Senate candidates campaign in South Florida

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - Two U.S. Senate hopefuls hit the campaign trail today in our area. Congressman Connie Mack stopped by Tradition. Senator Bill Nelson visited West Palm Beach.

Just days after the candidates' face-to-face debate, several dozen sign-wielding, camera-snapping supporters gathered outside Tin Fish in Tradition for the opportunity to see Mack on the campaign trail.

The four-term congressman from Fort Myers is vying for Nelson's U.S. Senate seat. Today, he emphasized the need to overthrow what he calls "ObamaCare," the president's health care reform law.

"It's the first thing we're going to do in Washington. We're also going to pass a budget. This Senate hasn't passed a budget in almost four years. Bill Nelson serves on the budget committee, and he's failed," said Mack.

Mack supporter and Port St. Lucie resident Terry Gibson-Finkelstein enjoyed the rally.

"I think it was wonderful. As good as his debate was. It was fantastic."

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Mack's parents attended the rally as well. Connie Mack III was a two-term senator, serving Florida. 

"We're on a disaster track with Harry Reid and Senator Nelson in the Senate. Connie Mack will reverse that," said Giuliani.

"Less spending, less government and more freedom, and he'll bring it about when he's elected," said Mack III. His wife, Priscilla Mack, chimed in, "And besides that, if it's good to do, he'll take it like a dog with a bone."

Meanwhile, incumbent Senator Nelson visited the NewsChannel 5 studios before his campaign stop. The Democrat was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000. He's on his "Florida First" barnstorming tour of the entire state.

"People are very receptive. We are seeing a lot of momentum that's building. The new polls that have just come out are very, very kind to me with a pretty good margin," said Senator Nelson.

Nelson visited with supporters at a West Palm Beach Dunkin' Donuts, talking about Social Security and Medicare. Nelson says his priorities are bringing good jobs to Florida and reducing the federal deficit, among others.

"I have the privilege of being a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, so national security is one of my specialties," said Nelson.

This is a crucial race. Whoever wins next month could determine if the Senate stays in the Democratic column or goes Republican.