Marco Rubio is desperate to win- so desperate, in fact, that he’s willing to succumb to some pretty shady tactics to smear any who confront him as a “liar.”
Last month, Texas Senator Ted Cruz noted that Rubio had pledged to not immediately repeal Obama’s illegal executive amnesty order if elected. Rubio countered that Cruz was a liar.
The truth is that on Univision, Rubio unequivocally declared that he would not repeal the executive amnesty order until there was “immigration reform.”
In short, not only was Ted Cruz far from being a “liar,” but Rubio was lying and further smearing a fellow candidate to facilitate his untruthfulness.
The same situation played-out with Rubio’s stance on Second Amendment protections. Cruz had maintained that as a local commissioner in Florida in 1999, Rubio voted to ban guns from public parks.
Rubio accused the Cruz Campaign of lying. Soon, a video emerged of the very instance when Rubio voted to ban guns from public parks.
On Tuesday, the Gun Owners of America (GOA) officially endorsed Ted Cruz for the presidency—but they didn’t stop there.
The GOA also demanded that Marco Rubio apologize to the principled Texas Senator for having called him a liar when, in fact, it had been Rubio that had lied.
GOA said in a statement:
When Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was a local commissioner in Florida in 1999, he voted to ban guns from local parks.
Now, politicians make mistakes. And honest politicians “fess up” and move on.
Rubio’s problem is that, when Senator Ted Cruz called attention to Rubio’s anti-gun vote, Marco’s response was to call Ted a “liar.”
But when Rubio disavowed his 1999 anti-gun vote — falsely accusing Ted Cruz of Rubio’s own sins — he made a serious mistake. Because cause it turns out that Breitbart News had a videotape of Rubio casting the anti-gun vote which he was denying.
The statement further noted,
“[J]ust as Ted Cruz fired a top staffer in order to maintain the reality and appearance of scrupulous honestly, we do believe that Rubio owes Cruz an apology for his undeniable and conspicuous lie against him.”
When Cruz claimed that Rubio had been part of the unanimous vote to ban guns from city parks, the Rubio Campaign countered,
“Senator Cruz is getting increasingly desperate and giving up on trying to tell voters the truth. Marco is proud of his strong support for and record of standing up for the Second Amendment and no amount of Cruz lies can change that.”
Highlighting that Rubio had been caught red-handed in a lie, GOA has endorsed Cruz, stating,
“Ted Cruz is the only candidate who supports your gun rights consistently, 100% of the time. The choice is clear. Ted Cruz will dismantle ALL of Obama’s anti-gun executive orders on day one… Of all the candidates, only Ted Cruz has the legal background and personal commitment to nominate Supreme Court justices who value freedom as much as you do. I urge you to vote to protect the Second Amendment, vote for Ted Cruz.”
1999 was a lifetime ago; this was before Heller and while an vote to deprive citizens of the full use of their Second Amendment rights is unconscionable, Rubio would have been better-off indicating that he made a mistake.
Instead, he went on the attack; he took a shot at the bear and missed. Now, he should face the consequences of his intended smear and apologize for having attacked the character of a man who merely told a truth that was inconvenient to the Rubio Campaign.