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Newsflash: Sen. Bill Nelson is not running for president.

During a Q-and-A with the nonpartisan Voters Coalition of Palm Beach County in Delray Beach on Thursday, a member stood to ask Nelson if the Democratic Party would run him for president or vice-president in 2008. Presuming he beats Republican Rep. Katherine Harris on Tuesday, of course.

U.S. senators love to play footsie with the presidency. One of the semi-serious reasons folks give for senatorial stalemates is that world's greatest deliberative body is cluttered with 100 people who think they should be president, so every move is first run through the President-O-Meter. (See Frist, Bill).

Those certain that Nelson has the charisma and national appeal to move into the White House, however, will be sorely disappointed: "It wears me out just campaigning in a state of 18-million,'' he answered. ''I can't imagine what it would be like to run in a country of 300-million. So I'm not running for president.''

And as for the number-two job, of which Nelson has never discouraged speculation? ''That is completely out of my control.''

-- Wes Allison

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:36am]


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