Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., spent Friday afternoon talking to veterans at the Allied Veterans Center in Arlington while on the campaign trail in Jacksonville.
He held a forum to speak to veterans about employment opportunities and national defense issues.
Nelson, who is also a veteran, said he believes it's "important to take care of the soldiers who take care of us."
He pointed out that post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that he wants to raise awareness about.
When asked about the campaign, Nelson, who is running as the incumbent, says there's a clear choice in the upcoming senate race.
"You notice, there's a big contrast in this election," he said. "It's a question, do you want common sense and mainstream politics, or do you want the political extremes? Do you want excessive partisanship, or do want somebody who can reach across the partisan divide and bring people together to build bi-partisan consensus?"
Nelson's Republican opponent, Connie Mack, made an appearance in Jacksonville earlier this week and criticized Nelson's record.
"Sen. Nelson serves on the budget committee; he's failed," Mack said. "He's failed; he's failed in almost four years to pass a budget. Then we know that he voted to gut the military. This is someone who says one thing to the people of Florida and then does another thing in Washington D.C., and that's a vote with Barack Obama."
Mack wrapped up his "Freedom Tour" on Wednesday. On Friday, he spent his time at private fundraisers in South Florida and Pensacola.