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Rubio Is Running For Reelection After All… Against Donald Trump?

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Rubio Is Running For Reelection After All… Against Donald Trump?

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After failing to win the Republican nomination for president, Marco Rubio is now going back on his promise to not run for reelection to the Senate.

“Marco Rubio abandoned his constituents, and now he’s treating them like a consolation prize,” said Democratic congressman Patrick Murphy, who is running to replace Rubio.

What’s worse, Rubio is using Donald Trump’s “worrisome” candidacy, which he has supported in various forms in recent months, as an excuse for his change of heart, citing concern over Trump’s racist, sexist, and xenophobic remarks, as well as his still unknown views on other important issues.

“As we begin the next chapter in the history of our nation, there’s another role for the Senate that could end up being its most important in the years to come: The Constitutional power to act as a check and balance on the excesses of a president,” he said in a statement Wednesday announcing his bid to keep his seat.

“If he is elected, we will need Senators willing to encourage him in the right direction, and if necessary, stand up to him,”

That’s right. Rubio spent months after dropping out of the presidential election failing to rebuke Trump in any forceful way, but now plans to make Trump a central part of his campaign platform.

Although Rubio did not mention the Orlando tragedy in the statement, he previously cited it as a reason for reconsidering his decision to not run. It’s unclear what actions Rubio will pursue to prevent further massacres once in the Senate — on Monday, he voted against four gun control bills, two each from Republican and Democratic sponsors.

Rubio also happens to have one of the worst attendance records in the Senate, something Trump pointed out frequently during the Republican primaries, before Rubio dropped out and Trump encouraged him to seek reelection.

Rubio had previously pledged to support his friend, Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez Cantera, in the race to replace him. Cantera scratched plans to run for Rubio’s seat after Rubio’s announcement on Wednesday.

Congressmen Ron DeSantis and David Jolly also dropped plans to reach the Senate and opened the way for Rubio.

 

Photo: Marco Rubio parts the curtains to view the crowd before being introduced during a campaign event in Reno, Nevada February 22, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

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6 Comments

  1. Dominick Vila June 22, 2016

    This is the guy who once supported immigration law reform…until he became aware of the political backlash caused by his position, and quickly did it a U-turn in favor of longer and taller walls. He is also the guy who criticized Trump throughout the campaign, and who after pulling out asserted that he now supports Trump. Today, he did another about face, and he is now running for re-election, allegedly, to make sure someone keeps an eye of Trump, should he become our next Rapist-In-Chief.
    The sad part of this is that little Marco, as The Donald called him, has a good chance of being re-elected.

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    1. FireBaron June 23, 2016

      Unfortunately, that’s because too many Floridians will still vote against their best self-interest and vote for Republicans.

  2. Siegfried Heydrich June 22, 2016

    Poor li’l Marquito . . . he’s already written all of the attack ads himself!

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  3. Marv Nochowitz June 22, 2016

    The best defense against any republican is to vote for a democrat. If the democrats can retain the Whie House, take th senate and make gains in the house, they can get the country going in the right direction again.Vot Blue

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  4. oldlion June 22, 2016

    No Show Marco lost 66 of 67 counties to the Orange One in the primary. Let’s hope he does the same thing in his reelection bid. Time to get a real job Little Marco.

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    1. FireBaron June 23, 2016

      It would have also helped him had he not one of the highest absentee records in the Senate. Even the Worthy Senator from Alberta missed fewer votes than “Little Marco”.

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