Skip to comments.Sen. Tim Scott Backs Rubio, Says 'One Shot' to Beat Hillary is Marco
Posted on 02/02/2016 8:19:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind
With the South Carolina primary just 18 days away, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has thrown his support behind colleague Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for the GOP presidential nomination.
The buzz that Scott would endorse Rubio began before the last ballots were counted in Monday's Iowa caucuses.
Scott announced his support in a campaign video filmed in front of his childhood home.
"It's a long way from where I grew up to the U.S. Senate. I believe the best days of our country are ahead of her -- that 2016 may be the most important election," Scott said. "I am putting my confidence and my trust in Marco Rubio, because I believe that he takes us to that better future. Marco Rubio understands that here in America, it's not about where you start, it's about where you are going."
"We have one shot in 2016 to beat Hillary Clinton and that shot is Marco Rubio, and with him as our candidate: we win. Join me. Vote for Marco Rubio. Let's see the next American century unfold before our eyes. Because with Marco Rubio, America's future is very bright."
That brings Rubio's upper chamber endorsements up to five: Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Scott.
Rubio's campaign learned that he was pushed into third in a close Iowa race -- 27.7 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), 24.3 percent for Donald Trump, and 23.1 percent, effectively splitting their share of delegates -- by drawing the late undecided voters.
"I think people realize on the Republican side that we cannot afford, this country cannot afford, to lose this election and that I give the party the best chance not just to unify the conservative movement but to grow it, to take our message to people that don't vote Republican now, grow our party, grow our movement and defeat Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders," Rubio told Good Morning America.
"And so I feel -- we felt that that momentum in the last few days as our campaign continued to grow," he said. "We got more votes than Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum did when they won the caucuses just four years ago. So we feel great about what Iowa did and we thank them. We're ready to go in New Hampshire and we're excited about the momentum we're carrying into this great state."
South Carolina's other senator, former presidential candidate Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), is still convinced that "the story after New Hampshire will be the Bush ground game and the Bush political organization."
But Graham acknowledged that his fellow home-state senator "will help Marco."
"You know, on foreign policy Marco has been very good for the most part. You know, he has the world view I share. But let me just say this. Immigration haunts this party. He tried to fix a broken immigration system in a rational way, now he has backed off. To think that's not going to matter in the general election, you're kidding yourself," Graham told MSNBC this morning. "And again, I hope I'm wrong about the abortion issue. It's going to be hard to sell to young women Marco's position on abortion. I don't know how this movie ends, but I know with women and Hispanics that we are going in the wrong direction in my view and Jeb Bush will beat Hillary Clinton and I think he's becoming the only person, quite frankly, that can beat Hillary Clinton."
Drank the Senate koolaid. Now what?
Establishment and fox all in for the amnesty pimp
Why do any of these people even acknowledge Hillary as a possible nominee? They should not even mention her name or if they do frame her as a criminal, someone to come under indictment, or that a dark cloud is descending upon her candidacy.
Cruz and Trump need to cease fire and squash this phony pipsqueak.
Idiot! Hillary will crush Rubio like a bug.
Graham will endorse soon, and so will the Governor.
Someone is going to need to take a swing at him, or the GOPe will be as good as back.
Disappointed in Tim...
we graduated from the same college...
Tim Scott is either stupid or sold out.
The real Rubio...a K St. Trojan Horse.
Because that noise about her "possibly being indicted" is for entertainment purposes only. She's not going to face prosecution.
RUBIO wants the people’s votes. However, he barely voted to represent them in the senate.
Trip down memory lane:
According to GovTrack, an independent congressional monitor that tracks the voting records of all congressional offices in the Capitol, Rubio is consistently at the top end in terms of missed votes. In 2014, a year before he even announced his presidential campaign, Rubio was in the Top 15, missing 45 out of the 657 Senate votes taken that year — an abstention rate of 6.8%. His record has gotten exponentially worse this year: since January 2015, Rubio has missed an estimated 32% of the votes that the Senate has held (91 out 283 on record as of October 25). In fact, from July to September alone, he missed more than half (53.8 %), giving him the embarrassing distinction of having the second-worst voting attendance during that period.
One of these missed votes included the final passage of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act — the legislation that authorizes programs and policy for the U.S. military and Defense Department for the coming fiscal year. In short, a man who is basing a good chunk of his presidential campaign on foreign policy and national security missed one of the most important national security votes Congress took this year.
Just damn, I did not think Scott was a Cheap Labor Express lackey.
I’m not voting for the ‘rube’ if he’s the last candidate in the race. Too young. Didn’t like his speech. I’m not voting for a guy who will open up the flood gates of illegal immigration so that we’ll forever have to promote candidates with a hyphen in their cultural designation. Don’t call me a racist. That’s just how I feel. Don’t change the makeup of my country for the benefit of the elites and then tell me the only way to get the vote of minority voters is to only promote minority candidates. Sheesh even as I type this, I can see how someone can misread it. Bottom line, Rubio wouldn’t be getting pushed forward unless he was a minority. I say he’s unqualified.
If that were true then it would be a very sad situation. In other words, we either get Hillary or Hillary Lite.
I swear, if the GOPe shoves another “electable” candidate like Rubio down our throats again, I am going to vote for Hillary (or maybe write in for Colonel West).
Indeed she will.
We are so screwed.
I agree. Rubio is the establishment.
Tim Scott is wrong. Cruz is the one who can defeat Hillary AND restore the constitution and rule of law. Rubio would also beat Hillary, but the corrupt D.C. Mafia woud still hold the power over the good people of America.
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