Politics & Government

Sen. Bill Nelson stumps for votes on Anna Maria Island

Sen. Bill Nelson spoke to a crowd of about 50 people Tuesday afternoon at the Sandbar restaurant on Anna Maria Island, applauding President Barack Obama's focus on Hurricane Sandy and urging voters to notice the "clear distinction" between himself and his opponent Rep. Connie Mack IV.

Nelson said $22 million-worth of attack ads against him were coming from "shadowy" out of state groups and that if elected would work on passing an act that would require full disclosure of ads' sources.

"There's a lot at stake in this election," Nelson told supporters, then asking them to encourage neighbors and family to vote.

Stan Ore, 77, of Holmes Beach, said he was "very impressed" by Nelson.

"He cleared up a lot of things I wasn't sure about," Ore said. "He has my vote."