Marco Rubio plugs Hill: He’s the ‘Republican who can win’

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio waded deeper into the Georgia special election with a robo-call calling Republican Judson Hill the “conservative Republican who can win” the nationally-watched Tuesday vote.

Rubio, who easily won the suburban Atlanta district in last year’s primrary, endorsed Hill in early March but the robo-call sent to thousands of household on Monday was his most public intervention in the race.

“He can provide the leadership we need to defeat radical terror and repeal and replace Obamacare,” Rubio said in the recording. “Judson is the only trusted conservative in the race.”

Listen to it here:

Hill was the first candidate to enter the race in November, shortly after Rep. Tom Price was tapped as Trump’s health secretary. He’s one of 11 Republicans – and 18 contenders overall – who will share the ballot in Tuesday’s special election.

Republicans have held the district, which stretches from east Cobb to DeKalb, for decades. But Democrat Jon Ossoff’s surging candidacy and Donald Trump’s struggles in the Sixth – he barely edged Hillary Clinton – have given Democrats hopes they can flip the seat.

 


 

Hill, a former state senator from Marietta, is hovering around 10 percent in most public polls, though his campaign hopes higher turnout in his Cobb base and the infighting between other leading Republicans will lift him into a runoff against Ossoff.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who also endorsed Hill, was featured in a robo-call for Hill on Friday that declared him the only candidate “who has proven he will fight for us.”

More recent AJC coverage of the Sixth District:

National implications push Georgia special election into spotlight

Democrats go for broke to win Georgia’s special election

‘BAD!’ Trump says media plays ‘game’ with Georgia special election

Warring Republicans try to unite against Ossoff in Georgia’s Sixth

Nearly $14M in ads have flooded Georgia’s Sixth for special election

Georgia Democrats, Republicans seek lessons in tight Kansas race

Ossoff fights ‘top-secret’ attacks in Georgia special election

Staff raids and social media hijinks: GOP infighting ramps up in Georgia Sixth

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Ray Almeida
Ray Almeida

Shut the hell up Rubio, your own constituents don't even like you lmfao

Robin Toovey Mosele
Robin Toovey Mosele

I don't care which Republican wins at this point as long as it's not Hollyweirds liberal Ossoff

Denise Taylor
Denise Taylor

As long as Republicans continue to endorse the antics of #45 they will lose seats!!\U0001f64c\U0001f3fd\U0001f64c\U0001f3fd\U0001f64c\U0001f3fd\U0001f64c\U0001f3fd\U0001f64c\U0001f3fd\U0001f64c\U0001f3fd\U0001f64c\U0001f3fd

Adam Levenstein
Adam Levenstein

Rubio used to think *he* was the Republican who could win.

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

Hill who? For years he's been my state senator and haven't heard much from him until now. Why should I expect this guy to talk to constituents once he's in Congress? He can care less about constituents as far as I can tell. Go Ossoff ...

Ted Wetherby
Ted Wetherby

His endorsement is "He can win" where the hell is the substance , where is he elaborating on why. Is that all that matters is he can win. No wonder Congress and the Senate has the lowest approval ratings in history you vote on who can win but not on the person's integrity and structure as a person. Remember you guys voted for this Republican majority not me. And now republicans are saying I don't work for you I paid my taxes I work for myself, that was your vote.

Randall Williams
Randall Williams

Rubio is a spineless POS who talks a good game for the camera but behind the scenes is a nasty republican who voted to confirm most, if not all of Trump's nominees after putting on a huge dog and pony show.

Mark Cotner
Mark Cotner

Working for the democrats trying to split the vote. Always has been.

Blue Smith
Blue Smith

I read this and laughed because it was so funny how you worded it. I had to read it twice but laughed anyway. Vote your Ossoff (vote your a--off) because so much truth there. You can vote all you want not going to do any good who wins. The People lose all the time no matter who gets in. Those that win are suppose to serve all the People not just a select few. Every man, woman, child in their state not just the district. What is good for the district should be good for the whole state. $14 million dollars raked in for them. Probably even more. I have always said follow the money. You know as well as I do the Common Man they are suppose to serve does not have that kind of money. Anyway, thanks for the laugh.....

Christian Meehan
Christian Meehan

Just like Hill said Rubio is the republican who can win \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

That endorsement is the kiss of death. Little Marco water boy Rubio never had any credibility.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

We have enough peter puffers in Georgia also

Robin Middlebrooks
Robin Middlebrooks

Considering I'm married and not ashamed of who or what I am, I swallow!! I'm not ashamed! My husband or I are both normal men! Neither are feminine or gay acting! My entire family are some of the hard core rednecks you would ever meet!

Dustin Ketchem
Dustin Ketchem

Trying to spread those votes around. Same thing they did in the Presidential primary. An old poli-sci technique given new life. People are dumb enough to fall for it. Just VOTE your OSOFF!

Mark Cotner
Mark Cotner

He has no chance, but you're right about trying to spread the votes around.

Cathy Mclaurin
Cathy Mclaurin

This is Georgia, he has more of a chance..They love to vote for crooks that sale them out...

Mary Henderson
Mary Henderson

We like Hill....We like Republicans.....We like Pro Life

Kathleen Holloman
Kathleen Holloman

Put an Democrats in the 6th district. There are to many money hungry Republican s now.We have to balance it out. We need someone that will help all people not just make the rich get richer

Matt Soss
Matt Soss

Money hungry Republicans? Ossoff has the most funding, by far, and it's mostly through wealthy liberal donors that don't even live in GA. Your statement is the epitome of hypocrisy.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

Make Georgia great again, vote Hill

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

Georgia is a red state you troll

Cory Jobe
Cory Jobe

Gross. Team enough to vote Dem. stop this madness.

Mimi DeArman Outlaw
Mimi DeArman Outlaw

What does this pathetic little weenie know about who is best for Georgia? Sad...

Jackie Lovett
Jackie Lovett

Who is Hill? #FlipThe6th voted my #Ossoff \U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Buck Monterey
Buck Monterey

Great job, that's all we need. Another little Hank "island flipper" Johnson protege running around spewing nonsense.

Jackie Lovett
Jackie Lovett

Bahaha, this Oklahoma girl got smart and living the life in Georgia's district 6 18 years now. Haters will be haters no matter where you live. ✌🏼💅🏼

Rob Verdi
Rob Verdi

Voted my #Ossoff too. #Flipthe6th!

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

I want to know more about ossoff and the middle East

Sally Williams
Sally Williams

What would you like us to know about Ossoff and the middle east?

Sara Huff
Sara Huff

If you are talking about the Al Jazeera /terrorist ad., that has been debunked. This ad was an opposition ad by the Super pack that is associated with Paul Ryan, (R) Speaker of the House & was about $2 million dollars. AJC had an article about it as well as others. Google it.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

A lot of out of Georgia money given to him, is it coming al jazerra

Jill Schonenberg Roth
Jill Schonenberg Roth

Ossoff got paid for journalism work he did for Al Jazeera. That work consisted of uncovering corruption and human rights abuses.

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