Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek Weigh In on Unemployment

The candidates in the U.S. Senate race are weighing in on Florida's continued high unemployment --11.9 percent in September.

Republican candidate Marco Rubio, the front-runner in the U.S. Senate race, blamed the economic policies of President Barack Obama -- which he added were embraced by his two opponents, Gov. Charlie Crist who is running with no party affiliation and Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek.

"With the support of my two opponents, Washington has spent the past 20 months pursuing policies that have created an environment of job-crippling uncertainty in Florida and across America,” said Rubio on Friday. “Having 1,100,000 Floridians out of work is a sobering reminder of the consequences bad policies have.

"Washington's legacy of misspending, its unhealthy belief that politicians create jobs, and the job-crippling effect of potential tax hikes and Obamacare will take years to undo and courageous leaders who will step up to this challenge while proposing a clear alternative,”  said Rubio. “We can't afford more of this Washington agenda, and the American people will soon have an opportunity to show that we won't stand for it.”

Meek blamed Republicans for the mess.

"It is clear that we need to get our economy working again for middle-class families,” said Meek, who is in third place in the polls. “From day one, I've been committed to addressing these problems head-on by closing special tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

"As Floridians continue early voting, let's remember what the stakes truly are: Will Florida's next senator stand up for the middle class, or turn back the clock to the same old, discredited Republican policies that drove us into the ditch in the first place?” added Meek.

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