Florida Governor Rick Scott has released a new television advertisement called Toe the Line where he calls Senator Bill Nelson’s bluff on his claim that he’s a politician that isn’t afraid of crossing party lines. This has been a go-to talking point for Senator Nelson in his re-election campaign, but the advertisement calls into question how valid that argument might be when it comes to voting.
In the 30-second advertisement, a narrator argues “How much does Bill Nelson toe the party line? Nelson voted with Hillary Clinton 89 percent … With Obama, 98 percent …” So, are Florida voters assured that Nelson is really not afraid of crossing party lines?
The ad is another step in an onslaught of advertisements and muscle that the Scott campaign has unleashed on the incumbent Democratic Senator. While he’s spent next to no money on advertisements, he’s received some outside help from Democrats, but political strategists say this isn’t much help.
A new poll released by Florida International University showed that Governor Rick Scott is better-liked and better-known by Puerto Ricans in the sunshine state and, if elected, scorecards show that Governor Rick Scott is less fixed when voting on party lines than other Democrats.
Governor Scott’s advertisement can be seen below: