BRADENTON, Fla. — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been making the rounds across the country, telling those vying for $8 billion in federal stimulus funds for high-speed and intercity rail projects that united public and official support — and state funding — are key elements for successful applicants.

LaHood’s delivered the same message to Florida rail supporters on Monday, but he and Federal Transit Administration director Peter Rogoff warned about problems that could derail the state’s application to build high-speed lines from Tampa to Orlando and from Orlando to Miami.

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