LATEST SENATOR NELSON
Nelson seized on remarks by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week in which he said he would try again to repeal Obamacare if he had the votes in a new Congress.
Nelson criticized Scott for his pledge to repeal Obamacare, an issue Nelson said he thought was over after the late U.S. Sen. John McCain was the deciding vote last year against repeal.
“Rick Scott tried to stop us from passing it in the first place,” Nelson said. “Ever since, Rick Scott has been trying to repeal the law. The law brings to Florida almost 2 million people having health insurance that never had it. “
Read more at Orlando Sentinel.
"U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has been explicit over the years in connecting increasing temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean with deadlier hurricanes, and Hurricane Michael did not change his mind.
Appearing on CNN Thursday morning, Nelson noted that “Florida is Ground Zero” when it comes to hurricanes, with the warm waters in the Gulf fueling this storm’s rapid intensification."
Read more at Florida Politics.
The Palm Beach Post endorses Bill Nelson for re-election to the U.S. Senate in November.
Not only because the 76-year-old Democrat has been good for the state, relentlessly pushing for those issues that matter most to all Floridians. And not only because of the way he has represented our state with honor and integrity.
But because the alternative is Rick Scott.
Read the full endorsement at Palm Beach Post.
“You see the result,” Nelson said of his rival at a fiery debate in Miami this week. “[Rick Scott] has systematically in his eight years as governor disassembled the environmental agencies of this state. He has drained the water management districts of funding. He even abolished the department of community affairs, which was the growth management agency.
“All of this results in more pollution in the water supply, in the lakes, streams and rivers. We’re seeing all the dead fish and wildlife that are on the beaches.”
Read more at The Guardian.
If you’re candidate Scott, the warm water issue is problematic because you’ve been openly skeptical about climate change. The use of the term was even banned from environmental agency correspondence, emails and reports early in your administration.
Worse, you’ve got a pathetic record when it comes to protecting Florida waters — $700 million slashed from oversight programs in your first term. You also repealed a law requiring regular inspections of septic tanks, indisputably one of the worst causes of near-shore pollution throughout the state.
And many voters might remember how you and the Republican Legislature shrunk the Department of Environmental Regulation, pauperized and politicized the water management districts, fired expert scientists and rewrote regulations to allow Big Sugar and other corporate interests to police their own polluting practices.
Read Carl Hiaasen's full op-ed at Tallahassee Democrat.
In his three terms in the Senate, Nelson, 76, has made Florida, its people, its environment and its well-being his priority. After eight years, unfortunately, the same simply cannot be said about Scott.
Nelson is a fifth-generation Floridian with wide knowledge of state issues from the Florida Keys to the Panhandle. Representing Florida in the Senate for the past 18 years, he has established himself as a champion of Florida and Democratic principles.
He has been a consistent advocate for providing broad access to affordable quality healthcare and a state education system that works for all families. He has focused on protecting Florida’s environment and tourism-driven economy. A pet project is beefing up job skills training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the state.
Read more at Miami Herald.
The Quinnipiac University survey found that Nelson had 53 percent to Scott’s 46 percent, a major shift from the tied race in the last Quinnipiac poll from Sept. 5.
The shift comes after Scott’s campaign has been hit by protests over the red tide fungal growth in the Gulf, news reports about Scott’s finances and Scott being forced to distance himself from President Trump after the president falsely claimed the Puerto Rico death count was inflated by political enemies.
Read more at Sun Sentinel.
“Nelson and Scott are currently tied, but one bit of hope for Nelson is that more Democrats are unsure who they will vote for and partisans will come home in November,” said Dr. Michael Binder, faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF.
“With polling numbers this close, the candidates that are most successful getting their voters to the polls are the ones who are going to win. Historically, Florida has had very close statewide elections, and this year is shaping up to be no different,” Binder added.
Read more at Florida Politics.
There are three reasons why Florida should re-elect U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
He’s earned it.
Rick Scott hasn’t.
And this is no time to send another Republican to President Trump’s see-no-evil claque in Congress.
Nelson, 75, who had weak opposition for his second and third terms, is now in the fight of his life. That shouldn’t be, considering his solid, dependable support for the causes most vital to the people of this state: Protecting the air and water from pollution and near-shore oil drilling. Expanding health care and ensuring coverage for pre-existing conditions. Working often with his Republican colleague, Sen. Marco Rubio, for Florida’s common good. Nelson’s moderation perfectly reflects the spirit of his state.
Nelson has been a workhorse, not a show horse, while Scott has spent the last eight years reaping headlines on a near-daily basis. Look closely, though, and those headlines tell the story of a governor who wouldn’t deserve re-election. Nothing in his record suggests he would do better as a senator.
Read more at Sun Sentinel.