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    2002 Email From Kyrsten Sinema Spread Conspiracy Theories About George W. Bush

    2002 Email From Kyrsten Sinema Spread Conspiracy Theories About George W. Bush


    A newly released email sent by Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema in 2002 accuses former President George W. Bush of various malevolent schemes. The email appears to be an invitation to a protest of Bush's policies. "Meet at Patriot...

    A newly released email sent by Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema in 2002 accuses former President George W. Bush of various malevolent schemes.

    The email appears to be an invitation to a protest of Bush's policies.

    "Meet at Patriot Square Park at 3pm (tentative time), then march to the downtown Civic Center Plaza, where we'll protest Bush's well…. pretty much everything the man does is worthy of protest, s [sic] you can pick from the following," the email reads.

    BREAKING:

    We obtained an email sent by @kyrstensinema, among many crazy conspiracies, she accuses the then President Bush of:

    "Putting arsenic in our water."
    "Crowning himself King of the World for Life."
    "Stealing all of our civil liberties."

    Read: pic.twitter.com/VgAqsOsGf4

    — The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) October 18, 2018

    Sinema accuses bush of "stealing all of our civil liberties in the name of something called freedom (it's okay, I wasn't using those liberties anyway)."

    Sinema also claims Bush was trying "to destroy all natural land and forestry in the United States by oil drilling and old growth-tree logging" and "putting arsenic in our water."

    The final claim is that Bush crowned himself "King of the World for life (oh wait, he's not taking over the world for another year…)."

    "Whatever your reason, join us in solidarity as we protest the Shrub on Friday, September 27th," the email concludes.

    The newly released email comes on the heels of multiple videos showing Kyrsten Sinema criticizing Arizona, calling it a "crazy" state.

    Sinema has also referred to Arizona as "the meth lab of democracy" and said it was famous "in a Lindsey Lohan kind of way."

    The Senate candidate has also painted her country in an unusual light. In a 2003 radio interview, Sinema said she does not care if people fight for the Taliban against the United States. That same year, she told the Arizona Republic that Americans should "feel compassion" for enemy combatants in Iraq, and she equated the deaths of U.S. soldiers with those of illegal immigrants.

    All this goes against her positioning as a moderate in her 2018 campaign. Commenting on Sinema's debate performance on Monday, Brahm Resnik, a veteran Arizona journalist, said "that's not the Kyrsten Sinema we met, say, 15 years ago."

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    Rosie O’Donnell Says She Was ‘Physically Sick’ the Night Donald Trump Won: ‘He’s Evil, He’s Dark’

    Rosie O’Donnell Says She Was ‘Physically Sick’ the Night Donald Trump Won: ‘He’s Evil, He’s Dark’


    Rosie O'Donnell said Thursday she was "physically sick" the night Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election and needed a year before she could come out in public again. O'Donnell, with whom Trump has feuded publicly for years, reunited with her...

    Rosie O'Donnell said Thursday she was "physically sick" the night Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election and needed a year before she could come out in public again.

    O'Donnell, with whom Trump has feuded publicly for years, reunited with her former "The View" co-host on "Deadline White House." Wallace and former Republican flack Steve Schmidt bonded with O'Donnell—the comedian told Schmidt "I love you" at one point—over their mutual loathing of Trump in what amounted to a half-hour group therapy session on live television.

    Along with Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, they discussed Democratic tactics in the midterms—a frustrated Wallace exclaimed Democrats should be more "bullish" about taking the U.S. Senate with Trump's unpopularity—and eventually got around to how O'Donnell processed Trump's stunning victory.

    O'Donnell said Schmidt and Wallace gave her "comfort and hope" that Trump could be overcome.

    "He's evil. He's dark. It's the opposite of what America stands for," she said.

    Wallace said they'd never discussed how she dealt with Trump's victory that night over Hillary Clinton.

    "It was horrible," O'Donnell said, describing that she was in Boston shooting a TV show and asked her therapist if she should be alone on Election Night, fearing Trump would win.

    She did an impersonation of her British doctor saying she shouldn't worry so much.

    "I actually got physically sick," O'Donnell said. "I got physically sick that night, and I thought to myself, ‘This cannot be happening.'"

    "It took me a good year to compose myself to be public again," she added. "I took a year out of the spotlight."

    O'Donnell recounted tweeting shortly before Trump's inauguration that martial law should be imposed until it became clear the Russians didn't change votes with their meddling in the race.

    I FULLY SUPPORT IMPOSING MARTIAL LAW – DELAYING THE INAUGURATION – UNTIL TRUMP IS "CLEARED" OF ALL CHARGES https://t.co/fUn8FZ8RTj

    — ROSIE (@Rosie) January 12, 2017

    "And Bob Mueller has indicted 13 Russians for election meddling," Wallace said.

    "And people were like, ‘Martial law? What's wrong with you? You're a lunatic,'" O'Donnell said.

    "Well, he wants to send the military to the border," Wallace said, although it wasn't clear what point she was making.

    "I want to send the military to the White House to get him. That's what I want," O'Donnell said.

    Everyone laughed.

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    Top Story on ‘Press’ Section of O’Rourke’s Website Is ‘Vanity Fair’ Story Hoping He Runs for President

    Top Story on ‘Press’ Section of O’Rourke’s Website Is ‘Vanity Fair’ Story Hoping He Runs for President


    The top story on the "Press" section of Beto O'Rourke's (D., Texas) Senate website is a article about how he could be a worthy challenger to President Donald Trump in 2020. In a friendly profile in left-leaning Vanity Fair, Peter Hamby said he and a...

    The top story on the "Press" section of Beto O'Rourke's (D., Texas) Senate website is a article about how he could be a worthy challenger to President Donald Trump in 2020.

    In a friendly profile in left-leaning Vanity Fair, Peter Hamby said he and a Texas beat reporter agreed the liberal enthusiasm for O'Rourke was "like Iowa in 2007" for then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who would go on to win the Democratic nomination in 2008 and serve two terms as U.S. President.

    However, O'Rourke has pledged to serve a six-year term if elected in 2018, meaning he wouldn't run against Trump in 2020.

    NBC News reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, who wrote about O'Rourke's appeal to national Democrats on Thursday, tweeted, "The top story on the "Press" section of Beto O'Rourke's website seems a bit…off message."

    The top story on the "Press" section of Beto O'Rourke's website seems a bit…off message. https://t.co/kCnCRayiA1 pic.twitter.com/o0O4kSWqJ3

    — Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) October 18, 2018

    His opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), has used his popularity with progressives nationally as an attack line, calling him out of step with Texans and suggesting he's trying to run for president.

    "He's pursuing the national Democratic activists in Iowa, New Hampshire—not El Paso," Cruz said last week.

    Cruz also compared him to failed Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who lost by 20 points in 2014.

    "Every two and four years, the national media starts to swoon and say there's a blue wave in Texas. Four years ago, we saw it with Wendy Davis," Cruz said last month. "Like Beto O'Rourke, Wendy Davis raised tens of millions of dollars and thrilled liberal Democrats in Massachusetts and New York and California."

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    Trump on Whether Khashoggi Is Dead: ‘Certainly Looks That Way to Me’

    Trump on Whether Khashoggi Is Dead: ‘Certainly Looks That Way to Me’


    En route to a campaign rally in Montana, Trump spoke about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, saying he believes the Washington Post reporter is dead. "Do you believe Jamal Khashoggi is dead?" a reporter asked. "It certainly looks that way to me....

    En route to a campaign rally in Montana, Trump spoke about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, saying he believes the Washington Post reporter is dead.

    "Do you believe Jamal Khashoggi is dead?" a reporter asked.

    "It certainly looks that way to me. It's very sad," Trump said.

    "What are you considering for possible consequences for Saudi Arabia?" a reporter asked off-screen.

    "Well, it will have to be very severe. I mean, it's bad, bad stuff, but we'll see what happens," Trump responded.

    Jamal Khashoggi, a permanent United States resident and critic of the Saudi regime, disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey. He has not been seen or heard from since.

    Turkish officials accuse the Saudis of murdering Khashoggi and say they have audio evidence of the murder.  The Free Beacon previously reported:

    Earlier this month, Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. Turkish officials accuse the Saudis of murdering Khashoggi. They also claim an audio recording captured moments of his "interrogation, torture, and killing," a Turkish newspaper reported. Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations.

    Trump has threatened "severe punishment" if the Saudi government is responsible for Khashoggi's death.

    "There's a lot at stake. And, maybe especially so because this man was a reporter. There's something — you'll be surprised to hear me say that, there's something really terrible and disgusting about that if that was the case so we're going to have to see. We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment," Trump said.

    Turkey has not released the audio recording to the U.S. government or key European allies, according to Reuters.

    Though reports have tied Saudi Arabia to Khashoggi's disappearance from the beginning, its leaders have denied all involvement. The kingdom's ambassador to Washington, Prince Khalid Bin Salman, said last week, "I assure you that the reports that suggest that Jamal Khashoggi went missing in the consulate in Istanbul or that the kingdom’s authorities have detained him or killed him are absolutely false, and baseless." Saudi Arabia's top leaders continued to deny knowledge of what happened to the journalist on Tuesday during a visit with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    On Wednesday, Sen. John Kennedy (R., La.) said that he believes Saudi Arabia is behind Khashoggi's likely death.

    "I think he was murdered," Kennedy told CNN. "I think the Saudis are certainly acting like they did it.  I don't know whether King Salman or Prince Mohammed knew about it. Not sure it matters."

    When asked on Thursday about the next steps concerning Khashoggi's disappearance, Trump told reporters the administration was waiting on information that he expected to have "very soon."

    "We're waiting for some investigations and waiting for the results, and we'll have them very soon, and I think we'll be making  a very strong statement," Trump said. "We're waiting for the results of about three different investigations, and we should be able to get to the bottom [of this] fairly soon."

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    Poll: Support for Gun Control Drops Ahead of Midterm Elections

    Poll: Support for Gun Control Drops Ahead of Midterm Elections


    A new poll released on Wednesday shows support for new gun-control laws dropped significantly over the last seven months. The Gallup poll of 1,019 adults, conducted between Oct. 1 and 10, found 61 percent of respondents support making gun laws stricter....

    A new poll released on Wednesday shows support for new gun-control laws dropped significantly over the last seven months.

    The Gallup poll of 1,019 adults, conducted between Oct. 1 and 10, found 61 percent of respondents support making gun laws stricter. That's down 6 points from when Gallup asked the same question between March 1 and 8. At the same time support for the idea that gun laws should be kept the same increased from 28 percent to 30 percent and support for the idea they should be made less strict doubled from 4 percent to 8 percent.

    Overall, opposition to stricter gun-control laws moved from 32 percent to 38 percent. Two percent of respondents said they had no opinion. (It's unclear why Gallup's raw numbers add up to more than 100 percent but the discrepancy is likely the result of rounding.)

    Support for stricter gun control has wavered significantly over the last few decades. When Gallup first asked about it in 1990, support for stricter laws came in at an all-time-high of 78 percent. In 2012, support hit an all-time-low of 43 percent. Support for stricter laws has trended back up since 2012, but this month’s numbers may indicate it is receding once again.

    The poll found Republicans and Democrats were at odds over support for gun control. Eighty-seven percent of Democrats favor stricter gun-control laws, 10 percent favor keeping our gun laws the same, and 3 percent favor making them less strict. Only 31 percent of Republicans favor stricter gun-control laws while 55 percent favor keeping gun laws the same, and 13 percent favor making them less strict. Independents fell between the two groups with 61 percent favoring more strict laws, 28 percent favoring keeping them the same, and 7 percent favoring making them less strict.

    Gun ownership was also a telling factor in how those polled responded. Seventy-three percent of those who didn't own guns favored stricter gun-control laws while only 38 percent of those who own guns did. Similarly, 48 percent of gun owners said they want gun laws to remain the same while only 20 percent of those who don't own guns said the same.

    The groups are not as split on the question of an outright ban on handguns. Opposition to a handgun ban remained near an all-time-high and unchanged from the last time Gallup asked about it, with 71 percent against it and 28 percent in favor. Democrats had the highest level of support for a handgun ban at 42 percent but still registered 55 percent opposition to such a ban. Ninety percent of Republicans said they'd oppose a handgun ban with only 10 percent saying they'd support it. Gun owners were the most opposed to a handgun ban with 93 percent saying they'd oppose it and only 6 percent saying they'd support it.

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    Activists Demand HHS End Involvement in Late-Term Abortion

    Activists Demand HHS End Involvement in Late-Term Abortion


    Pro-life activist David Daleiden said the Department of Health and Human Services was promoting late-term abortion by agreeing to a multimillion-dollar contract for mice injected with cells obtained from aborted babies. On Wednesday evening CNS News...

    Pro-life activist David Daleiden said the Department of Health and Human Services was promoting late-term abortion by agreeing to a multimillion-dollar contract for mice injected with cells obtained from aborted babies.

    On Wednesday evening CNS News revealed the agency had agreed to a $13 million contract with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) to obtain 90 so-called humanized mice each month. Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress and undercover videographer, said fulfilling the contract would require at least two late-term babies to be aborted each month. The taxpayer-funded enterprise made the agency "complicit" in abortion.

    "UCSF is the biggest abortion and late-term abortion training school in the country," Daleiden told an audience at the House of Representatives Rayburn building. "It's absolutely unconscionable that our taxpayer dollars are being used to traffic in aborted baby body parts."

    Daleiden called on the agency to terminate the contract, as it did a $15,900 contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources in September following public outcry. He said it was incumbent on the "pro-life Trump administration" to live up to its values.

    "The administration could end this tomorrow … but the political will is needed," Daleiden said. "HHS and NIH [National Institutes of Health] are complicit in these abortions."

    The agency did not respond to request for comment at deadline.

    The University of California defended the research on the San Francisco campus's behalf.  The institution said that the school's access to aborted babies is "vital" to medical research for both adults and children and emphasized that the procurement of the body parts is "in full compliance with federal and state law." The statement pointed to the polio vaccine, which was developed using parts obtained from aborted babies.

    "Fetal tissue has been a critical component of biomedical science and breakthroughs that fundamentally changed the practice of medicine," it said in a statement. "Its importance to researchers today has not diminished, and it is still essential to ensuring that cells and tissues created from stem cells are correct."

    Daleiden was in the Rayburn Building to participate in a March for Life panel about the 2019 march. Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, said this year's march would focus on the link between science and pro-life activism. The panel, which included Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, a Miami radiologist and policy adviser at the Catholic Association, said that scientific consensus firmly established that life begins at conception. The UCSF and HHS researchers, however, had perverted the field of medicine.

    "We are always finding new, creative ways to exploit … our littlest ones," Mancini said of harvesting organs to implant into rodents for testing. "We march for the littlest ones whose hearts and livers are harvested."

    Daleiden said such contracts actually aid the pro-life cause. He said the abortion industry treats the remains of unborn children as "widgets in an assembly line," but implicit in the name of humanized mice is the acknowledgment that unborn children are human beings, rather than clumps of cells.

    The parts "are only useful for people to send and for NIH to experiment on because they are human, just like us," Daleiden said. "That is the paradox … that is clarifying for the abortion debate in this country."

    Pozo Christie said advances in imaging technology, especially improvements in magnetic resonance imaging for pregnant women could soon clarify the debate even more. She credits the widespread adoption of sonograms with helping to convince previous generations of the humanity of an unborn child. She expects the MRI, which presents an even clearer picture of the child developing in the womb, to persuade abortion supporters in the future. That is the type of research HHS should be funding, the pro-life activists said.

    "Modern science has revealed to us the truth … for us to believe what the pro-abortion movement says requires blindness and deafness," she said. "MRI is going to be the dagger in the heart of the pro-abortion lobby."

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    Head of Data at Firm Paid by Warren: Insane to Think She’s More Electable Than Sanders

    Head of Data at Firm Paid by Warren: Insane to Think She’s More Electable Than Sanders


    The head of data at a firm that has been paid six-figures by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign this cycle said it is "quantitatively insane" to think the likely 2020 Democratic presidential contender is more electable than Sen. Bernie Sanders (D.,...

    The head of data at a firm that has been paid six-figures by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign this cycle said it is "quantitatively insane" to think the likely 2020 Democratic presidential contender is more electable than Sen. Bernie Sanders (D., Vt.).

    Civis Analytics, a consulting firm founded by Dan Wagner, the former chief analytics officer for Obama's 2012 campaign, has hauled in millions of dollars from dozens of Democratic campaigns and committees since its formation. Its client roster includes Warren's campaign, which began paying the firm on June 5 for research consulting and has since disbursed $117,500, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

    Despite the arrangement between Civis and Warren's campaign, David Shor, the head of political data science at the firm, publicly shot down the idea that the Massachusetts senator would fare better than Sanders in 2020 as the firm was performing work for Warren.

    "The idea that Elizabeth Warren is obviously more electable than Bernie Sanders is quantitatively insane," Shor previously said on Twitter. Shor posted four screenshots in the tweet that included a portion of an article touching base on how Warren may be appealing to Democratic leaders for her potential to excite the activist base while staving off candidates they fear could lose the general election, such as Sanders. That screenshot is followed by data comparisons between Warren and Sanders, including their favorable and unfavorable ratings, in which Sanders fared better in all of the statistical categories.

    Shor's thoughts were included in an Intelligencer article the next day on how Democrats should distrust "electability" arguments for the 2020 elections. "As David Shor of Civis Analytics notes, there is little empirical evidence that Warren would make a stronger general election candidate than Sanders—but quite a lot to suggest the opposite," it states, with Shor's tweet included in the article. The article goes on to note how Sanders has a higher national favorability rating than Warren and how hypothetical 2020 polls show Sanders performing better against Trump than Warren.

    Civis Analytics is not paid by Sanders's campaign and never has been, a search of the FEC's database shows.

    Shor did not return a request for comment on his statements by press time. Warren's campaign did not respond to inquiries on Shor's comments despite the campaign paying the firm for its services.

    Civis Analytics was "born" out of Obama's 2012 campaign with the help of Eric Schmidt, the former executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's parent company, who worked as a recruiter and trainer for the campaign. Schmidt approached Obama's chief analytics officer about starting a company at the conclusion of the campaign and initially provided seed funding for Civis and later helped the group raise $22 million.

    Schmidt would go on to directly work with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign through a tech startup called The Groundwork. Schmidt provided funding to The Groundwork, which was developed by Michael Slaby, the former chief integration and innovation officer for Obama's campaign.

    The Washington Free Beacon previously reported that Civis has been paid millions since its formation by a number of liberal committees and campaigns including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic National Committee, Priorities USA Action, NextGen Climate Action, and the Senate Majority PAC. Civis also works for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

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    Inside the Ring: Army Gears Up for Info Warfare

    Inside the Ring: Army Gears Up for Info Warfare


    The Army this month outlined its plan for using modern-day information warfare in future military conflicts as part of new, high-technology warfighting capabilities. According a new manual, information operations are defined as the use during military...

    The Army this month outlined its plan for using modern-day information warfare in future military conflicts as part of new, high-technology warfighting capabilities.

    According a new manual, information operations are defined as the use during military operations of "information-related capabilities in concert with other lines of operation to influence, disrupt, corrupt or usurp the decision-making of adversaries and potential adversaries while protecting our own."

    Weapons include military information support and deception activities, public affairs work, electronic warfare and cyberoperations.

    Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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    Liberal Magazine Tweets Fake News About Kanye West to Get People to Register to Vote

    Liberal Magazine Tweets Fake News About Kanye West to Get People to Register to Vote


    Lifestyle magazine Elle posted a fake clickbait link on Twitter about Kanye West splitting up with his wife Kim Kardashian West to get people to register to vote. "Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are splitting up," its official account tweeted on...

    Lifestyle magazine Elle posted a fake clickbait link on Twitter about Kanye West splitting up with his wife Kim Kardashian West to get people to register to vote.

    "Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are splitting up," its official account tweeted on Thursday, with a link to an apparent news article about what would be stunning pop culture news.

    However, when clicked on, it redirects to the website for "When We All Vote," a nonprofit that describes itself as "nonpartisan" but is co-chaired by former First Lady Michelle Obama and prominent liberal celebrities like Tom Hanks and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

    "So far in the primaries, women have beat long-time incumbents and created historic races, all while redefining what it looks like to be a woman in politics," the page reads. "And now you have the opportunity to vote for them, or whomever you choose, in the midterm elections. No matter your party or your state, it’s more essential than ever to make your voice heard. Take a few minutes to complete the form below, and be sure to cast your vote on Nov. 6."

    Like other glossy magazines such as Vanity Fair, Esquire, Cosmopolitan and GQ, Elle‘s forays into political coverage lean left.

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are splitting up https://t.co/epwKG7aSBg pic.twitter.com/u7qqojWVlR

    — ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) October 18, 2018

    The Weekly Standard noted it was an apparent imitation of a similar viral stunt by a Twitter user on Sunday. He pretended to link to a story about why Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande broke up, but it redirected to the voter registration page at Vote.org.

    Wow I can’t believe this is why Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson split up https://t.co/WQrbEBV6uD pic.twitter.com/Dc8b9azhua

    — Tim (@cigelske) October 14, 2018

    The move didn't go over well with some reporters and observers on Twitter.

    delete this.

    — Ryan Mac (@RMac18) October 18, 2018

    This is trash nonsense. Who do you think you are reaching with this? Guess what? One can be civic minded and interested in celebrity gossip. Do better.

    — roxane gay (@rgay) October 18, 2018

    When a random tweeter did this it was clever but now you’re just stealing their tweet and also spreading fake news. https://t.co/RDZg4bQsMc

    — Yashar Ali (@yashar) October 18, 2018

    Now you’re just copying other people, @ELLEmagazine https://t.co/GUxP2vpYqn

    — Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) October 18, 2018

    The desperation jumped out

    — Ira (@ira) October 18, 2018

    Not everyone thought it was a bad idea, though.

    This is brilliant https://t.co/piqIa5j1dZ

    — Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) October 18, 2018

    Democrats are trying to increase voter turnout this November, after struggling in the last two midterms to generate enthusiasm.

    Low voter turnout in 2010 and 2014 coupled with Republican discontent with the Obama administration led to sweeping GOP victories those years, but Democrats are hoping to turn the tables with President Donald Trump and the Republicans holding power.

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    Bill Nelson Shifts Focus to Campaign: I’ve ‘Done Everything I Can Do’ to Help Floridians Affected by Hurricane

    Bill Nelson Shifts Focus to Campaign: I’ve ‘Done Everything I Can Do’ to Help Floridians Affected by Hurricane


    Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.) says he has done all he can to help victims of Hurricane Michael and will focus on campaigning in the coming days and weeks. "I'm going to campaign," Nelson said. "I've spent the last week in the Panhandle in those storm...

    Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.) says he has done all he can to help victims of Hurricane Michael and will focus on campaigning in the coming days and weeks.

    "I'm going to campaign," Nelson said. "I've spent the last week in the Panhandle in those storm ravaged counties, and have done everything I can do and they know to call me if they are getting any hiccups. But in the meantime, I'm going to continue to make my case to the people."

    Nelson met with scientists and gulf businesses in St. Petersburg in his first appearance outside the Florida Panhandle since the storm hit last week, the Tampa Bay Times reports. During his appearance in St. Petersburg, Nelson criticized the environmental record of his Republican opponent, Gov. Rick Scott.

    Unlike Nelson, Scott has stayed in North Florida to oversee recovery efforts.

    "I'm going to say this. We've got to let folks know that this man helped us," Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young said of the Republican candidate.

    A heavily Democratic county northwest of Tallahassee, Gadsden lost at least two people to the hurricane. Rep. Al Lawson (D., Fla.) expressed appreciation for Scott's focus on hurricane recovery.

    "People really appreciate him coming in," Lawson said. "His concern is not so much about a campaign but about their well-being."

    Earlier this week, former Nelson spokesman and current campaign adviser Dan McLaughlin criticized Scott for being absent on the campaign trail and "hid[ing] from voters" while attending to hurricane relief efforts.

    While the governor has focused on recovery, his wife Ann has taken his place as a surrogate on the campaign trail. McLaughlin called this a "cynical" ploy to avoid voters and protesters.

    Nelson's campaign also pushed back on a request from Scott to postpone a CNN sponsored debate, which was initially scheduled for Oct. 16. CNN proposed Oct. 25 as a new date, which Scott's campaign accepted.

    The Democrat's campaign, however, called the new date "very late in the election."

    The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Florida's Senate race is currently a tie, with Scott leading by 2 points in the most recent poll.

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