Marco Rubio is focusing on national security in his first Senate campaign advertisement.
The advertisement calls Rubio as a “national security leader,” and highlights opposition to, among other things, the Iran nuclear deal.
“Clinton, Grayson and Murphy. Three liberals with dangerous ideas on fighting terror. All three support the disastrous Iran deal, and would close Guantanamo. Standing in their way? Marco Rubio,” an announcer says in the 30-second spot. “A national security leader, Rubio wrote the toughest sanctions on Hezbollah ever passed. He led the fight against the Iran deal, and took on Obama, to block refugees from terrorist counties. Marco Rubio. Fighting to keep America safe.”
POLITICO Florida on Wednesday reported the campaign’s first ad buy was nearly $800,000 in ads in five media markets across the state.
Rubio announced last month he was running for re-election, and has spent the past two weeks campaigning across the state. He has a significant lead over Carlos Beruff, the Manatee County Republican challenging him, and is widely believed to come out on top in the Aug. 30 primary.
“Considering Marco Rubio’s record of missing votes and ignoring his duties as Senator, it’s no surprise his campaign and his establishment allies in Washington would have to make things up,” said Chris Hartline, a spokesman for the Beruff campaign about the new ad. “But his record is clear: Marco Rubio just can’t make up his mind on the issues that matter to Floridians and only fights the Obama Administration when it is politically convenient. Florida voters are fed up with this kind of failed leadership.”
Beruff, according to POLITICO Florida, has spent nearly $6 million in television ads thus far this election cycle.