- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2016

President Obama attacked Republican Sen. Marco Rubio almost as often as he blistered Donald Trump Thursday at a campaign stop in Florida, accusing the lawmaker of supporting the presidential nominee only to save his own job.

At a rally for Hillary Clinton near Miami, Mr. Obama reminded the audience of more than 2,000 that during the GOP presidential primary, Mr. Rubio said Mr. Trump was too “erratic” to be entrusted with the nation’s nuclear missile codes.

“He also called Donald Trump a ‘dangerous con artist who has spent a career sticking it to working people,’” Mr. Obama said.

“That begs the question, since we’re in Florida — why does Marco Rubio still plan to vote for Donald Trump? There has to be a point where you stand for something more than just party, or for more than just your own career. Marco seems to just care about hanging on to his job.”

Praising Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy by name repeatedly, Mr. Obama said Mr. Rubio “looked the other way” while the GOP sought votes with appeals to the birther movement, to climate-change deniers, and to voters who believed Mr. Obama would someday impose martial law.

Donald trump didn’t start all this,” Mr. Obama said. “Like he usually does, he just slapped his name on it, took credit for it and then promoted the heck out of it.”

Early voting begins Monday in Florida, a crucial battleground state. Mr. Obama encouraged the crowd to take advantage of shorter lines and vote soon.

“You want to give me a good send off?” he said. “Work as hard for Hillary and for Patrick as you did for us.”

Turning to Mr. Trump, the president ridiculed the Republican’s refusal in the final debate Wednesday night to commit to accepting the outcome of the election. He said Mr. Trump’s claim of a rigged election “is more than just the usual standard lie.”

“That is not a joking matter. That is dangerous,” the president said. “When you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of our elections, that undermines our democracy. Then you do the work of our adversaries.”

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