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Nelson says Obama 'has made some mistakes'



Sen. Bill Nelson was in Miami today and criticized Republicans for cutting hurricane-forecasting and research money. When the Miami Herald's Marc Caputo asked him what else could be cut, Nelson did not give a clear answer. Nor did Nelson say whether he would campaign with President Barack Obama.

"The president and vice president are my friends. They’re my former colleagues," Nelson said. "Clearly, the president has made some mistakes. The American people are tired of the excessive partisanship and the excessive ideological rigidity where you can’t get anything done. The people have had enough. They want their government to work like it’s supposed to work."

What mistakes? Alas, Caputo couldn’t follow up. The last question of the press conference went to a television reporter who asked if Obama made the right decision in rescheduling his speech so that it didn’t conflict with next week’s Republican presidential debate.

What did Nelson say? Read below.

Nelson said “there are so many angles to that story” about the speech because of “technical details” over how to schedule an appearance before Congress. “There are different sides to that question,” he said.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 6:18pm]


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