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Laura Ingraham slams Marco Rubio — says Ron DeSantis should stay in Senate race

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Marco Rubio’s decision to run for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat after saying that he wouldn’t is receiving an avalanche of criticism, and not just from Democrats.

Conservative radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham, a supporter of Congressman Ron DeSantis‘ bid for Senate, reacted with hostility to the news that Rubio was breaking his vow and getting back into the race, three months after he was humiliated in the Florida presidential primary by Donald Trump.

“I think it just adds to the cynicism of the electorate toward politicians. They can’t believe what they say,” Ingraham said upon the seeing The Washington Post‘s story posted online that Rubio would be announcing later on Wednesday that he is officially running for re-election.

Ingraham slammed Rubio’s comments from last week that the shooting massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people was the catalyst that changed his mind about getting back into the race, and went back to linking the Florida Republican to his support for comprehensive immigration reform back in 2013, a huge issue with conservatives.

“Why would Orlando change your mind? What unique ability do you have to stop Islamic terrorism in the United States?” she asked. “After all, the plan you endorsed and that you supported, according to the Congressional Budget Office and all of the analysis, it wouldn’t have stopped the people coming across the border. Fifty percent would still come across the border illegally? How is that good for our national security? How is that for stopping terrorism?”

Ingraham said she had participated in a fundraiser for DeSantis and expressed anger that he would drop out because of Rubio’s entrance back into the Senate contest. “I guess he’s just making a practical call,” she said of DeSantis. “The big money people are going to line up for Rubio again.”

“Why would you be afraid of Marco Rubio when he couldn’t win his own state?” Ingraham then said with frustration in her voice, referring to how Rubio only won his home county of Miami-Dade and lost the other 66 counties to Trump back in March. “It’s ridiculous. If I’m DeSantis I’m saying, ‘you know, I like Marco Rubio, he’s a nice person, but he pledged not to run, and I’m going to take him at his word. I’m running for the U.S. Senate …”

A spokesman for DeSantis’ Senate campaign told Floridapolitics.com that an announcement about DeSantis future would come later Wednesday.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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