GOP candidates repeat the ‘won’t lose my country’ mantra in campaign ads

Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar is a copycat.

Yeah, yeah. All Republican candidates pull the socialist card like it’s campaign gold, because it is in some voter demographics. But Salazar came out last week with a TV commercial in which she says, almost word for word, what Sen. Marco Rubio has been saying for weeks.

“I’m Maria Elvira Salazar and I approve this message, because my parents lost their country to socialism. Over my dead body will we lose ours.”

Sound familiar? Probably because you heard it in a Rubio commercial.

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“I approve this message because I was raised by people who lost their country. I’m not going to let us lose ours,” the Senator says.

Nevermind that his parents came to the United States almost three years before Fidel Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on Jan. 1, 1959. Why let facts get in the way of a good story?

Rubio’s ad was released three weeks ago. It’s the one that also accuses Congresswoman Val Demings of supporting the liberals’ secret agenda to “turn boys into girls.”

I kid you not. Rubio should lose just on that. That kind of speech should be a hate crime.

Both incumbents are facing real battles. Congresswoman Val Demings is Rubio’s first real challenge in, well, ever. And polls show Sen. Annette Taddeo within the margin of error of taking Salazar’s seat in District 27, which is going to be a nationally-watched race.

Both ads have been running in English and Spanish, pushing fear-mongering to new levels. Lose our country? We almost lost our country when the Jan. 6 insurrectionists tried to stop the peaceful transition of power after Donald Trump lost the presidential election. Remember that?

Ladra wonders if that’s the “Trump legacy” Rubio says we need to protect.

Salazar’s ad, part of a $500,000 media buy, is her first in the general campaign and the top half of the 30 seconds focuses on inflation.

“When you go to the supermarket, you cannot get all you need. At the gas station, we can’t even fill our tanks,” she says. “Two years ago, we lived in another world.

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“But now inflation is out of control, the environment is in danger, and the American Dream is slipping away.”

It’s funny how she pronounces her name differently in English: Maria El-vy-rah sounds more like a Halloweenish villain than a congress member.