After the Vote, Two Different Roads for Rubio, Nelson
Instead of aligning with liberal wing of his party and blasting away at shutdown catalyst Sen. Ted Cruz, Bill Nelson “broke bread” with Cruz, having dinner with the younger lawmaker. He also signed up to work on a compromise budget plan with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Nelson said he and his wife Grace took Cruz to dinner to get to know him better on a personal level and find areas of common ground. “It was a social dinner and it was something senators ought to do,” Nelson told MSNBC during an interview last week.
While U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio dug in with Tea Party Republicans, voting against re-opening the government and blaming Democrats for the shutdown, his Democratic counterpart, Sen. Bill Nelson took a decidedly different approach last week by trying to position himself in the political middle.