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Nelson picks up endorsements of state's top newspapers



Democrat Bill Nelson has swept the endorsements of the top five major daily newspapers in Florida in the U.S. Senate race against Republican challenger Connie Mack IV. Nelson today picked up the backing of the Orlando Sentinel,  Miami Herald, Tampa Tribune and Palm Beach Post. The  Tampa Bay Times endorsed Nelson last week.
Here are the excerpts, as compiled by the Florida Democratic Party: 

Orlando Sentinel: Nelson in the U.S. Senate
"Nelson is a veteran public servant — a two-term U.S. senator, former state insurance commissioner, U.S. House member and state legislator. In the Senate, Nelson has been a champion for NASA and Florida's role in the U.S. space program. A law he co-authored in 2010 wisely extended the life of the International Space Station and supported the development of commercial spacecraft, both positive developments for Florida and the space program as a whole…With moderates an endangered species on Capitol Hill, it would be a loss for Florida and the nation if voters kicked out a centrist like Nelson in favor of a partisan like Mack."

Mack oversimplifies the challenge of spending less in a slow economy with increasing numbers of citizens entering Social Security and Medicare… Nelson is a thoughtful, experienced senator whose moderate inclinations are often hard to see amid the extreme partisanship that has gripped Washington in recent years. He is the better choice for Florida.We believe he's right…Nelson is well positioned in a divided Senate to help find a workable compromise. We know if he is re-elected, there will be times we will disagree with his votes. But we also know we can trust him to listen to all Floridians and work hard on their behalf."
Miami Herald: Nelson for the Senate
"Sen. Nelson’s record as a centrist on national issues and as an effective advocate for things Floridians care about — stopping coastal drilling, protecting the rights of Medicare recipients, restoring the Everglades — make him a formidable candidate…Sen. Nelson has repeatedly shown an ability to work across the aisle on Florida’s behalf, the kind of voice Florida needs in the Senate"

"Connie Mack III was a congressman and two-term U.S. senator from Florida. Connie Mack IV has no business holding any elected office…Sen. Nelson’s main accomplishment has been protecting Florida’s coastline from oil and gas drilling. In 2006, he worked out a compromise that kept rigs at least 125 miles from the beaches that support the state’s tourism industry. This issue has had bipartisan support from the state’s congressional delegation, but Sen. Nelson has done most of the work. As follow-up, he worked to ensure that 80 percent of the fines incurred by BP for the 2010 spill will go to restore coastal areas damaged by the record discharges of oil."

[Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 3:19pm]


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