Rubio’s Issue Dominance Leaves Demings Babbling Personal Insults

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At a glance

  • Incumbent GOP Sen. Marco Rubio took command of Tuesday night’s debate against Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings as the two sparred over issues such as inflation, gun rights, immigration and foreign policy.
  • Rubio said, “The congresswoman likes to talk about helping people. She’s never passed a bill. She’s never passed a single bill. She’s been in Congress for over half a decade, she’s never passed a bill. Not [Paycheck Protection Program], not anything. Not a single thing she’s passed has ever become law.”
  • He did acknowledge however that she passed two measures to name post office buildings after fallen police officers, and further pointed out to the crowd that Demings had voted consistently with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time.
  • Demings fired back and said the senator was not stating the facts accurately.
  • “I’m really disappointed in you, Marco Rubio, because I think there was a time when you did not lie in order to win. I don’t know what happened to you. You know that’s not true,” she said. Demings she passed a Congressional measure to “help law enforcement officers with mental health programs.”

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