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Republican Senate candidate Beruff talks tough about taking on Mitch McConnell

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff talks to voters at ADPEN Laboratories in Jacksonville on Friday.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff talks to voters at ADPEN Laboratories in Jacksonville on Friday.

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June

At a townhall-style meeting in Jacksonville, U.S. Senate hopeful Carlos Beruff, a Republican, today left no doubt that’s he’s ready to stand up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

When a woman in the audience of 30 people told Beruff McConnell, a Kentucky Republican and leader of Republicans in the Senate, is part of the problem in Washington, Beruff offered a quick “I agree.”

And when she added McConnell needs to go too, Beruff did not disagree.

“I got that,” Beruff said. “I was in Monroe County and somebody said, ‘well Carlos, what happens when Mitch McConnell puts his arm around you and says, ‘Carlos, look if you don’t go along with us, you’re going to be in the basement on an egg crate.’ I said ‘I grew up on government surplus lines, so an egg crate in the basement is a step up for me.’ So I have no issue with saying no to things that go against my principles.”

Although Beruff and four other Republicans are in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, McConnell went on national television last week saying he is doing everything they can to encourage Rubio to run again instead.

“We’re trying to draft Marco to run again,” McConnell said.

[Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2016 3:27pm]

    

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