What's with all of the wannabe 2020 Presidential Candidates, Bill?

Taryn Fenske - April 14, 2018

Today, Bill Nelson is back on the fundraising trail again, this time with another aspiring 2020 presidential candidate, Democrat Senator Cory Booker at a house party in Tallahassee. From using mega liberal Kamala Harris to fundraise and now Cory Booker, Nelson continues to fall short in trying to convince Floridians that he is not an out-of-touch liberal, who only cares about the needs of his DC colleagues. Booker and Nelson are so buddy-buddy they even voted down party lines to shut down the federal government earlier this year, and voted against tax reform.

While Bill Nelson pretends to connect with Floridians, the Republican National Committee (RNC) will be present digitally via this Snapchat filter throughout the neighborhood of real Floridians to remind people who Nelson is running to represent

Please consider the following quote from me should you chose to cover this event:

“Bill Nelson has proven time and time again how out-of-touch he is with Floridians. Fundraising with Washington, D.C. elites like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker shows where his loyalties lie, and who he plans to represent if re-elected to the Senate. Nelson and Booker don’t share the values of Floridians and voters look forward to replacing him with someone who will put them first this November.” – RNC Spokesperson Taryn Fenske

Senator Cory Booker Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down, But In 2013 Characterized Government Shutdowns As An Example Of Political Extremism

On January 19, 2018, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) Voted To Shut Down The Government.(H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14: Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Booker Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Booker Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16, Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Booker Voted Nay)

Sen. Booker Said He Would Not Vote For A Spending Bill That Doesn’t Include Solutions To Protect DACA Recipients. “Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) took the same tough line, declaring last month, ‘I want solutions to protect these kids, and won’t vote for a spending bill that doesn’t include one.’ He called it an issue ‘of basic decency and morality.’” (Alexander Bolten, “Schumer Walks Tightrope On Shutdown, Immigration Fights,” The Hill, 12/7/17)

In 2013, Sen. Booker Characterized Government Shutdowns As Extremism And Playing Politics. “Discussing the government shutdown and coming debt-ceiling deadline, Booker derided ‘tea-party extremists’ and sought to paint Lonegan as one of them, while saying that ‘we need people that will raise the debt ceiling and not play this shutdown politics that plays with the full faith and credit of the United States of America.’” (Elizabeth Titus, “Lonegan Blasts Booker’s City,” Politico, 10/9/13)

In 2013, As A Candidate, Sen. Booker Said The Government Shutdown Made Him Realize Why Congress Had Such A Low Approval Rating. “‘I stayed up last night expecting our Congress to stand together and stop a government shutdown. I sat and stared at my TV and hoped for the best. I always tell people I am a prisoner of hope. And as I sat there and watched midnight come and go, I suddenly knew why I think I read once that Congress has such a low approval rating - somewhere around cockroaches and colonoscopies. And as one of my friends said, I think they have a nine or 10 percent approval rating, which means only their friends and family like them.’” (Michael Izzo, “Booker Discusses Shutdown, College Affordability At FDU,” Courier News [New Jersey], 10/15/13)

The Government Funding Negotiations Exposed Tensions Among Senate Democrats Trying To Govern And Those With Presidential Aspirations

MSNBC’s National Political Correspondent Steve Kornacki Said “There Is A Real Tension” Between Senate Democrats And The Senate Democrats Considering A 2020 Presidential Run. MSNBC’s STEVE KORNACKI: “Claire McCaskill is one of those Democrats who voted to keep the government open Friday night. She spoke publicly about that tension between where she sort of stands politically and the interest she faces as a Democrat in Missouri in 2018 versus what a Cory Booker or Elizabeth Warren or any of the dozens of others, it seems, interested in running for president face. There's a real tension on the Democratic side.” (MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” 1/22/18)

MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt Noted 2020 Senate Democrats Have A “Very Different Set Of Interests” And Are More Concerned About Running For President Than Keeping The Government Running. MSNBC’s KASIE HUNT: “One thing that is unfolding now on the Senate floor that I think is noteworthy, we’re hearing that Senator Warren plans to vote ‘no,’ she may have already voted no. I’m getting real time updates from my colleagues over in the Senate. Also potentially, Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders, what do these people have in common? These are people who are likely running for president in 2020 and to Nicole’s point, that’s a very different set of interests, than those who are interested in the day to day institutional, keeping the Senate working over the long term.” (MSNBC’s “Live with Craig Melvin,” 1/22/18)

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CNN Called 2020 Democrats “Losers” In The Deal To Reopen The Government Because They “Got Rolled By Their Party’s Leadership” And Trump State Democrats. “2020 Democrats: The likes of Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts got rolled by their party's leadership and a group of 2018 Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016. As The Washington Post's Paul Kane noted on Twitter, Harris and Warren were among the first two ‘no’ votes on the continuing resolution. This isn't the last fight in the battle for control of the direction of the Democratic Party heading into the 2020 election. But, it is a fight. And one that liberals very much lost.” (Chris Cillizza, “Winners And Losers From The Government Reopening,”CNN, 1/22/18)

Senator Bill Nelson Has Previously Criticized A Shutdown

In 2013, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Stated "Every Member Of Congress Has A Responsibility To Put Aside Partisan Political Differences In Favor Of Finding Common-Sense Solutions" To Avoid A Government Shut Down. "'The way I see this, every member of Congress has a responsibility to put aside partisan political differences in favor of finding common-sense solutions,' said Nelson, a political moderate whose long advocated for more civility in public service. Nelson currently is in his third six-year term in the Senate, where he serves on both the Finance and Budget committees. The bipartisan, bicameral conference committee was created as part of the deal the House and Senate passed late last night to end the 16-day government shutdown and avoid a U.S. financial default." (Press Release, "US Senator From Florida Tapped To Help Fashion Bipartisan Budget Plan," Senator Bill Nelson , 10/17/13)



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