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Like Hillary Clinton, Bill Nelson says he’d rather carry just one phone

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One of the biggest criticisms coming out of Hillary Clinton’s press conference on Tuesday was her admission that she opted to use a personal email account during her time as secretary of state because, “I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.”

That comment led many observers to note that you can actually have two email accounts on one smartphone.

But Bill Nelson understands where Clinton is coming from, telling CNN today that he would rather carry around one phone on his person, even though you can put two or more email accounts on the same phone.

“Think about it,” he said. “I don’t want to carry around two iPhones in my pocket. I want to operate from one. Now, had she done it, which she says in hindsight she would have preferred to do it that way, she would have been making choices as to what was a personal email, and what was a department email. And you wouldn’t under the circumstances if she had done it that way, be going after her personal emails. So, I’m satisfied.”

According to Mashable’s Pete Pachal, when Clinton’s stint at State began in 2009, “most smartphones could accommodate more than one email account, so Clinton’s excuse for not wanting two devices for two email addresses may not ring true to many people,” he writes. However, “Prior to 2013, though, there was no standard way to secure a BlackBerry like Clinton’s with two email accounts, at least not without giving the IT person in charge complete control over all the data on the phone, work and personal,” he writes. “To fulfill the criteria that Clinton demanded — secure email that’s not sitting on a cloud service, plus a single-BlackBerry solution — she had just one option: Set up her own email server.”

Meanwhile, the Florida Democrat also repeated his disappointment with 47 of his GOP Senate colleagues for penning an open letter to the Iranian government that reminded them that any nuclear deal made with President Obama could by revoked or modified by a future president and/or Congress.

“I’m saddened that we are so divided that nearly half of the Senate — all Republicans — would think it necessary to write a letter that, in effect, tries to cut the legs off from underneath the president and the administration while we are negotiating to see if we can’t get an agreement to avoid Iran having a nuclear bomb.”
He added that the intended effect was to undercut the negotiations with the Iranian government.
“That to me is a sad state of affairs for our country to be so politically divided along partisan lines,” Nelson said.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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