• Rubio Fires Back At New York Times Over Article Criticizing Finances

    The New York Times has run two back-to-back hit pieces on Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in the past week, one regarding traffic tickets, and another regarding Rubio’s personal finances.

    Conservatives lambasted the paper for reporting on the Florida Republican’s traffic violations and Rubio’s political team is pushing back hard against the Times report about his personal finances.

    The Times reported on Tuesday that the presidential candidate’s family finances are marked by “significant debts,” a “low savings rate,” a “penchant to spend heavily on luxury items” and “inattentive accounting that led to years of unpaid local government fees” in a story called “Struggles with finances track Marco Rubio’s career.

    It questioned purchases he made, including a lease on an Audi Q7 and $80,000 for a “luxury speedboat” while Rubio “struggled under the weight of student debt, mortgages and an extra loan against the value of his home.”

    The New York Times today attacked Marco because he could not afford to pay for college, arrogantly describing his student loan debt as ‘a deep financial hole of his own making,’ ” Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said in a statement. “The attack from The Times is just the latest in their continued hits against Marco and his family.”

    “First The New York Times attacked Marco over traffic tickets, and now they think he doesn’t have enough money,” Conant said Tuesday. “Of course if he was worth millions, The Times would then attack him for being too rich, like they did to Mitt Romney.”

    Conant detailed Rubio’s financial standing , saying the only debt he has is the mortgage on his current home. Rubio had more than $150,000 in student loan debt from undergraduate and law degrees but has paid that off, Conant said.

    “What The Times misses is that getting rich is not what has driven Senator Rubio’s financial decisions,” he continued. “His goal at this stage in his life is to provide his four children with a good home, a quality education, and a safe and happy upbringing.”

    Rubio’s finances were been in the spotlight last month when he explained on Fox News Sunday that he liquidated a $68,000 retirement account to pay for household expenses ahead of his White House bid.

    “It was just one specific account that we wanted to have access to cash in the coming year, both because I’m running for president, but, also, you know, my refrigerator broke down,” Rubio said at the time. “That was $3,000. I had to replace the air conditioning unit in our home. My kids all go to school, and they’re getting closer to college, and school is getting more expensive, and then when you’re running for president, we just wanted to access the sum of that cash.”

    “I’m not poor, but I’m not rich either,” Rubio said.

    The latest revelations, for Rubio supporters and critics of the Times report, simply show that Rubio is an average citizen. Like most Americans, Rubio, may have had trouble making ends meet in his early career, fresh out of law school.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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