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Tampa, Fla. -- Years after surviving the rough and tumble of reality TV, former "The Bachelor" star Andrew Firestone is trying out a new role in politics as California delegate to the Republican National Convention.

"I think probably the difference between politics and 'The Bachelor' is the fact that the candidates I think in 'The Bachelor' are a lot better looking," said Firestone, who was the third bachelor to appear on the ABC dating series. "But probably just as stressful as well."

Firestone, the son of former Assemblyman Brooks Firestone, is a first-time delegate. The Santa Barbara Republican said he hopes to see expected Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney give an acceptance speech Thursday night that fires up the GOP base and gives all voters more details about how he'll use his vision and business acumen to turn the country around.

"I don't think anybody denies that this country is going in the wrong direction and we want a plan," he said. "We want a direct idea of how it's going to be put into place to get us going in the right direction."


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