TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says he'll seek a third term.
Nelson, a Democrat, told about 120 editors and reporters
attending The Associated Press' annual legislative meeting that
he's confident that he and President Barack Obama will fare well in
2012 when Florida will have 29 electoral votes in the presidential
Nelson said Obama, who carried Florida in 2008, is on an upward
swing with voters after being bogged down early in his presidency
by a national recession and a controversial health care bill he
pushed through Congress.
Nelson also said Obama was ill-served by his staff during last
year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in the
administration getting a slow start in addressing that crisis.