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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called Jesse Jackson's talk of a boycott of Florida "outrageous" and "divisive" Friday during a stop in Orlando.

Jackson made the comments during a cable television interview, comparing Florida with South Africa.

"The inclination [is] to boycott Florida, to stop conventions, to isolate Florida as a kind of an apartheid state, given this whole 'stand-your-ground' law," Jackson said on CNN.

"Unfortunately, Jesse Jackson has a history of saying outrageous and divisive things," Rubio said at a business roundtable in Orlando.

"I would hope this would be a time when our country would come together and try to unite people, and not divide people by saying things that are patently false and offensive," Rubio said.

Sen. Bill Nelson also was in Orlando for the Second Harvest Food Bank, and he thinks a boycott is the wrong move.

"Don't try to punish a state by saying we're not going to send tourists to your state, just because a jury's verdict came out like you might not like it," Nelson said.

By calling for a boycott, Rubio thinks Jackson would end up hurting the very people he usually would like to help the most.

"It was a tragedy. I don't think anyone would dispute that, but I'm not sure the hard working men and women in our tourist industry are responsible for it, or should be punished for that, and that's what those who are advocating a boycott are advocating," Rubio said.

Nelson said it's time to accept the verdict and move on.

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