WASHINGTON - Sen. Bill Nelson mentioned his name six times in a single speech.
“Senator Rubio and I have been together quite a bit this past week as Florida has not only encountered a hurricane that was quite unusual in that it basically affected almost all of the state of Florida,” Nelson began an address Monday on the Senate floor.
On one hand, Nelson was just recounting his travels. On the other, it’s a familiar tactic from the Democrat, who has long stressed good relations with his Republican counterparts, whether it be Rubio or Mel Martinez.
Now as Nelson enters re-election mode, he is counting on coziness with Rubio as a selling point with voters. Rubio will support Nelson’s Republican opponent, expected to be Gov. Rick Scott, but don’t look for him to go out of his way, especially as Rubio and Scott aren’t close.