March 24th, 2010
05:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Rubio's response ad: Crist and Obama, together again

Marco Rubio's new ad reminds Republicans of Gov. Charlie Crist's support for President Obama's stimulus package.
Marco Rubio's new ad reminds Republicans of Gov. Charlie Crist's support for President Obama's stimulus package.

(CNN) – Marco Rubio is happy to fight fire with fire.

The Florida Senate candidate will launch a pair of 15-second TV commercials Thursday pushing back at a new attack ad from primary rival Charlie Crist, a Rubio source told CNN.

Crist's new ad claims Rubio isn't as conservative as he portrays himself. Rubio is now responding with two short ads that will bracket Crist's commercial "during the same time slots or programming whenever possible," the source said.

The ads cite a recent Associated Press story that described Crist's attacks during the race as untrue, out of context and "over the top."

But perhaps the most cutting part of Rubio's counterpunch is the payoff.

At the end of both spots, viewers are shown the now-infamous image of Crist and President Obama appearing together at a rally for the stimulus package in Fort Myers last year, as rowdy chants of "Yes We Can!" are heard in the background.

Crist's support for the stimulus, of course, has cost him precious support among conservatives.

Watch Rubio's ads here and here.


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Jerry in NC

    It ain't just FOX NEWS that is inciting the garbage....all of the news media is (including CNN) for the sake of a dollar. It's sickening to see what has become of the country, that I once wore a uniform for and defended!

    March 24, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    It's a shame that a republican who is working for the people who elected him in stead of playing party politics is catching flack for doing what is good for the people of state. The Tea Baggers and other right wing nuts will be the downfall of the GOP.

    March 24, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. The Unsub

    Awww isn't that a unique idea.....not! This will only help Crist get re-elected dummy!

    March 24, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Useyourbrain!!!

    Crist will win !!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    PHOENIX - Sen. John McCain's image is getting a makeover for 2010. As Stacey Delikat explains, this new brand came from a group that doesn't usually work with politicians.

    ***********************************

    Just like McSngbird being made over in 2000, 2004, 2008, and now 2010 – those republicans are insincere. They change to speak what they THINK their backers want to hear.

    NO RUBIO – NO MORE MC-ALZHEIMERS (at 74)

    March 24, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Were those chants from Rubio's group copying President Barack Hussein Obama? Or were they against the YES WE CAN?

    Not only YES WE CAN, YES WE WILL, and YES WE DID.

    March 24, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. David/Kissimmee FL

    Give the federal money back and fire the teachers that it helped and raise taxes on the already over taxed middle class of suckers. I live in Fl and these two "do nothings" only grandstand at the cost of the suckers that pay taxes.

    March 24, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. MikeH

    Crist's support of the Stimulus, the Stimulus which saved the country from a second Great Depression, is a testimony the the excellent personel integrity of Crist.

    The the Right Wing would vilify anyone for helping save America from economic disaster says that the Right Wing is a group of traitors, since this Nation is still fighting a war in Afganistan (not to mention Bush's War For Iraqi Oil).

    March 24, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. mms55

    gov. christ should be proud to stand by obama but i hope he loses,and then comes rubio-dems win!!

    March 24, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. stop the nonsense

    Isn't CNN's coverage of this ad the equivelant of free advertising meaning they now owe the other side equal coverage?
    The lead is Palin going Hollywood and now an advertisement as news.
    What gives CNN?

    March 24, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. annie against biased news

    That's a scary photo – looks like they are about to do the major lip lock. The faux president is all puckered up!

    March 24, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    Thanks Rubio for giving our President free air-time in your commercials. I guess it is red meat for your base but it makes Crist look more intelligent for doing what is best for his state and not just his party. Here is an idea: If you lose the primary you should run as a Tea Party Candidate- That way you can get the 15% you deserve, Crist can get the 35 percent he deserves and Florida can send a Democrat to D.C. You never know unless you try.

    March 24, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Jim from Seattle

    Rubio >> a confederate wannabee.
    As long as there remains a misinformed/ignorant constituency, Rubio has a niche.

    March 24, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Aspen Professor

    Isn't it odd that Republican extremists like Rubio always show up to cut the ribbons at stimuls projects? Anything for a media exposure.

    March 24, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Adalbert

    Rubio has no civility or common sense.

    March 24, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. LoveThyNeighbor

    So, the conserative party is on its way out. Hopefully NEVER to be heard from again! America does not need this dragging/obstructionish/fearing mongering "party". America is MORE diverse than ever and WE WILL NOT LET THE CLOCK BE TURNED BACK! Either get with the flow, or, be left behind. Conseratives are going to be left behind...Sam

    March 24, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    Keep thinking that appearing with President Obama is a BAD THING!!! His approval numbers will go up – health care reform will succeed – jobs will come back – the economy will get better... YOU, Rubio would look back and say to YOURSELF (because you will be all by yourself)... "I should of at least shook his hand..."

    Rubio wears an L on his forehead!!

    March 24, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Frozone

    Crist would make a great GOP candidate for president. Naturally this means he'll be driven out of the Republican party by November at the latest.

    March 24, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom

    Why is it bad to have two leaders being civil to each other? See, this is what everyone is upset about, how the Conservatives demonize anyone who "appears" not to be like them, if the Tea Party don't like you, you are toast!

    March 24, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. Indy

    Typical Republican stategy,nothing about issues of importance just talk about who the opposition spoke to. They rant and rave about Obama not including Republicans and when one speaks to the black President it is suppose to be shameful if you are Republican.

    March 24, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. ED FL

    Tweetle dee tweetledum,these two are not fit to be a Senator. [OOPS I FORGOT IT IS A GOP SENATOR. each has their own falacies Rubio is another crook out of Miami who for years has been sucking up free Government benefits. Check to see how much he paid back on his student loans and free meals and health care that just about all cubans in miami took advantage of. I wonder how many of those politicians that are now millionaires have paid back those freebies that the US provided.Christ is hoping to continue his free benefits that the government provides to politicians no matter their ability to lead or govern.

    March 24, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Helen

    I am a Democratic Floridian. I guess Rubio thinks like the rest of his Republican buddies that it is completely wrong to agree with a Democrat. This just shows that these right wingers have no respect for the people of this country and are only in politics for the power and money they can get from it. At least Crist was showing some bipartianship and I take my hat off to him. Shame on you Rubio.

    March 24, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. catmomtx

    Right, and when the older people who have already reached the "donut hole" , start receiving their $250.00 check or perhaps they can continue to keep their adult child on their health insurance policy, considering the job market, being linked with President Obama will turn out to be a good thing. Especially when Republicans start talking about repealing health care and continue to block our country's progress forward. The American people aren't stupid but Republicans are banking on their stupidity and being able to scare them. Yep !! Country first !!

    March 24, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. Mickey

    I LOVE watching the young Republicans eat the elderly Republicans...doesn't matter, though...the GOP is damaged goods for decades to come, unless they provoke the right-wing, racist, fearmongering moonbat teabaggers to do something stupid...then they'll NEVER recover...

    GOP = Domestic Terrorists

    March 24, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. siulmai

    What he fails to disclose is that the bill in Virginia to try to halt Obamacare was passed through a Democratic majority in the state legislature.

    March 24, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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