Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) questions witnesses during a Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee hearing looking into the budget estimates for National Institute of Health (NIH).(Photo by Sarah Silbiger-Pool/Getty Images)
UPDATED 2:56 PM PT – Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) has announced her bid to unseat GOP Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Demings released a video on Twitter on Wednesday, explaining why she’s running for higher office.
Shortly after, Rubio’s reelection team slammed Demings for being a “far-left liberal extremist” whose voting record sides with a “socialist agenda.” This referred to her voting in favor of defunding police and opposing tax cuts. Rubio said, “Florida deserves a proven senator when it comes to fighting and winning for Florida families.”
Rubio’s team then highlighted his accomplishments during his two terms in the Senate, including saving millions of Florida jobs. He also argued he stood up to his own party to double the child tax credit.
As it stands, the Senate is split down the middle with Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote, placing Democrats in the majority.