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Al Gore lends help to Bill Nelson's re-election fight



Al Gore is urging people to join Sen. Bill Nelson in fighting to overturn Florida's controversial new voting law -- and implicitly asking supporters to aid Nelson's re-election campaign.

"... I'm so glad that Senator Bill Nelson has spoken out loudly and clearly against these latest voter suppression tactics, calling on Gov. Rick Scott to work to repeal Florida's new voting law while urging the Department of Justice to investigate the erosion of voting rights nationwide," Gore writes in an e-mail. "But these are the kinds of fights where a big public outcry can make a huge difference -- so we need to stand with Bill Nelson.

The e-mail has several links to Nelson's campaign site, which asks people to support his effort to turn back the voting changes. A prominent red button on the page seeks campaign donations.

"Look, I've known Bill Nelson for many years," Gore writes. "He's always fought against the reckless right-wing agenda and efforts like this outrageous campaign to silence American voters. He is one of a few Southern Democrats still standing in the United States Senate, and remains a champion of the rights of Americans across the country -- including voting rights. And I know he won't ever stop fighting for what's right."

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:19am]


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