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Patrick Murphy, Marco Rubio tied after post-debate surge

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Patrick Murphy, Marco Rubio tied after post-debate surge

He pointed out that numerous governors in swing states, including Florida, were Republicans.

"Trump didn't come out of nowhere", he said, citing the rise of Republican politicians and far-right news outlets who have promoted conspiracy theories like birtherism, the long-refuted claim that Obama was not born in the United States.

The president cast Rubio as exclusively career-minded and harshly criticized the former GOP presidential candidate's work ethic and intention to vote for Trump despite criticizing his party's presidential nominee. "Marco Rubio wants to help him". He also described Trump as "dangerous" and a "con man".

The Murphy campaign blamed Rubio for not agreeing to the debate being held in English and translated to Spanish afterward, as was done for the 2010 Univision U.S. Senate debate.

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The diatribe against Rubio was more gleeful than last week's takedown of Republican Sen. For years, Republican politicians and far-right media outlets have been "pumping out all kinds of toxic insane stuff", he said, leading off the list with the long-running falsehood that Obama was not born in the U.S. Obama repeatedly called Rubio a bad choice for the Floridians in the audience, urging them instead to vote for his opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy, who he praised as a good leader. "By the way, you know who said that?"

"They're not going to rig the election for Hillary Clinton", he said.

"They just stood by and said nothing, even though they knew better, while their base actually started believing some of this stuff", he said. Trump responded by belittling the junior senator from Florida. Marco Rubio for his willingness to vote for Donald Trump during a campaign rally at Florida Memorial University on Thursday.

"It is the height of cynicism", Obama said, to "pretend to be anybody just to be elected".

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