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Charlie Crist TV ad: Marco Rubio's income 'skyrocketed' while in Florida House



PolitifactFloridaLogo copy In his first TV ad in the U.S. Senate primary, Gov. Charlie Crist wastes no time trying to shatter former House Speaker Marco Rubio's image as an ideologically pure, conservative crusader.

Using a line graph with red ink, Crist claims that Rubio's income soared when he became a member of the state House in 2001.

"His income skyrocketed while his power increased," the narrator says in the 30-second spot titled "We Thought He Was Different." The line graph starts in 2002 and ends in 2005, and indicates that Rubio's income more than tripled, starting at about $100,000 and rising to more than $300,000.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:24am]


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