The Phoenix Flyer

Democrat Val Demings to run Trump ad dissing GOP Marco Rubio during upcoming Trump rally

By: - November 4, 2022 12:32 pm

U.S. Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat, is scheduled to debate her Republican opponent Sen. Marco Rubio. in a televised debate on October 18, 2022. Credit: Demings’ Twitter page

With the upcoming Florida rally hosted by former President Donald Trump coming soon, U.S. Rep. Val Demings’ campaign on Friday released an ad on YouTube featuring clips of Trump dissing U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

The ad is scheduled to run on Fox News on Sunday, the same day the former GOP president plans to speak at a rally in Miami-Dade County. The entire ad features Trump making remarks about Rubio’s record during the time when Rubio and Trump faced off in the GOP primary election for the president in 2016.

Rubio, a Republican seeking reelection in the U.S. Senate, plans to speak at the Trump rally on Sunday held at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, as previously reported by the Florida Phoenix. On Election Day, Rubio will face off against Demings, a Democrat and former Orlando police chief.

“Little Marco. You know that in Florida, they hate little Marco Rubio so much, because he never votes, he never shows up to vote,” Trump said in the ad.

“He has conned the people of Florida. Don’t worry about it, Little Marco. You oughta show up in the Senate. He’s a meltdown guy. I mean I’m looking at him, he’s pouring sweat. We have to have somebody that doesn’t sweat,” Trump said.

At the Trump rally, at least seven Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation (Mario Diaz-Balart, Matt Gaetz, Vern Buchanan, Michael Waltz, Kat Cammack, Byron Donalds and Carlos Gimenez) will attend, as previously reported by the Phoenix.

Gov. Ron Desantis, a Republican seeking reelection, is not on the list of attendees at the Trump event.

Elizabeth Gregory, Rubio campaign spokesperson, said in an email to the Phoenix:

“Yet another desperate stunt from the flailing Demings campaign. Congresswoman Demings is just jealous that the only people she can get to endorse her campaign are C-List celebrities from blue enclaves while Marco Rubio has the support of every major law enforcement group in Florida, as well as veterans, parents, faith leaders, farmers and Floridians across the state.”

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Issac Morgan
Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.