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Nelson's office: 55,700 constituents weighed in on debt debate

Clearly the debt ceiling debate has hit a nerve. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson's office said they received more than 55,700 responses to an e-mail he sent out Tuesday night to constituents asking them for their thoughts on the debt plans. 

In the 24 hours afterward, Nelson's office was swamped by the more than 55,700 personal responses from the 125,000 folks who got his e-mail. That was on top of the 8,000 unsolicited e-mails the office received from people who responded to President Barack Obama's request Monday night to reach out to Congress to make their voices heard on the debt ceiling debate.

Thousands of callers with opinions on how to solve the debt crisis flooded the Capitol switchboard Tuesday, and email traffic swamped congressional servers on both sides of the aisle.

The House of Representatives is set to vote this evening on its plan, but Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is having trouble pulling together enough votes for passage. Questions about the congressional impasse have led some to ask whether the president could act without Congress