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Nelson finds his left foot

No one who has followed Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson's career was surprised when he joined GOP colleagues to condemn the inflammatory anti-war ad that attacked Gen. David Petraeus.

Nelson usually plays it safe. He's against oil drilling and for restoring the Everglades. He's currently touting legislation that aims to protect children from being run over in driveways, a worthy goal but hardly a firebrand crusade.

But in the past month, Nelson has found a cause celebre worthy of the Democratic base: standing up for Florida votes in the Jan. 29 presidential primary.

Read the rest of Beth Reinhard's column here.