Senator Marco Rubio may have his biggest challenge yet to winning back his Senate seat next year. Today Rep. Val Demings officially entered the race for the U.S. senate that Rubio currently holds. In her first ad, the Democrat says:
“I know how to get through tough times, and I think we would all agree that we’re in some really tough, unusual times right now. But I’m not afraid of a tough fight. We are dealing with some critical issues. And we need bold, courageous leaders to deal with those issues. And the bottom line is, too many times Marco Rubio did not show up. And when he did, he did not have enough courage to fight for Florida.”
I'm running for U.S. Senate because I will never tire of standing up for what is right. Never tire of serving Florida. Never tire of doing good.
— Val Demings (@valdemings) June 9, 2021
Normally this would be early to start attacking a challenger, that’s why it’s curious that Rubio already appears on the defensive. According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Rubio has tried to get ahead of Demings’ expected announcement by going on the attack, telling Fox News on Monday, “None of them [Demings and other Democrats] will admit to being a socialist. She probably won’t. But she certainly has voted for socialist things.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 9, 2021
The far-left line may be a tough one for Rubio to push with Demings. The 64-year-old was the former police chief in Orlando and isn’t considered an extremist.
Val Demings is running for U.S. Senate. The sound you hear is Marco Rubio’s hysterical Bible verse tantrum.
— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) June 9, 2021
Rep. Val Demings has only been in the Florida Senate race for hours and ALREADY the slimy slimy politician Marco Rubio is crying about it.
Go Val! pic.twitter.com/a19XW1JQS7
— Grant Stern is fully vaccinated (@grantstern) June 9, 2021
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the woman who is challenging Florida Governor Ron DeSantis next year had this to say.
Ron DeSantis' response to my campaign for Florida Governor: "She does nothing"
Marco Rubio’s response to @valdemings’ campaign for Florida Senator: “Demings is a do-nothing House member”
They lie about our records because they're scared of facing two dynamic women in 2022.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) June 9, 2021
With Vice President Kamala Harris leaving her Senate seat, there are currently no Black women in the Senate.