U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio welcomed a potential Democratic opponent to the 2022 campaign on Wednesday.
“In 2022, Florida’s going to have a choice between two very different candidates and two very different records,” the Republican Senator said in a video he released via Twitter Tuesday morning.
Rubio, looking for his third term, said in the upcoming weeks he would make his case for reelection. And that case includes a look at “the real Val Demings,” he promised.
Demings launched her campaign officially Wednesday. And Rubio was ready.
Voters, vowed Rubio, are “going to learn more about how ineffective and extremist the real Val Demings is when she’s in Washington.”
“I’ve always known that my opponent for the Senate was going to be a far-left, liberal Democrat,” Rubio said, drawling just a bit in the intro. “Today we’ve just found out which one of them Chuck Schumer picked.”
Demings is a “do-nothing House member,” Rubio intoned, jabbing his finger, “without a single significant legislative achievement during her time in Congress.”
Rubio contrasted his own record, which includes plaudits for bipartisan cooperation, work to boost the child tax credit, and the Paycheck Protection Program with Demings’ alleged radicalism.
Rubio said Demings had been “sitting at home during the pandemic, praising the governors of New York and California, and hysterically predicting that we were going to have mass death if we didn’t keep our schools closed and our entire economy on lockdown.”
“While Congresswoman Demings was on TV calling plans to defund the police ‘thoughtful’ and describing a violent riot as a ‘beautiful sight’, I was passing the VA Accountability Act,” Rubio said.
Rubio noted also that Demings voted “with the Squad 94% of the time” and “socialist Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time,” contrasting that also to his “banned in China” status.
Rubio will have backup, including from Sen. Rick Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
“This is not the kind of leader Floridians want or need. Congresswoman Val Demings is a Pelosi Puppet just looking for a promotion. She’s supported the most radical, socialist policies of The Squad that would devastate Florida families,” Scott asserted, calling Demings “just another D.C. Democrat puppet voting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s radical Left agenda at every turn.”
The Republican Party of Florida sang from the same hymnal.
“Val Demings is a political opportunist who went to Washington, became a puppet of Nancy Pelosi, and consistently places Pelosi’s socialist agenda ahead of the best interests of Florida families. Just look at her voting record.. The Real Val Demings has voted with Pelosi 100% of the time, and like Pelosi would defund our police, lockdown our economy, close our schools, raise taxes on working families, gut the 2nd amendment, and let the crisis at our border get worse. Demings is clearly delusional about what is good for the Sunshine State. She thinks Pelosi knows what is best for Florida families. While Senator Rubio consistently delivers results for Florida, Val Demings will always prioritize her political ambitions and liberal socialist agenda over the needs of Florida families,” blasted Executive Director Helen Aguirre Ferre.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 9, 2021