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Joe Henderson: In Florida U.S. Senate race, it’s liar versus slacker

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It won’t show up on the ballot this way, but the parameters of a likely November showdown between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy for a U.S. Senate seat are becoming clear. Place your “X” for the liar or the slacker. Rubio will try to win re-election by framing Murphy as a serial fibber who can’t be trusted. Murphy will try for the upset by framing Rubio as someone who didn’t show up for work because he wasn’t interested in the…

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Carlos Beruff knocks Marco Rubio’s attendance in new ad

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Marco Rubio’s attendance record is front and center in a new TV ad for Carlos Beruff. The ad features people talking about Rubio and his time in office, with many saying they were disappointed with the Miami Republican. “I liked Marco Rubio. When he was running for the Senate originally back in 2010, I liked him a lot,” a man is shown saying in the 30-second spot. “When he got to the Senate, he forgot who elected him and why…

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Joe Henderson: No, Patrick Murphy, you’re not an immigrant

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By now, candidates surely must know that everything they say will be instantly analyzed, dissected and, most importantly, fact-checked to make sure they are not fibbing. Outfits like PolitiFact and FactCheck make their living by exposing politicians who are challenged by the truth. So I can’t understand why any serious candidate would risk the wrath of the truth-sayers and allow themselves to labeled as liars. Consider Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy, for instance. For context, consider that the latest…

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Barack Obama sends fundraising email on behalf of Patrick Murphy

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President Barack Obama has a question for Florida voters: Can you pitch in a few bucks to help Patrick Murphy? The campaign is sending out a fundraising email from Obama to supporters Tuesday. While the president has lent his support to Murphy in the past, the email marks the first time he has sent a fundraising appeal to voters in Florida’s U.S. Senate race. “Patrick’s a strong progressive who’s fought special interests on behalf of working families – and won.…

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Carlos Beruff compares Marco Rubio to Charlie Crist in new ad

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Carlos Beruff is taking a swing at Marco Rubio, comparing him to former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist in his newest advertisement. The advertisement — a 30-second spot called “Career Politicians” — says the two men are “virtually identical.” “The anatomy of a career politician: Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist. Heart: The beat of a political opportunist. Mouth: High levels of doublespeak, off the charts,” a female announcer says in the advertisement. “Eyes: Always looking out for themselves. Both subjects abandoned…

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Despite abuse claims, Alan Grayson staying in Florida Senate race

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Democratic leaders want Rep. Alan Grayson to go away. His ex-wife says he’s abusive. Ethics questions dog him. Yet the liberal lawmaker is refusing to drop his bid for the U.S. Senate, potentially upending party hopes that moderate Rep. Patrick Murphy will emerge as the nominee against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Grayson is counting on the party’s most faithful to ignore the negative headlines and look at his record of being a champion of liberal values, as opposed to Murphy,…

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Poll: Marco Rubio has double-digit lead over Patrick Murphy

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Marco Rubio is poised to win re-election, according to a new Suffolk University poll. The survey showed Rubio is walloping Republican Carlos Beruff, with 62 percent of likely Republican voters saying they were leaning toward voting for Rubio in the primary. About 12 percent of respondents said they would vote for Beruff, while nearly 24 percent of voters polled said they were undecided. The lead over Beruff is unsurprising. Since announcing his re-election bid in June, Rubio has been considered…

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