Skip to comments.Rubio endorses Romney, saying he's 'earned' it
Posted on 03/28/2012 8:43:56 PM PDT by TJA
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., endorsed Mitt Romney for president Wednesday night on Fox News' "Hannity," saying Romney offers "a very clear alternative" to President Obama's vision for the future of the country.
Rubio, a young, first-termer who has been discussed as a possible vice presidential candidate, criticized talk of a fight for the Republican nomination on the convention floor, a possibility that is keeping alive the campaigns of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
"I think that's a recipe for delivering four more years of Barack Obama," Rubio told Fox News' Sean Hannity.
Romney has "earned this nomination," Rubio said, though he again shot down questions about whether he would accept any offers of a spot on the ticket.
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AMERICA is THE BEST, DESERVES the BEST! You will let America down when not voting for THE BEST!
VOTE and support NEWT!
Well it’s not over yet....more to get done...this in e-mail from Vince today:
Newt’s Big Choice convention phase will be focused on three goals:
- Working hard to do well in key states in the second half of the primary season.
- Winning a national dialogue about which candidate is most capable of defeating President Obama by offering bold conservative solutions to problems that Obama has failed to solve.
- Implementing a strategy focused on communicating directly with the delegates.
Newt is staying in the race because he believes this year’s nomination battle represents a Big Choice about the soul of the Republican Party, and whether it will remain the party of smaller government, and lower taxes, and conservative reform.
( Of course summed up it means taking on Obama and winning!)
I fail to see a significant difference between Souter and Kagan?
If Obama is re-elected we will continue to make significant gains in the house & senate in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
If Rmoney is elected we’ll make gains in 2012 but we’ll lose our momentum in 2014 and in 2016 the democrats will regain control of DC.
Polls are meant to deceive and they are! How many are now saying the POS mitt is the most electable - because of polls!!! And they voted for him - listening to polls has brought this election how it was DESIGNED TO WORK!!
Amazing - voters know who is best, but the propaganda causes them to doubt and now the POS mitt is in the lead! A PRO HOMO, PRO ABORTION, anti-traditional marriage, BIG GOV’T health care, appointing liberal judges, candidate is in the lead NOT in the liberal party but the republican party. All because of polls over and over again.
In the three I hope you have PAUL in there and not Newt. The couldn’t shine Newt’s shoes and any of the three has done NOTHING substantial for our country. They/GOP E/media don’t want NEWT because he IS the conservative.
He was the only one who was behind conservative Sarah. Santorum/GOP E campaigned and supported Mitt/GOP E. Don’t repeat the media hype and eat the propaganda designed for mitt so he can get in with laying down your values with his mantra ‘anyone but obama’. ‘ANYONE’ when we have a chance at THE BEST?
I also don't believe Polls are just propaganda. I may have believed that during the Clinton years, but since, what the average polls say, is pretty close to the outcome.
Some of the polls are outside the realistic trend, but they quickly lose credibility if they are not fully honest.
Like it or not, what we are seeing today are accurate. Obama really is in the lead right now and Romney will likely win. It is what it is........
ME TOO or I'll write in. The GOP E has deliberately supported the worst of the worst candidate - with not an ounce of conservatism in him - to the left of Kennedy candidate - because they hate conservatism. They don't represent me - but the unpatriotic segment of society.
Rubio Rhino Sittin’ in a Tree
Hey look, here come Rom-n-knee
Rubio Rubio looked down from the tower
Said, I’ll trade my morals for some political power ...
The rhetoric from the media and ads from candidates before the polls taken effect and the polls see how their propaganda worked!!
There were some voters who said they wanted Newt but didn’t vote for him because they weren’t sure if he would be electable. A speaker of the House who brought down the budget 4 times isn’t electable??
Where did they get that thinking from - propaganda! People are voting against what they believe!!! Because of propaganda and LIES from RICK and MITT - they are doing their part to bring this country down.
I want NO PART OF THEM or their evilness. May their own families suffer the evil they are bringing on this country.
You have a valid point here, TrueBelieverForever, and it's something those of us on Free Republic need to remember. What we say about backing Romney can come back to bite.
Newt Gingrich's statement that he'd be voting for Mitt Romney if he's the nominee gave political cover to Tea Party conservatives like Rubio to make his Romney endorsement, and in a cascade effect, that will lead to more and more people climbing on the Romney bandwagon publicly when until recently they've been afraid to say publicly what they believed privately.
In Gingrich's case I can't blame him. He had no choice; if he said he'd vote against Romney in the fall if Romney wins the Republican nomination, he'd destroy his chances of winning the nomination himself and headlines would be telegraphed all over the world saying, “Former Republican speaker threatens to work against likely Republican nominee.”
The rest of us don't need to be publicly saying such things about future backing for Romney, except in those cases where some of us hold public political office and what we say on the internet could hurt us in our local, state or national positions. I realize that over at RedState, they're saying to get the most conservative Republican possible in the primary and vote Republican in the general election. That's not Free Republic's position, and I don't think it needs to be, or even should be.
Romney is not stupid. My guess is that the timing of the Rubio endorsement was planned to precede the upcoming GHW Bush endorsement to reduce the credibility of the inevitable conservative attacks on Romney for being a RINO. Even if that wasn't planned, it's what the effect will be.
Romney knows that he needs to get prominent right-wing conservatives to publicly endorse him now to take the wind out of both Santorum’s sails and those of Gingrich, and build up the aura of inevitability so a brokered convention not only doesn't happen but doesn't come close to happening. Even if Romney wins at a brokered convention, he would be badly damaged by the fight in ways that a conservative insurgent who went into the convention and won the battle would not be.
What's the narrative if Romney wins a brokered convention? People will say “he's not only the weakest Republican frontrunner since Leonard Wood in 1920 but now also a weak nominee because he doesn't have the enthusiastic backing of his own party's base,” which is more or less what Gingrich has been trying to point out.
What's the narrative if a conservative insurgent wins? “Candidate X (Gingrich, Santorum, or fill in the blank with some third name) managed to take on all of Mitt Romney's money and he still won! Maybe he can do that to Barack Obama this fall.”
Bottom line: At least for now, let's try to avoid making pro-Romney comments or statements about backing him in the general election unless forced to do so. I don't blame Gingrich for what he said, and I probably don't blame Rubio since the alternatives for them would be worse. For most of us, we can stay neutral about what we'll do if Romney wins the nomination for at least a little while longer.
HE WAS ASKED!!! If he thought he should be president, Newt would be home in his easy chair! He doesn't need this $*!! and being LIED about from RICK and Mitt.
and I probably don't blame Rubio since the alternatives for them would be worse.
FOR THEM? What about our country?!?!? WEST had NO problem standing up for THE BEST CANDIDATE for OUR COUNTRY!!
Didn’t take long for him to become a member of the RINO group.
“Romney has “earned this nomination,” Rubio said”
Shouldn’t it read, Romney has paid for this nominatin?”
“Rubio endorses Romney, saying he’s ‘earned’ it”
Wasn’t the same thing said about Dole and McCain? Nevermind they were awful RINO candidates — it was their turn — they deserved it — blah, blah, blah.........
That’s a LOVELY Idea! I would Love to see Col. West a SENATOR!
Oh, please, everyone — settle down, already. Rubio is NOT a RINO. I’d vote for that man in a heartbeat, if he had more experience under his belt. OK, so he endorsed Romney, but I think it’s mainly because HE has heard the fat lady singing, and he thinks it’s time for Republicans to get behind the person who is apparently going to be the nominee. I have not come out in support of Romney yet. Like I’ve said before, he was not my first, second, third, fourth, or even fifth choice. But if he is the Republican nominee, I *WILL* — yes, *WILL* — vote for him over Barack Hussein Obama (mmmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmmm), because I am not going to be even partially responsible for sending Obama back to the White House. If you think the last 3-1/2 years have been a disaster, you ain’t seen nothing yet, once he doesn’t have to worry about being reelected.
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