TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In 2016 Marco Rubio called Donald Trump “dishonest”, Trump called Marco Rubio “Lil Marco.” Now as Rubio approaches 2022 re-election bid he says he will ask the former president to campaign for him.
“He is the most popular Republican, the most well-known Republican, and we accomplished a lot of things together during his time in office,” said Rubio in an interview with Eyewitness News.
Rubio, who is expected to face central Florida Congresswoman Val Demings in the race, says he and Trump have found common ground, and that he would welcome the former president’s help as he defends his senate seat for the second time.
In 2020, Donald Trump won 51.2% of the vote in Florida, improving on his 2016 margin and showing significant gains in south Florida. In that campaign, Rubio took the stage for Trump; now Trump will be called on as the GOP tries to retake the Senate majority.
“I think this image of him as some guy who doesn’t tolerate dissent is wrong,” says Rubio listing the issues that he agreed with Trump on and the issues where he was opposed.
The 2022 election comes as Trump and his most dedicated followers are still litigating the 2020 election, with Trump perpetuating the false narrative that the election was stolen from him despite a lack of evidence.
“He believes very strongly about it, but unfortunately what we have in this country right now the losing side claiming that we did lose it was taken from us,” says Rubio pointing to previous objections by other candidates.
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