Marco Rubio pleads for campaign donations on Fox News Radio
Marco Rubio.

Rubio expects Demings to raise $200 Million.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday asked a national audience to donate to his General Election campaign, expressing concerns that a potential 2022 opponent could dwarf his fundraising.

Rubio made the comments on Fox News Radio’s “Guy Benson Show,” as part of an extended fulmination about U.S. Rep. Val Demings, who is running in the Democratic Primary.

“Val Demings is going to raise over $150 million. I mean, $200 million. I mean, these guys, they send out emails, this whole liberal infrastructure gets fired up. Every Republican was out-raised last cycle. So she’ll be formidable. She’s going to raise a ton of money online. I mean, she’s going to post huge numbers, OK,” Rubio told host Guy Benson.

“So if that concerns people, I encourage them to go on my website and help me out:,” Rubio said.

He then went on to another argument he seems to relish making, which is that Demings hasn’t accomplished much in Washington.

“She’s been in Congress five years. She hasn’t done anything. I don’t think she’s passed any meaningful legislation,” Rubio added, continuing a theme established upon Demings’ launch, when he called her a “do-nothing House member.”

“People are going to learn here. We don’t need all the money in the world. We need to raise money, OK, but we’re going to have enough money,” Rubio added.

“She hasn’t done anything. She’s been in Congress almost six years. The only thing she does is vote with (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi. I think if Pelosi gives her permission, her statement is going to be whatever Pelosi says and whatever the Squad says. That’s been her record up until now,” Rubio said.

While Rubio seems worried he won’t be able to match Demings dollar for dollar, his Senate colleague from Florida is more confident in the incumbent.

National Senatorial Republican Committee Chair Rick Scott said Tuesday he expected the race to be less expensive than some pundits predict.

“I don’t think so. Because here’s why. I mean, Marco’s done a good job in his 10 years up here. He’s well thought of in the state. He’s worked hard,” Scott said on Fox News Radio. “So as long as we get the message out, I think Marco’s going to have a big win and it won’t be as expensive.”

If Rubio does intend to make a practice of pledge breaks during interviews, he may consider following U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina’s lead, who repeatedly asked for funds during his successful reelection campaign last year. While hosts eventually caught on, the gimmick worked, and Graham returned to the Senate.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Tom Palmer

    June 15, 2021 at 6:34 pm


  • Ed

    June 16, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Marco is right. The Dems will our hundreds of millions to attempt to turn Florida Blue. Will make the Senate race in Georgia and South Carolina look like chump change. Resist the attempt to Californicate Florida.

    • Ed

      June 16, 2021 at 8:54 am

      insert “spend”

    • Tom Palmer

      June 16, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      Let’s keep Flordah

  • Jack G.

    June 16, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Sounds like Little Marco is worried about Val, as he should be, because Val Demings is a terrific candidate, and she stands a very good chance of unseating this ridiculous cry baby who, speaking of accomplishing nothing in Washington, has a very slim catalog of successes. Unless he counts kissing every ass on Capitol Hill as a “success”.

    Meanwhile, Val Demings has actually worked for people and delivered–including her years as a police woman who put herself on the line to keep her community safe.

    She wasn’t handed a big taxpayer budget and a microphone, like Rubio. Instead, she worked her way up through the male-dominated police ranks by virtue of her own hard work and integrity.

    She has my vote. Go Val!

    • Ken

      June 29, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      Her only substantive accomplishment was trying to murder the career of President Trump with nonsense impeachment charges. That was stomped dead on arrival in the Senate.

  • Catherine Hinton

    June 16, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Val Demings is a successful woman who has worked harder than the average male to get where she is. I find her to be a breath of fresh air and I think her story will resonate with many Florida voters–especially women voters like me, who have voted for Democrats AND Republicans in my more than 35 years of voting.

    She’s a woman who speaks her mind instead of being mind-controlled like those Republican women in Washington who won’t speak unless their comments are pre-approved by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy. I’m voting for her.

  • Ree

    June 29, 2021 at 11:50 am

    The conservative base hates Rubio. Everyone is getting behind Luis Miguel who is running against him in the primary. That’s the real reason he’s worried.

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