Former Florida Gov.
Bill Nelson (D) said Monday he’s confident that he can beat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in the Senate primary in 2016, telling Fox News that he has “the most complete picture” of the former Florida governor’s strengths and weaknesses.
“I think my advantage is probably in terms of my strengths and the vulnerabilities that he’s got, and that’s really my advantage,” Nelson said on “Fox & Friends.”
“Marco is an idiot.
He’s not a leader.
He doesn’t have any ability to actually get things done.”
Nelson said he’s “100 percent confident” he can defeat Rubio, the Florida senator who has long said he wants to become the next senator from Florida.
The debate comes as Nelson and Rubio continue to spar over immigration policy.
Rubio has argued that the country should allow more immigrants into the country in order to help stem the surge of people from Central America coming to the United States.
Nelson has also called for stricter immigration enforcement, saying “we’ve been overreacting, we’ve been in over our heads” and the United Kingdom has overreacted to its response to the refugee crisis.
He said last week that he thinks immigration reform will pass in Congress, though he noted he hasn’t seen a bill yet that includes enough support.
“So we’ve got a long way to go,” Nelson told Fox.
“We’re not there yet, and we’re not going to be there for long.”