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GOP demands an apology from Sen. Bill Nelson

The Republican leader of the Florida House, Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, is demanding that Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson apologize for remarks Monday about the GOP-backed election overhaul bill awaiting floor votes.

At a Tallahassee news conference, Nelson hailed the heroic actions of the military personnel who killed Osama bin Laden, and he suggested that they might be disenfranchised under the election bill, which would make it more difficult for people to vote if they had moved since the last election.

Here's what Nelson said: "Should we deny those very military personnel that carried out this very successful decapitating of the Al Qaida snake? Should we deny them because they have signed their voter registration card in a different way than they signed their absentee ballot overseas?"

Lopez-Cantera said Nelson's comments were "an outrageous political stunt, motivated solely by his re-election campaign at the expense of our armed forces. His disgraceful suggestion that the Florida Legislature would attempt to diminish the voting rights of American heroes is offensive and untruthful."

[Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2011 2:55pm]


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