Positive Marco Rubio ad spotlights PPP success story

Rubio PPP ad
'If it weren’t for Senator Rubio, I might not even have a job.'

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s re-election campaign is reminding voters of his role in keeping businesses afloat during the pandemic.

The Senator’s new ad spotlights “how Marco’s Paycheck Protection Program saved Florida jobs and small businesses,” in the words of a campaign media release.

The 30-second ad, entitled “Diego’s,” illustrates how that forgivable loan scheme to businesses helped defray payroll expenses during pandemic-driven shutdowns in 2020, using restaurant staff’s first-person testimony to frame the utility of the program.

“If it weren’t for Senator Rubio, I might not even have a job,” went one testimonial.

“It was nice to know that we had someone like Senator Rubio looking out for us,” went another.

This ad has seen over $10,000 in spend in its first day, according to Ad Impact, with 3/4 of the budget in Daytona/Orlando and Tampa, two Interstate 4 corridor markets where Rubio will need to counter Democratic nominee Val Demings.

The ad complements Rubio’s recent efforts to differentiate between the program he pushed and the current student loan forgiveness offered by the Joe Biden administration.

During comments made on NBC 6 Sunday, Rubio insisted that the two programs have nothing in common despite both being rooted in federal loans.

“It’s not even the same thing. A PPP loan didn’t go to the business. The business didn’t make money off it. The PPP loans were designed to pay their workers. So the only thing you could use PPP money were to pay the salaries of your workers or the rent on your building so you wouldn’t get evicted. That was it. If we hadn’t done that then all of those workers would have been laid off or fired and they would have gone on the unemployment rolls. So we were going to pay for it either way,” Rubio said.

“So the question is, what is the better way to get money to workers, who are not being allowed to work, by the way. That’s the other thing you have to remember about PPP. The government was telling businesses, ‘You’re not allowed to open. You’re not allowed to work.’ We were either going to do it through unemployment or through this program. So that’s the difference,” Rubio contended.

In a late August op-ed for Fox Business, Rubio contrasted the “stunning success” of the Paycheck Protection Program to the “handout” proposed by the White House.

“This payroll grant, structured deliberately as a forgivable loan, had one key condition: that 80% of the funds go to payroll,” Rubio asserted.

See the ad below.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • KMarx

    September 9, 2022 at 9:54 am

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  • Tom

    September 9, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Good for Marco!
    Dumings has nothing to offer!

    • Tjb

      September 9, 2022 at 12:51 pm

      Just wondering how much fraud has been committed with PPP Loans?

    • Val Demings

      September 9, 2022 at 4:48 pm

      Offer you a grilled sardine in yo face talkin that mess honey. Mmmm hmmm. Scrub yo face back and forth with this here anchovy.

  • PeterH

    September 9, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Since Reagan made abortion a religious and Republican Party issue instead of a family decision between a woman and her physician……. I don’t understand why Republicans who have fought for five decades to overturn Roe v Wade are not campaigning and championing their historic win with ads and candidate endorsements?

    Here in Florida we never hear from Rubio, Scott or DeSantis on this historic win for the GOP!

    Come on Rubio tell us about the “Scarlet Letter Act” you imposed on the women of Florida.

    • MH/Duval

      September 11, 2022 at 6:43 pm

      Which MCs did not support PPP? Didn’t every sane person?

      Marco has been trying to backpedal on a woman’s right to choose. And Dunedin Ron is keeping low, too.

      For all their public rectitude, the Trump element is hot to interfere in the bedrooms and personal lives of their fellow Americans.

  • marylou

    September 9, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    “If it wasn’t for President Biden, I might not even have a place to live.” —— just as likely. Why does Little Marco Polo think taxpayers should be forced to pay “Lauren’s” wages? And, if taxpayers want to pay “Lauren”, send her the check directly. Like UC which Republicans were furious about..because business leeches didn’t get their 40% cut.

  • Jeffrey L. Etter

    September 12, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Rubio’s PPP bill had no oversight controls. Of the $800 billion 11% was straight FRAUD. 70% went into the pockets of the top 20% – not hourly workers. It is estimated by the Federal Reserve that less than 20% of the $899 billion preserved any jobs. Yes, RUBIO properly claims responsibility for the largest fraud in American history!

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