Murphy Wants To Be A Rubber Stamp For Hillary Clinton

Ahead of Patrick Murphy’s appearance with Hillary Clinton this afternoon, the Rubio campaign released the following statement:

“Patrick Murphy will not stand up to Hillary Clinton when she is wrong, from supporting the Iran deal, to expanding Obamacare, to releasing terrorists from Guantanamo Bay.  Marco is the only candidate who will stand up to whoever the next president is.” – Michael Ahrens, Rubio spokesman

Murphy says he trusts Hillary Clinton “100 percent” and wants her elected president because they share the same values:

VIDEO: Murphy says he trusts Hillary “100 percent.” RUBIO: “How can Patrick Murphy support Hillary Clinton? How can he stand with Hillary Clinton when over and over again she’s proven herself to be untrustworthy.” RAJU: “Murphy, who is facing progressive firebrand Alan Grayson in today’s primary, says he trusts Hillary Clinton, despite polls that say most voters feel the opposite.” RAJU to MURPHY: “Do you trust Hillary Clinton? Do you 100% trust her? MURPHY: “Yes, yes I do.” RAJU to MURPHY: “What issues do you actually disagree with her on?” MURPHY: “Yes, well, you know, look — her support of the Iraq war, early on.” (CNN, 8/30/16)

Murphy said he and Hillary share the same values. “‘We need Secretary Clinton in the White House and we need a Senator who will show up and work with her to fight for Florida families. The choice is clear this November and I look forward to working alongside Secretary Clinton for our shared values.’” (Murphy for Florida, 10/6/16)

Both support President Obama’s dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal:

Patrick Murphy

Last week, Murphy doubled down on his support for the Iran deal. “However, on Tampa’s NBC affiliate, WFLA- News Channel 8 on Sunday morning during the broadcast of ‘Meet The Press’ there were two separate anti-Murphy ads that ran within minutes each other. One of them blasted his support for the Iranian nuclear deal last year. That came from a conservative super PAC called the Senate Leadership Fund, who is spending more than $10 million in anti-Murphy ads this fall in Florida. ‘That’s a large misrepresentation of the facts,’ Murphy said Sunday about the ad. ‘This deal with Iran is something I studied. I believe that the number one most important thing that we do is ensure Iran never has access to a nuclear weapon. That’s what we have to focus on. We have to make sure that we are continuing to enforce this deal, but then add new sanctions for human rights violations for the funding of terrorism.’” (Florida Politics, 10/2/16)

Murphy voted to approve the Iran Nuclear Deal. “Passage of the bill that would express Congress’ approval of the Iran nuclear agreement signed on July 14, 2015 between United States, Iran and five other nations.” (H R 3461, Roll Call Vote #493: Failed 162-269, R 0-244, D 162-25, 9/11/15, Murphy Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)

  • Invoking Neville Chamberlain, Murphy declared that the Iran nuclear deal would ensure “peace in our time.” “Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Florida Democrat who is running to replace Sen. Marco Rubio, endorsed the Iran nuclear deal on Monday by saying it would help the cause of “peace in our time” — echoing the infamous words uttered by Neville Chamberlain after he struck a deal with Adolf Hitler. Many critics of the deal that President Obama cut with Iran, which strengthens a regime that has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel, have likened it to when British Prime Minister Chamberlain agreed to allow Hitler to annex the Sudetenland in western Czechoslovakia in 1938, promising that it would bring ‘peace for our time’ — only to see war ensue the following year. Defenders of the deal have reacted harshly and angrily to this characterization. But Murphy provided ammo to critics when he explained his backing of Obama’s Iran deal by saying, ‘This debate has proven to me that America and Israel are fortunate to have so many passionate, diverse voices who all want the same things: a nuclear-free Iran, a secure Israel, andpeace in our time. In the interest of all three, I will be supporting this deal and voting against a Resolution of Disapproval in September.’” (Philip Klein, “’Peace in our time’: Dem echoes Chamberlain in endorsing Iran deal,” Washington Examiner, 8/31/15)

Hillary Clinton

In a September 2015 speech at the Brookings Institute, Clinton offered what “amounted to a strong endorsement” of the Iran nuclear deal. “With Donald J. Trump rallying at the CapitolWednesday against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Hillary Rodham Clinton embraced the agreement a short distance away. But she warned it would work only ‘as part of a larger strategy toward Iran’ that contained Tehran’s power in the region as sanctions are lifted. Mrs. Clinton’s speech, at the Brookings Institution, amounted to a strong endorsement of the deal struck by President Obama and her successor as secretary of state, John Kerry, though one laced with skepticism about Iran’s intentions.” (David E. Sanger And Amy Chozick, “Hillary Clinton Backs Iran Nuclear Deal, With Caveats,”The New York Times, 9/9/15)

Both support expanding Obamacare:

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy wants to expand Obamacare by adding a public option. “Patrick Murphy says if he is elected to the U.S. Senate in November, he’ll push to provide a public option to the Affordable Care Act. ‘At least in rural areas, where you don’t have much competition,’ the Jupiter Representative and Senate Democratic hopeful said on while making a campaign stop on Mondaymorning in West Tampa. He said that would be an added option for people on the ACA, ‘and beyond that, to make sure that there is competition ultimately.’” (Mitch Perry, “Patrick Murphy Says He’ll Push For Public Option To Be Added To ACA If Elected To The Senate,” Florida Politics, 8/29/16)

  • VIDEO: In 2012, Murphy promised that Obamacare would “create more competition and help bring down costs.” MURPHY: “There is no more lifetime caps and the part that I especially like, are the state exchanges that are created now. There is more openness, more transparency that in each state, whether you are a business or an individual, you can go buy your insurance, and see what exactly the plan offers. This will create more competition and help to bring down costs. Long term, it’s all about costs. It’s all about preventative treatments, getting people treated earlier and that is a big part of ObamaCare. That is a big part of the Affordable Care Act, is making sure people can go to the doctor, get their annual check-ups and identify diseases, whatever it is, diabetes, early on to make sure they prevent it becoming a much bigger problem.” (League of Women Voters’ Candidate Forum, 10/4/12)

Hillary Clinton

CNN: “Clinton backs public option on health care in nod to Sanders supporters.” “Hillary Clinton on Saturday expressed support for expanding taxpayer-funded health insurance, in a nod to the desires of Bernie Sanders’ supporters. In a statement released as Democrats gather in Orlando, Florida, to finalize their party’s platform, Clinton backed the so-called “public option” for states, which would expand health insurance coverage beyond the current provisions in Obamacare. Clinton has supported the public option for decades. But she ran in the Democratic primary as a candidate who wanted to expand Obamacare and used Sanders’ support for a public option against him, saying it would be too costly and run into interference from Republican governors. (CNN, 7/9/16)

  • Hillary Clinton “ran in the Democratic primary as a candidate who wanted to expand Obamacare.” (CNN, 7/9/16)

Both support releasing terrorists from Guantanamo Bay:

Patrick Murphy

On September 15, 2016, Patrick Murphy voted to fund the release of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Patrick Murphy voted against H.R. 5351, which would prohibit the transfer of individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay Prison. (H.R. 5351, Roll Call Vote #520: Passed: 244-174, 9/15/16, Murphy Voted Nay)

In June 2016, Murphy voted against Lamborn amendment to H.R. 5293, the FY 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which would prohibit using funds to survey, assess, or review an alternative site to Guantanamo Bay in the United States. “Lamborn, R-Colo., amendment that would prohibit use of funds by the Defense Department to survey, assess or review potential locations in the United States to house Guantanamo Bay detainees.” (Lamborn Amdt. No. 29 To H.R. 5293, Roll Call Vote 319: Passed 245-175, 6/16/16, Murphy Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/27/16)

In 2015, Murphy voted for the first Nadler amendment to H.R. 2685, which would allow funds for constructing a facility in the United States to house Guantanamo Bay detainees. “Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment that would strike section 8101 of the bill, which bars funds from being used to construct, acquire or modify any facility in the United States, or its territories, to «house» Guantanamo Bay detainees for purposes of imprisonment.” (First Nadler Amendment To H.R. 2685, Roll Call Vote #337: Failed 173-259, R 4-240, D 169-19, 6/10/15, Murphy Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)

In 2015, Murphy voted for the second Nadler amendment to H.R. 2685, which would allow funds for the transfer of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. “Nadler, D-N.Y., amendment that would strike section 8102 of the bill, which bars funds from being used to transfer any individual detained at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the custody or control of the individual’s home country or any other foreign country except in accordance with the fiscal 2014 defense authorization act.” (Second Nadler Amendment To H.R. 2685, Roll Call Vote #338: Failed 181-251, R 6-238, D 175-13, 6/10/15, Murphy Voted Yea; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)

In 2014, Murphy voted against the Cotton amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2015 that would restrict the transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees to any foreign country. “Cotton, R-Ark., amendment that would bar the use of funds in the bill to release or transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to their country of origin or to any other foreign country.” (H.R. 4870 Cotton Amendment, Roll Call Vote #323: Passed 230-184: R 218-10, D 12-174, 6/19/14, Murphy Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 6/26/16)

Hillary Clinton

Just a few weeks before stepping down as Secretary of State, Clinton sent President Obama a memo urging him to close Guantanamo Bay. “Weeks before she stepped down as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton wrote a memo urging President Barack Obama to step up his administration’s efforts to close the military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in his second term. In the confidential January 2013 memo obtained by The Huffington Post, Clinton told Obama she worried that support for closing Guantanamo would further erode unless the administration took action.”(Ryan J. Reilly, “We Obtained Hillary Clinton’s Secret Gitmo Memo To Obama. Read It Here.,” The Huffington Post, 11/30/15)

In a February 2016 press release, Clinton expressed her support for President Obama’s plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. CLINTON: “I support President Obama’s plan today to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and finally close the door on this chapter of our history. Over the years, Guantanamo has inspired more terrorists than it has imprisoned. It has not strengthened our national security; it has damaged it. That’s why I backed closing Guantanamo as a Senator, and when I ran for President in 2008, as did both then-Senator Obama and Senator McCain. As President Obama’s Secretary of State, I appointed a special envoy and worked with our friends and partners around the world to repatriate or resettle prisoners, with all appropriate monitoring and security. Closing Guantanamo would be a sign of strength and resolve. Congress should implement President Obama’s plan as quickly and responsibly as possible.” (Hillary Clinton, “Statement From Hillary Clinton On Guantanamo Bay,” Press Release, 2/23/16)

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