Beruff willing to spend what it takes to beat Rubio

Carlos Beruff

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – When Senator Marco Rubio decided to run for re-election, a pool of GOP candidates stepped aside. But not Carlos Beruff. The millionaire businessman told News Channel 8 he’s in it to win it.

“Mitt Romney recruited (Rubio) to go for this job because they can control him, and they can’t control Carlos Beruff,” Beruff said Thursday.

“It’s hard for me to make a commitment and then change your mind and then go back on. We are not children. When you make a commitment to the people who elected you, you should do the job they elected you to do,” he added.

However, Beruff faces a steep climb.

“Now, with everybody else dropping out, we’ve seen in two polls. Rubio’s at 72 percent versus 6-10 percent for Carlos. So I think the wise decision for Carlos is to do what everybody else did and get out of the race and wait for two years and run for something else,” political strategist Barry Edwards said.

“He’s got a lot of money but does he have a chance? He does have a lot of money but he doesn’t have enough money. Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money to win the governorship six years ago, so we haven’t seen an indication by Beruff that he’s willing to spend that type of money,” Edwards added.

When asked if he is willing to spend the money needed to beat Rubio, Beruff replied “watch.”

“Obviously, I made substantial commitments in resources to do that from the day I decided to run for this,” he added.

News Channel 8 talked with Rubio Wednesday. “It’s my intention to come back and work hard to serve a full six-year term in the Senate on behalf of the people of Florida,” the senator said.

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