Rubio Ad: ‘We All Know’ What Crist Is Doing With Party Switch (VIDEO)

Marco Rubio (R) and Gov. Charlie Christ (I), candidates for US Senate in Florida
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Marco Rubio has a new ad in the Florida Senate race, hammering ex-Republican and now independent Gov. Charlie Crist as an opportunist.

Though Rubio’s ad doesn’t directly mention the story, he appears to be alluding to Crist’s recent insistence that he would have left the GOP and run as an independent even if he had been leading in the polls for the Republican primary. (At the time he switched, Rubio led in the polls for the primary by 20-30 points.)

“We all know what he’s doing. Charlie Crist was losing, so he switched sides,” Rubio says in the ad. “Just to win votes, he flip-flopped on everything, from the stimulus to ObamaCare. And when that failed, he started falsely attacking. Don’t fall for it. Typical politicians who will say or do anything won’t retire the national debt, protect Social Security, or help create a single new job. I’m Marco Rubio, and I approved this message because Washington already has enough politicians who care more about their own future than they do about yours.”

The TPM Poll Average gives Rubio 42.7%, Crist 29.3%, and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek 21.9%.

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