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Progress Florida launches oppo website for Marco Rubio’s big announcement

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After a lot of speculation, Marco Rubio officially announced on Monday he is running for president in 2016. The Florida U.S. senator becomes the third Republican to enter the race to the White House.

Because Rubio took months to come to a decision, Democrats had plenty of time to prepare.

In response to Rubio’s announcement, Progress Florida immediately launched, a website shining a spotlight on the candidate, whom they say has “a vision for America that’s out of touch” with middle-class working families.

“Sen. Marco Rubio faces a big challenge in overcoming his long track record of ethical lapses and out of touch issue positions,” said Progress Florida Executive Director Mark Ferrulo in a statement. “Rubio’s efforts to win over the far right wing of his party have put him out of step with everyday Americans.

“Rubio has been on the wrong side of nearly every important issue. He helped lead the GOP-driven government shutdown, opposed equal pay for women, opposes marriage equality, and is a climate change denier – despite his home state being ‘ground zero’ when it comes to the effects of rising seas,” he added.

Progress Florida calls on all concerned citizens to visit, to learn where the latest presidential candidate “really stands” on the issues.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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