Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Politics

U.S. Senate

After losing his campaign for the White House, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced he had changed his mind and would seek re-election to the Senate. He faces a challenge from Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter. Democrats who are convinced that, because it is a presidential election cycle, they have a shot to defeat Rubio and help Democrats regain the majority in the Senate. They are hoping voters associate Rubio with the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

About the job: Salary of $174,000 a year for a 6-year term.

Patrick Murphy

Party: 

Democrat

Profession: 

U.S. Representative

About the candidate: 

Murphy, 33, is a second-term congressman whose previous campaigns have emphasized bipartisanship in a conservative Palm Beach district. His Senate run has earned the backing of national labor groups, as well as Democratic Party leaders like President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who has campaigned with Murphy in Florida. But he has come under fire for questions about his resume and claims that he spent six months leading oil spill cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico for his family's company, Coastal Construction.

Education: 

University of Miami, bachelor's degree in finance and accounting

Do you support or oppose ending the economic embargo with Cuba? 

Supports. "We need to continue normalization efforts but also need to ensure that the Cuban government puts in place necessary reforms to improve human rights and help the Cuban people."

Do you support or oppose a ban on assault weapons? 

Supports. "These kinds of military -style weapons do not belong in the hands of civilians."

Would you support changes to immigration policy that would include a path to citizenship? 

Supports. "I strongly supported the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate in 2013 with 68 votes. It is shameful that the bill was never brought up for a vote in the House. I believe that the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows who have committed no other crimes deserve a pathway to citizenship and includes paying back taxes and a fine, and getting in line behind those already in the process. At the same time, we must sensibly fund border protection efforts. Recent proposals to 'build a wall' are wildly offensive and unrealistic."

Do you support or oppose change the ban on offshore drilling near Florida? 

Opposes. "I have consistently opposed drilling off Florida's coast and in the Everglades, and have authored legislation prohibiting seismic testing - which is often the first step in the drilling process - along Florida's Atlantic Coast."

Assets/liabilities/ income: 

Assets:$1 million to $5 million Liabilities: $500,000 to $1 million Income: $100,000 to $1 million in interest payments, plus $174,000 Congressional salary

Personal: 

Home: Palm Beach County Marital status: Single Children: none

Campaign fundraising: 

Contributions: $11,144,027 Expenditures: $7,686,412

On the web: 

Website: www.murphyforflorida.com Twitter:@PatrickMurphyFL

Marco Rubio

Party: 

Republican

Profession: 

U.S. Senator

About the candidate: 

After riding a Tea Party wave in 2010 to defeat former Gov. Charlie Crist for the Senate seat, Rubio became a star in the Senate and made himself a contender for the White House after leading the charge on immigration reform and becoming a key voice on foreign policy. He said he would not seek re-election, but changed course after he dropped presidential bid in March. Rubio, 45, is the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and, before that, was a city commissioner in West Miami.

Education: 

University of Florida, bachelor's degree; University of Miami, law degree

Do you support or oppose ending the economic embargo with Cuba? 

Opposes. "I support changes to the United States' policy with Cuba, but they have to be reciprocal. This entire "deal" has been one sided. The Castro Regime is getting richer, but we have billions in unpaid legal claims, scores of fugitives from American justice being harbored by Cuba, and repression and political arrests have only grown. The LIBERTAD Act has been weakened, and no concessions have been made by Cuba that have granted greater freedom for the Cuban people."

Do you support or oppose a ban on assault weapons? 

Opposes. "Banning more weapons would not prevent mass shootings, but would infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens across the country. Instead of pushing politically motivated proposals that won't solve the problem, we must refocus our efforts on combating terrorism both at home and abroad and addressing the mental health crisis in our country.

Would you support changes to immigration policy that would include a path to citizenship? 

Opposes. "The only way that we can fix our broken immigration system is with a piecemeal approach, beginning with border security and interior enforcement. Only once the American people trust illegal immigration is under control and we modernize our outdated legal immigration system, can we have a conversation about how to deal with the 11-12 million illegal immigrants in our country."

Do you support or oppose change the ban on offshore drilling near Florida? 

Opposes. "I support development of our energy resources. However, I also believe states should play a role in that development, both onshore and offshore. the ban on development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, by law, extends through 2022. I oppose lifting this ban.

Assets/liabilities/ income: 

Assets: $137,011 to $405,000 Liabilities:$500,000 to $1 million Income: $285,516

Personal: 

Home: Miami-Dade Marital status: Married since 1998 to Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio Children: four

Campaign fundraising: 

Contributions: $5,431,862 Expenditures: $755,583

On the web: 

Website: www.marcorubio.com Twitter:@marcorubio

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