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Carlos Beruff makes the rounds in Cleveland

Florida Senate candidate Carlos Beruff

Alex Leary | Times

Florida Senate candidate Carlos Beruff



INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - "I'm just here to support the nominee," Carlos Beruff said this morning at the Florida delegation breakfast.

Of course his visit here is also designed to help his U.S. Senate campaign, and Beruff has been meeting with grassroots activists and getting some media attention. He's also drawing a contrast with rival Marco Rubio, who stayed in Florida but will address the convention tonight via video.

It's another reminder of the sizable advantage Rubio holds. But Beruff is determined to make it a race and has been spending about $1 million of his own money a week on ads. He says he's getting a good reaction as he travels the state.

Rubio's "got name ID. He’s got his own fundraising, the people he’ll answer to if he’s the Senator from Florida. I won’t answer to anybody," Beruff said in an interview. "He's got the establishment in Washington with the false narrative that the only person that can beat Patrick Murphy is him."

Beruff said Rubio is showing he's a politician by maintaining some distance from Trump.

"There’s people that really dislike our nominee – obviously I’m not one of them – and those are people that are funding his campaign," Beruff said. "He has to be careful so his spigot doesn’t close down. My spigot is my left pocket. He’s a politician. That’s what they do."


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