Patrick Murphy, a Republican challenger, accuses Rubio of being untrustworthy

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1:04 AM, May 11, 2020

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy. (Twitter:@PGMurphy23)

Updated at 1:04 a.m.

Democratic Senatorial candidate Patrick Murphy has issued a challenge to Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

Murphy, a retired Army officer but currently an unemployed Air Force veteran, is one of the Democratic challengers in the U.S. Senate race, and he has accused the Tallahassee senator of being untrustworthy in his dealings with the Florida Department of State.

“Marco Rubio is a national security hawk who voted the wrong way on Iraq, voted the wrong way on everything else he does,” Murphy said in his challenge. “He’s been caught on more than one instance lying to the American people, and he’s been caught doing it on several occasions.”

More than 20,000 people have reached out to Murphy’s campaign since launching his challenge, and they will see more of his video and written statements posted online.

Murphy, who is from Pensacola, Fla., graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in English. He has worked for the Army and as a contractor for the Department of Defense. Murphy has also worked for the U.S. Air Force on a contract to monitor air defense radar systems.

Murphy said he has no experience as an attorney, and he said he thinks senators should be held to a higher standard for holding the office of president.

“I don’t believe that anyone is above the law, but I do believe, that we have to hold them accountable,” he said in a campaign video.

An email sent to Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Conant by the Florida Democratic Party indicated that the campaign was concerned about Murphy’s challenge.

“We are very concerned about what they plan to do with their campaign and have asked them to make a video to address the allegations of improper behavior by Senator Rubio,” the email said. “Until they provide us with substantiation regarding their allegations against Senator Rubio, it is important to our Democracy that they stop making outlandish and false claims. Until they

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