Marco Rubio Lends Voice to National, State Candidates

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: February 14, 2014 3:55 AM
Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., continued his push for Republican candidates at the national and state levels on Thursday.

Rubio continues to attempt to build up support for U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is running against U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., in one of the most competitive Senate races in the nation. Republicans have high hopes for Cotton as they look to flip the Senate in November.

Rubio sent out an email to supporters of his Reclaim America PAC on Thursday, urging supporters to back Cotton.

“It’s official,” Rubio told supporters on Thursday. “Democrats and their liberal interest-group allies are going to spend whatever they can to try and stop Tom Cotton from being elected to the U.S. Senate. Right now, hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent on television ads attacking Tom.”

Rubio insisted Cotton is “the kind of conservative we need in the U.S. Senate to help repeal and replace Obamacare and stand up to the big spenders in Washington.”

Closer to home, Rubio continued to showcase his support for David Jolly, the Republican running in the special election for the congressional seat left vacant by the death of longtime U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla. Jolly takes on former state CFO Alex Sink, the Democratic candidate, and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 special election.

Rubio recorded a message for YG Network being used in robocalls across the district this week. Praising Jolly as a “strong, next-generation conservative leader,” Rubio encourages Pinellas County residents to vote for him.

On Monday, Rubio campaigned with Jolly, appearing alongside him at a senior center in Seminole. Rubio, who is considered by most pundits as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, has been making the rounds in the national media this week calling for higher education reform.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

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