Politics & Government

Carlos Beruff casts Marco Rubio’s responses on re-election flip-flop as robotic

When he announced last week that he would seek re-election to the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio refused to commit to serving a full, six-year term -- and not run for president in 2020.

He gave the same answer in several interviews, that he's done making "unequivocal" statements about his political future.

The responses were grist for the campaign of Rubio's Republican challenger, Carlos Beruff of Bradenton, who mashed them together in a new web video that hits Rubio twice: over flip-flopping on his promise to leave the Senate, and over sounding "robotic," as he did during a presidential debate that in retrospect might have killed his White House candidacy.

"The voters of Florida deserve a Senator who is committed to doing the job he's been hired to do, but that's not what they'll get with Marco Rubio, who won't even commit to serving a full six-year term or deny he won't use the seat to run for president again," Beruff spokesman Joanna Rodriguez said in a statement. "Floridians are tired of Marco's robotic responses and Washington-approved talking points. It’s time for a change. We can't afford six (or less) more years of the same old Marco."

Rubio made the TV rounds over the weekend, appearing not only on CBS News' Face the Nation but also on the Sunday morning shows of local affiliates for CBS, ABC and Univision.