Donald Trump hits Florida airwaves with ad calling Marco Rubio “corrupt”

Donald Trump TV ad screenshot

Donald Trump is hitting the television airwaves in Florida Monday with his first ad for the state’s primary, one that bashes favorite son U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, calling him “corrupt,” Trump’s campaign announced.

The 30-second spot called “Corrupt Marco” is all about Rubio, with no mentions of Trump until the “I approve this message” line, and no mentions of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

It focuses on three things in Rubio’s record:

  • His sale of his private house to a lobbyist’s mother while he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives;
  • His use of Republican Party of Florida credit cards; and
  • His voting record in the U.S. Senate.

The Trump campaign did not state which markets it is buying in, or how much it spent on airing the spot.

It comes after more than a week of anti-Trump advertising throughout Florida from a super PAC backing Rubio, Conservative Solutions PAC, and from at least three other political action committees, including the Club For Growth PAC.

Trump’s first Florida ad comes out swinging.

“Corrupt Marco Rubio has spent years defrauding the people of Florida,” the narrator begins. It then discusses Rubio’s sale of his home, alleging he switched his vote on a key bill important to the lobbyist; his use of party credit cards for trips to Las Vegas, his alleged double-billing to the party and the state for other trips, and his having the worst attendance record for votes in the U.S. Senate. It ends with “Marco Rubio: another corrupt, all-talk, no-action politician.”

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  • David John Francis

    March 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm


    When Corporate and business concerns OWN the airwaves, TV stations, radio networks, even going so far to have control of the Internet, its almost impossible to contradict the wealthy Special interests that either smears Donald Trump or just refuses to release the Truth of about Senator Cruz, Rubio about their indiscretions and pay off from their rich benefactors who carry them through the campaigns or use attack ads to discredit Donald Trump.

    Owing to the monopoly by the corporate and special interest press, you are not allowed your right to FREE SPEECH anymore, especially if you are a Donald J. Trump advocate. Until I began my own campaign to offer specifics on the businessman’s issues, I had a free run on writing commentaries on Facebook, Disqus and the major majority of the mainstream Press. But with explanations I was cut off from authoring my blogs with only one exception the smaller media outlets throughout the United States. Of course if I was a follower of Cruz, Rubio or Kasick or any of the elite class that controls our lives from Washington, I doubt if I would have had no such trouble? Thank god there is still enough private media, to inform the public of Donald Trumps issues, and not the ‘Rose Colored glasses’ from either the GOP establishment or the Democratic zealots. The wealthy are frightened of the honest banner that Trump flies, and the prior President of Mexico President Vicente Fox has been throwing vicious vulgarity and the current President Enrique Peña Nieto furious that an American patriot would dare build a wall, so the drugs, guns, illegal alien and butchers from ISIL in the Middle East.

    America need its freedom again, and not the suppression from the Hillary Clintons or the Bernie Sanders. The GOP establishment demands major power and influence, making them rich and able to keep their wealthy campaign donors off their backs? With either major party in power or a President of there own choosing, it will be that old adage “Business as Usual” as nothing will be done for the American people? Just like Senator Cruz has pledged a fence to keep the drugs out that is killing our children. Go backwards in time and a real double layer fence was promised before, time and time again. So where is it? Hundreds of miles of open land, except in major populated areas in short spurt’s. Trump has pledged the wall, mandatory E-Verify to stop jobs stolen by illegal aliens; returning thousands of jobs from Mexico, Japan, China, India and other foreign lands. The money that’s going to the profiteers will arrive in our nation’s treasuries and not the deep, greedy pockets of the affluent.

    THINK! Where are the jobs; where are the hundreds of billions gone overseas and Mexico; where are the thousands of businesses, including auto plants; what’s happening to your right to protect ourselves, from the illegal alien criminals that King Obama released back on the streets, with telling local police; Why are our Veterans and Senior Citizens short changed, this administration panders to illegal aliens our own people living in poverty; why is our educational system failing our kids, only because its run by bureaucrats? Using the Department Environmental Protection (EPA) as a tool, the Barack Obama has carefully engineered to close down the coal mines, with unknown numbers of jobs and workers livelihood snatched from them. This administration has even taken more large acreage of lands from cattle owners who have for always grazed their animals on federal land; the Keystone Pipeline from Canada cannot go ahead, because the permits have been revoked.

    This present administration has been a disaster and its time to turn to the “Outsider'” Donald Trump, to bring back some commonsense to our laws, given to us by the framers of the Constitution. I believe with Trump in the White House, their will be no escape from finding the culprits in the IRS, who spied on Conservative newspapers reporters and in collusion with the Dept of State and even the White House.

    Washington is alive and writhing with corruption, as politicians are paid to vote for their wealthy cronies, not for the people. Mostly anybody who receives contributions from special interests must pay it back. Everybody has their faults, including Mr. Trump but he didn’t have to enter this crooked ‘Pig Sty” called Congress. But pardon me, a few lawmakers have integrity, but the rest get their perks and all the privileges money can buy from their donors.

    Washington is out to get Donald Trump and any filthy dishonorable tricks (and there is rumors of voting machines being altered to the Cruz advantage) and if he wins, he is giving the White House to a criminal called Hillary Clinton. I doubt without any fear of contradiction she will not be held accountable for any of he elicit criminal works? If what I have heard through Twitter the silent majority will go back to normal routines, and that includes all my family and 20 other people I know if Trump is cheated from entering the White House.


    March 14, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    This message is wonderful but needs to be translated in Spanish Florida which is where Marco Rubio is the golden boy nobody speacks english who can understand this message in English. You want people in Florida to know the true about Marco Rubio Translate in Spanish let all the cuban people know about who really is Marco Rubio…Good luck


    March 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    His message is wonderful, but needs to be translated in Spanish, Florida which is where Marco Rubio is the golden boy nobody speaks English who can understand this message in English. You want people in Florida to know the true about Marco Rubio Translate in Spanish let all the Cuban people know about who really is Marco Rubio… Good luck!

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