As some of us suspected he would do, Senator Marco Rubio has announced that he would be running for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Rubio has stated that he wouldn’t, but considering how the GOP may lose control of the Senate, “The American Son” was not about let his seat be the deciding factor in a possible Democratic Party Senate coup de’ etat this November.
In a statement that was posted on his website, Rubio explains why he decided to run for the Senate, and takes the opportunity to take some shots at both presumptive presidential nominees, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
“Control of the Senate may very well come down to the race in Florida. That means the future of the Supreme Court will be determined by the Florida Senate seat. It means the future of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal will be determined by the Florida Senate seat. It means the direction of our country’s fiscal and economic policies will be determined by this Senate seat. The stakes for our nation could not be higher.
There’s also something else. No matter who is elected president, there is reason for worry.
With Hillary Clinton, we would have four more years of the same failed economic policies that have left us with a stagnant economy. We would have four more years of the same failed foreign policy that has allowed radical Islam to spread, and terrorists to be released from Guantanamo. And even worse, if Clinton were president and her party took control of Congress, she would govern without Congressional oversight or limit. It would be a repeat of the early years of the current administration, when we got Obamacare, the failed stimulus and a record debt.
The prospect of a Trump presidency is also worrisome to me. It is no secret that I have significant disagreements with Donald Trump. His positions on many key issues are still unknown. And some of his statements, especially about women and minorities, I find not just offensive but unacceptable. If he is elected, we will need Senators willing to encourage him in the right direction, and if necessary, stand up to him. I’ve proven a willingness to do both…”-Marco Rubio
The political musical chair game in Florida will once again be played. Rubio’s prior announcement that he would not seek re-election to the Senate caused a huge vacuum through out the state. Now that Rubio is running for the Senate, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) will be dropping out of the Senate race and look to run for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in either his current seat, or the soon-to-be-vacated seat Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R) holds.
The most recent Quinnipiac poll has Rubio beating Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy 47 percent to 40, and Rep. Alan Grayson (D) 48 percent to 40 percent.
That’s a pretty good margin, so why not run for re-election?
Rubio will have to address his re-election reversal, his past support then change of mind on immigration reform, and his not-so-supportive views of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
At the end of the day, Rubio’s decision to run for reelection could turn out to be a silver lining for undercard Republicans running for elected office.
Rubio will help push Republicans to the polls.
Expect Rubio and Trump to make nice, a move that will help GOP efforts to win the state in the general election.
Advantage: Republicans, that would include Donald Trump