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MIAMI (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida’s Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is in the running for U.S. Senate seat being vacated by presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

“My name is Carlos Lopez-Cantera and I am running for The United States Senate!” as a crowd of more than 200 supporters cheered loudly in Northwest Miami-Dade shipping company warehouse near Doral.

Lopez-Cantera said said his platform is a straightforward conservative one.

“Less taxes, less government, more freedom for you and me,” he said. “The money the government spends is your money, not the governments, and you know how to spend it better.”

He condemned the political gridlock in the nation’s Capitol, saying voters are sick of it.

“They are fed up with Washington DC, they have had enough and so have I,” Lopez-Cantera said.

The lieutenant governor also criticized what he characterized as America’s lost standing around the globe.

“The United States of America is the greatest country in the world and we need to act like it again,” he said.

Lopez-Canterra offered no specific initiatives or programs that he would champion if elected. He was the fifth person to throw his hat in the proverbial ring for the seat.

Also running for Rubio’s seat is central Florida Democratic Congressmen Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy.

On the Republican side, Rep Ron DeSantis and former defense contractor Todd Wilcox are also running.

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