First Obama, now Biden, to help Nelson in Florida
March 18th, 2011
10:21 AM ET
12 years ago

First Obama, now Biden, to help Nelson in Florida

Washington (CNN) - Call it a one-two White House punch for Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida.

Vice President Joe Biden heads to Florida next week to help raise campaign cash for the two-term Democratic senator, who could face a challenging re-election next year.

The vice president's office confirms to CNN that Biden will travel to Tampa, Florida to headline a fundraiser for Nelson. The vice president becomes the second high profile surrogate to help out Nelson this month. At the beginning of March, President Barack Obama teamed up with Nelson at two fundraisers in Miami Beach to help raise money for the senator and for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, Nelson had $3,083,493 in cash on hand as of the end of last year.

The two-term Nelson is under the 50 percent mark against possible Republican challengers in five 2012 hypothetical general election matchups, according to a survey from last month commissioned by Ron Sachs Communications and conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research. And a Quinnipiac University poll conducted in January indicated that 45 percent of Florida voters approved of the job Nelson's doing as senator, with 21 percent disapproving and 34 percent unsure.

Two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, the Rothenberg Political Report and the Cook Political Report, rate the race as "Lean Democrat."

Obama and Biden won Florida by three percentage points in the 2008 presidential election. But the GOP did very well in the Sunshine state in last November's midterm elections, holding onto the governor's office, an open senate seat, and winning back four House seats controlled by the Democrats. But Nelson could be helped in his re-election bid by having the president at the top of the ticket on the ballot in November 2012.

Word of Biden's visit was first reported by the Tampa Bay area's Daily Loaf.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Except for the horrific vote on the Iraq War, he has my vote, donations, and boots on the ground. I gave my first donation yesterday. I spoke with his campaign office and volunteered my time and door knocking abilities. There is a new law in Florida that you have to have a "Third Party Voter Registration Certificate". Guess what, I got mine and will use it everyday until the next election.

    March 18, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. November 2010

    Haha, now you can really kiss Nelson's election chances bu-bye!

    March 18, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. jannett

    Don't help this rebublicrat. This is what is wrong with the democrat party. If you want another republican vote for Nelson.

    March 18, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Snow

    Nelson needs to be thrown out of office, he is just a rubber stamp for obamas spending programs.

    March 18, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    All their help is to no avail. Floridians are ready to dump the Dems.

    March 18, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If California resident, Connie Mack, our elected representative in south west Florida, gets elected, seniors, veterans, and workers are screwed.

    March 18, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. greg in jax

    This Floridian will do everything I can to get Senator Nelson re-elected. Which shouldn't be a problem as long as the Republcians put up another Cuban/Latino as their candidate.

    March 18, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Ernie

    Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida should be very careful if he has asked "Bit Me Joe Biden" to come and campaign for him. Obama and "Bit Me Biden's" track record isn't very good. Look what happend in November of 2010. If was a betting man which I am I would bet that Sen. Bill Nelson is going to get "Beat". When he gets beat and he is out of a job he can blame "Bit Me Joe Biden" for losing his senate seat. "Bit Me Biden" will tell Sen. Bill Nelson "I tried helpping but you lost". I wouldn't call on "Bit Me Biden" to judge a dog show, all the dogs would lose.

    March 18, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Orlando Patriot

    But it won't help. This administration, and Bill Nelsen, went against the will of the people symbolically bending every Floridian over the counter without so much as a "thank you". Bill Nelson better get his resume updated because in less than two short years he will be looking for a job in the private sector. Then he will know what it feels like to have politicians not give a darn about the people..............

    March 18, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |