Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy is in general election mode.
With five days to go until the Aug. 30 primary, Murphy continues to look ahead to November, where he will likely face Republican Marco Rubio.
"We're about 75 days out, things are getting heated now," he said in Miami Beach Thursday.
Murphy, who recently is polling within the margin of error against Rubio, did not hesitate when asked if he'll debate Rubio.
"Yes, absolutely," Murphy said. "I've always debated my opponents. I had a great debate with Congressman Allen West, Carl Domino my last opponent...I look forward to debating Senator Rubio because there is going to be a very sharp contrast."
Murphy did not offer set terms for a potential debate, saying "Our teams will, I'm sure, be in touch with those terms but any forum where we can exchange ideas I look forward to."
However, Murphy made similar comments earlier in the primary phase of this campaign but ultimately didn't follow through on his pledge.
Murphy generally avoided public forums where he would have shared the stage with his Democratic rivals, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and Miami attorney Pam Keith. This summer, Murphy dropped out of a planned debate against Grayson and he has ignored offers by Keith to debate her. Neither opponent was mentioned during his remarks on Thursday.
"We agreed to debate Alan Grayson...but the only thing that changed from when I agreed to debate Congressman Grayson and now is his former wife coming out with 20 years of reports of domestic violence," Murphy said at a campaign stop in South Miami last week. "I cannot in good conscience continue to give him this platform."
The U.S. Rep. from Jupiter was in Miami Beach on Thursday to receive the endorsement of mayor Philip Levine, who repeatedly attacked Rubio for failing to address climate change.
"I've never even seen him show up here and talk about sea level rise," Levine said. "We need pumps, we need to raise our roads."
Levine's dog briefly walked through the press conference, stopping to stare at the politicians before continuing down the hallway.