**FILE** Rep. Allen West (right), Florida Republican, campaigns with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Romney's wife, Ann, at Tradition Town Square in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Oct. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Rep. Allen West (right), Florida Republican, campaigns with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Romney's wife, Ann, at Tradition Town Square in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Oct. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)