Rubio’s solution to Trump’s lack of Washington experience and alleged insensitivity, of course, is for voters to reelect him to his senate seat, in spite of his earlier denials that he would pursue reelection. Unfortunately for Rubio, it might be too late for Florida Republicans, who have already put their eggs in another basket so to speak, to throw their weight behind him:
“The prospect of a Trump presidency is also worrisome to me,” Senator Rubio wrote in the statement, “It is no secret that I have significant disagreements with Donald Trump. His positions on many key issues are still unknown. And some of his statements, especially about women and minorities, I find not just offensive but unacceptable.”
The fact that Rubio has barely grazed Clinton–but came out guns-a-blazing after Trump–comes as Trump has slipped behind Clinton in Florida polling, and serves only to boost Clinton while nicking Trump in the critical swing state.
“’In the days ahead,’ Rubio’s statement said, ‘America will continue to face serious challenges – the possibility of terrorist attacks at home and abroad, a declining military, anemic economic growth and low wages, assaults on our rights and values, outdated health care, education and pension programs in desperate need of reform – that face backward or uncertain responses from either Clinton or Trump.’
Rubio had previously been adamant that he wouldn’t seek reelection, repeatedly claiming he’d be a private citizen when his Senate term expired in January.
The late announcement dramatically alters what will certainly be one of the most expensive and competitive Senate races in the country. Outside Conservative and Republican spending groups have already invested millions of dollars in the race promoting Congressman Ron DeSantis in a primary that also featured Congressman David Jolly and Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera. DeSantis, who has raised more than four million dollars for the race, has recently signaled that he’d clear the way for Senator Rubio.
Democrat Congressmen Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson are competing in the Democrat primary, with Congressman Murphy largely expected to prevail. Murphy, who defeated former Congressman Allen West to win his congressional seat, is regarded as a rising Democrat star and has raised an astounding amount of money — more than $7 million — in a state with ten major media markets.”