Rubio Ad: ‘America Needs Republicans Who Will Stand Up To Barack Obama — Not Join Him’ (VIDEO)

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Former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio has released the first TV ad of the state’s Republican Senate primary, introducing Rubio to the state’s voters. And while the ad doesn’t directly mention Rubio’s opponent, Gov. Charlie Crist, it contains a clear attack on Crist for having supported President Obama’s stimulus bill last year.

“Washington is broken and too many politicians don’t get it. America needs Republicans who will stand up to Barack Obama – not join him. Leaders who will stand for conservative values – not sacrifice them,” Rubio declares. “If we are willing to do that when it’s popular and when it’s not, we can keep America great for this generation and many more to come.”

Late Update: Crist communications director Andrea Saul has released this comment: “As the truth begins to surface about Speaker Rubio’s double billing of taxpayers, lavish spending of Republican money, and, just today, excessive pork spending, no ad will be able to stop voters from seeing he is not who he claims to be. A Miami lobbyist, Speaker Rubio has proved he is just another typical politician who uses his public office for personal gain and only comes clean once caught. Floridians deserve a true steward of their hard earned taxpayer dollars and public servant who does the right thing, even when no one is looking.”