A month until the primary, Marco Rubio released a new TV ad on Thursday, ignoring his Republican challenger to take aim at the Democrats.
In the new ad, Rubio focused his fire on Hillary Clinton and Congressmen Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy who are running for the Democratic nomination. The ad focuses on national security issues. Businessman Carlos Beruff, who is challenging Rubio in the Republican primary, was not mentioned in the ad.
“Clinton, Grayson and Murphy,” the narrator of the ad says. “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.
“A national security leader, Rubio wrote the toughest sanctions on Hezbollah ever passed.,” the narrator adds. “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.”
The new ad didn’t sit well with Beruff’s team which fired away on their opponent on Thursday. The Beruff campaign hit Rubio over President Barack Obama’s calls to allow refugees from Middle Eastern nations entry to the United States.
“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 Beruff. “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.”
A month out until the primary, Rubio has a commanding lead over Beruff in the polls. After Rubio made a last minute reversal and decided to run for a second term, all of the leading Republican hopefuls in the Senate race dropped out except for Beruff.