Published: May 25, 2011 4:51 PM EDT
Updated: May 25, 2011 4:51 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - A Republican Senate hopeful is touting his plan to cut federal spending.

Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux addressed the Florida TaxWatch board meeting Wednesday. The research and advocacy group with close business ties has recommended that Gov. Rick Scott veto Florida budget "turkeys" worth $203 million.

LeMieux says he wants to return federal spending to what it was in 2007. He says he would not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless trillions were cut from the national debt.

LeMieux served for 16 months after then-Gov. Charlie Crist appointed him to finish Sen. Mel Martinez' term.

Another GOP contender, former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, will address the Florida TaxWatch board later Wednesday. A third hopeful, Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, addressed the group Tuesday.

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