Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Rubio Stumps for Senate Seat in Bradenton | Senator Warns of Election's Effect on US Supreme Court

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Rubio Stumps for Senate Seat in Bradenton | Senator Warns of Election's Effect on US Supreme Court

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BRADENTON -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio warned conservatives that they could lose the U.S. Supreme Court for a generation, defended his support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and ripped into his Democratic opponent Tuesday during a stop in Bradenton.

Asked what was going through his head this week regarding the presidential election when he cast his vote early, Rubio said: "That I'm not voting for Hillary Clinton."

"I'm never going to support someone who's under FBI investigation or who I disagree with on virtually every major issue before the country," he said, adding: "It was a choice between someone who I disagree with on many issues and who I disagree with on every issue."

Rubio called GOP

presidential candidate Donald Trump a "con man" who cannot be trusted with the nuclear codes when the two men were competing in the presidential primary. But during a short speech at Mixon Fruit Farms Tuesday he focused instead on the fact that Clinton -- and a Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate -- could reshape the Supreme Court for decades to come.

"That's what's at stake as much as anything else in the Senate race," Rubio said, before attacking his own opponent, Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy.

Rubio has led Murphy by as much as nine percentage points in recent polls, but some polls show the race tied or within the margin of error. Rubio accused Murphy of "lying" about his resume, slammed him as "dangerously liberal" for supporting the Iran nuclear deal and closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, and said he has not accomplished anything in Congress.

"He's been there four years and no one's even noticed," Rubio said of his opponent.

Murphy's campaign fired back in a statement to the Herald- Tribune.

"Unlike Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy will be a full-time senator who shows up and works hard for Florida," said Murphy spokeswoman Galia Slayen. …

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