The University of Florida vs. Florida State rivalry that long has dominated college football in the Sunshine state has spilled over into the presidential race.
The trash talking started when University of Florida alum Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told Monday Iowa’s KXNO 1460 AM, “Look, I don’t have anything against Florida State. I think there has to be a school where people who can’t get into [University of] Florida can go to college.”
John Thrasher, the president of Florida State University who the Tallahassee Democrat noted served with Rubio in the state legislature, shot back:
“He’s a nice kid,” Thrasher said. “I’m sure he’s frustrated by his low standing in the polls, which I believe could be a reflection of where he got his education.”