Latest Val Demings ad smacks Marco Rubio over Rick Scott’s campaign plan

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Demings' ad suggests Rubio wants to tax the poor and to end Social Security and Medicare.

Making the case that Florida’s senior Senator can be expected to follow the national Republican Senate campaign proposals written by Florida’s junior Senator, Democrat Val Demings released a new ad Friday ripping Marco Rubio over Rick Scott’s 11-point “Rescue America” plan.

U.S. Rep. Demings, the leading Democratic candidate for a November General Election showdown with Rubio, is seeking to tie him to Republicans’ controversial midterm elections plan for Senate candidates.

Scott, as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), unveiled the plan in February and has been vigorously defending it against waves of criticism — not just from Democrats, but from Republicans who are uncomfortable with the plan.

The Demings campaign’s new digital commercial goes so far as suggesting that Scott is Rubio’s boss, and that Rubio won’t stand up to him.

Rubio’s campaign said he has repeatedly said he opposes raising taxes.

“Politifact called Demings claims false, and given that this new ad is on the same subject, the same applies here. As we told them just a couple of weeks ago, Senator Rubio does not support raising taxes,” the campaign replied Friday.
Demings’ new ad, “Where Does Marco Rubio Stand on Rick Scott’s Tax Hike?” presses the points that make even Republicans nervous about the Scott’s so called “Rescue America” plan: that it calls for new taxes on retirees and for people now too poor to qualify now to pay income taxes and calls for a review of Social Security and Medicare with the prospect of overhauls to reduce long-term costs.

Since Scott released his plan, Democrats have been almost gleeful in responding. They’ve fired numerous rounds of attacks, accusing Scott — and Republican Senate candidates enrolled in the NRSC campaign — of wanting to tax the poor and to end Social Security and Medicare.

The new ad is part of a six-figure advertising buy, Demings’ campaign said Friday.

The spot begins with newspaper headlines and news readers raising concerns that the plan would raise taxes on “more than half of Americans,” that the affected group would include “veterans, many low-income families, and retirees,” and that “Scott’s plan would end Medicare and Social Security as we know it,” according to a narrator.

All of that is illustrated by pictures of Scott.

Then comes the first Rubio photo, and the narrator asks, “Where does Marco Rubio stand?” The next clip shows Rubio responding in an interview saying he’s “read about” the plan, adding, “I think it’s good that people offer ideas.”

Finally comes the kicker: a photo of Rubio with the text reading, “Rubio won’t stand up to his party boss.”

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  • PeterH

    April 1, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Marco Rubio and his useless complaining Republicans could have advanced comprehensive immigration reform and solved our never-ending Southern border whining…. but he’s done nothing.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 2, 2022 at 11:04 am

      Well your hero, the incompetent one, has done something. Look at the chaos at the Southern Border. We are breaking records daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. From over 150+ countries they come. He appointed the other moron to take care of it but she did nothing. Nice job on day one signing that executive order Obiden. Truly the worst President of our time. Jimmy Carter smile’s everyday.

      • PeterH

        April 2, 2022 at 11:19 am

        The President has little control over border regulations. Border laws are written by Congress. Until Covid gave Trump a rationale to block immigration…… he too was faced with the dilemma.

        In 2017 Trump directed Lindsey Graham to formulate a new and better comprehensive immigration reform bill to solve rampant Southern border immigration and illegal immigration.

        Graham formed a bipartisan committee and finally formed a working comprehensive immigration package. Trump’s Steven Miller rejected the proposal and that was the end of the story.

        In his recent State of the Union address Biden AGAIN asked Congress to write strong legislation to address immigration. Florida’s Congressional representatives could certainly address the issues…… but instead complain that ‘Biden isn’t doing anything!’

        Biden adheres to the current laws as they are written…… CONGRESS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WRITING LAW.

        • Impeach Biden

          April 2, 2022 at 1:45 pm

          In the simplest of terms have the number of illegals entering increased or decreased at the Southern Border since the incompetent one took over? The numbers are out there. I’m hanging on tight as you attempt to spin.

          • PeterH

            April 2, 2022 at 2:22 pm

            My post has absolutely no spin!

            Laws are meant to be followed…… unless you’re a Trumpster! See January 6th for Trumpsters law breaking activities.

            Trump’s solution was children in cages and Covid was his miracle for halting immigration entirely.


          • aravind ramaswamy narayan

            April 2, 2022 at 10:17 pm

            “in the simplest of terms”…
            That is spin.
            You accuse people furnishing accurate facts and context as “spinning” when your own entire premise is based on a heuristic that is devoid of any context is .
            No wonder you conservatives/Republicans have no solns for anything other than cruelty towards whomsoever you “other”.

        • TJC

          April 2, 2022 at 5:19 pm

          PeterH, you have the patience of a saint, taking time to explain facts to a soul whose idea of a creative moniker is “Impeach Biden.”
          I admire your optimism!

          • Impeach Biden

            April 2, 2022 at 6:06 pm

            Why don’t you answer? Still waiting for the spin on the chaos at the Southern Border. I also love that elitist attitude the comes across in your writings. Did I punctuate correctly?

      • I’m glad we are

        April 3, 2022 at 10:32 pm

        “We are breaking records every day”

        Good hope they take all your jobs lol

  • marteen

    April 2, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Val can say anything she wants too. At the end of the day, she remains just another broken down loser democrat

    • TJC

      April 2, 2022 at 5:23 pm

      Why is it that the right wing zealots here can’t spell or punctuate correctly?
      Was school too much for you? Is that where all the anger comes from?

  • K.Kennedy

    April 2, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    God forbid facts should alter your opinion. Peter H is telling it like it is. The GOP motto seems to be this: Facts. Ignore them or change them to suit your needs.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 2, 2022 at 9:24 pm

      Fact is fuel prices immediately started climbing after Biden became President. Remember those executive orders he signed on day 1? Now Biden blames Putin for rising fuel prices. So what party is changing the narrative to suit its needs? Now back to the border chaos. Records are broken daily, weekly, monthly and yearly with regards to illegals crossing. Still waiting how you and those in charge will spin this.

      • aravind ramaswamy narayan

        April 2, 2022 at 10:21 pm

        “fact is”…
        Sources? Context?
        Anything other than regurgitation of information sources from.. Fucker Carlson, or Fix news, or Only Assholes Network ?

        • Impeach Biden

          April 3, 2022 at 6:06 am

          Go down to Del Rio, TX and see it with your own eyes. While you are there talk with the CBP officers and get their perspective. You will get facts and sources at the same time. By the way I lived in Del Rio and the “FACT” is this chaos was not going on until this current moronic President took over.

        • Tom

          April 4, 2022 at 8:16 am

          Please add one more name for clarity, it’s confusing with three. One more really needed.

          Your vulgarities are non becoming. I know the Hunter Biden stories, and Steele dossier truths are upsetting. Come on man!

  • Tom

    April 2, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Great job by impeach Biden.
    Continued extreme falsehoods and unreasonable lies from Peter h. TJC continues with Manchurian vomit.

    Everyone besides kindergartner peter h knows that executive branch enforces the border. Period full stop! Congress delegates these duties, courts affirm them.

    Peter h is a total misinformation agent. He lies and is lackey frontman.

    Congress writes laws, Dems have forbid any effort to amend border. They have purposefully allowed invasion so as to change political racial dynamics.

    It won’t work, November shellacking.

    • FP Monitor

      April 3, 2022 at 7:43 am

      It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant uneducated Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. Tom is all about personal attacks. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

      • Tom

        April 3, 2022 at 8:40 am

        Soros Manchurian F P vomit
        Go scratch ass.
        You make me the legend!

        • He needs it

          April 3, 2022 at 1:21 pm

          Can someone hire an illegal immigrant to teach this white man English? Lol

          • Tom

            April 4, 2022 at 7:38 am

            He needs it”

            Racist ass wipe, you need education in civics, constitution and be freed from liberal brain washing. Yes, “he needs it”, you are brain washed.

            In my brilliance, I nailed Soros, you Manchurians, and that you all are vomit.

            But yes, like the rest of your Manchurian ass wipe nation, you make me the FP legend. Thank You.

      • Impeach Biden

        April 3, 2022 at 8:56 am

        Hey FP Monitor, when was Michelle Obama VP? Words right out of the “dementia man’s” mouth.

        • Never gets old

          April 3, 2022 at 1:17 pm

          You Trump people getting upset over the Obama’s are like when we make jokes about you all marrying inside of the family. Lol

          • Impeach Biden

            April 3, 2022 at 5:55 pm

            Comprehension is not your strong suit. Remember it was the moron you voted for that made the comment not the Trumpers as you say.

  • And that’s good

    April 3, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Heres some comprehension impeach Biden

    If you had a better you could buy gas and and afford food

    But you don’t lol

  • Tom

    April 4, 2022 at 5:58 am

    Congrats to all the 5% Manchurian Dums haters.
    Your collective IQ is 5 years old. Good going, but don’t fear Gov Ron saved you all with K-3, non sexual orientation. Never gets older, BTW, who are the Obama’s?

    Peter h and the rest of you, hate America Manchurians are clueless. Everyone knows except for Peter h and ass wipe TJC that executive branch, POTUS enforce border. Congress delegates border to exec branch. Sup Courts rules in favor of enforcement. Stop the Manchurian lies.

    • FP Monitor

      April 4, 2022 at 9:03 am

      It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant uneducated Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. Tom is all about personal attacks and lying. Tom will never allow truthful facts get in the way of his continuous fake news story line! Tom makes stuff up as he types. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

      • Tom

        April 4, 2022 at 3:34 pm

        Thanks making me a star and legend!

  • Impeach Biden

    April 4, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Better what Good? Nice composition there. Better job I’m guessing. I really don’t think you want to compare yours to mine. I think I would win that one 😄

    • Ocean Joe

      April 4, 2022 at 8:58 pm

      A long list of humorous exchanges, but I ask ‘when did Biden or Trump or any president, abolish the laws of supply and demand?’
      Covid hit full force, travel curtailed, people stay home, demand shriveled, over supply, prices down. Reduced production, not just petroleum products, but almost everything outside of medical supplies, in keeping with reduced demand. Covid subsides, economic activity resumes, demand skyrockets, supply lagging, scarcity means rising prices, especially in a capitalist society (remember how much you hate those socialists). Oil companies who lost out when travel diminished, when folks shifted to remote work, now recovering profits with higher prices. Backlogged supply, ships stuck in the harbor, (Transportation Sec’y takes a month leave when he’s needed the most), all add up.
      As for the border, I thought our governor sent 50 cops over there, that should have taken care of the problem…unless that was just a publicity stunt like most everything else he does.

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