Romney opens first South Florida office

Phone bank set up in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened his first South Florida campaign office Wednesday on Oakland Park Boulevard, but most people passing by might not notice it. 

Located on the second floor of a bland office building, it's not a user-friendly campaign office where supporters can drop in and get a bumper sticker or yard sign. Instead, it's a phone bank with positions for a dozen or more volunteers to make calls. 

"An election is decided when one neighbor reaches out to another," said Adam Putnam, Florida's secretary of agriculture and co-chairman of the Romney campaign in the state. 

Putnam, a rising star in the GOP, gave some two-dozen volunteers a rousing pep talk as the campaign office was officially opened.  

"This really is the most important election in our lifetimes," Putnam said. "It will determine the future of our country." 

In an interview with Local 10 political reporter Michael Putney, Putnam said President Barack Obama's remarks Tuesday night about Venezuela's Hugo Chavez not posing a security threat to the U.S. show how naive and uninformed Obama is.  

"Hugo Chavez is a security threat to our country," Putnam said. "He has relations with Iran and other known terrorists."

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