Two Florida unions are attacking Marco Rubio about his priorities in a new television ad that begins airing Friday in Tampa and Orlando.
AFSCME PEOPLE and AFT Solidarity have gone in on the $1.3 million ad buy, which will run through the end of the month.
“What are Marco Rubio’s priorities?” a narrator says as the ad begins. “Rubio said Social Security and Medicare have weakened us as a nation. He wanted to cut the Social Security benefits we’ve earned and turn Medicare into a voucher program…robbing seniors of the chance to retire with dignity. And for kids? Rubio voted to slash school funding by billions of dollars. And would eliminate the Department of Education.”
“Marco Rubio is more concerned with his chances to run for president in 2020 than to tackle the issues that Floridians care about as proven by his dismal record when he actually does show up for work, Shirin Bidel-Niyat, AFSCME’s Assistant Director of Political Action said. This ad reminds voters of something they want so badly to forget – Marco Rubio is only out for Marco Rubio, not for their families and their communities.”
“When he has cared enough to show up for work, Marco Rubio has been fighting hard to pass tax policies that would give massive tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent, increasing the deficit by at least $6.8 trillion,” added Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association. “That would help him fulfill his obsession with ramming through devastating cuts to schools and other essential services, even eliminating the Department of Education. Those are the values Marco Rubio is running to represent.”
“Patrick Murphy‘s liberal supporters are distorting Marco’s positions, just like Murphy distorted his own resume,” said Rubio spokesperson Michael Ahrens. “Marco’s own mother relies on Social Security as her sole source of income, and Marco would never do anything to hurt his mother or the millions of Florida seniors who depend on Social Security and Medicare. Marco also believes our children are best served by an education system that’s run by Floridians at the state and local level, not by the federal government bureaucrats who bankroll Patrick Murphy’s campaign and paid for this false attack ad.”