Arkansas Gets Marco Rubio's Political Attention
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Using his Reclaim America PAC, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., looks to flex his political muscles on a national level in 2014 even as he continues mulling over a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Earlier this month, Rubio announced he was endorsing U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., to challenge U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., in 2014. This is Rubio’s first Senate endorsement of the 2014 election cycle. Pryor is one of the top targets of Republicans as they look to flip control of the Senate in 2014.
“Tom began serving our nation as a platoon leader in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division,” Rubio wrote. “When his military service concluded, he took up another form of public service by representing Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives, where his status as a strong conservative leader has been indisputable.
“Once elected, we can be confident that Tom will be another conservative friend in Washington who will ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit an exceptional America from this generation,” Rubio added. “He won't stand down when it comes to repealing Obamacare, fighting to lower our runaway debt, and turning back the tide of big government that has taken over Washington in recent years.
“Helping Tom Cotton secure a victory in Arkansas is vital to conservatives nationwide who wish to reclaim America from the liberals that have taken our country in the wrong direction,” Rubio insisted. “Doing so requires winning the majority in the U.S. Senate.”
While he did not mention Pryor by name, Rubio labeled the Democratic incumbent as “one of Barack Obama’s most reliable votes, which means Washington Democrats will be pumping millions into this race.”
Rubio doubled down on his support of Cotton on Friday, urging supporters to contribute to the Arkansas Republican’s campaign coffers before the end of the third quarter deadline on Tuesday.
“Our nation’s strength is not in our government, but in our people’s resolve,” Rubio wrote supporters on Friday. “This week, my conservative colleagues and I have fought tirelessly in the Senate to defund Obamacare and concerned Americans all around the country have stood with us. But to make our absolute goal of repealing Obamacare a reality, we need the right leaders in the Senate. This begins with Tom Cotton.”
Rubio plans to raise $10,000 for Cotton during the rest of the month.
This marks the third Senate campaign Rubio and Reclaim America have been active with in 2013 but it’s the only one that will see action in the 2014 elections. Earlier this year, Rubio ran ads in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary, praising U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., for fighting against more gun control legislation. Ayotte is up for re-election in 2016.
Rubio also went to bat for Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts. Gomez ran against Democrat Ed Markey in the special election caused by John Kerry leaving the Senate to become U.S. secretary of state. Markey defeated Gomez by 10 percent at the end of June to claim the open seat.
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