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Times editorial board recommends Murphy, Rubio



Niether endorsement was glowing but the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Friday recommended primary voters pick U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy on Aug. 30.

In the Republican Primary, the editorial board said Republican Carlos Beruff's modeling himself after Donal Trump "leaves Rubio as the only viable alternative, despite his apparent lack of interest in the job."

In the recommendation, the board noted Rubio, 45, has built a conservative voting record and focused on foreign policy as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"Perhaps in a second term, Rubio would be more focused on his job and rediscover Tampa Bay," the editorial board wrote.

As for Murphy and Rep. Alan Grayson, the editorial board said Democrats should have stronger options for U.S. Senate. But despite saying Murphy has a thin resume, the board said Murphy deserved the Democratic nomination over Grayson.

"Murphy understands the issues, works well with Republicans and is the pragmatic choice for Democrats," the editorial board wrote.

[Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2016 2:47pm]


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