UPDATED 2:56 PM PT – Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) has announced her bid to unseat GOP Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Demings released a video on Twitter on Wednesday, explaining why she’s running for higher office.
I’m running for U.S. Senate because I will never tire of standing up for what is right. Never tire of serving Florida. Never tire of doing good.
— Val Demings (@valdemings) June 9, 2021
Shortly after, Rubio’s reelection team slammed Demings for being a “far-left liberal extremist” whose voting record sides with a “socialist agenda.” This referred to her voting in favor of defunding police and opposing tax cuts. Rubio said, “Florida deserves a proven senator when it comes to fighting and winning for Florida families.”
Rubio’s team then highlighted his accomplishments during his two terms in the Senate, including saving millions of Florida jobs. He also argued he stood up to his own party to double the child tax credit.
Here are the things @valdemings never tires of:
❌Never tires of voting with Nancy Pelosi
❌Never tires of defunding our police
❌Never tires of opposing tax cuts for families
❌Never tires of enacting Pelosi’s socialist agenda#TheRealValDemings pic.twitter.com/0DFEa2dqoN
— Team Marco (@TeamMarco) June 9, 2021
As it stands, the Senate is split down the middle with Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote, placing Democrats in the majority.