Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Marco Rubio not only has a lead in most polls, but is trying to stay above the fray in his campaign ads. His campaign unveiled a new, two-minute long “closing argument” Tuesday, which is essentially a “greatest hits” of his campaign themes of American exceptionalism, spending and debt and his personal story of growing up as the son of two Cuban exiles of modest means.
It has images of the Great Depression, war and his parents in Cuba set to patriotic music. His argument is that the Cuba his parents knew
is a very different place from our America — a place where the son of bartender doesn’t have to become a bartender, and where the son of a maid can achieve any dream. So now we’re being asked whether we want to keep all that or whether we want to become more like the place my parents came from. And that’s why I’m running for the Senate: to change the direction Washington is taking our country.
But Ben Smith of Politico notes that the spot is confusing as to whether Rubio means that the United States will become more like pre- or post-revolutionary Cuba — two very different societies. Rubio’s parents fled Cuba for Miami shortly after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.
Luke Johnson reports on Florida for The American Independent.