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Anti-Tillerson TV ad pops up in Florida



An advocacy group is running a TV ad in Florida in hopes of stirring public opposition to Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state.

NextGen Climate paints Tillerson as too friendly to Vladimir Putin and accuses him of "putting corporate profits ahead of America's health, safety and security."

Florida has been a focus in recent elections for NextGen Climate, run by billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer. The ad is running in Miami and is part of a "seven-figure" buy that includes markets in Arizona, California, Maryland, Nevada, Virginia and Washington, D.C., the group said.

Sen. Marco Rubio has raised doubts about Tillerson, whose confirmation hearings begin Wednesday, but on foreign policy grounds, not environmental. On Tuesday, Rubio announced support for Trump's EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, who has doubted man's effect on climate change.

“The next EPA administrator should be someone who understands the important balance between protecting our air, water and environment without needlessly hurting workers with excessive regulations," Rubio said. "Attorney General Pruitt ‎is the right choice to bring a much-needed dose of common sense to a department where overzealous, out-of-touch regulators have been allowed to operate seemingly unchecked. I look forward to working with him on the many important environmental issues facing Florida.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 12:05pm]


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