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Friday, Oct 21, 2016
National Politics

Obama gets bear hug from Fort Pierce supporter

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.