Bill Nelson: Obama Has Made Some Mistakes
Updated at 5:05 p.m.
As Alex Roarty and I wrote today, brace yourself for down-ballot Democrats keeping an unpopular President Obama at the top of the ticket at arms length.
The latest example: Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who said today that Obama has "made some mistakes."
In a press conference outside the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Nelson also didn't answer whether Obama will campaign with him in 2012.
"The president and vice president are my friends. They're my former colleagues. Clearly, the president has made some mistakes,'' he said. "The American people are tired of the excessive partisanship and the excessive ideological rigidity where you can't get anything done. The people have had enough. They want their government to work like it's supposed to work....."
Nelson, along with red-state Democratic senators like Nebraska's Ben Nelson, Missouri's Claire McCaskill and Montana's Jon Tester, will have a particularly delicate time in how to distance themselves from their party's leader.