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Curbelo touts bipartisanship in first TV ad


U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo will kick off TV advertising for his tough reelection campaign Thursday by comparing elusive bipartisanship in Congress with the upcoming college football season.

The Miami Republican's first TV spot shows him and his wife, Cecilia, in their kitchen -- she sporting University of Florida colors, he in a University of Miami polo.

"You can't let rivalry turn to bitterness," Curbelo says into the camera, alluding to fights among Republicans and Democrats. "For Washington politicians, party always comes first and solutions last. That's not me."

The kicker: "I don't care who scores, as long as it's a win for our community."

The ad is set to begin airing with the start of college football games -- and just two days after Democratic primary voters chose former U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia to challenge Curbelo. Garcia, who lost to Curbelo two years ago, has long cast the Republican as a hardline conservative. Curbelo has worked assiduously to avoid that label and is running as an unabashed moderate in the newly redrawn, Democratic-leaning 26th congressional district.