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September 29, 2009


Nelson Wants 65 Votes for Health Care Reform

Forget the 60 votes needed to prevent a Senate filibuster -- or even the 51 votes needed to pass the measure via budget reconciliation.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) now thinks 65 votes is a figure "that would provide him a comfort level in terms of establishing a level of bipartisan support" for a health care reform bill, the Lincoln Journal-Star reports.

Said Nelson: "I think anything less than that would challenge its legitimacy."

David Kurtz: "For the record, Nelson first won election in 2000 with just 51% of the vote and won re-election in 2006 just shy of his new superduper legitimacy standard, with 64%."












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