‘The choice is between common sense and utter lunacy’: Marco Rubio predicts flood of new support for Republicans

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'For 18 months, the entire federal government has been in the hands of one political party (and) they are 100% responsible for the challenges our country is facing today.'

Sen. Marco Rubio again took aim at the specter of liberal indoctrination in public school and the spread of left-wing policies and ideologies at a Saturday rally that drew hundreds of conservatives from Sarasota and Manatee counties.

During his keynote speech inside the Robarts Arena at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Rubio called for unity against “lunacy” and predicted some of the cultural movements sweeping the nation will result in a strong showing for the GOP this year.

“Every single one of you knows someone who has never voted for a Republican in their lives, but they’re going to now, not because they agree with us on every issue … but because we agree on what we can agree on. And what we can agree on is common sense,” he said.

“The choice in American politics today is no longer simply left and right, or Republican and Democrat. … The choice is between common sense and complete and utter lunacy.”

Rubio lambasted controversial subjects like critical race theory and the participation of transgender athletes in women’s sports, both of which were banned in Florida, prompting legal challenges in Florida.

He slammed Democrats for inflation and high prices as the gas pump. There has never been a time in modern history, he said, “when the choice has been as stark as it is today.”

“For 18 months, the entire federal government has been in the hands of one political party,” he said. “They are 100% responsible for the challenges our country is facing today.”

The event was well-attended by state and local candidates. Several elected GOP officials, including Rep. Vern Buchanan of Longboat Key, also spoke.

Gov. Ron DeSantis was listed as a potential speaker, but two days out from the event, he still had not confirmed he would show. Organizers told the Bradenton Herald he backed out due to a family emergency.

Buchanan, who secured a “complete and total endorsement” from Donald Trump in December, invoked the former President’s famous habit for terminating people under his employ while addressing the crowd.

“First things first, we need to gather and we will fire (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi,” he said to a round of applause. “In two years, we’ll fire (President Joe) Biden, (Vermont Sen.) Bernie Sanders, (Vice President) Kamala (Harris) and the Squad.

“They need to be gone. They’re socialists.”

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  • Chas

    July 17, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Mr Rubio is the perfect definition of swamp creature and a perfect reason we need term limits. Insanity is thinking the same folks that helped get us into all these messes over the years, will somehow do something different.

    • Pancho Villar

      July 18, 2022 at 10:05 am

      Term limits are a concept that sound good in theory, but in actuality it would benefit the lobbyists the most. Rather than term limits, ranked-choice voting should be something we should explore in Florida and getting rid of the closed primary system.

  • Joe Corsin

    July 17, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Vote RED for ancient Roman plutocracy  in the name of Jesus Christ.

    Vote RED for pandering and bribing police for votes.

    Vote RED for claiming victory on the backs of others while doing nothing but talking.

    Vote RED for paying the rich for votes on the backs of workers while brainwashing the poor with abominable far right propaganda.

  • Tom

    July 17, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Chameleon Crist is the leopard with liars spots.
    Marco defends all, even you.
    LMAO, dumb, dumb Demings still looking for her gun. Annie Oakley, get your gun!

  • Tjb

    July 17, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Marco is a worthless politician. What Senate Bills has he introduced in Congress that actually helped Floridians? He is more involved with bad mouthing the opposition, than offering actual solution to make Florida and America better.

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  • tom palmer

    July 17, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Want an idea of lunacy? Try Jan. 6 at the Capitol. The rare transgender controversies and the non-existent CRT pale by comparison.

  • Joe Corsin

    July 18, 2022 at 7:41 am

    Vote RED for grifters and con men
    Vote RED for neo nazi propagandists
    Vote RED for capitalist puppets and slave keepers
    Vote RED for lies in the name of Jesus

    • Arnold Gibbs

      July 18, 2022 at 11:25 am

      Vote Red in the name of common sense instead of the lunacy of the Left.

      • Joe Corsin

        July 18, 2022 at 1:31 pm

        Vote RED for blaming Democrats for being unable to clean up GOP messes fast enough every other 4 years or so
        Vote RED for far right propaganda and dangerous lies
        Vote RED to continue shoveling money to the rich and blaming Democrats for the fallout
        Vote RED for crony Capitalism and buying politicians to serve the rich

  • John Barron

    July 19, 2022 at 3:45 am

    Lil’ Marco is obviously nervous. Should be, he’s the weakest of the big three fl republicans. At least he’s not getting fat like DeSantis

  • Joe Corsin

    July 19, 2022 at 8:02 am

    Vote RED for fascist police state and domestic anti-government terrorists.
    Vote RED for far right gangs and bad culture
    Vote RED for neo nazi propaganda by red state grifter politicians
    Vote RED for low wage slavery for the rest of American history
    Vote RED for lunatic theocracy and forced birth of trailer park crack and meth babies…AkA prison fodder

  • YYep

    July 19, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    I have utter lunacy The black horse is coming with the sign of Leo

  • PeterH

    July 19, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Excuse me Marco but wasn’t the entire Trump White House Clown Show “utter chaos?”

    Didn’t you have two chances to end the chaos and remove Trump from office???

    Republicans are packing the 2022 Clown Bus. Is Marco driving? Wheeee!

  • Just a comment

    July 19, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    330 thousand a year moving to a cornerstone end Florida

  • Mark Napier

    July 20, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    I am sorry, but I support Val Demmings. Here is why. When I reached out to Senator Marco Rubio back when he was first elected and was about to vote to ratify John Brennan as the CIA Director I wrote to him as told him to vote NO!

    I use to work underneath Brennan and told Rubio that Brennan was big into “Politicizing” Intelligence Reports to Congress. Rubio dismissed my suggestion and voted for Brennan who proved during the Benghazi incident and others that he did exactly as I knew he would and lie to Congress.

    I reached out for assistance to Rubio’s office once again seeking assistance with a Whistleblower case involving a mismanaged investigation that involved Child Pornography that I had reported under the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act. Rubio’s office merely dragged me along and ignored my case. I was left homeless on the streets for 5 years for reporting the Child Porn incident. Rubio is a Boob! I support Val Demings any day.

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