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Marco Rubio hit by left and right as he moves back into spotlight



As Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC prepared for a conference call this morning to bash Marco Rubio’s family leave proposal, Donald Trump tweeted about a story about how Rubio has been propped up by Miami billionaire Norman Braman.

"Anyone reading this profile of Marco Rubio would never vote for him. Never made ten cents & is totally controlled!" Trump tweeted.

Welcome back to the spotlight, Mr. Rubio.

Rubio’s strong debate performance and growing enthusiasm from supporters in early states has brought more attention -- and scrutiny. He has tried to keep a lower profile to avoid the attacks Jeb Bush has endured, but that balance will become increasingly more difficult as the GOP field narrows.

In the 11 a.m. conference call, Democrats went after Rubio’s proposal to give businesses a tax credit if they provide family leave. It “wouldn’t do a thing,” Wasserman Schultz charged, nothing the proposal leave it up to businesses to decide. Democratic proposals would create a mandate.

“The United States remains the only industrialized nation without a paid leave requirement,” Wasserman Schultz said.

The Florida lawmaker cited a poll showing 80 percent of Americans support requiring companies to provide paid leave, and she threw in a dig about Rubio missing Senate votes to campaign (an attack Trump has stepped up, joined in by Breitbart News) Rubio this week has missed the votes on the short-term government funding measure.

The exposure goes both ways. Last night Rubio was back on Fox News and he blamed Republicans for not staging a real fight on Planned Parenthood.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 12:28pm]


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