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Marco Rubio Aims To Fundraise Off War Of Words With Rachel Maddow (VIDEO)

07/23/2010 09:11 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio continued his war of words with Rachel Maddow this week with a new web video tweaking the MSNBC host.

Here's the backstory: Last week, Rubio's camp rolled out a one-minute ad making the case that his economic plan "is right" as evidenced by the fact that "Maddow thinks it's wrong." After the release of the spot, it didn't take long for Maddow to fire back.

"Mr. Rubio's new commercial is all about the economy, which makes sense, because he is running in Florida where the economy is really very, very bad," Maddow said on her show. "Unemployment in Florida stands at 11.4 percent, higher than the national average. Foreclosures up nearly 10 percent in the first half of this year in Florida, higher than the national average. And Florida's most recent state budget needed a rescue from federal stimulus funds, which, of course, Marco Rubio opposes. These are troubled times, time to call for big ideas, detail arguments, facts."

In his new ad Rubio fired back: "And now, Rachel Maddow responds by discussing the Obama-Crist economic record for Florida..." text reads on top of footage of the news program. "But if you are ready for some real change ... Send Marco to Washington and he'll be a check-and-balance against Obama and his policies."

Before soliciting campaign donations at the end of the spot, Rubio's camp takes one last parting shot at the MSNBC personality: "Again. Maddow. 9pm. (We hear she has a blog too. Knock yourself out.)"

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