MIAMI, FLA. — Marco Rubio joined the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show this week to discuss his race against Val Demings.
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|On the State of Our Nation
“I think first is something you guys well understand is, you know, political coverage these days is done by people who have narratives to push. So it gets boring after a few months to write about how Biden is doing terrible and the Democrats are going to get swamped. And then there’s this effort to say we need a counter narrative.
“And that’s what you’re seeing now… Here’s the fundamental truth… Most Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. They’re not happy with the economy. They think America is weaker and less safe. They think our streets are less safe. They think our policies are making us worse off, not better off.
“And one party’s in charge of every branch of government. They’re in charge of Congress. They’re in charge of the White House. And so Americans logically are going to conclude the only way to deal with everything going in the wrong direction is to replace the people who control the decisions that are being made right now. And I think that’s where we’re headed.
“Now I can’t speak for every state in the country. I imagine it’s hard to build a red wave in some states around the country. But in Florida, it’s not just Republicans, but people who have any common sense are ready to go vote. And they’re going to come out and they’re going to vote. And we have to make sure that that happens so we can at least, midterms are about checks and balances. And right now, there are no checks and balances in Washington on the lunacy of the far left.”
On the Political Nature of the Mar-a-Lago Raid
“Well, let me say something, and this has been my core issue from the very beginning. They have to have known before they went in that this was going to reek of politics and they should be very strong guardians of the public confidence that half the country has on whether or not they’re acting politically.
“That’s one of the reasons why the Justice Department has long said, you know, we don’t prosecute people three months from an election. We wait till after the election because we don’t want to look political. It’s one of the reasons why they don’t discuss even the existence of investigations with the press. That’s not been the case here. It’s been leak after leak after leak. We don’t know if the leaks are true or not, but clearly someone in the Justice Department is telling things to the media to try to shape the narrative. And then you have the pictures that are part of that filing.
“And then there’s the more fundamental challenge. And that is if, in fact, the information that was being improperly stored, because that’s the allegation, the information is being improperly stored at Mar-a-Lago. If in fact it rises to that level, then the congressional committees in charge of counterintelligence should have been informed of that. We were never, ever and we’ve asked in a bipartisan way. We’ve asked, ‘tell us what the stuff is that you claim is so sensitive and so serious.’ And they have yet to do it…
“And so to me, I just think a lot of this continues to create, at least, the perception that it is deeply politicized and it does tremendous harm to our institutions, especially important ones so important to the country like the FBI and the Justice Department.”
On the Race Against Val Demings
“There’s two major differences [between us]. I think the first is I actually get things done. She’s been in Congress for six years. She calls herself Chief Demings because she doesn’t want people to know that it’s been twelve years since being a police chief. She’s been in Congress for six years and she’s run for multiple offices and she spent a decade trying to get into politics. So she’s been in Congress for six years. She’s done nothing. She’s never passed a bill. She has no signature or major achievement of any, she has no achievement of any kind. She has nothing to show for six years in Congress. What she’s been is a rubber stamp. She votes with Nancy Pelosi 100 percent of the time. Not even the squad does that. And she’s been a rubber stamp for Pelosi and for this radical agenda.
“I ask people to compare that to my record… I’ve gotten more meaningful things done over the last six years than anyone in the Senate. I don’t say that. The Vanderbilt-University of Virginia Center for Effective Lawmaking says that. YouGov says that… I got the PPP program that saved millions of small businesses and jobs across this country. Not one, but two VA Accountability Acts. The changes in laws towards Hong Kong after China took it over. The law that bans the import of products made by slave labor… That’s why I’m sanctioned by the Chinese government.
“The list goes on and on. It’s a very long list. I’ve gotten real things done, things built on common sense and by the way, bipartisan things, because you can’t anything in the Senate that isn’t bipartisan. So that’s the first thing.
“I think the second thing that’s really important to point out about our differences is, and it ties to the first, is if you look at the agenda, she is going to do whatever Chuck Schumer tells her. It almost is irrelevant what her personal views on these issues are. As we’ve learned very recently, when the Democrats crack the whip on their members, they all fall in line and vote for whatever they ask for, irrespective of their personal views. So if people want Chuck Schumer to be their next U.S. Senator, then Val Demings is going to do that for you. I’m not. I’ve voted against my own leadership many times when I felt that was not in the best interests of the country or the United States. She’s never done it and she’s not going to do it in the Senate.”