this little guy would have gotten some sort of a thank you note," he said.

In Tuesday's Bonita mayoral race, Anderson voted for Ben Nelson. "He gave me the key to the city of Bonita Springs about three years ago. Nice guy. And I know he supports the troops. He's done a lot for the troops," Anderson said.

District 4 candidate Barbara Barnes-Buchanan supporter Gary Shikany, 56, waved a sign bearing her name outside the precinct. "She has knowledge of the city," he said.

Shikany also voted for Romney. "I've been very firm from the beginning. I believe in his standings," he said. Shikany believes Romney has the best chance of defeating President Obama. "Unless somebody else comes up with better ideas," he added.

District 4 candidate Peter Simmons also greeted voters outside the precinct.

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