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Sen. Bill Nelson lands on 'centrist' list but that won't stop 'liberal' attacks



National Journal is out with its annual rankings of lawmakers (Washington loves it some rankings) and Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson lands among the centrists. His liberal score was 62.6 percent for votes in 2010, and his conservative was 37.8. Composite scores closest to 50 are at the exact center of each chamber.

Check it out here, and here's a recent St. Pete Times story that looked at Nelson's record as he heads into the 2012 election.

But no ranking list will stop Nelson's Republican opponents from tagging him as a liberal, noting he has voted for every major initiative under President Obama. Exhibit A is this new fundraising letter from Mike Haridopolos that repeatedly describes Nelson as a "liberal."

[Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 12:01pm]


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