+++NO CUTAWAYS, SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH+++
Washington - 13 November 2018
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bill Nelson, (D) Florida:
"This process is about one thing, making sure that every legal ballot is counted and protecting the right of every Floridian to participate in our democracy. And that is to have their ballot counted and to count as they intended it."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bill Nelson, (D) Florida:
"Both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement which Governor Scott oversees and the Governor Scott appointed Florida secretary of state have both said that there is no credible evidence of voter fraud. It's become obvious that Mr. Scott cannot oversee the process in a fair and impartial way and he should remove himself from the recount process."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader:
"Donald Trump wants to rush the election and not let all the votes be counted. He said Bill Nelson should concede. Before everyone's vote is counted? What is he afraid of? If he really wants an honest and fair election President Trump will stop bullying harassing and lying about the vote in Florida and let the election proceed without the heavy hand of the president tipping the scales of justice.
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader:
"Governor Scott needs to recuse himself from any involvement in the recount and do it now. He's a contestant in this election and can't possibly be trusted to be a neutral and fair arbiter as the votes are tallied."
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott are attempting to bully Florida election officials out of doing their jobs.
Schumer and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, both Democrats, spoke with reporters Tuesday in Washington.
Scott, a Republican, is challenging Nelson for his Senate seat.
Scott's slight lead over Nelson following last week's election prompted an automatic recount.
Schumer says Scott should recuse himself from any duties connected to the recount.
Nelson echoed those sentiments, saying Scott can't oversee the process in a fair and impartial way.
Schumer says election officials should have all the time they need to count every vote, rather than Sunday's deadline. He says President Trump should stop bullying, harassing and lying about the vote in Florida.