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Bill Nelson won't endorse but says Patrick Murphy campaign 'going well'



Sen. Bill Nelson got it right:

"My sense is he will not get in the race," he said Tuesday of Joe Biden, who said Wednesday he will not run. "I think if the situation were to fall apart for Hillary -- which I don't think it will -- he is in the obvious position to be the one the party would turn to because he's ready to be president. But I think she will continue to get stronger."

The Buzz caught up with Nelson in the Capitol (we were looking for Marco Rubio, but the Republican kept a distance from reporters).

On Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson: "As the senior, only statewide Democrat, I'm not taking sides in the primary. But I think Murphy's campaign is going well." It should be noted that Nelson has given $5,000 to Murphy, so he's a supporter.

On Democratic chances in 2016: "Florida has basically turned blue. It's purple in off presidential ears and it's blue in presidential years. Now with the reapportionment, I think you're going to see a substantial change in the Florida Senate and in another two or three election cycles, you'll see Democrats in control."

On Charlie Crist running for Congress: "Again, I'm not getting in a Democratic primary but I can tell you that the fellow in there now, Eric Lynn, has really done a good job. But Charlie is considered a hometown boy. That will be a good race."

[Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2015 3:46pm]


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