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Take it from Mel and Bill



Florida's two U.S. senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Mel Martinez, have collaborated a public service announcement urging Floridians to vote in the Jan. 29 presidential primary.

You'll remember that the national Democratic Party stripped all of Florida's delegates to the national nominating convention after the state Legislature moved the primary a week earlier than allowed under party rules. The major Democratic candidates have pledged not to campaign here because of it (though somehow raising money in Florida is fine).

The national Republicans, meanwhile, docked their Florida cousins half of their delegates to the Republican National Convention.

No matter, Nelson and Martinez say in the PSA, which the senators unveiled on YouTube today. They're offering it in English and Spanish to TV stations across the state.

Otherwise, here's the script:

Nelson: Hi, I’m Senator Bill Nelson

Martinez: And I’m Senator Mel Martinez

Nelson: He’s a Republican

Martinez: And he’s a Democrat

Nelson and Martinez: But we’re Floridians first.

Nelson: On January 29th, Floridians will have the opportunity to vote in our presidential primary.

Martinez: Don’t be fooled by all the talk that your vote won’t count.

Nelson: If you vote, your voice will be heard.

Martinez: The eyes of the nation will be on Florida.

Nelson: And the winners in Florida could well decide who the next president will be.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:16pm]


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