Saturday, May 26, 2018
Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio campaigns for David Jolly

SEMINOLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio came to support the man he called Pinellas County's next congressman on Monday, and David Jolly responded that "it's the highest honor of my life to have your endorsement."

The senator and the Republican congressional hopeful spoke outside the Lake Seminole Square retirement center Monday and took turns criticizing President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They also toured the center and spoke to residents having dinner.

Rubio said the health care law championed by the president "takes money out of Medicare, not to save Medicare, but to fund Obamacare."

Instead of becoming a rubber-stamp supporter of the president like Democratic candidate Alex Sink, Rubio said Jolly would "stand up and fight for you, and fight to repeal and replace Obamacare, and fight to bring sanity to the spending and the taxation."

The two men differ on immigration —Rubio supports a "pathway to citizenship" for some who are in this country illegally, and Jolly does not.

Rubio acknowledged the difference, but said political leaders should work on areas in which there is agreement — such as better enforcement, better technology and more.

"The better you do at those things, the more space you'll have politically to do the other parts of it," Rubio said.

In spite of their disagreement Jolly said "nobody has had more conviction in leading on this issue than Sen. Marco Rubio."

A reporter noted that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist now opposes the U.S. embargo on Cuba and Rubio deadpanned, "I'm not surprised that he's changed his position." Rubio beat Crist in the 2010 Senate race, after Crist switched from the Republican Party to independent.

Jolly said he supports the embargo.

Rubio's appearance with Jolly drew remarks from Democrats.

State Democratic Party spokesman Joshua Karp said it showed Jolly "is siding with the most dysfunctional fringe and opposing bipartisan, common sense solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our country."

Jolly, Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby are candidates in Pinellas County's 13th Congressional District, which extends from south Pinellas to Dunedin, with portions of downtown and southern St. Petersburg cut out.

Mail ballots already have been sent out in the race. Election day is March 11.

The special election was called after the death in October of Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who represented Pinellas in Congress for more than 40 years.

Staff writer Curtis Krueger can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8232.

Comments
Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

I may have cracked the code. Found a way to sell doing the right thing. Discovered a method of persuasion in certain matters of fairness, conscience and the greater good.Like giving our fellow Americans a second chance.When morality-based arguments d...
Published: 05/26/18
North Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

North Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country’s nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a group of foreign journalists looked on. The explosi...
Published: 05/24/18
Trump violated the Constitution when he blocked his critics on Twitter, a federal judge rules

Trump violated the Constitution when he blocked his critics on Twitter, a federal judge rules

President Donald Trump’s decision to block his Twitter followers for their political views is a violation of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying that Trump’s effort to silence his critics is not permissible under the U.S. Con...
Published: 05/23/18
All those city services that fuel Lightning fever? Team, not taxpayers, foot the bill

All those city services that fuel Lightning fever? Team, not taxpayers, foot the bill

TAMPA — All those public watch parties during the Tampa Bay Lightning’s postseason run? And how about the rally at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park with the big white Lightning logo spray-painted on the grass? You need police to prote...
Published: 05/23/18
Romano: A pathetic legacy for Florida’s all-or-nothing Democrats

Romano: A pathetic legacy for Florida’s all-or-nothing Democrats

Explain this to me: In the world of partisan politics, how is being an independent thinker a bad thing? When it comes to general elections, we seem to like rogues and mavericks. We want outsiders and swamp scrubbers. Folks appreciate a good finger-...
Published: 05/22/18
‘World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’: Trump lashes out at New York Times, Democrats

‘World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’: Trump lashes out at New York Times, Democrats

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at "the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt," trashing a new report in the New York Times that said an emissary representing the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered help...
Published: 05/20/18
Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change

Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushed a radical idea on Twitter: Parents should pull their children out of school until elected officials pass stricter gun control laws.His tweet came hours after a shooting rampage at a Houston-area high scho...
Published: 05/20/18
China offers to buy more US products to reduce trade imbalance

China offers to buy more US products to reduce trade imbalance

WASHINGTON - China offered to boost its annual purchases of U.S. products by "at least $200 billion" Friday as two days of talks aimed at averting an open breach between the two countries ended in Washington, a top White House adviser said.Larry Kudl...
Published: 05/19/18
Hillsborough candidate falsified contract for fund-raising gospel concert, lawsuit says

Hillsborough candidate falsified contract for fund-raising gospel concert, lawsuit says

TAMPA — A concert organizer is accusing Hillsborough County Commission candidate Elvis Piggott of falsifying a contract and prompting the headline act to pull out of a gospel show.In a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Corey Curry claims h...
Published: 05/18/18
Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA chief despite scrutiny of her role in interrogation program

Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA chief despite scrutiny of her role in interrogation program

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Gina Haspel as the next CIA director after several Democrats were persuaded to support her despite lingering concerns about her role in the brutal interrogation of suspected terrorists captured after ...
Published: 05/17/18