The best defense is a good offense, which NFL fan and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio knows better than anybody. So he's joining up with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at 4 p.m. for a conference call that highlights GOP concerns with President Barack Obama's more government-centric solutions to problems when compared to Republican Mitt Romney's.
At the heart of the call: 1998 comments from then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama who said he believes in "redistribution" of wealth through government action: “I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution -- at least a certain level -- to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.”It's a good way to highlight the choice Republicans want voters to make this election. It's also their best shot at better explaining Romney's now-controversial remarks about taxes and entitlements at a Boca Raton fundraiser that were captured on secret video and released this week.
Romney has acknowledged the comments were "off the cuff" and "were not elegantly stated." That's where Rubio, one of the GOP's best speakers comes in. He's also sure to mention Communist Cuba, an important topic for the Republican-leaning Cuban-American electorate, who comprise more than 70 percent of the GOP voting rolls in Miami-Dade, Florida's largest county.
The call and web ad coincidentally fall on the same day Romney is scheduled to be in Miami, where he'll talk to Univision's left-leaning host, Jorge Ramos, and later hold a Hispanic-outreach rally.
Here's the RNC web ad