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Associated Builders and Contractors announce seven-figure ad buy in Florida, 5 other states

One national organization is building up Marco Rubio in Florida.

Associated Builders and Contractors announced this week it made a seven-figure ad buy in Florida and five other states.

The issue-based ad buy is meant to highlight candidates’ positions on key issues for the construction trade organization. The organization is expected to air the spot on radio and as part of a statewide digital ad campaign.

The national organization endorsed Rubio in June, saying Rubio has “shown the commitment to free enterprise that Associated Builders and Contractors members know will best grow our economy.”

Associated Builders and Contractors unveiled one of its ads for Rubio on its campaign’s website, ModernStatesmen.com. In the 30-second spot, a narrator says Rubio has taken “important votes for our country.”

“Rubio voted to repeal Obamacare. Rubio supports workers’ rights,” the narrator says in the advertisement. “Rubio is a defender of free enterprise with a 100 percent voting record with Associated Builders and Contractors.”

Rep. Patrick Murphy, according to the organization, has a 23 percent career voting record.

According to RealClearPolitics, Rubio is averaging a 4.8 percent lead over Murphy.

ABC is also planning to run issue-based ads in Indiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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Florida Dems launch ‘Marco Rubio for President’ website

Florida Democrats are taking Marco Rubio’s vow to serve out a full term in the U.S. Senate with a grain of salt.

The Florida Democratic Party launched MarcoRubioForPresident.com Thursday. The landing page features a 30-second video of Rubio saying during Monday’s U.S. Senate debate he would “serve in the Senate for the next six years, God willing.”

“I’m going to be a senator for the next six years on behalf of the state of Florida,” the Miami Republican says in the video. “You can’t be a senator and president at the same time. I am running for the United States Senate and I’m going to serve six years, God willing.”

But to say Florida Democrats are skeptical might be an understatement.

“Let’s dispel with this fiction that Marco Rubio isn’t fully planning on running for president in 2020,” said Max Steele, a spokesman for the state party, in a news release. “After saying ‘like 10,000 times’ he would not seek re-election to a job he spent months complaining about, Rubio broke his word yet again. Marco Rubio has never let promises get in the way of his unquenchable ambition, and Floridians know he’s not about to start now.”

Rubio campaign spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas responds: “This is just another desperate gimmick after the national Democratic Party abandoned Patrick Murphy and canceled tens of millions [of dollars worth] of ads it planned to run on his behalf.”

Rubio repeatedly said he wouldn’t run for re-election after his failed 2016 presidential bid. But days before the qualifying deadline, he reversed course and threw his hat in the race.

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Patrick Murphy vows to be U.S. Senator ‘who always works for you’ in new ad

Patrick Murphy continues to yoke Marco Rubio to Donald Trump, releasing a new advertisement that says Rubio “stands by Trump.”

The 30-second spot — called “For You” and released Thursday — features a footage from Access Hollywood where Trump makes lewd comments about women, before showing footage of Rubio saying the state has “to make sure that Donald wins this election.”

“No, we don’t. Marco Rubio stands by Trump and failed to show up for Florida,” the Treasure Coast Democrat says in the advertisement. “Here’s what I believe in. Bringing people together and reaching across the aisle to get things done, protecting Social Security, and building an economy that works for all of us. … I’ll be a senator who always works for you.”

Murphy has spent the past few weeks trying to tie Rubio to his party’s nominee. He spent much of Monday’s debate comparing the men, and has regularly called on him to denounce and revoke his endorsement of Trump.

“Patrick Murphy has been in Congress for four years and has nothing to show for it, so he’s attacking Marco,” said Olivia Perez-Cubas, Rubio campaign spokeswomen. “Marco is the only candidate who will act as a check and balance on the next president, regardless of who that may be.”

The new ad comes just days after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee pulled its remaining week of ad reservations in Florida. Earlier this week, POLITICO reported the Senate Majority PAC pulled its remaining ads earlier this month.

But Murphy is gaining ground in the polls, with a recent Quinnipiac University Poll showing the race was too close to call. According to the poll, 49 percent of Floridians said they were supporting Rubio, compared to 47 percent who were supporting Murphy.

The poll of 660 likely Florida voters was conducted from Oct. 10 through Oct. 16. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percent.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month, Rubio was leading Murphy, 48 percent to 44 percent. A similar poll in September showed Rubio up by seven points, 50 percent to 43 percent.

According to RealClearPolitics, Rubio leads by an average of 4.8 percentage points. The polling aggregation website has ranked the race as a “toss-up.”

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Democrats not willing to spend on Florida race, aiding Marco Rubio

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is getting help from an unlikely quarter as he campaigns for re-election: The Democratic Party.

The party’s Senate committee this week abandoned Rubio’s Democratic rival, Rep. Patrick Murphy, yanking advertising off the expensive airwaves of the Sunshine State and sending the money to competitive races in smaller states where fundraising dollars go farther.

The decision leaves Murphy, who’s raised only about one-third as much as Rubio in recent months, largely on his own.

And it has prompted a round of second-guessing from Democrats who argue that Rubio is beatable, and that the party should not be helping him win a second term that could provide a perch for another presidential bid.

“When Rubio decides to run for president again in four years, there’s going to be a whole lot of regret about these decisions being made now,” said Florida Democratic strategist Steve Schale.

The decampment by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee comes at a strange time, just as things are looking up for Murphy.

Senate polls in the state have tightened in recent weeks, and there are signs that Florida Republicans aren’t as enthusiastic to vote this year with Donald Trump as their presidential nominee. For example, Democrats are doing better than expected in mail-in ballots.

Murphy on Wednesday won the endorsement of The Miami Herald, which in the past has backed Rubio, and released a new ad with President Barack Obama speaking Spanish to urge Hispanics to the polls.

With Trump dragging down Republican candidates across the country, some here see a potential path to victory not just for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but also for Murphy, a second-term congressman with low name recognition.

“Senator Rubio is a fatally flawed candidate and apparently some of the major newspapers in Florida felt the same way,” said Jim Manley, a Democratic consultant in Washington and former aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. “I only hope the DSCC is going to reconsider and start pouring money into the race, because he’s beatable.”

Reid said in an interview before Wednesday’s presidential debate in Las Vegas that the DSCC doesn’t have the money it takes to keep up ad buys in Florida, but he said, “we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the next week or so and find out how heavily we’re going to be involved there at the end.”

A spokeswoman for the Senate Democratic committee, Sadie Weiner, declined to comment on the group’s spending decisions. She said Murphy “has done an outstanding job in this race.” She added that they’d continue to help him with “targeted investments” over the next three weeks.

That’s a stunning turnabout from the DSCC’s initial plans.

The committee reserved $10 million in TV advertising back in April, before Rubio got into the race. It ended up spending only an estimated $106,000 on a paltry 208 broadcast commercials to date, according to Kantar’s Media political advertising tracker.

In addition, the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC run by former aides to the Democratic leaders, has spent only a fraction of what it had planned for Florida.

The retrenchment has left Murphy swamped on TV: Rubio and his supporters have some 22,000 commercials on local broadcast stations, more than twice as many as Murphy and his allies, Kantar shows

Democrats with knowledge of the spending decisions argue it is prohibitively expensive to advertise in Florida. Advertising by outside groups costs some $3 million a week compared to $1.5 million a week in North Carolina, $1 million a week in Indiana and $750,000 a week in Missouri.

Those three states all have turned into viable pickup opportunities for Democrats more recently, prompting the moves to pull out of Florida and reinvest money there. Democrats need to net four seats to take back control of the Senate.

That argument hasn’t stopped other Democrats from complaining about the party’s decision to cede the field to Rubio, who lost the GOP presidential primary this year but pointedly refused during a debate this week to commit to serving out another six-year Senate term.

Some of the state’s top donors have been unsuccessfully pleading with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, closely involved with DSCC decision-making, to return money to Florida.

Republicans aren’t taking any chances. Heavy advertising buys remain on the books, and outside groups are knocking on hundreds of thousands of voters’ doors across Florida.

Murphy is getting some help on the ground from the Clinton campaign, which just announced it is spending an additional $6 million on mail and digital advertising to get out the vote in Florida and six other states with competitive down-ballot races.

Priorities USA, a cash-rich super PAC backing Clinton, on Tuesday announced plans to help Democrats in close Senate races as Clinton’s team feels increasingly confident about her chances on Election Day.

So far, though, Priorities’ list of senators to help doesn’t include Murphy.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.20.16 — #Badhombres

Donald Trump enjoyed mocking Hillary Clinton earlier this week for all the time she’s taken off the campaign trail recently, but with all three debates now history, it’s clear she knew exactly she was doing — working to be totally prepared for these debates.

I know folks like to lower the bar considerably when grading how well Trump performed in these encounters, but the fact is Clinton has been sharper and better prepared in all three, and they really could be the deciding factor in this election.

“It’s completely heartbreaking to see Clinton so outclass a Republican nominee across 3 debates,” tweeted the National Review’s Rich Lowry last night.

It’s not like there isn’t ample material to use against Mrs. Clinton, and one can’t help but wonder for a moment how another candidate — such as Florida’s Marco Rubio — would have performed.

I don’t want to sound like I’m parroting the Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith, but it’s really true that a political athlete like Rubio would have been so much more formidable in this setting. Seeing him in Ybor City yesterday, I was reminded of just how quick-witted and sharp he is.

But forget all of that — Republican primary voters overwhelmingly rejected Rubio, just as they did John Kasich, who I believe would be the next POTUS if the GOP had nominated him. But the voters didn’t want Kasich, either.

In his presser at the J.C. Newman Cigar Company yesterday, Rubio again said he would not capitalize on the WikiLeaks release of emails of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta. At this point it seems like Rubio feels he can’t completely distance himself from Trump, but as his lead over Patrick Murphy grows narrower, look for him to continue to move to the center before Nov. 8.

In other news …

Critics of Amendment One on the ballot next month seized on the discovery of an audio tape of an official with the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee boasting that the utility industry is trying to deceive voters into supporting restrictions on solar power by supporting the amendment.

Hillsborough County has approved a 10-year, $600 million plan for transportation, but a lot of people remain unhappy about it all.

President Obama has cut a new television ad where he advocates for the election of Charlie Crist next month in Pinellas’ CD 13 race.

The president also called into local hip-hop station 95.7 The Beat yesterday to urge Tampa Bay area citizens to vote.

Rubio was in Tampa Wednesday, where he learned to roll cigars and discuss his disdain for regulations that could seriously jeopardize cigar factories like the J.C. Newman Company.

And you can mark the Pat Kemp-Tim Schock Hillsborough District 6 race as yet another local matchup that won’t feature a single debate between the main candidates.

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Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee looking dumb and dumber for abandoning Patrick Murphy

About a week ago, I used this space to offer an honest critique of national Democrats turning their backs on Patrick Murphy.

At the time, Murphy was lagging behind by about four points; at least one poll showed it was even closer. With Donald Trump cratering, it only seemed logical to this writer that abandoning Murphy was a dumb move.

And now, we have new variables to consider.

First, there is another poll, this one from Quinnipiac, showing the race tightening to two points (last month, these same folks had Rubio up four.)

Second, there is a solid debate performance by the lesser known Murphy (who was expected to get clobbered by the hugely experienced Marco Rubio).

I am not suggesting, by any means, that Murphy won the debate.

But for a lesser-known candidate who did not have the experience of (what certainly felt like) several dozen presidential debates, I think we can all agree at a minimum he held his own.

Third, a rough count shows team Rubio outspending Murphy by about 5:1.

And yet, the race resides well within the margin of error.

And now, we also learn Democratic voters are stunningly on par with GOP voters regarding vote-by-mail requests and returns, something that has happened since … well, since, never. It has NEVER happened before.

Plus, we also see declining enthusiasm among GOP voters (I am told by more than one well-respected pollster). That makes sense, given how Trump continues to open his mouth.

What should this mean?  With three weeks left, the Democrats should be getting ready to pounce. This seat should be ripe for a win.

Crickets.

In one of the funniest scenes in “Dumb and Dumber,” Jim Carrey hopes Lauren Holly’s character will date him. After he forces the question, she admits that the odds of are one in a million.

Carey pauses … pauses … before elatedly shouting: “So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”

That’s funny; precisely the opposite of what is happening in Florida.

Patrick Murphy’s odds are extremely good. He has been massively outspent, running against a well-known incumbent and is still within striking distance in what looks like (at a minimum) a solid year for Democrats.

Any idiot can see this race is there for the taking.

Apparently, those who call the shots up in D.C. are not just any idiots.

They are dumb. Very dumb.

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Marco Rubio decries FDA regulations over cigars while visiting Tampa factory

Marco Rubio‘s re-election campaign brought him to a 13o-year-old cigar factory in Tampa Wednesday, where he blasted proposed federal rules which could severely harm it and other cigar manufacturers in the U.S.

A recent FDA ruling initially intended to regulate smokeless tobacco products, but summarily expanded to include cigars, would compel manufacturers like the J.C. Newman Company to go through a rigorous and costly application before any new product could go on the market. Officials said the imposed verification process would radically slow the rate of new cigars going on shelves as well as the number of new cigars in general.

“This is one more added cost to production. It’s going to put these companies unfortunately out of business,” said Rubio, who received a tour of the factory before addressing the media. “When you tell any company you can no longer offer new products, without going through a very expensive process, any industry … I don’t care what you sell … you’re going to struggle to survive, especially facing unfair foreign competition.”

Eric Newman, president of the 130-year-old J.C. Newman Company located in Tampa’s V.M. Ybor section, calls the new proposal “draconian,” and said it would cost his company $2.5 million in compliance costs to fully implement.

Rubio and his U.S. Senate colleague from Florida, Democrat Bill Nelson, initially introduced legislation called the “Traditional Cigar Manufacturing & Small Business Jobs Preservation Act” in 2011, which would remove the FDA’s jurisdiction over the premium cigar industry by amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor filed similar legislation in the House. They’ve introduced similar bills in the 2013 and 2015 sessions, to no avail. Rubio said that he and Nelson would again push for that bill’s passage before the end of the year.

Rubio was joined by Tampa state House District 60 Republican Dana Young, who, like Rubio, is on the ballot next month, where she is running for the Senate District 18 seat.

“This is a classic example of how in a bipartisan way, at the state and federal level, we can work together and try to stop both regulations of small businesses like this one and needless red tape involved with lumping in one product that is part of our culture with others that cause harm to the public,” she said.

Adding insult to injury, both Newman and Rubio said, was President Obama’s announcement last Friday that it is eliminating a $100 limit on the value of Cuban rum and cigars that American travelers can bring back from the island. Travelers can now purchase unlimited quantities of Cuban cigars in any country where they are sold but they can only be for personal use and cannot be sold.

“We love the competition,” insisted Newman, but said it wouldn’t be a fair fight between his cigars and the ones imported from Cuba, since they won’t be required to do the compliance costs the FDA requires of American cigar manufacturers.

“At a time when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton talk about bringing back American manufacturing jobs … the American government wants to shut us down, ” Newman said. “We’re horrified by that.”

Rubio also fielded questions on his Senate campaign, where the polls have suddenly tightened with Democrat Patrick Murphy with less than three weeks to go before Election Day.

“You don’t win in Florida in a presidential year as a Republican by 10 points. Or even by five points,” he said. “It is becoming the race I knew it would, which is a close race.” He then spent several moments listing what he said were his achievements in the Senate in the past six years.

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Barack Obama featured in Spanish-language ad for Patrick Murphy

With just three weeks until Election Day, Rep. Patrick Murphy is getting an assist from President Barack Obama.

The Murphy campaign released a new Spanish-language ad Wednesday. The 30-second spot features the president speaking directly to the camera, urging Floridians to vote for Murphy.

“Patrick will fight for immigration reform, better education, and higher wages. Working each day to improve our lives,” the president says in the advertisement, according to a translation. “Go out and vote for Patrick. Your vote is very important.”

The new ad comes one day after Senate Democrats pulled the last of their ad reservations in Florida. According to POLITICO, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee decided to slash its remaining ad reservations before the first U.S. Senate Debate. The Senate Majority PAC also pulled its remaining ads.

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed a dead heat between Murphy and Sen. Marco Rubio. According to the poll, 49 percent of Floridians said they were backing Rubio, compared to 47 percent who picked Murphy.

The poll of 660 likely Florida voters was conducted from Oct. 10 through Oct. 16. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percent.

This isn’t the first time Obama has given the Murphy campaign a helping hand. In recent months, he’s taped a TV spot for Murphy’s campaign, penned a letter encouraging Floridians to vote for Murphy in the primary, and even sent a fundraising appeal to supporters.

Both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Murphy, and both helped raise campaign cash for Murphy ahead of his primary.

“President Obama knows that Florida needs a leader who will show up and work hard for this state and I am humbled to have him standing with me in this campaign. From reforming our broken immigration system, to investing in education and strengthening our middle class, I will fight to build on the president’s legacy,” said Murphy in a statement.

“While I am proud to stand with President Obama to fight for Florida families, Marco Rubio stands with Donald Trump. Rubio abandoned Florida’s Hispanic communities on immigration reform and stands by Trump’s bigoted attacks and racist immigration agenda. I look forward to spending the next six years fighting for Florida’s Hispanic communities and all Floridians in the U.S. Senate.”

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.19.16 — Will Chris Wallace find debate fodder in WikiLeaks?

Chris Wallace has been laying low over the past week, bypassing his normal turn as host of Fox News Sunday as he prepared to host tonight’s final presidential debate from the Thomas & Mack Center on the University of Las Vegas campus (though a photo of his mug continues to be prominently featured on virtually every Fox broadcast).

Like any solid reporter, he’s undoubtedly been hunkered down preparing the best questions to pose to the candidates tonight. But let’s be honest. He’s also been given a nice gift from Julian Assange of WikiLeaks over the past two weeks, which  has dumped hundreds and hundreds of confidential emails from inside the Hillary Clinton campaign all over the internet.

There’s almost been too much information spread out, which is why you need to jump around cyberspace to absorb all of the gossip and inside information. Among the most sensitive revelations include excerpts from Clinton’s speeches gave to Goldman Sachs that she tried to keep secret. In those speeches, she cheered international trade and praised a balanced-budget plan that would require Social Security cuts. There was also that whole section on having a “public and a private position” on politically sensitive issues. And her frank admission that her vast wealth “kind of far removed” her from the experience of the middle class.

There’s also that unpleasant undercover video produced by conservative activist James O’Keefe that does show a Democratic operative discussing methods for inciting violence at Donald Trump rallies. CNN reports Robert Creamer — the husband of Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky — announced last night he would be “stepping back” from the campaign after the edited video suggested he and other staffers hired people to attend Donald Trump’s campaign rallies and incite violence. The DNC and the Clinton campaign have denied they did any such thing.

It’s also Hillary’s turn to be on the defensive. “What!?,” you say. Well, as POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush writes, “Beatings, like bossa novas, have a predictable rhythm. Trump’s beating (however deserved or self-inflicted) has gone on for too long in terms of the cyclical attention span of modern media, and it’s simply Hillary’s turn. “

In other news …

The National Council of La Raza announced they have signed up 50,000 new Latino voters in Florida this year.

Dana Young is promoting her work on school choice in a new campaign ad.

Patrick Murphy said Marco Rubio’s calling a years-old photo of his ex-girlfriend comparable to what Donald Trump has been accused of was “low.”

Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober has a new ad out, with a powerful statement made by the widow of a former TPD officer who says he does care about victims of crime.

Jon Bon Jovi will be coming to Tampa on behalf of Hillary Clinton on the Saturday before the general election.

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Patrick Murphy says Marco Rubio goes low in bringing up photo with former girlfriend

One of the most unexpected moments of Monday night’s Senate debate between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy was when Rubio said Murphy posted a photo on Facebook four years ago showing him groping a woman. “That’s inappropriate behavior!” he charged at Murphy, who appeared startled by the reference.

On Tuesday, Murphy dismissed the allegation.

“When Donald Trump goes low, Marco Rubio goes lower,” the Democratic nominee said, paraphrasing Michelle Obama’s line regarding Trump. “This is a picture from my college girlfriend I dated for four years. We were at dinner.” He went on to say that it showed how “desperate” Rubio was to change the subject from his endorsement of Trump. “It was very clear to me how uncomfortable Marco Rubio was to me when he was talking about Donald Trump, and somebody who’s bragging about sexually assaulting women. It’s unbelievable to me.”

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The Rubio campaign isn’t backing down, however, calling Murphy a “hypocrite.”

“Murphy was photographed groping a woman, and then he posted it on Facebook because he was proud of it,” said Rubio campaign spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas. “When Marco pointed out Murphy’s hypocrisy, Murphy tried to change the subject instead of taking responsibility.”

On Tuesday it was reported the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) was canceling ads originally intended to run on Murphy’s behalf. Perez-Cubas said that’s because Murphy is a “flawed candidate.”

“It’s entirely possible that the national Democratic Party abandoned Murphy because they saw this photo on his Facebook page and realized he was a hypocrite,” she said. “We saw this photo the same way everybody else saw it: Murphy had it up on his Facebook wall before he ran for Congress. There are no excuses for disrespecting women. There are no excuses for bragging about it on social media. Murphy’s behavior was not appropriate then, and he still doesn’t understand that now.”

Murphy attempted throughout the one-hour debate to link Rubio with Trump, something he’s done with regularity ever since the GOP presidential nominee’s remarks about groping women went global earlier this month. But that link hasn’t appeared in polling so far to have deleteriously affected Rubio’s consistent lead in the polls (that might be changing though. A Quinnipiac survey out Tuesday shows Rubio only up by two percentage points, 49 percent to 47 percent).

Murphy appeared early Tuesday morning at a West Tampa storefront office used by the Hillary Clinton campaign in what was billed as a “roundtable” with leaders from the Tampa Hispanic community. Murphy has been working hard on breaking through to Latino voters, where he’s not nearly as well known as Sen. Rubio. In Monday night’s debate, Rubio accused Murphy of being unconcerned about immigration issues until the past four weeks, because he’s trying to become better known with Hispanics.

“It’s another false attack by Sen. Rubio,” Murphy said on Tuesday, adding that he’s talked about comprehensive immigration reform since he first ran for the Florida House in 2012. “I’m never going to turn my back on immigration reform and those who trust me to serve them in Washington the way that Marco Rubio did.” That was a reference to how the Florida Republican was originally a member of the “Gang of Eight” bipartisan group of senators who worked to draft a plan for comprehensive immigration in 2013, before he turned against it.

However, Murphy knows he’s still working to get better known, and time is running out. “My name ID right now is 55 percent” he told the audience. “We have to continue getting out message out.”

Among those attending were Tampa City Council members Mike Suarez, Guido Maniscalco, and Charlie Miranda, former Congressman Jim Davis, and Frank Sanchez, a former Tampa mayoral candidate who now resides in Washington with CNS Global Advisors.

After Monday night’s debate, some reporters seized on Rubio’s admission he would commit to serving a full six-year term if elected next month, but Murphy wasn’t convinced. When asked explicitly if he’d serve a full term, Rubio repeatedly said, “I’m going to serve in the Senate for the next six years, God willing.”

But when pressed if that meant he wouldn’t run for president in 2020, Rubio repeated that, “‘Not only am I going to . . . serve in the Senate over the next six years, we’re going to get a lot done, God willing, over the next six years on behalf of the state.’”

“Hard to tell what he said because he wouldn’t say he’s not going to run for president, ” Murphy said on Tuesday. “When pushed on that, he couldn’t answer the question.”

Rubio pivoted on Trump at one point in Monday night’s debate by saying that at least he hasn’t done business with Trump, referring to how Murphy’s father Tom’s business — Coastal Construction built luxury high-rises that bear the billionaire’s name.

Murphy says that it’s a false allegation, because Coastal Construction works with developers. “Donald Trump had nothing to do with it,” he said. “It was a licensing agreement. We have nothing to do with that. We work with the developer. What the developer names the building has nothing to do with us. We’ve never had a single contract with Donald Trump.”

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