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Activist spreading peace roughed up on campaign trail... and would do it all again

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Activist spreading peace roughed up on campaign trail... and would do it all again

Throughout the primaries, just about every presidential candidate has run into Rod Webber, better known as "Flower Guy."   Chasing candidates around the country, Webber hands out flowers in the name of peace to any candidate who will accept them.

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Out of all the 2015 candidates, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina are the only ones who haven't accepted a flower.  These days, he doesn't get a chance with Trump or Hillary because he says  regularly roughed up or thrown out of events.

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At the Republican National Convention, Webber handed out his flowers to anyone around to share his message of peace and love with a larger audience.


Webber's peaceful mission to hand out flowers to individuals in order to spread peace started out from a sad place. "My girlfriend got extremely sick and as an effort to cheer her up I started giving flowers to strangers in public," Webber said.


It wasn't until after Webber started to grow a following on social media -- especially on Vine, where he has more than 17 million views -- that he decided to target politicians.


"Instead of just saying that I'm going to bring peace and smiles to just one person, let's bring this to people who can make a change in the real world."

Webber's political antics started to pick up steam when former candidate Jeb Bush began to interact with him at different events, even inviting him on stage.


Soon everything snowballed for Webber -- his flowers have brought him to 46 states. He has been arrested twice, thrown out of too many events to count, and he says he's been "roughed up" multiple times.


But always the happy warrior, Webber maintains that this is what he is called to at this moment. "If I get kicked out or beat up, I would be happy to do it a thousand times over."


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