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Nelson: I didn't want Mel to leave

Bill Nelson says he tried to talk Mel Martinez out of leaving the Senate early, saying the two were a good team.

"I tried for the better part of three months to talk him out of this day," Nelson said on the Senate floor. "I didn't want him to resign because it's been good for Florida, the way the two of us have worked together professionally...It is with a great deal of regret that this day has come.

He said it's important that when the state's two senators are from different parties they demonstrate they can work together -- "to send a message" that it's possible to transcend political differences and get work done.