Pizza shop owner gives Obama unexpected lift

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Posted on September 9, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 6:32 PM

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) -- If President Barack Obama was looking for a lift in Florida, he got one from Scott Van Duzer. 

The 46-year-old, six-foot-three 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 on 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 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.
 

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