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New poll shows Patrick Murphy, Marco Rubio tied after Democrat’s post-debate surge

The Patrick Murphy campaign touted a new poll Friday showing the Democratic congressman tied with Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio among Florida voters.

The Opinion Savvy poll shows both candidates with 46 percent among likely voters, with 8 percent of respondents undecided.

The numbers are a two point jump for Murphy compared to Opinion Savvy’s previous poll from Oct. 12.

The Murphy camp also touted an endorsement from “Rubio’s hometown paper,” the Miami Herald, and a new Spanish-language ad featuring Murphy and President Barack Obama.

Despite ceding some ground to Murphy, Rubio is still polling above Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who had 45 percent support in the poll compared to 49 percent for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein took less than 5 percent of the vote combined, with 1.5 percent of those polled still undecided on the presidential race.

About 22 percent of respondents said they had already voted, with the bulk of the rest saying they would definitely cast a ballot this cycle.

The Opinion Savvy poll contacted 538 likely voters through mobile and landline phones on Oct. 20, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percent with 95 percent confidence.

Marco Rubio vs. Patrick Murphy Univision debate will NOT happen

A Spanish-language oriented debate scheduled to take place next Friday between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy will not happen, according to the Rubio campaign.

Team Rubio fired off a press release early Friday afternoon announcing the two major U.S. Senate candidates had failed come to terms for a candidates’ discussion that would have been broadcast on the Univision television network. Rubio’s campaign issued a statement that read, “Murphy Bails On Florida Hispanics,” loaded with links to 15 different news stories that reported on some variation of the back-and-forth between the candidates regarding debates, or in two cases, on a 2013 Murphy vote that the Rubio campaign says would have restarted the deportation of “Dreamers,” the group of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children.

“Patrick Murphy is blowing off the Univision debate, just like he’s blown off Florida’s Hispanic community for the last four years,” said Rubio spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas. “Clearly he doesn’t want to explain why he uses Dreamers as a talking point in this race, even though he voted to deport them in 2013. Or maybe he’s pulling out because he just doesn’t understand Florida’s Hispanics, a community he completely ignored until weeks before the election. This is just the latest example in Murphy’s long history of lying and ducking debates, compared to Marco’s record of achievement on behalf of all Floridians.”

The Murphy camp appeared surprised by the Rubio camp’s statement, saying they are still working with Univision to make the debate happen.

“The goal of a debate is to allow the voters the opportunity to see a vibrant exchange of ideas between the candidates, but that will not be possible if the candidates are not speaking the same language,” said Murphy campaign manager Josh Wolf. 

The hangup apparently is on whether the candidates could speak English and then allow for a back and forth exchange. Rubio is bilingual in Spanish and English, Murphy is not.

“In 2010, Marco Rubio agreed to the exact parameters we are requesting, debating Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek in English on Univision, so we were shocked that he no longer thinks that arrangement is reasonable,” Wolf said. “Whether it’s a reaction to Marco Rubio’s weak debate performance in Orlando or a decision to hide from his record of turning his back on Hispanic voters, it is clear his campaign does not want this debate to happen.”
In September of 2010 those three candidates did engage in a Univision debate, where the candidates answered questions in English and had their answers dubbed in Spanish.
There is a fierce battle going on between the two candidates in trying to win the Latino vote, and not getting on Univision for a full hour is definitely a blow for Murphy, who has had to spend more time and resources in this campaign on getting Latinos to know who he is.
Rubio was the first candidate to propose a Spanish-language debate back in March. He included such a forum when he called for six different debates between the two major party candidates for Senate. The Murphy camp came back and agreed to two of those proposed dates, and offered two of their own that the Rubio camp rejected, expressing concerns over the partisan nature of those proposed venues.
Murphy and Rubio debated last Monday night in Orlando for the first time in this election season. Their second, and apparently last debate, will take place next Wednesday night hosted by Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association at Broward College.
(Immediately after this story was posted, the Murphy campaign said they had accepted an invitation to participate in a debate hosted by Telemundo Orlando and the Hispanic Federation. No word yet on what the Rubio camp might do regarding that event.)

Patrick Murphy campaign releases new digital ad featuring Barack Obama

Rep. Patrick Murphy is getting a bit more help from President Barack Obama.

The Murphy campaign released a new digital spot Friday highlighting Obama’s comments about Murphy. The president campaigned in Miami on Thursday, and used a bit of his speech to encourage Floridians to send Murphy to the U.S. Senate.

“You don’t need to wait until Nov. 8 to send Patrick Murphy to the United States Senate. And Patrick Murphy, unlike his opponent, he actually shows up to work. Unlike his opponent he didn’t try to defund Planned Parenthood. He didn’t walk away from Florida’s Hispanic community when the politics got tough,” the president is shown saying in the advertisement.

“He fought for comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. Unlike his opponent, Patrick actually believes in science and believes in the effects of climate change. The point is, you deserve leaders who show up to work, who want equal pay for equal work for women.”

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.

And the new digital ad comes days after the campaign released a new Spanish-language ad featuring the president.

“President Obama knows this election is critical for Florida families and I am humbled to have him standing with me in this campaign,” said Murphy in a statement Friday. “For the past eight years, the president has led the way in the fight to protect our environment, defend women’s health care, and fix our broken immigration system. We have to build on that legacy. We can’t fall backwards. That’s why I’m in this fight. Marco Rubio stands with Donald Trump and special interests. I stand with President Obama and Florida families. I will always show up and fight for this state.”

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.

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, 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.

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 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.”

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.

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.

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.


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.

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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