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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., takes aim at old rival former Gov. Charlie Crist in a new TV ad in Spanish launched by the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) on Friday. Rubio links Crist to President Barack Obama in the ad and urges Floridians to vote for Gov. Rick Scott.

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., offered a warning that Miami International Airport (MIA) needs to focus on Ebola preparedness. Conceding that it is unlikely that travelers from West African nations impacted by Ebola will be traveling through South Florida, Ros-Lehtinen noted that travelers from Latin America, especially doctors from Cuba, could be a different story. To that end, Ros-Lehtinen wrote MIA Director Emilio Gonzalez this week.  

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is hitting the airwaves in two states holding competitive U.S. Senate races as the GOP looks to wrest control from the Democrats.

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From his perch on the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered his thoughts on Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman who attacked the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday. In his rampage, Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent convert to Islam, killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) launched a new TV ad on Thursday, hitting former Gov. Charlie Crist’s economic record. Polls show Crist, the Democratic nominee after spending most of his political life with the GOP, and Gov. Rick Scott running close.

In Tuesday’s debate with Scott, Crist brushed off attacks on his economic record, insisting he was not responsible for the bad times as the recession impacted more than Florida. The ad points to decisions Crist made as worsening the Sunshine State’s problems.

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on Wednesday to chide U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s plans to send $150 million to the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) over its role in actions directed against Israel. The senators pointed to three cases of rockets at a UNRWA facility in Gaza and wrote Kerry to demand taxpayer dollars won‘t be used against Israel.

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Using his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC, former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., went to bat for Glo Smith, the Republican candidate running against U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., on Wednesday. West included Smith in his “races to watch” list in addition to the 14 candidates he endorsed.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took to the stump for Gov. Rick Scott and lashed out at former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat in the race, saying “I’ve never met someone in politics that I disrespect more than Charlie Crist.”

 

 

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Bill Herrle, the executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) Florida chapter, came out swinging at former Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday. Herrle pointed to Crist saying in Tuesday night’s debate against Gov. Rick Scott that he was for raising the minimum wage even if it led to job loss.

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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater holds a commanding lead over Democratic rival William Rankin according to a new poll.

St. Leo University released a poll of likely voters on Wednesday which shows 50 percent backing Atwater, 35 percent behind Rankin and the remaining 15 percent undecided.

The poll of 500 likely voters was taken from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.

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