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Bill Nelson shares stage with Obama in Kissimmee



U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who barely attended the Democratic National Convention, showed he's not afraid to show up to an Obama rally, appearing with the president today in Kissimmee. From the press pool report filed by Scott Powers of the Orlando Sentinel:

Nelson began a warm-up speech by greeting the crowd, “Buenos tardes!”

He then launched into a 19-minute speech covering everything from his and Obama’s positions on Medicare to a recap of the killing of Osama bin Laden to a new veterans’ jobs bill he is sponsoring for Obama. He characterized the difference between Democratic and Republican messages as “mainstream America and extreme America.”

He characterized the campaigns this year as ugly, saying the TV commercials against him and Obama have been false. “I’ve never seen it so polarized. I’ve never seen it so cut-throat. I’ve never seen it where the truth so many times just does not matter,” said Nelson, whose political career began in 1979.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 8, 2012 8:38pm]


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