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Marco Rubio Heads to Iowa. 2016 Starting Already?
ABC News ^ | Nov 8, 2012 1:45pm | By Shushannah Walshe

Posted on 11/08/2012 4:43:09 PM PST by drewh

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is heading to the first caucus state of Iowa on Nov. 17 to headline an annual campaign fundraising birthday party for Iowa governor Terry Branstad.

Last year all the presidential hopefuls, except for Mitt Romney, came to the party to court the governor and Iowa political dignitaries who attended the bash.

The governor’s spokesperson, Tim Albrecht, a caucus expert himself, told ABC News that Branstad invited Rubio and is “excited he accepted.”

“Sen. Rubio is a star within our party,” Albrecht said. “We were excited Sen. Rubio accepted, and regardless of what happened on Tuesday he was going to come, and it guarantees a successful fundraiser.”

And as for the assumption that this means Rubio is a sure thing for a 2016 presidential bid? Albrecht said the speculation is one of the bonuses of living in the Hawkeye state and he knows Rubio will be a “major draw.”

“I’m sure people will speculate regardless, and if Gov. Romney had won people would speculate about 2020,” Albrecht said. “When you live in Iowa you’re under a microscope.”

Of course the speculation can’t hurt Rubio, or Iowa’s hopes for remaining the first state where voters get to pick a president. Albrecht said they were of course “hoping the (caucus process) would start 6 years from now.”

“But, we expect Iowa to be first once again and Gov. Branstad welcomes any candidates that might be looking ahead to the Iowa caucuses,” Albrecht said.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: florida; iowa; marcorubio; terrybranstad; timalbrecht
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1 posted on 11/08/2012 4:43:14 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

good luck to him..he has to build a party first before he can lead it.


2 posted on 11/08/2012 4:45:20 PM PST by dalebert
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To: drewh

Not a Natural Born Citizen!


3 posted on 11/08/2012 4:45:58 PM PST by WellyP (question!)
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To: drewh

Gov Scott Walker

I would support: Walker/Rubio2016


4 posted on 11/08/2012 4:46:06 PM PST by tsowellfan
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To: drewh
The establishment GOP must really enjoy losing.

And ABC enjoys watching them lose.

5 posted on 11/08/2012 4:46:26 PM PST by skeeter
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To: WellyP

Marco Rubio was born in the United States in Florida. He is therefore a natural born citizen.

The fact that his parents did not become citizens until several years later...does not affect his status.

See the background of Chester Arthur.. born in Vermont to an American mother and a foreign nationality father.


6 posted on 11/08/2012 4:47:15 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

The guy has no experience. Plus he looks like some SOB that defrauded our company about $600k.


7 posted on 11/08/2012 4:47:19 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: WellyP
Not a Natural Born Citizen

He can seal his records. It's acceptable now. The precedence has been set (until Obama is forced out of office)

8 posted on 11/08/2012 4:47:53 PM PST by tsowellfan
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To: drewh

Rubio supports illegal immigration. He wants amnesty.

A liberal in conservative clothing. Don’t be fooled.


9 posted on 11/08/2012 4:49:07 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: drewh

Marco Rubio has other problems which kept him from being chosen as the VP.


10 posted on 11/08/2012 4:49:20 PM PST by tsowellfan
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To: drewh

Born to CUBAN NATIONALS!


11 posted on 11/08/2012 4:49:25 PM PST by WellyP (question!)
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To: skeeter

Time to gut the establishment. They’re almost the same as Democrats in my eyes.


12 posted on 11/08/2012 4:50:56 PM PST by Txngal
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To: tsowellfan

Thats a problem, why didnt the Romney team pick him for veep if he was indeed the #1 choice over Paul Ryan? (if the politico.com story is true)


13 posted on 11/08/2012 4:51:22 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh
Marco Rubio Heads to Iowa. 2016 Starting Already?

Um, no, not for three years and change yet.
14 posted on 11/08/2012 4:51:27 PM PST by Xenalyte (Settle down, Beavis.)
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To: drewh
2016 Started Already?

You're kidding, right?

For Hillary Clinton it started in 1992. For many of the others we'll see in 2015, it started 4 years ago. How long ago did it start for Ran Paul? Or his son?

15 posted on 11/08/2012 4:53:16 PM PST by FredZarguna (I'm sorry, General Washington. We owed you and the men at Valley Forge so much more than this.)
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To: drewh

Marco Rubio shouldn’t waste his time. He needs to push the Dream act or something.


16 posted on 11/08/2012 4:53:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: drewh
2016 Started Already?

You're kidding, right?

For Hillary Clinton it started in 1992. For many of the others we'll see in 2015, it started 4 years ago. How long ago did it start for Ran Paul? Or his son?

17 posted on 11/08/2012 4:53:30 PM PST by FredZarguna (I'm sorry, General Washington. We owed you and the men at Valley Forge so much more than this.)
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To: tsowellfan
Its just like the GOPe to conclude that what they really need to do to win is nominate a latino.

Rush was unusually succinct today when he said its not anmesty that democrat latinos want, it wants its share of government supplied graft. Just like the rest of the democrats base.

To believe you can win votes by normalizing illegals is not only to miss the mark, it will seal the GOP's doom.

18 posted on 11/08/2012 4:54:44 PM PST by skeeter
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To: drewh

No he can’t


19 posted on 11/08/2012 4:55:53 PM PST by Figment
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To: drewh

Rubio is a dynamic, great communicator of the conservative message.

If the nation still exists in four years, we must appeal to the Hispanics and get them to vote Republican.

Remember how blacks loved Obama because of his race alone?

It is either Rubio of Martinez. Otherwise we have no chance.

He was born in Florida. That makes him legitimate.

May be too late to save the nation, but we do need to give it a try.


20 posted on 11/08/2012 4:58:53 PM PST by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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To: skeeter
Assuming there are 30 million illegals in America, that's enough to create some 50 congressional districts and they don't even need to vote to do it. If they do vote, you can pretty much count on those districts being almost exclusively democrat. As it is we don't know how many districts exist almost wholly due to the presence of illegals.

The costs of administering a single district must run into the millions. How much pork can a district seek? How many earmarks? What will all those new democrat congressmen vote for?

If you think Obamacare is bad, you haven't seen squat. Wait till the day all those democrats start dictating how many cars a family can have, what job you can have, or where you can live. Wait till they dictate that all paychecks come from government and you get a small cut of what is left over.

Illegals are nothing but government growth hormone and amnesty today is nothing short of treason.
21 posted on 11/08/2012 5:00:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: drewh

Everybody relax gees. Iowa’s caucus isn’t for another thirty eight months. So much is going to happen between now and then.


22 posted on 11/08/2012 5:00:48 PM PST by dowcaet
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To: cripplecreek

Right now, I’d take a Marco Rubio in the WH over this POS we now have. I’m not sure he wants amnesty for all illegals. I’ll have to do more research on this. However, if the Cubans who vote Republican - are allowed to become citizens then I say replace the slackers of Americans who vote for the marxist-in-chief. They have more sense having lived under a communist regime.

I like Rubio and am not sure about all of his stances, but he’d be a sure positive over what we now have.


23 posted on 11/08/2012 5:03:33 PM PST by Catsrus (WANT)
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To: wolfman23601

What does what he looks like have to do with anything? I won’t even comment what zero looks like. JFK had no experience either -he was a Senator and got elected. What experience did obama have?

Your argument is lame.


24 posted on 11/08/2012 5:05:32 PM PST by Catsrus (WANT)
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To: tsowellfan

WALKER WALKED THE WALK.


25 posted on 11/08/2012 5:06:34 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: drewh
ABC: 2016 Starting Already?

BOO-HOO ABC!

26 posted on 11/08/2012 5:10:47 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: drewh

2016 Campaign?

MAKE IT STOP, already!


27 posted on 11/08/2012 5:12:06 PM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted... it's over.)
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To: Catsrus

Well if the only goal is to win, he might be an ok choice, but I am concerned about his competance. He is a minority that can give a speech... sound familiar? He has plenty of time to change my mind, but you have to do more than be pretty and speak to get my vote. He wouldn’t get mine for president right now. I would like to see him run for governor, however, and see what he can do.


28 posted on 11/08/2012 5:14:04 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: garjog

Rubio/Brownback 2016?


29 posted on 11/08/2012 5:23:26 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

If Allen West pulls off the recount, he should be our nominee. He defines fighter and American Hero!


30 posted on 11/08/2012 5:24:28 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (christian.bahits.com)
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To: drewh

My concern is that too many conservatives have bought into Rubio because he sounds great making speeches and he looks good. Plus, now with the concern of getting Hispanic voters in the next election, many conservatives want identity politics just like the dems.

One just has to peel away the veil of Marco Rubio to revealed who is backing him and what he actually believes beyond the beautiful conservative rhetoric he sprouts. Rubio is probably a nice guy and a good family man but he is a con for the Establishment, who knows that many conservatives in the Republican Party won’t vote or support another Establishment candidate outright ever again


31 posted on 11/08/2012 5:34:39 PM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: drewh

He looks like he’s 22 . Good luck with that.


32 posted on 11/08/2012 5:34:55 PM PST by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
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To: drewh

I said all along that Romney should have picked Rubio for his VP. I know Ryan is an amazing individual and politically I am very similar to him. Ryan would have been an excellent VP and Presidential contender.

However, Rubio tells a good story and is very eloquent. He is very intelligent.

I may not get a chance to vote for Rubio though. If the Republican party swings to left to become Dem light, I am leaving the Party....with no hesitation whatsoever.

A one Party system is communism. One could argue that the two Party system we have now is not much better. We shall see...


33 posted on 11/08/2012 5:35:22 PM PST by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: drewh

Senators do NOT make good presidents.


We already have a trainee on the job and we see what a lousy mess he has made of things.

If/when Rubio gets some executive exerience, then he might be worth considering.

Until then, no more OJT's for the presidency.
34 posted on 11/08/2012 5:38:44 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: fatnotlazy; All

yeah he’s not perfect so he’s absolutely unacceptable, we’d rather have another Obama


35 posted on 11/08/2012 5:44:11 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: wolfman23601
The guy has no experience. Plus he looks like some SOB that defrauded our company about $600k.

He was the head of the Florida Senate, he has been a United States Senator for a few years. He has as much experience as Barack Obama had. As for the second part of your statement --- no he doesn't.

Now to the meat --- he is Hispanic; and, from what I can tell listening to all of the pundits and talking heads; the Republican Party needs that.

I like him, mostly because he speaks well and can articulate Conservative values so that people can understand them.

36 posted on 11/08/2012 5:52:11 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: fatnotlazy
Exactly right. Rubio is already using Romney's loss as reason to support amnesty. He's no conservative and he's no uniter. Instead of continuing to pander to races and divide America even further, we should be trying to unite as Americans. First and foremost, we need to convert independents to the conservative cause.
37 posted on 11/08/2012 5:59:45 PM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: drewh

There won’t be any elections in 2016. America will be a third world hell hole ruled by a dictator by then.


38 posted on 11/08/2012 6:01:24 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: drewh

Latin America will govern the United States. We surrendered without firing a shot!


39 posted on 11/08/2012 6:04:44 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: LibertarianLiz

” As for the second part of your statement -— no he doesn’t.”

Actually he does. He looks exactly like him. I’m not saying he looks like a stereotypical scam artist, I am saying he looks exactly like an actual scam artist that took me personally for a ride. It is going to be very difficult to get past that if he ever finds his way on my ballot.


40 posted on 11/08/2012 6:08:57 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: liberalh8ter

Dear God -here we go again. No one is pure enough for some of you. We might as well just stop voting and allow the Demons to have it all with attitudes like this.

Right now - I’d take Rubio over this POS who just stole this election. The rest of you can sit here and whine and whimper that he isn’t pure enough, but he’d sure be a helluva lot better than what we now have.

Some of you are beyond help.


41 posted on 11/08/2012 6:08:57 PM PST by Catsrus (WANT)
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To: drewh
Another neocon Bushy! Just what we need! Unless we can talk Bob Dole out of retirement.
42 posted on 11/08/2012 6:25:49 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Democracy = Communism on the installment plan.)
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To: dalebert

But the nitpickers will find fault and will find he’s not perfect so we throw him away waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Perfect. We must stop this and become united to destroy Democrats—not each other.


43 posted on 11/08/2012 6:29:21 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Yes, our FRiends demand purity and perfection from our candidate or they’ll stay home and teach everyone a lesson again. Unfortunately, if you ask 10 of our FRiends to define this purity and perfection you’ll get 10 different answers.


44 posted on 11/08/2012 6:40:36 PM PST by Mr Fuji
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To: Mr Fuji

Exactly. Too many judge a candidate against their idea of perfection when we’re to be judging one candidate against another. We cannot continue to do this. We need everyone of us to hold together. Obama is arguably the worst president we’ve ever had and he’s in the process of destroying this country, yet we have many who refused to support Romney because he’s not perfect enough. God help America. We are not using the brains God gave us. We refuse to use logic but use emotion.


45 posted on 11/08/2012 6:46:16 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: drewh

Why do some of you equate having a hispanic candidate with pandering? IMO, the benefit of a hispanic candidate is just to get hispanics’ attention and get them to actually listen to the conservative message. As long as the person is a solid conservative, what is the problem?


46 posted on 11/08/2012 6:58:00 PM PST by mtrott
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To: cripplecreek
I'm amazed that such a easily predictable outcome, with plenty of empirical evidence to support it, is missed by so many republicans.

Heads in rectal defilade.

47 posted on 11/08/2012 7:26:02 PM PST by skeeter
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To: drewh
I hope he will stick to his CONSERVATIVE ROOTS, if not -- we don't need another flip flopper.

That said, he hasn't flip-flopped yet, so I am hoping for a Rubio/Jindal, Rubio/Cruz or a Rubio/West ticket!!

Comments??

48 posted on 11/08/2012 7:36:57 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: drewh

Don’t any of these people have real work to do? All politicians seem to do is fly around and campaign all the time. Well, Obama takes lavish vacations and plays a lot of golf, but still there’s no real work there. Who knew that being president or a senator was so easy?


49 posted on 11/08/2012 7:40:40 PM PST by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: drewh

He should have been the VP candidate this year. That would have given him a running start for 2020.

Team Willard goes for a VP who can’t even carry his own state (of course Willard couldn’t carry any of his “three” home states).


50 posted on 11/08/2012 8:06:36 PM PST by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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