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Pre-butting the rebuttal: Dems attack Rubio and offer up dubious 'constituent'



Florida Rep. and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz led a conference call to bash Sen. Marco Rubio, who'll deliver the GOP's response to President Obama's State of the Union speech tomorrow.

“Senator Rubio and I both represent the state of Florida and we work well together on behalf of our state, which is why I find it shocking that someone who represents millions of seniors who depend on Medicare’s guaranteed coverage would support the Ryan Budget and ending Medicare as we know it," Wasserman Schultz said. Full audio here.

Rubio has voted for the Ryan blueprint but he's also talked about the need to shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations.

The call, arranged by the DNC, featured a woman named Annette Cappella, who described her self as one a Rubio "constituent." An email to reporters listed her as a "Medicare recipient from Florida."

But Capella, as the Palm Beach Post's George Bennett noted on the call, is also a Democratic operative. Capella recently stepped down as chair of the St. Johns County Democratic Party and remains a state committeewoman.

[Last modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 6:21pm]


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