‘Tremendous damage’: Marco Rubio talks inflation at Seminole County field office opening

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'I'm not sure I'm in favor of competent leftists, but I can tell you, incompetent leftists are doing tremendous damage to the country.'

Sen. Marco Rubio celebrated the opening of his re-election campaign’s new Seminole County field office Saturday evening among local residents.

At the event, Rubio slammed Democrats for the recent inflation and baby formula shortage. He blamed the current situation on “incompetence” and “wasteful spending” by congressional Democrats, advocating for his re-election and supporting Republican candidates.

“What’s happened in the last 16 months (Democrats) have been in charge? Gas prices today are almost double what they were at this time last year,” Rubio said Saturday.

“We have inflation … which was fed by $1.9 trillion in wasteful government spending in March of last year, passed down the partisan line by Democrats. … We have a baby formula shortage in America. In the United States — we’re not talking about a third-world or a developing country or even a war zone — in the United States of America, because of incompetence. They knew this was going to be a problem last December, they did nothing about it.”

The current inflation situation may be Democrats’ biggest hurdle in the upcoming Midterm Elections. On Wednesday, the Labor Department reported that consumer prices jumped 8.3% last month from 12 months earlier, according to The Associated Press. That was below the 8.5% year-over-year surge in March, which was the highest rate since 1981.

“I’m not sure I’m in favor of competent leftists, but I can tell you, incompetent leftists are doing tremendous damage to the country,” Rubio said. “The purpose of these efforts here is to give us a place to organize so that we can make sure that all those people that agree with us that the other side is out of control, all of those people turn out and become votes so that we can keep our majorities in Florida and so that we can take back majorities in the House and Senate in Washington.”

Rep. Val Demings as the leading Democratic candidate to face off against Rubio in the Senate race. The two are neck-and-neck in fundraising — Demings’ campaign raised more than $10 million in the first quarter of 2022, and Rubio grabbed $5.8 million. That put both of them over $30 million raised in the 2022 U.S. Senate money chase, making the Rubio-Demings contest the only Senate battle in the country where both candidates are anywhere near that stratosphere of fundraising.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Just a comment

    May 15, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Democracy was never buy all the land make them pay to keep us in the green

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  • Noemifer Lopez

    May 15, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Little Marco trying to steal the spotlight from Dion me too DeSantis, such a clown show. America will turn to real conservative politicians come election time. Abbot/Noem 2024ever!!

  • Noemifer Lopez

    May 15, 2022 at 11:31 am

    Little Marco trying to steal the spotlight form Dipstick DeSantis. This clown show never ends. America needs America’s Governor, Greg Abbott and hottie Noem to clean up this disgrace of a country. Abbott Noem 2024evah

  • Deb

    May 15, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Rubio has not done a thing for Florida. Votes against all bills that help the average person and is not around at all until right before elections.

  • tom palmer

    May 15, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Blame the corporations for this, not Biden. They control the economy and these GOP economic illiterates and cynical politicians like Rubio who actually know better are trying to distract the public into believing otherwise.

  • Jason

    May 15, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    here is to give us a place to organize so that we can make sure that all those people that agree with us that the other side is out of control, all of those people turn out

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  • Itold Usoh

    May 16, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    I was a likely Van Demings voter, since I do not like Marco and prefer that politicians not stay too long in Washington.

    BUT… The Dems / Biden have been a disaster on the economy / inflation; crime; Afghanistan; the border; schools (think CRT / Woke-ism). I’m thinking a straight Republican vote this cycle, just as a protest. Maybe if enough people do that the Democrats will get back to moderate, common sense, middle class positions.

    Ron DeSantis heading the R party also helps.

  • Dale

    May 16, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    After the 2020 dejections, there is no way I would vote for a democrat for any reason. I can’t remember all the pronouns that the woke crowd want me to, I can’t afford the gas prices, I like to eat meat and I would like for my grand children to have the formula they need. Most Republicans have pretty much had their hands tied in a democrat majority in the house and a tie breaker vp in the senate. That will all change in November and the America tilt left will right itself.

  • Tjb

    May 16, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    With his statements, it is obvious that Rubio has no understanding of economics or how capitalism works.

  • Just a comment

    May 17, 2022 at 9:43 am

    Gas and oil is a remark about WW2 that was the way we won. Might be revelant today

  • Beth

    May 19, 2022 at 5:36 am

    Marco who?

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