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PolitiFact Florida checks National Republican Senatorial Committee attacks on U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it’s fact-checking U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy’s resume as a certified public accountant and small business owner.

Murphy, a Jupiter Democrat, is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

The NRSC’s TV ad begins with a video clip of Murphy saying in 2012, "I believe that my background as a CPA and a small business owner is exactly what we need."

The narrator then reads lines from a CBS4 Miami report and says, "Never worked as a CPA," and "Never a small business owner."

Did Murphy distort his work experience? We heard similar attacks against Murphy during the primary, and wrote a guide to attacks on Murphy’s resume. There are a lot of nuances to how Murphy has characterized his work experience, and the TV ad makes it sound clear cut. It’s not.

We rated this claim Mostly False. Click here to find out why.

We also checked another attempt by the NRSC to link Murphy to the third rail of Florida politics, saying he wants to cut both Social Security and Medicare.

Playing off questions about Murphy’s job history, the National Republican Senatorial Committee created a website called RealMurphyResume.com. The site spins a partisan look at the Jupiter Democrat’s qualifications and policy positions, and says one of his priorities was to "Advocate for cuts to Social Security and Medicare."

When we first looked over the website on Sept. 7, 2016, we wondered if Murphy really did say he wanted to cut the two programs for seniors. The evidence doesn’t suggest that’s the case.

We rated this statement False. Read more here.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2016 4:31pm]

    

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