The lead story in today’s edition of the New York Times members of Jeb Bush’s super PAC seem poised to spend as much as $20 million to stop Sen. Marco Rubio. It seems like the former Florida governor is ready to use his money to crush the man he mentored.
According to the NYT the group’s chief strategist has boasted of his willingness to spend as much as $20 million to damage Rubio’s reputation and halt his sudden ascent in the polls, according to three people told of the claim.
While, there is no doubt that the Bush Super PAC has the money to really do damage to Rubio but this can cut both ways. Bush can push the unaccomplished and unprepared Rubio, with plenty of ammunition. But over the years he has repeatedly, and sometimes lavishly, praised the younger lawmaker, often on camera.
Almost as soon as the NYT story dropped the Rubio campaign launched a new spot showing his mentor Bush praising the junior senator from the state of Florida. It undercuts the Bush Super PAC plan to discredit Rubio.
That makes tonight’s debate as a huge one for Bush who can use his extensive plans to show that he is the establishment candidate with well throughout plans. Bush needs a good night tonight, he can’t afford another CNBC debate debacle.