What Paul Ryan and Patty Murray Didn’t Say

The gulf between the parties was apparent from the start of Wednesday's budget negotiations. 
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Oct. 30, 2013, 7:50 a.m.

Ex-state House Speak­er Marco Ru­bio (R) voted for “a con­tro­ver­sial Sun­Rail com­muter rail pro­ject” while in the state House and pub­lished a book of policy ideas “tout­ing in­vest­ments in rail, high­ways and trans­it as huge job cre­at­ors.” But now he won’t give a “clear an­swer” on wheth­er law­makers should ap­prove a bil­lion-dol­lar pack­age of rail pro­jects.

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Ru­bio, on 12/7: “Back then it made sense from an eco­nom­ic per­spect­ive. Now we’re liv­ing in a much dif­fer­ent time, so it’s a new cost-be­ne­fit ana­lys­is. Everything is done in the con­text of the mo­ments in which you’re liv­ing.”

Gov. Charlie Crist (R) spokes­per­son An­drea Saul: “While Marco Ru­bio hedges his bets on Sun­Rail, Gov. Crist and the Flor­ida Le­gis­lature are fo­cused on cre­at­ing much-needed jobs in Cent­ral Flor­ida. Flor­ida de­serves lead­ers who will fight to cre­ate jobs for Flor­idi­ans, not those who will turn their backs dur­ing these chal­len­ging eco­nom­ic times.”

The Sun­Rail de­bate is “par­tic­u­larly dicey” for Ru­bio be­cause com­ing out firmly against the pro­ject would mak­ing him a flip-flop­per and would “ant­ag­on­ize a host of busi­ness groups,” but sup­port­ing the pro­ject would put him on the same side as Crist (Smith, St. Peters­burg Times, 12/8).

Ru­bio: “Here’s the dif­fer­ence between now and the time we voted a few years ago — we’re in the midst of the worst eco­nom­ic times in the his­tory of Flor­ida” (March, Tampa Tribune, 12/8).

You’ve Been Con-Served

Crist “con­tin­ued to try to demon­strate” 12/7 how Ru­bio “isn’t as con­ser­vat­ive as he would like” primary voters “to be­lieve.”

Ru­bio spokes­per­son Alex Bur­gos, in a re­lease 12/5: “Were it not for Marco Ru­bio, Charlie Crist would likely have suc­ceeded in im­pos­ing an op­press­ive cap-and-trade scheme in Flor­ida that would have deepened Flor­ida’s eco­nom­ic crisis. As Pres­id­ent Obama pur­sues the same type of job-killing, busi­ness-crip­pling cap-and-trade policies that Charlie Crist tried to im­pose, Marco Ru­bio of­fers Flor­idi­ans re­as­sur­ance that he’s the only can­did­ate in this race with a proven re­cord of stand­ing up to this agenda.”

Crist’s camp called the Ru­bio re­lease “hy­po­crit­ic­al” in its own re­lease 12/7. Saul “poin­ted to in­ter­views and speeches by Ru­bio’s from the time be­fore the Sen­ate cam­paign in which the state House Speak­er seemed to take a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to cap and trade.”

Saul: “Not only did [Ru­bio] vote for the en­ergy bill he at­tacks us on, he per­son­ally gave a speech and con­duc­ted in­ter­views in fa­vor of cap­ping emis­sions — this is hy­po­crisy at its best and, yet an­oth­er, case of Marco Ru­bio’s rhet­or­ic not match­ing the real­ity of his re­cord” (McArdle, CQ, 12/7).

Mean­while, ex-state Sen. John Grant (R), on Crist: “We used to say the greatest threat to our se­cur­ity was not some­body lob­by­ing a gren­ade from the gal­lery but get­ting between Charlie and a TV cam­era” (Smith, “The Buzz,” St. Peters­burg Times, 12/7).

And Crist “thinks” Gat­ors quar­ter­back Tim Te­bow “could be the an­swer to the Jack­son­ville Jag­uars at­tend­ance prob­lems” (AP, 12/7).

Just Like The ‘85 Bears? Ah, Now We Un­der­stand

Ex-Miami May­or Maurice Ferre (D) an­nounced today he op­poses Pres. Obama’s pro­posed in­crease in troops in Afgh­anistan. Ferre: “It is my judg­ment this plan for es­cal­a­tion and with­draw­al is not worth one more drop of Amer­ica blood or $1 of tax­pay­ers’ money be­cause it is doomed to fail­ure based on his­tory and ex­per­i­ence. While I feel badly that I can­not sup­port my Pres­id­ent, if I were a U.S. Sen­at­or today, I would vote against the fund­ing of Pres­id­ent Obama’s plan to in­crease Amer­ic­an in­volve­ment in Afgh­anistan.”

More Ferre: “The Afgh­anistan-Taliban war­ri­ors are like the 1985 Chica­go Bears — they can­not be de­feated at home. Ask the Rus­si­ans” (re­lease, 12/8).

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