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  • Jeb Bush Looms Large for Marco Rubio in 2016 (He's In)

    02/24/2015 7:02:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 23, 2015 | Ashley Parker
    Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, stood in front of reporters before a book signing here, pondering the question that has dogged him ever since Jeb Bush announced his plans to pursue a presidential bid: How does a Bush candidacy complicate Mr. Rubio’s own Oval Office aspirations, especially among donors? “I’ve never had that question before,” Mr. Rubio said, with a laugh.
  • Rubio Schools Republicans On How to Handle MSM's Gotcha' Questions

    02/21/2015 2:57:00 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 7 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | February 21, 2015 | Rip Curl
    In the 2016 campaign, presidential candidates are, apparently, going to be responsible for what other candidates say and, what the heck, anything a former politician of the same party might say -- even if he last won office nearly 20 years ago.* ... (* Applies only to Republicans.)
  • RUBIO TO SKIP VOTE FOR DHS FUNDING BILL BLOCKING OBAMA AMNESTY TO TEST PRESIDENTIAL WATERS IN NH

    02/21/2015 2:49:38 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Feb 2015 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Rubio To Skip Vote For DHS Funding Bill Blocking Obama Amnesty To Test Presidential Waters In NH AP Photo by Matthew Boyle20 Feb 2015Washington, DC0 Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will miss a crucial vote in the U.S. Senate next week. Senate Republicans will try to break the Democrat filibuster of a House-passed bill that funds the entire Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but blocks funding for President Obama’s executive amnesty. Rubio will miss the vote because he’ll be in New Hampshire, testing the waters for a potential presidential campaign.“Rubio will be in New Hampshire early next week, where he’s going...
  • Rubio: Yes, Of Course Obama Loves America

    02/20/2015 1:40:06 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 02/20/2015 | Josh Feldman
    Today’s big political fight is about whether the President of the United States loves the United States. Oh, joy.You would think this would be fairly uncontroversial, except that Rudy Giuliani contended it this week, and now every Republican is being asked the same question.Some have avoided answering entirely, Bobby Jindal said the “gist” of it was good, but now one potential 2016 candidate is on record saying of course the president loves America. That candidate is Marco Rubio.Rubio was asked what he thinks about the controversy. And first off, he made it clear it bugs him that Republicans are always...
  • Rubio Abandons GOP Position, Caves To Obama Executive Amnesty(stick a fork in him, he is done)

    02/18/2015 5:27:20 PM PST · by bestintxas · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/18/15 | m boyle
    UPDATE: Rubio’s spokesman Alex Conant reached out to Breitbart News after the publication of this article to clarify the senator’s position. “Senator Rubio does not support shutting down DHS,” Conant said in a statement. “But he does support stopping the new executive order on immigration and is willing to support any approach we could get passed to stop it. But the President had made clear he will veto any effort to stop his unconstitutional order. And Senate Democrats have made clear they will not even end their filibuster on the DHS funding bill. The result will be a DHS shutdown...
  • RUBIO RETREATS: ‘WE CAN’T LET HOMELAND SECURITY SHUT DOWN’ OVER EXEC AMNESTY (RINO ALERT!)

    02/18/2015 4:11:05 PM PST · by tobyhill · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/18/2015 | TONY LEE
    Days after a federal judge issued an injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Senate Republicans to abandon their defunding efforts and pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill. “We have to fund Homeland Security,” Rubio reportedly said on Wednesday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We can’t let Homeland Security shut down.” He reportedly “noted that Obama has threatened to veto any bill that would reverse his executive actions on immigration, including the measure to pay for Homeland Security” and “the Senate doesn’t have enough votes to pass the bill that ties the two...
  • Rubio Abandons GOP Position, Caves To Obama Executive Amnesty

    02/18/2015 3:50:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 18, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has officially caved to President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, another immigration fail for the once-promising potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate. “During a visit to Las Vegas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday Congress should pass a bill to fund Homeland Security without conditions, essentially stepping back from a battle with President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration,” the Las Vegas Review Journal reports. “The possible Republican presidential candidate said national security is too important to hold up funding, although he disagrees with Obama’s moves to go around Congress to halt deportations of up to...
  • Marco Rubio tops list of absentee lawmakers

    02/18/2015 7:12:18 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/18/2015 | Nick Gass
    If there were a perfect attendance award for Congress, Sen. Susan Collins would get it. Since taking office in 1997, the Maine Republican hasn’t missed a vote in 5,788 opportunities. But some of her colleagues have missed quite a few over the years. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) have been absent from the most votes in their respective chambers, according to a new analysis by Vocativ in partnership with GovTrack.us. Of 1,198 total votes, Rubio has missed 99, or 8.3 percent, since taking office in January 2011. Conyers, who is currently the longest-serving member in either...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Walker's Early Moment

    02/17/2015 2:16:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 17, 2015 | Staff
    Scott Walker climbs the rankings after a great start to the year, while Paul and Christie stumbled down the list.Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and a surging Scott Walker top Hotline's new GOP Presidential Power Rankings – in part because they're that good, and in part because the competition has been so bad. If you're going to make mistakes in the presidential race, it's better to make them early. But Rand Paul and Chris Christie have stumbled so often they've slipped from the top-tier slots they occupied in the first round of the Power Rankings we released last month. Walker is...
  • Presidential politics: what to watch for in 2015

    02/17/2015 2:15:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 16, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    It’s far too early to guess intelligently about who will be elected president next year or whom the Republicans will nominate, but this doesn’t seem to be stopping many pundits. Fox News has its Special Report panels lay odds on the Republican field once a week. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza handicaps the Republican field once a week. And the Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes has just produced an assessment of that field so exhaustive that it includes Donald Trump. Memories of eight years ago prevent me from joining in the fun. At this time in 2007, and for a considerable...
  • Karl Rove: There Is No Frontrunner In The Republican Presidential Primary

    02/14/2015 4:27:28 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    WALLACE: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in an interview with Bret Baier explaining why he's suddenly a hot property in the Republican presidential field. And we are back now with the panel. So, we showed this before, but I want you to look at it from a different aspect. Take a look at this Iowa poll. Just in from the "Des Moines Register" in "Bloomberg News." It shows Governor Scott Walker is now leading in Iowa over Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee and a strong Ben Carson. Karl, Walker got good reviews for his speech, his performance if you will at...
  • Ted Cruz: Principled Opposition To Rubio Amnesty Bill - [4/25/13]

    02/14/2015 3:50:50 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz, the boat-rocking limited government constitutional conservative Senator from Texas, provided another one of his patented cross examinations of a smoke-blowing government official at a recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Cruz, the son of legal immigrants from Cuba, asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about border security measures – the so-called “triggers” – contained in the “Gang of Eight's” immigration bill. Specifically, Senator Cruz asked, “If there are no objective metrics, if it is simply the subjective assessment of a host of factors, how can we have any confidence that the border will be secured and that any...
  • ACTION: Contact your Senators urging them to cosponsor S. 477 to kill Obama's Operation Choke Point

    02/13/2015 1:18:49 PM PST · by forty_years · 36 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Friday, 13 February 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    ACTION: Contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor S. 477, the Firearms Manufacturers and Dealers Protection Act of 2015. Operation Choke Point a Threat to the Second Amendment About a year ago, the Second Amendment community was rocked by news that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) had teamed up with Attorney General Eric Holder to utterly destroy firearms manufacturers and dealers by cutting off all credit and banking relationships with them.For its part, the FDIC categorized gun and ammunition sales as a "high-risk business," lumping it in with drug dealers, pornographers, and Ponzi scheme operators -- all of...
  • Club for Relevance? (Jenn, again)

    02/12/2015 3:48:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | February 12, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    The Club for Growth was among the Beltway groups that battled against the “establishment” and egged on the government shutdown. To its credit however, its business membership stayed out of the immigration fight rather than join the ant-market right-wingers who want to restrict the U.S. labor market. And unlike outfits like the Senate Conservatives Fund (who tended to pick outlandish, losing candidates), the Club for Growth backed Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and now-freshman Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska). Under a new president, David McIntosh, the Club for Growth now has a choice whether to be an outlier group or...
  • Rubio, Eye on 2016, Hires a Coveted Former Aide to Romney

    02/10/2015 5:14:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 9, 2015 | Jonathan Martin
    Senator Marco Rubio has hired a coveted former aide to Mitt Romney to oversee his political activities in the Northeast and probably in a New Hampshire campaign, signaling that he is serious about a presidential bid. Jim Merrill, who directed both of Mr. Romney’s New Hampshire primary bids, is joining Mr. Rubio’s political action committee as a senior adviser, a position that would put him at the helm of the Florida senator’s campaign in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
  • National View: Friends like these

    02/05/2015 7:38:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Middleboro Gazette ^ | February 5, 2015 | Raul A. Reyes
    GOP presidential hopefuls are cozying up to anti-immigrant extremists and right-wing billionaires. When I was growing up, my older Mexican-American relatives had an expression: “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” It was my family’s way of making me careful about choosing my friends. Even then, I could see they were right. The smart kids mostly hung out with other smart kids. The athletes stuck with other athletes. The troublemakers befriended other troublemakers. That saying comes to mind when I think about the Iowa Freedom Summit, a big gathering in Des Moines that basically...
  • 5 Provocative Proposals From the ‘Reformicons’

    02/04/2015 3:35:28 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | Bob Davis
    Reform conservatives – or reformicons, as they are sometimes known—like to think they are thinking outside the box. Some of their proposals seem archly conservative, like cutting the minimum wage, and some seem fairly left wing, like cutting corporate subsidies, as related in a WSJ story today. Their ideas are mainly marked by energy and youth and are getting a hearing among those considering presidential runs. Here are five provocative proposals: Help low-wage workers by slashing the minimum wage. While President Obama and the organized labor push to increase the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour from $7.25...
  • Rubio and Jindal Latest to Weigh In On Vaccine Debate

    02/03/2015 11:46:19 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 70 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 02/03/2015 | Frank Thorp V and Leigh Ann Caldwell
    Sen. Marco Rubio is the latest potential presidential candidate to weigh in on the vaccination debate, coming out strongly in support of vaccinating children. "Absolutely, all children in America should be vaccinated," the Florida Republicans told reporters Tuesday. "Unless their immune (system is) suppressed, obviously, for medical exceptions, but I believe that all children, as is the law in most states in this country, before they can even attend school, have to be vaccinated for a certain panel." Rubio also came out against those who say vaccines are connected to autism, saying,"There is absolutely no medical science or data what...
  • Why the GOP Should Emulate John F. Kennedy in the 2016 White House Race

    02/02/2015 7:08:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | February 2, 2015 | Ira Stoll
    The most influential figure in the Republican presidential contest just may be a Democrat who died more than 50 years ago, John F. Kennedy. When Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer recently predicted Marco Rubio as the eventual 2016 winner, Krauthammer praised the senator from Florida with a label encapsulating political vigor, pro-growth ideas, and a robust foreign policy of peace through strength: “Kennedyesque.” The former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, another Republican with eyes on the White House, is, as Kennedy was, a Catholic from a wealthy and politically active family with bases in both New England and Florida. Jeb...
  • Rubio plots his path to victory

    02/02/2015 5:49:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 1, 2015 | Cameron Joseph
    Marco Rubio sees room for himself in the GOP's crowded 2016 field — and is starting to throw elbows to make space. The Florida senator is moving full throttle towards a White House bid, hitting the road hard to raise money and elevate his profile. While allies and advisors say he hasn’t made a final decision, most now privately expect he’ll take the plunge.
  • After Sarah: The Next Palin Is in Your Pigsty

    01/29/2015 3:26:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2015 | James Poulos
    The Embarracuda is finished. Where will her peeps go? To one obvious successor. She may not field dress a moose, but she castrates pigs.Before the 2016 campaign for president could even begin in earnest, the greatest political romance of our times has already died. And it could make all the difference next November. In a turn that was perhaps inevitable but nonetheless remarkable, Sarah Palin delivered a hyped-up speech (at Iowa's high-profile Freedom Summit) that drew disappointing reviews from within her own base of support. To the surprise of no one, Palin's critics blew a gasket straining to capture the...
  • Marco Rubio Wants to Permanently Extend NSA Mass Surveillance

    01/28/2015 12:34:35 PM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 27, 2015 | Dustin Volz
    Sen. Marco Rubio wants Congress to permanently extend the authorities governing several of the National Security Agency's controversial spying programs, including its mass surveillance of domestic phone records. The Florida Republican and likely 2016 presidential hopeful penned an op-ed on Tuesday condemning President Obama's counterterrorism policies and warning that the U.S. has not learned the "fundamental lessons of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001." Rubio called on Congress to permanently reauthorize core provisions of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, which are due to sunset on June 1 of this year and provide the intelligence community with much of its...
  • Poll: Rubio surges to second, just 3 points behind Romney

    01/26/2015 11:15:19 AM PST · by Din Maker · 119 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s apparent decision to speed up his entry into the growing field of 2016 Republican presidential primary challengers is coming at the perfect time, as a new poll out Friday shows him moving into second place behind repeat candidate Mitt Romney. What’s more, the gap in the new Zogby Analytics poll is tiny, just three percentage points. And Rubio, the freshest hopeful to show a determined interest in the race, is also tied with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The poll finds that women especially favor Rubio and also that he has a lot of room to...
  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....
  • Biden, Rubio and Palin's 2016 plans

    01/26/2015 10:52:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | January 25, 2015 | John King, Chief National Correspondent
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The 2016 calculations of three potential candidates -- two Republicans and a very senior Democrat -- plus big tests for President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filled our Sunday trip around the "Inside Politics" table. 1. Rubio's not in Iowa, but still thinking 2016 Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida skipped the big weekend GOP gathering in Iowa, and some believe Jeb Bush's presumed candidacy makes it hard for Rubio to find his 2016 footing. But Jonathan Martin of The New York Times shared reporting on how Rubio is still very interested in running, and hopeful that perhaps...
  • Rubio surges to second, just 3 points behind Romney

    01/23/2015 1:52:48 PM PST · by entropy12 · 42 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 23, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s apparent decision to speed up his entry into the growing field of 2016 Republican presidential primary challengers is coming at the perfect time, as a new poll out Friday shows him moving into second place behind repeat candidate Mitt Romney.
  • Holder on the hot seat: Senators demand answers on U.S. fugitives in Cuba

    01/23/2015 11:25:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    A group of Senate Republicans pressed Attorney General Eric H. Holder on Friday to explain the administration’s policy for U.S. fugitives in Cuba, including a convicted cop killer, following President Obama’s announced normalization of relations with the communist island nation. “As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, do you support the normalization of relations with Cuba without the return of fugitives from justice for prosecution who have the blood of Americans, including law enforcement officers on their hands?” said the three senators in a letter to Mr. Holder. The letter was signed by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz...
  • Marco Rubio Moves Toward 2016 Presidential Bid

    01/23/2015 6:01:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 23, 2015 | Jonathan Karl
    Sen. Marco Rubio has begun taking concrete steps toward launching a presidential bid, asking his top advisors to prepare for a campaign, signing on a leading Republican fundraiser, and planning extensive travel to early-voting states in the coming weeks, ABC News has learned. "He has told us to proceed as if he is running for president," a senior Rubio advisor tells ABC News.
  • Science Shows That Some Senators Aren’t Qualified

    01/22/2015 9:17:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    A new Congress means change—change in the way that votes swing, legislature is pushed past, and committees are formed. With the 2014 midterm elections, the Republican Party took control of Congress, and subsequently, new senators were named to positions in congressional committees. Recently, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R.) was named chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space, while Fla Sen. Marco Rubio (R.) was named chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. Interestingly enough, neither seem to have the education or beliefs necessary to head such influential positions. Cruz is infamous for his...
  • 4 GOP hopefuls expected to attend Koch event (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Rand Paul)

    01/19/2015 9:46:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 20, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Four leading Republican presidential prospects are expected to appear this weekend in the California desert before an exclusive gathering of rich conservatives convened by the Koch brothers’ political operation, several sources tell POLITICO. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, received coveted invitations to speak to the vaunted network assembled by the billionaire industrialist mega-donors Charles and David Koch, the sources said. The meeting, set to be held at a Palm Springs hotel, is the annual winter gathering of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the nonprofit group...
  • Jon Stewart To Rubio: ‘In Your Heart, You’re A Democrat’ [VIDEO]

    01/16/2015 4:44:50 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Jamie Weinstein
    Marco Rubio probably could have done without the praise from host Jon Stewart during his appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” Tuesday. During an occasionally awkward interview, the conservative Florida senator ultimately charmed Stewart while explaining some of the economic proposals in his new book, “American Dreams.”
  • The Myth of Jeb’s Protégé

    01/16/2015 4:32:33 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | S.V. DÁTE
    Plato and Aristotle. Freud and Jung. Obi-wan and Anakin. Jeb and Marco? Under today’s received political wisdom, the two Florida Republicans and would-be presidents are a first-ballot, sure-fire bet for the mentor-protégé hall of fame. It’s rare to see a mention of the two men of late that does not include “mentor” or “protégé” or both. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, 61, is the master, and Sen. Marco Rubio, 43, the disciple, faithfully bearing the conservative torch. (SNIP) Rubio, though, followed a much different path. From the West Miami city commission, he ran for an open state House seat in a...
  • Bwahahaha: Hannity’s fake callers gush about Marco Rubio

    01/14/2015 2:00:12 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 55 replies
    La Raza operative Marco Rubio appeared on the Sean Hannity Show Monday to promote his new ghostwritten book, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone. During the hour-long appearance, Hannity heaped praise on Rubio– but took his Goebbels-esque propagandizing to new heights by lining up fake callers to push for Rubio 2016… Lourdes: Hiiiiiiii! I’m kinda excited to talk to two freedom fighters at the same time!
  • HATCH, RUBIO, FLAKE CO-SPONSOR BILL TO INCREASE H-1B GUEST-WORKER VISAS

    01/13/2015 8:51:18 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 13, 2015 | By Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, three Republican Senators joined three Democrats to introduce legislation that would expand the number of guest-workers for the tech industry even though there is a surplus of American high-tech workers. The Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) bill, introduced by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would also enable companies to hire an unlimited number of workers with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions in science, technology, engineering and math, which critics have said would turn some universities into diploma factories for foreign students. Currently, the first 20,000...
  • Gang of Six Unveils High-Tech Immigration Bill

    01/13/2015 12:52:51 PM PST · by C19fan · 76 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 13, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    A bipartisan group of six senators — including Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), the Gang of Eight member mulling a run for president — released the first bipartisan immigration bill of the new Congress, in the form of legislation to expand high-tech visas and green cards for immigrants. “Our bill is a commonsense, bipartisan approach to help ensure that those who have come here to be educated in high-tech fields are able to stay with their families and contribute to the economy and our society,” said Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), who headed up the effort. “I’m...
  • Marco Rubio: 'We're going to abide' by gay marriage rulings

    01/07/2015 1:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | January 7, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said in an interview with CNN Wednesday that if the Supreme Court eventually rules that same-sex marriage is constitutional, Americans would have to abide by that ruling. "I wouldn't agree with their ruling, but that would be the law of the land that we would have to follow until it's somehow reversed — either by a future Supreme Court, or a U.S. constitutional amendment, which I don't think is realistic or foreseeable," he said. He said he expects the question "is ultimately going to find its way to the U.S. Supreme court," noting that many federal...
  • Rubio understands Americans' frustration with immigrants

    01/06/2015 9:04:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    KSAZ-TV / The Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2015 | Michael J. Mishak and Philip Elliott
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Looking to connect with the conservative base of his Republican Party, Sen. Marco Rubio says he is sympathetic to Americans who "feel as if we are being taken advantage of" by immigrants in the United States illegally. The rhetoric, which is in Rubio's new book, comes as the Florida lawmaker lays the groundwork for a potential presidential campaign in 2016. Rubio, a first-term lawmaker whose parents came to the United States from Cuba, previously wrote and championed a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration system that passed the Senate...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • Mark Levin flip-flops on RINOs

    Frustrated by the GOP’s unwillingness to repeal Obamacare, defund amnesty, or cut spending– Mark Levin told listeners Monday that he was “one inch away” from leaving the Republican Party… (SNIP) But just 4 years ago, Levin called Glenn Beck a “clown” for expressing these same sentiments… Stop dividing us…when Republicans deserve a lashing, they should get it. But right now, they’re holding the fort. And they deserve reinforcements.
  • The Republican lawmakers and celebrities who would be president

    12/27/2014 10:41:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | December 27, 2014 | John Batchelor
    In my last column I assessed the Republican governors and former governors who may run for president in 2016. Now I turn to the legislators and the rest of the field. Other prospective Republican presidential candidates for 2016 include four young national legislators who will dominate the party in the first quarter of the 21st century. Two of the national legislators, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, have a surprising amount in common: Both have Cuban backgrounds, both arose from the tea party boom of 2009 and ’10, and both represent powerful states in the Electoral...
  • Jonah Goldberg: Hey GOP: Show, don't tell

    12/26/2014 4:59:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Morning Journal ^ | December 26, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Hey, Jeb, Ted, Rand, Marco, Bobby, Chris and the dozen or more others I’m forgetting, here’s something to write on your bathroom mirror in 2015 and beyond: The “P” in POTUS stands for “President,” not “Pundit.” I understand that the Seinfeldian faux-holiday Festivus is behind us, but I want to get at least this one grievance in for next year a bit early. Republicans have a tendency to tell, not show. They feel the need to explain why they are saying something, rather than work at simply saying what they need to say convincingly. I call it “reading your stage...
  • Marco Rubio: Jeb Bush a true conservative

    12/26/2014 3:18:24 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 106 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Hal Boedeker
    Marco Rubio blasted Rand Paul but said Jeb Bush would be a credible candidate if the former Florida governor decides to run for president. On ABC's "This Week," Florida's Republican senator said he had not decided whether to seek the White House in 2016. "Jeb is going to be a very -- if he decides to run, he is going to be a very credible and a very significant candidate in this race," Rubio told George Stephanopoulos. "I have tremendous respect for him."
  • The Excitable Chuck Todd

    12/26/2014 1:50:50 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    Unlike his predecessor as host of Meet the Press, Chuck Todd is an approachable, un-phony presence. He knows politics and clearly enjoys politics. But, boy, is he excitable, especially on the subject of immigration, where he often lets the drama of the moment cloud his judgment. [You need three examples-ed. Got em.] 1. It’s November 7, 2012. Romney has just lost the presidency, something many analysts immediately blame on his poor showing among Latinos. The Beltway mind instantly draws but one conclusion: Republicans need to assuage Latinos by legalizing illegal immigrants, stat. Obama’s ‘immigration reform,’ Todd says, will get “80...
  • Establishmentum: Several potential Rubio, Christie backers already defecting to Jeb Bush

    12/22/2014 8:51:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 22, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I used to think Rubio embracing amnesty was terrible for Jeb. If Bush ran in 2016, I assumed, he’d run as a loud and proud fan of immigration reform, vowing to give the GOP’s wealthy business class all the cheap, legal labor it could handle. Rubio joining the Gang of Eight suddenly meant that there would be two candidates in the race who could fill that niche — and Rubio was younger, less likely to alienate conservatives, more likely to appeal to Latino voters, and unencumbered by “Bush” baggage. He out-Jebbed Jeb! In hindsight, though, Rubio going all in for...
  • Rand Paul: Rubio’s Cuba remarks ‘rude'

    12/21/2014 3:36:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The war of words between two likely 2016 contenders over President Obama’s sweeping changes to Cuba policy heated up further on Saturday, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) repeatedly blasting remarks from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as “rude.” “I never start a fight but I'm happy to finish a fight,” Paul told Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File on Friday.” “You know, I think the remarks were a little bit rude and intemperate.” In an interview on the same show one night prior, Rubio said that Paul — who supports President Obama’s move to roll back trade and travel restrictions and...
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

    12/20/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Noah already wrote a policy rebuttal to Paul’s position, which Paul elaborated on this afternoon in a new op-ed at Time. (The op-ed, unlike his tweets, doesn’t mention Rubio by name. Although it does approvingly cite … George W. Bush?) Anyone want to make the case that the politics of attacking Rubio on this issue were smart, at least? I can’t figure out why Rand would do it. When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, “Maybe Paul’s just saying what he really believes.” No doubt. But the thing that distinguishes Rand from...
  • LISTEN to Marco Rubio’s fantastic interview with Mark Levin on Cuba

    12/20/2014 6:32:41 AM PST · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 12.19.14
    Marco Rubio was on with Mark Levin tonight to talk Cuba and gave the best interview I’ve heard yet on Cuba from anyone. One of my favorite parts was where he listed four of five reasons why Obama’s new policy toward Cuba won’t help the Cuban people, one being based on how Cuba’s economy is set up so that 90% of all money in Cuba gets taken by the military because nothing is privately owned. Rubio is really quite impressive in his knowledge of Cuba.
  • Ruth: Jeb Bush plays the grown-up card (Some of the worst writing you'll read this year)

    12/19/2014 10:55:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Daniel Ruth
    Nothing shakes up the political landscape more than the exciting arrival of a new, bold, spirited, youthful fresh face. And then there is Jeb Bush, 61, the Eddie Haskell of the Republican Party. Why that's a lovely dress you're wearing, Mrs. Koch. For a while there the former governor of Florida was flirting with being tagged as the GOP's version of an overly cautious, indecisive Democrat — Mario Cuomo 2.0 — as he mulled and ruminated and pondered and cogitated on whether he should run for president. Decisions, decisions. But this was about as big a mystery as wondering if...
  • Rand Paul Rand-splains Cuba to Marco Rubio [Sides with Obama over Rubio]

    12/19/2014 2:53:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Libertarian icon Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) embarrassed himself on Friday when he took to Twitter to respond to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who recently insisted that the junior senator from Kentucky “has no idea what he’s talking about” with regards to his support for lifting restrictions on bilateral relations with the Cuban government. By attempting to defend himself, Paul ably proved the Florida senator correct. Paul began… Hey @marcorubio if the embargo doesn't hurt Cuba, why do you want to keep it?— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014 And this one got the libertarian supporters cheering in the...
  • Pope Francis played significant role in secret talks to normalize relations between U.S. and Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:48:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/18/2014 | Deborah Hastings
    The Vatican played a significant role in healing relations between arch foes Cuba and the United States, officials said Wednesday. Pope Francis was personally involved in secret negotiations between the longtime enemies, sources said Wednesday, as the historic announcement was made in Washington D.C. The pontiff sent private letters to President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro over the summer, urging them to turn their swords into ploughshares. The Pope expressed "warm congratulations for the historic decision" to resume relations, the Vatican said in a statement Wednesday. The Vatican and an undisclosed Canadian location served as top-secret areas for negotiations...