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  • You Better Listen to What Marco Rubio Is Saying About the Assault on Christianity

    05/27/2015 2:52:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is the Christian Broadcasting Network, CBN, chief political correspondent David Brody interviewing Marco Rubio late yesterday. Question: "Does your deep faith drive public policy decisions on social issues like traditional marriage." RUBIO: We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech, because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater. So what's the next step after that? after they're done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity,...
  • Marco Rubio: We’re at the water’s edge of mainstream Christian teachings being branded “hate speech”

    05/26/2015 6:03:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/26/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via the Brody File, hard to believe a country that’s 70 percent Christian would acquiesce in a legal regime like that, but then I look at this poll and remember we’ve already reached the point where Christian-owned businesses can be effectively shuttered by the state for politely declining to participate in a gay wedding. It’d be more accurate to say that the effort to brand Christian teachings that undermine progressivism as “hate speech” has already begun in the public sphere, with the fate of the private sphere still undetermined. Based on early indications, though, merely entertaining an opponent of...
  • Dem McMahon: Rubio Makes My Heart Melt, Will Be Nominee

    05/21/2015 5:45:41 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Dem strategist Steve McMahon prefaced his remarks with the standard tongue-in-cheek disclaimer about not intending to hurt, by praising him, the prospects of someone from the other party. On this evening's With All Due Respect, McMahon then proceeded to gush over Marco Rubio, saying that listening to him recount his life story as the son of immigrants "melts my heart." McMahon predicted that Rubio would be the Republican nominee. So . . . does McMahon's praise mean anything? Is Rubio really the Republican the Dems fear, or is it a don't-throw-us-in-the-briar-patch pitch on McMahon's part? View the video here.
  • A top GOP 2016 contender is 'living above his means' and making risky moves with his bank account

    05/21/2015 8:23:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2015 | Maxwell Tani
    A top contender for the Republican presidential nomination cashed out his retirement savings to pay some nagging bills for a broken refrigerator, air-conditioning unit, and his kids' private-school tuition. According to The Washington Post, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) sold $68,241 worth of retirement funds in September after bills began piling up at home. It's a risky move since it incurs a significant tax penalty. “It means that he is probably on some level living above his means, because he is borrowing against his future,” Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff told The Post. When asked about his finances on Fox News,...
  • Marco Rubio: I Still Believe In Comprehensive Immigration Reform, But "The Votes Aren't There"

    05/17/2015 12:46:07 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    RCP ^ | 5/17/15 | Ian Schwartz
    Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace he still believe in comprehensive immigration reform, but the votes just aren't there. Rubio this is due to the 2014 border crisis and "unilateral actions the president took in his executive orders." Rubio acknowledged former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) "partially lost" the Republican primary in 2014 because of his support for comprehensive immigration reform. "The problem is the votes aren't there in the House," Rubio said Sunday. "And as you know, for example, the Majority Leader of the House partially lost his election on the perception...
  • Chris Wallace interviews Marco Rubio

    05/17/2015 5:41:45 PM PDT · by AlienCrossfirePlayer · 46 replies
    May 17, 2015 | Self
    Today Chris Wallace was at his partisan worst when he repeatedly asked Rubio an argumentative and moot question in an obvious and sustained effort to make him (Rubio) visibly angry. Good for Rubio that he didn’t take the bait. The question is “Knowing that WMD didn’t exist, was it a mistake for GWB to go to war in Iraq (Gulf II)?”. The question is based on a false premise. We know Sadam had WMD because he used it on Iranians and the Kurds. Media types fixate on the idea that large quantities were not found in the aftermath of Gulf...
  • How Marco Rubio charged thousands in personal expenses on his Republican Party credit card

    05/14/2015 3:54:05 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/14/15 | Martin Gould
    How Marco Rubio charged thousands in personal expenses on his Republican Party credit card including $4,000 flooring for his Miami home – and hired his ex-Dolphins cheerleader wife Republican presidential front-runner Marco Rubio charged thousands of dollars of personal expenses on a party-issued credit card, used his home as the base for his political committee and hired his wife, who billed $5,700 in 'gas and food' expenses, a Daily Mail Online investigation into his finances has revealed. Car repairs, fancy dinners and even a $134 haircut were among the items he charged on the American Express card, which was supposed...
  • Marco Rubio’s greatest obstacle may be insurmountable

    05/06/2015 9:58:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/06/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Marco Rubio’s talents as a politician are undeniable. As a 2016 presidential candidate, the assets he brings to the table are particularly attractive to Republicans with a vested interest in winning back the White House. Charismatic, young, and a compelling speaker, the popular senator from a must-win state could also leverage his Hispanic background to make inroads with Latino voters. For Republicans in search of an alternative to Jeb Bush, a constituency that grows in number by the day, Rubio represents a compelling substitute. But the Sunshine State senator has a mark against him; one he might be able...
  • Fox News Poll: Marco Rubio jumps to head of 2016 GOP pack, Clinton honesty questioned

    04/23/2015 7:16:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/23/2015 | Dana Blanton
    The Bush dynasty is a negative for voters and Marco Rubio is seen as a leader of the future, as the Florida senator jumps to the head of the GOP pack. The Clinton dynasty is a plus -- and even though Hillary could have an honesty problem, she dominates the Democratic side. And both the Republican faithful (with their crowded field) and the Democratic faithful (with their sole favorite) are happy with their range of 2016 choices. These are some of the findings from the latest Fox News poll on the 2016 presidential election. Here are some more: Announcing your...
  • Bounce: Rubio rises to double digits in new national poll, leads Hillary by six in new Florida poll

    04/20/2015 9:23:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | AllahPundit
    Last week Nate Cohn wondered why a guy like Rubio with obvious “breakout potential” hasn’t broken out yet, early though it may be. No one expects him to run away with the nomination, but no one expected he’d be stuck at five percent either. As a conspicuously electable center-right candidate, why hasn’t he at least joined Jeb Bush and Scott Walker by polling in the mid-teens?If you believe CNN, he’s on his way. For the moment. Overall, 17% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents back Bush for the GOP nomination, while 12% support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Paul and Rubio...
  • Translation of Spanish-language Marco Rubio interview on amnesty rattles supporters

    04/18/2015 8:28:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Kurt Schlichter + others on twitter, Breitbart copied onto Twitchy.com ^ | 2015-04-18 | Kurt Schlichter twitter account, article from Breitbart
    As GOP presidential hopefuls scramble to promote their political platforms and distinguish themselves from other candidates, plenty of conservatives were alarmed to see a story on Breitbart.com about Marco Rubio’s support for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on the basis that “there are already people benefiting from it.”
  • Big-Money Donors Say Marco Rubio’s 2016 War Chest at $40 Million

    04/18/2015 4:31:26 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/17/15
    Reuters) – Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn’t need to worry about money. It’s as good as in the bank. “Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined,” said billionaire Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, a former Jeb Bush supporter who is now one of Rubio’s highest-silhouette donors. Annandale Capital founder George Seay, who is hosting a Rubio fundraiser with the moneyed Dallas elite at his 7,000-square-foot, seven-bath home on Tuesday, said: “Marco has had zero trouble raising money.” At...
  • Marco Rubio: the 2016 presidential campaign's $40 million man

    04/18/2015 6:19:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/18/2015 | MICHELLE CONLIN
    Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn't need to worry about money. It's as good as in the bank. "Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined," said billionaire Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, a former Jeb Bush supporter who is now one of Rubio's highest-silhouette donors. Annandale Capital founder George Seay, who is hosting a Rubio fundraiser with the moneyed Dallas elite at his 7,000-square-foot, seven-bath home on Tuesday, said: "Marco has had zero trouble raising money." At least seven...
  • Glenn Beck Tears Into Marco Rubio’s Proposed Tax Plan: ‘Let’s Just Vote for Barack Obama Again’

    04/17/2015 4:54:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 14, 2015 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck on Tuesday said the tax reform plan proposed by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is “bizarre” and an “absolute jobs killer.” Rubio announced he will be running for president in 2016, and Beck said his tax plan is so bad, Americans may as well “just vote for Barack Obama again.” According to Politico, Rubio’s plan is designed to “reward families with children while slashing levies on business and investment income but keeping a top rate personal income rate of 35 percent, far higher than many Republicans would like.” Though 35 percent is a slight cut from the current top...
  • Compare and contrast: Same TV reporter approaches Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio

    04/17/2015 6:54:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-17-15 | Thomas Lifson
    The following contrasting videos should be enough to chill the bones of every Democrat sensibly worried about how good a candidate Hillary Clinton will be. Dan Calabrese, of Herman Cain’s CainTV.com website brings us the two videos of the same TMZ reporter walking up to both candidates at an airport as they arrive. First, here is Marco Rubio: All smiles and affability, Sure, the reporter is not hostile, but anyone could get annoyed at questions about a spouse's past. Instead, Rubio laughs, makes a joke at his own expense, and comes across as a totally likable guy. Hillary, not so...
  • Marco Rubio Tries to Find the Middle Ground on Same-Sex Marriage

    04/16/2015 1:33:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 16, 2015 | Arit John
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-16/marco-rubio-tries-to-find-the-middle-ground-on-same-sex-marriage
  • Levin: Rubio Is "Very Engaging" "Going To Challange The Republican Establishment"

    04/14/2015 4:20:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 14, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin said that Marco Rubio is “very engaging” and one of the candidates who is “going to challenge the Republican establishment” on Monday.
  • When Rubio Was the Man of Florida’s House (A look at his record as Speaker of the House)

    04/14/2015 6:36:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | April 13, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    One of the recurring knocks on Senator Marco Rubio, now officially a presidential candidate, is that as a senator, he’s never run or managed anything — a criticism that isn’t quite accurate. Rubio managed the Florida House of Representatives as speaker for two years, a period marked by some distinct successes but also lingering frustration with Republicans he deemed too passive and comfortable with the status quo. As speaker and in earlier leadership positions in the Florida House, Rubio demonstrated a willingness to delegate to focus on his strengths, communicating and negotiating. The record suggests that a President Rubio would...
  • "Tolerant" Left Goes on Racist Tirades Against Marco Rubio; "[Expletive] Cuban [Expletive]"

    04/14/2015 7:14:27 AM PDT · by rightistight · 25 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/14/15 | Aurelius
    The Left, which repeatedly has called conservatives racist, has shown its true colors with Marco Rubio's announcement that he is running for President. Liberals on social media were incensed that a minority would possibly run for office as a Republican. Hundreds went on racist tirades against Senator Rubio, letting him know that, as a Cuban man, he's not doing what liberals expect or want. Here is a small taste of the vitriol:
  • Florida surprise: Jeff Atwater won't run for Marco Rubio seat

    04/12/2015 8:51:59 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/11/2015 | Marc Caputo
    Just as he looked like a front-runner to replace Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida CFO Jeff Atwater announced Saturday he would not run for the seat. “Over the past weeks I have received a tremendous amount of encouragement to consider a run for the United States Senate in 2016,” Atwater said in a written statement. “While I have certainly taken these words of support under consideration, I will not be a candidate in 2016. I remain committed to only one endeavor and that is to be the best CFO I can be for the people of Florida.”
  • Rubio presidential run will begin scramble to fill his seat

    04/11/2015 6:41:23 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 26 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | 04/11/2015 | AP
    If Marco Rubio fulfills expectations and announces Monday that he is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and not re-election to the Senate, Florida's chief financial officer and a Democratic congressman will become the leading candidates to replace him. Republican CFO Jeff Atwater would be the immediate favorite to replace Rubio after dominant wins in two statewide campaigns. Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is not nearly as well-known. But he is seen as a moderate who can win crossover votes after defeating incumbent Republican Rep. Allen West in 2012 despite West's massive fundraising and national tea party support. The...
  • Rubio Chooses Miami’s Freedom Tower To Announce 2016 Plans

    04/03/2015 12:20:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    cbs miami / ap ^ | 4-3-2015
    <p>Florida Senator Marco Rubio will make his big announcement at the historic Freedom Tower in downtown Miami.</p> <p>Rubio, on Thursday, told our news partners at the Miami Herald that the rally is scheduled for April 13th.</p> <p>The 11-story Freedom Tower that, for more than a decade, was where refugees first met with U.S. government officials after leaving Cuba off the Florida coast.</p>
  • Rubio eyes April 13 as campaign launch date: report

    03/28/2015 6:16:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 28, 2015 | Elliot Smilowitz
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) may have chosen April 13 as the date to launch a presidential bid. The Miami Herald is reporting Rubio may be planning to announce his candidacy at an event in downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower on that date.
  • 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.
  • "Islamic Nutcases" : Paul, Rubio,Cruz Debate Iran Sanctions

    01/27/2015 2:49:23 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Pam Key
    Partial Transcript Courtesy of ABC News of Sunday’s Freedom Partners 2016 Presidential Forum with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL), moderated by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, on the issue of Iran sanctions.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Marco Rubio Moves Toward 2016 Presidential Bid

    01/23/2015 9:05:27 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/23 | Jonathon 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2016 Republicans slam Cuba announcement

    12/17/2014 12:46:31 PM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/17 | Stephen Collinson
    President Barack Obama's historic move to loosen the U.S. embargo on Cuba opens a political minefield for Republicans with presidential aspirations. The announcement immediately threw two Florida politicians -- Sen. Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush -- into the spotlight and served as another reminder of the state's enduring importance in presidential politics. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, quickly took a hardline position, vowing to block any nominee the administration might put forward to be an ambassador to Cuba. He called Obama's announcement "truly outrageous and counterproductive" because there has been no "democratic opening" in Cuba. It is...
  • The 2016 countdown for Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio: Who's in?

    11/16/2014 5:44:31 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 33 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 11/16/14 | Alex Leary
    We concede: You're exhausted from the election, the hurricane of attack ads and door knockers. Sick of Rick Scott and Charlie Crist. But brush it off, the 2016 presidential campaign is upon us, and Florida is in the spotlight like never before. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush are seriously considering entering the race and either would stake a formidable claim to the Republican nomination. They will announce their intentions by early next year. For Rubio, it's a decision of whether to give up an almost sure shot of re-election. (By Florida law, he can't go for both.)...
  • Lindsey Graham: Rubio Too 'Afraid Of The Right' To Back In 2016

    10/03/2014 9:06:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 3, 2014 | Staff
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said his experience passing an immigration bill with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) left him convinced his younger colleague isn't up to the presidency, in part because he's “so afraid of the right.” Graham made the comments to the Weekly Standard's Steven Hayes, and in the interview declared that he may run for president himself, saying he would want to inject his hawkish national security views into the debate. But his remarks about Rubio were perhaps more notable. Graham, for instance, compared Rubio's level of experience to President Obama's before taking offfice – albeit just before saying...
  • As 2016 nears, Rubio and Cruz show interest in running for president

    09/08/2014 6:57:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | September 7, 2014 | Mary Grace Lucas
    A fresh round of clues arrived this week from two Republican lawmakers who are regularly asked about their desire to pursue their party's nomination in 2016. While each cited different reasons, both Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas say they're now more interested in running. Rubio says the current Senate gridlock is limiting his ability to advocate for the kind of policies he sees as critical for moving America forward and that the White House might be a better place for that. "I'll have to make a decision in 2016 either way, because I'm up...
  • Forget the White House: Marco Rubio might be lucky just to get reelected

    05/19/2014 7:02:08 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Myra Adams
    So things don’t look so encouraging for Rubio. But he may not be seriously eyeing a White House run anyway: A high-ranking GOP party official who asked that his name be withheld told me on Monday that Jeb Bush’s people have just met with Rubio’s people and a 2016 deal was struck. If Jeb runs for president then Rubio would drop out—and “Jeb is running,” according to my well-placed source. (Alert the media!)… Rubio knows his race will be tough since 2016 is the first time he would face a traditional two-person Senate battle. (His 2010 election was a quirky...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio: Yes, I’m Ready to be President

    05/11/2014 6:24:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 11, 2014 | Benjamin Bell
    He’s a 42-year-old freshman senator, but when asked by Jonathan Karl on “This Week” if he’s ready to be president, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida answered without hesitation. “I do … but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run … I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize, I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years,” said Rubio. “Most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas...
  • Marco Rubio is Toast

    11/07/2013 2:04:07 PM PST · by publius321 · 33 replies
    He will be in future "Gang's of Eight"... (continued 31 second Video)
  • Allen West Looks Ahead to Senate Bid in 2016

    09/28/2013 1:47:21 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 62 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | September 28, 2013 | Jeff Henderson
    Allen West could attempt to return to Capitol Hill in 2016 if Marco Rubio runs for president. But West could find running for the U.S. Senate to be a difficult assignment. West talked to the Tampa Bay Times this week and shot down rumors that he would primary Rubio in 2016. Some conservatives and tea parties have called for West to challenge Rubio after the senator’s support of immigration reform. West continues to show no interest in taking Rubio on. But, when asked what he would do if Rubio ran for the Republican presidential nomination and not for the Senate,...
  • natural born Citizens: Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz

    09/03/2013 10:18:04 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 351 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9/3/13 | William Jacobson
    Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution provides, in pertinent part: No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.**snip**This political season, the eligibilities of Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz are the subject of debate. As much as we want certainty, the term “natural born...
  • Marco Rubio, the Real Threat in 2016, Has Been Eclipsed by Ted Cruz (Dems playing Jedi mind tricks)

    08/26/2013 7:44:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Daily Beast's Politics Beast ^ | August 26, 2013 | Peter Beinart
    Likable, authentic, and working to expand the Republican Party? Of course Rubio has been overtaken in the polls by Cruz, whose convictions match up perfectly with the GOP base. This summer, in an act of literary masochism, I read not one but two books about Marco Rubio. I came away from his memoir, An American Son, and Manuel Roig-Franzia’s excellent biography, The Rise of Marco Rubio, with the queasy feeling many Republicans must have had when they began reading Obama books in 2007 or 2008: this isn’t the guy you want to see on the other side of the line....
  • Marco Rubio's 2016 Chances Are Alive and Well

    08/02/2013 9:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 149 replies
    New Republic ^ | 08/02/2013 | Nate Cohn
    Senator Marco Rubio’s immigration reform effort is in danger. It might seem like his presidential ambitions are in trouble, too. His numbers are down; Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz are starting to dominate the media’s discussion of 2016. In response, Rubio seems desperate to reestablish his conservative credentials, even by associating with a losing fight to defund Obamacare. That knee-jerk response calls Rubio’s political instincts into question, but his presidential chances are still alive, even if his immigration effort is on life support. Rubio’s immigration bid probably hurt him on the right, but Rubio was never a natural...
  • Marco Rubio’s Iowa Slide

    07/23/2013 8:59:38 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 23,2013 | Robert Costa
    Iowa’s talk-radio hosts have been particularly brutal. Steve Deace, an influential Christian conservative, has warned Rubio not to even show up, and has often taunted him during broadcasts. “Zip, zilch, nada — he’s got no support, he would be dead on arrival,” Deace tells me. “He may end up running for president, but he can’t win here.” Rubio’s latest Iowa headache is Sam Clovis, a charismatic, suspenders-wearing Republican running for U.S. Senate. On the campaign trail, Clovis frequently uses Rubio as a target. Rather than hit President Obama, the usual rhetorical punching bag, he slams Rubio on immigration to score...
  • RUBIO DROPS TO 5TH IN IOWA POLL

    07/12/2013 11:13:38 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 130 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/12/13 | Mike Flynn
    On Thursday, Public Policy Polling released its latest 2016 tracking poll of Iowa Republican voters. The results show a dramatic shift in Republican voter sentiment. Sen. Marco Rubio, who had led in previous surveys, has dropped to 5th place. Sen. Rand Paul now leads the pack in the critical first-caucus state.
  • Rubio Is Losing Support Among Republican Voters

    07/10/2013 8:36:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/9/10 | MICAH COHEN
    Until recently, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida had occupied something of a sweet spot in Republican politics: a favorite of the Tea Party but also trusted by the establishment wing of the G.O.P. Mr. Rubio’s embrace of comprehensive immigration reform, however, appears to have upset that delicate balance, and his support has slipped among the Republican base. The mention of his name drew boos at an anti-immigration reform Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill in mid-June, and recent public opinion surveys, taken amid the debate on immigration legislation, found his favorability rating falling and his standing in 2016 Republican primary...
  • Rubio Trails Hillary, Biden Among Hispanics in 2016 Matchup

    07/02/2013 9:10:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/2/13 | Eliana Johnson
    Marco Rubio’s push for immigration reform has yet to boost him much in the eyes of the nation’s Hispanic voters.
  • Allen West won’t rule out primarying Rubio in Florida in 2016

    06/19/2013 8:43:44 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 19, 2013 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Outlets like Politico are overselling this, but for understandable reasons. The thought of a nationally known tea-party hero bloodying the nose of the great GOP hope in 2016 over amnesty is irresistible to political media. It’s momentarily irresistible to tea partiers too, I bet: Grassroots conservatives complain endlessly about Rubio these days due to his Gang of Eight fiasco but he’s gotten off with a wrist slap among prominent conservatives and most right-wing big media, apart from the occasional perfunctory expression of “disappointment.” How many border hawks out there wouldn’t want to see West, a guy respected by the grassroots...
  • Allen West Open to Taking on Marco Rubio in 2016

    06/19/2013 6:39:28 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 15 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | June 19, 2013 9:02 AM | Kevin Derby
    Former Congressman Allen West left open the possibility of challenging U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fl, in a Republican primary come 2016 on Wednesday. "We'll see what happens down the pike," West said about taking on Rubio in 2016. "God will set my feet on the right path." Appearing a guest co-host on WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” in Washington, D.C., West acknowledged that defeating Rubio would be a tall order and could benefit Democrats. "That's a pretty heavy lift, because you're talking about running against a sitting senator, and then, of course, that creates that schism that the other side...
  • Will Immigration Reform Kill Rubio's Presidential Chances?

    04/09/2013 5:19:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2013 | Byron York
    Passing major legislation is not a path to the presidency. So why is Sen. Marco Rubio, who is almost surely running for the 2016 Republican nomination, working so hard on comprehensive immigration reform? Look at the only lawmaker who has become president in the last half-century. Barack Obama did almost nothing in his brief time in the Senate. His career in the world's greatest deliberative body consisted mainly of showing up, becoming immediately dissatisfied and looking for something better. Obama never took a leading role crafting any piece of momentous legislation. And some of the things he did do, like...
  • OMG! Marco Rubio drinks water!

    02/15/2013 10:59:50 AM PST · by IbJensen · 33 replies
    GOP USA ^ | February 14, 2013 | Chicago Tribune Staff
    <p>A parched Marco Rubio's awkward reach for a drink of Poland Spring water during his Republican rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night became an instant online sensation. Predictably, the video clips, jokes and Twitter hashtags that have become so familiar in such situations took the social Internet by storm.</p>
  • Marco Rubio aka Water Boy

    02/14/2013 5:50:35 PM PST · by Vendome · 109 replies
    Vanity | 2/14/2013 | Vendome
    Freepers! Marco Rubio is just great and what a sense of humor. This is exactly how to respond to liberal hubris and their synthetic, hibrow, intellect. You need this water bottle if only to get Marco notice from now on. He is going to be Yuge and you need to support him.
  • Van Jones: Rubio Is ‘Dangerous’ to Democrats

    02/14/2013 4:32:26 PM PST · by Drew68 · 37 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 13 Feb 2013 | Cyrus Afzali
    Sen. Marco Rubio’s delivery of the GOP response to the State of the Union shows he’s a force the Democrats must reckon with, says former White House advisor Van Jones. The Florida Republican poses a “dangerous” political threat to Democrats because of his keen ability to emotionally connect with voters, Jones said.
  • Scarborough: 'Rubio Not Ready; Republicans Pushing Him Out There Making Big Mistake'

    02/13/2013 7:12:26 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "I'm going to get in trouble for saying this," said a prescient Joe Scarborough. Less than an hour after delivering a devastating take-down of the Obama economic record that surely pleased many conservatives, Scarborough made remarks about Marco Rubio that are bound to outrage many of the same folks. Commenting on Marco Rubio's response to the State of the Union, Scarborough declared that Rubio "is not ready to be President of the United States" and that "Republicans pushing him out there are making a big mistake." View the video here.