I am proud of my service in the United States Air Force, and I know firsthand the honor it is to serve this great nation. I also know the complete trust we in the military must place in our commander in chief.
Our nation’s armed forces serve at the call of duty, at the orders of the commander in chief. The commander’s duty is to make calculated decisions that protect our troops, our citizens and our world.
Hillary Clinton’s actions on the night of the terrorist attack in Benghazi prove her to be unfit to be the commander in chief of the United States of America, period.
When Secretary Clinton was speaking with embassy officials during the siege, she should have had the understanding that those men needed help, they needed backup and they needed it immediately. It never came.
Clinton’s careless recklessness has not stopped, as the recent re-opening of her FBI investigation shows.
That’s not the sort of leadership we need in Florida, or our nation, and we certainly don’t need someone backing Clinton unquestioned.
Yet, here in Florida, we are not only choosing our next commander in chief, but we have a critical Senate race on the ballot as well.
In that Senate race, we have two stark choices: Patrick Murphy, who has campaigned on Clinton’s coattails, reiterating, despite the re-opening of an FBI investigation, and Marco Rubio, a proven leader on foreign policy, who fully grasps the threats the United States is facing today from around the globe.
Like Clinton, Murphy is now getting his own association with an FBI investigation, as news reports are beginning to expose an FBI investigation tied to an alleged straw donor scheme tied to Murphy.
Despite all of this, Murphy trusts Clinton. Still.
So, I have some news for Murphy: turning a blind eye to the gross miscalculations of a President is not the job of the United States Senate, no matter what party is in office. The job of the United States Senate is to serve as a check and balance on the executive office, to ensure our nation is represented by balanced interests; it is not to provide complacent support of whatever the executive office sees fit.
In contrast, we have the opportunity to re-elect Sen. Marco Rubio, who understands the dangers our nation faces abroad, dangers that are real, and incredibly serious. Marco has been unafraid throughout his career to stand up for what is right, no matter who it may offend. I’ve seen it firsthand and it’s a character trait that assures me he has our nation’s best interest at the forefront of his mind always, not a political party.
Pensacola Beach Republican Mike Hill represents District 2 in the Florida House of Representatives.