If The New York Times’ repeated attacks on presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio are having any affect on his campaign effort, it seems to be for the better.
The Rubio campaign is turning the Times’ last hit piece — criticizing the Florida Republican’s finances — from lemons into lemonade by using it as a clever appeal for campaign donations, and taking a well-placed shot at Hillary Clinton at the same time.
RedState’s Dan McLaughlin picked up on it and tweeted:
Well played, Marco Rubio pic.twitter.com/ikbXhLBUCU
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 10, 2015
The email reads:
Last week, our team told you about the New York Times attacking me for receiving four traffic tickets over the last 20 years. Now, today, the Times is out with a story suggesting that I’m not rich enough to be president!
According to the Times, “Rubio entered public life in a deep financial hole of his own making.” Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? But what exactly was this deep financial hole of my own making? My student loans! I didn’t have the money for college, so I had to take out loans. And now the Times is attacking me for it.
As I have said many times, I am not poor, but I’m not rich either. It’s true, I didn’t make over $11 million last year giving speeches to special interests. And we don’t have a family foundation that has raised $2 billion from Wall Street and foreign interests.
While we are truly blessed, Jeanette and I have to keep an eye on our family budget to send our kids to Christian schools and pay our mortgage. Like millions of Americans, I had to take out student loans to pay for college and law school, and only paid them off recently. But the biggest debt I have is to America. For this is not just the nation I was born in, it’s the country that changed the history of my family.
Look, I know these attacks are part of running for president, but the fact remains that we can’t rely on the media to tell our campaign’s story. And that’s why I need your help.
Will you click here to donate now and help us spread the real message of our campaign?
Your support ensures that we have the resources to run our positive, serious, ideas-driven campaign without having to worry about the silly media attacks against me.
I appreciate your help.
What a refreshing change from our current commander in chief. Instead of engaging in a bitter harangue of name-calling, Rubio turned the hit piece into a well-thought out appeal for funds, while taking a well-deserved yet good-natured swipe at the presumed Democratic presidential nominee.
Well played indeed.
H/T: Young Conservatives
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