Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left), Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left), Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter.

Democrat Patrick Murphy and Republican Marco Rubio stepped up their air attack Tuesday in Florida’s U.S. Senate race, with Rubio putting up two new spots and Murphy using Spanish-language television for the first time.

The Jupiter congressman’s ad dubbed “Negligente” echoes themes in another Murphy spot already airing statewide, critical of Rubio’s opposition to abortion.

The ad claims the Republican senator’s voting record is risky to women, especially at a time when the Zika virus is coursing through Florida.

“Marco Rubio opposes a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape, incest, or if a woman is infected with Zika. He is irresponsible on women’s health,” said Freddy Balsera, a strategist recently hired by the campaign as an Hispanic strategist.

Rubio, meanwhile, is airing two new spots across the state that rip Murphy for inflating his resume — especially his claims as a small business owner that have been diminished through media reports.





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