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Bill Nelson phones Hillary Clinton with a simple message: Run



A couple weeks ago, Sen. Bill Nelson was at home in Florida and decided to call up Hillary Clinton. She returned the call and Nelson, who was watching 60 Minutes with his wife, had a simple message:

Get in the race for president.

"It's time for a woman," Nelson said from the Capitol this week, recounting the coversation. "I'm all for Hillary."

Clinton is almost certainly going to run but the question now is when she'll announce.

"Florida will decide the election," Nelson said.

He spoke on the day Jeb Bush said he's actively exploring a run on the Republican side. Nelson was Florida treasurer for the first two years of Bush's first term as governor. "We had a very good personal and professional relationship," Nelson said. Asked to characterize how Bush ran the state, Nelson replied, "Reasonably so. That's when we had a number of hurricanes and so I was with him quite a bit."

[Last modified: Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:34am]


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