Bill Nelson back campaigning in Florida after brief Charlotte visit

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Sen. Bill Nelson is back campaigning in Florida today after a brief visit to Charlotte on Tuesday, reports Nora McAlvanah of

Locked in a competitive race with Rep. Connie Mack, Nelson shrugged off the suggestion he was trying to distance himself from President Obama by leaving the convention early.

Nelson said Obama could use the convention “to set the record straight,” about some distortions coming from Republicans.

During a brief media appearance on the floor Tuesday, Nelson defended the president’s record on healthcare and the economy.  Asked if the economy is better than it was four years ago, Nelson said yes.

“If you look back four years ago–that’s September and October 2008– what was happening? Lehman brothers had gone down, the stock market crashed, banks were about to go belly up… we were going into financial death spiral,” Nelson said.

“Now for the last two-and-a-half-years, 29 months we’ve seen job growth. We are coming out of the abyss,” Nelson added.

Nelson is back in Florida for campaign events in the Panhandle today and has stops in Polk County on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Mack’s campaign on Wednesday was drawing attention to Nelson “fleeing the convention early.”

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