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Bill Nelson releases first statewide ad

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has released the first statewide ad of his re-election campaign.

“Stars,” narrated by Nelson, focuses on his fight for Florida values in the Senate.

The spot mentions Nelson’s moment as an astronaut in 1986, but little else other than his statement that everyone shares the same values, and those include public service.

Unlike the ads being released by his Republican opponent, Gov. Rick Scott, this ad does not have any negativity, whether toward his opponent or some generalized concern that makes people angry. Nelson’s ad begins with a call for inspiration. As video plays of people working out, studying, working and playing, he declares that Florida is for doers, dreamers, builders and adventurers.

The narrative transitions as the video transitions from a boy playing with a toy rocket to a real rocket, and then to Nelson onboard the space shuttle Columbia, and then a contemporary Nelson in campaign mode.

“When I looked back at our planet, I didn’t see political divisions, I saw how we’re all in this together,” Nelson says in the ad. “Bound by timeless values we all share — a call to serve — our country, our state, to fight for every family here in Florida. And every child who dreams one day to touch the stars.”

“Bill Nelson has worked his entire career to put the people of Florida first,” Nelson campaign manager Marley Wilkes said in a statement. “He stands up for the values that make Florida great, and in the U.S. Senate he puts politics aside and focuses on doing what’s right for the people of our state because that is who he cares about. That’s why Floridians know Bill has their back and that he’ll keep fighting every single day to help create a future that works for every family and every child.”

The 47-second ad will reach Florida voters through several digital platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

Camille Gallo, regional press secretary for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, poked at Nelson’s ad while touting Scott’s media blitz over the past two months.

“After just about 8 weeks of silence, Bill Nelson’s lagging campaign has finally decided to get in the game and release its first digital ad,” she said in a Tuesday email. “In case you forgot, Governor Rick Scott has already run 6 TV ads and has announced a new ad buy today.

“It seems Bill Nelson’s campaign has run into a problem though. While the ad waxes poetically about ‘doers’ (and that 1980s-space trip), Bill Nelson has been the exact opposite. After over 30 years in office, Nelson has been the primary sponsor of just 10 bills that have become law and nearly half of Floridians don’t even know who he is.

“With a record like that, no wonder Bill Nelson’s campaign would rather talk about a space trip from 20 years ago.”

To watch the full ad, click the image below:

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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