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Patrick Murphy mocks Marco Rubio’s support for Donald Trump in new web ad

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Florida Democratic Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy is mocking Marco Rubio for his continued support for GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, despite the fact that Rubio is on record as calling him a “Con Man,” and isn’t taking those words back.

In a digital ad released on Thursday (called “Con Man”), the Jupiter Representative features talking heads on cable news programs earlier this week taking Rubio to task for his seemingly contradictory positions of continuing to back Trump for president, while standing behind his previous condemnations of him.

In an interview with the Miami Herald’s editorial board on Monday, Rubio said he “stood by everything I ever said in my campaign, and that said, we’re in a different place now,” regarding his continuing support for the New York City business mogul.

“Marco Rubio called Donald Trump a ‘con man’ who couldn’t be trusted with our country’s nuclear codes, but now that his own political ambition is on the line, he wants to make that ‘con man’ our next commander-in-chief,” said Murphy campaign manager Josh Wolf. “Rubio’s Donald dance would be comical if it didn’t involve handing over our country’s national security to an unhinged bigot. In reality, it is Marco Rubio who is attempting to con Floridians by saying whatever it takes to get re-elected to a job he hates so he can run for President again in 2020.”

The Rubio camp is responding to the new ad.

“Patrick Murphy’s record of accomplishments is so weak that he’s been lying to Florida voters for years about his resume, falsely claimed he runs a small business, and is now trying to cover up his weak record of getting things done in Congress,” says Michael Ahrens, a spokesman for the Rubio camp. “Murphy can keep trying to distract from the truth, but Floridians already know that Marco has a strong record of fighting for them and that’s why they’re going to re-elect him in November.”

 

Watch the video below:

 

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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