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Team Obama: ‘Must … Stop … Rubio!’
Pajamas Media ^ | October 21, 2011 | Henry Gomez

Posted on 10/22/2011 7:14:59 AM PDT by Kaslin

The possibililty of Marco Rubio entering the fray has Obama 2012 scrambling for dirt.

Recent articles published in the Washington Post and the St. Petersburg Times delve into the family story of Marco Rubio, Florida’s junior senator, implying that he’s embellished it for dramatic effect. It’s no surprise that Rubio is the subject of increasing amounts of scrutiny from the mainstream media these days, as he’s rapidly become one of the most articulate voices for conservatism in America.

Rubio’s rise to national prominence began when he challenged Florida’s Republican governor, Charlie Crist, in the GOP primary in 2010. Although he had been speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, Rubio was virtually unknown outside of Miami. He ran a perfect campaign, with support from the Tea Party: they saw Crist as a “RINO” who embraced President Obama (literally and figuratively). Rubio drove the once extremely popular Crist out of the Republican Party — he is now a pitchman for ambulance-chasing attorneys.

After being inaugurated in January, Rubio waited until June to give his “maiden speech” on the Senate floor, the last of the freshmen senators to do so. Since then he’s been actively attacking President Obama and his policies, on everything from the debt to foreign policy. He’s been a frequent guest on the conservative talk radio circuit, as well as on Fox News.

So compelling is Rubio’s rhetoric that he has been speculated about for the number two spot on his party’s ticket before the top slot is even filled. Though most of the talk has been about Rubio as a running mate, many conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, have openly asked why Senator Rubio isn’t running for president.

That speculation about a potential President Marco Rubio has resulted in a high degree of scrutiny among the mainstream media performed with a fervor they never had when it came to investigating the junior senator from Illinois in 2008.

First, Univision ran a piece about Rubio’s brother in-law, who was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the 1980s when Rubio was a teenager. The piece backfired when Rubio staffers alleged that Univision offered to spike the story if the senator would agree to appear on one of its shows. As a result, several of the GOP’s candidates for president said they would boycott any debate hosted by Univision.

Undeterred, the Marco Rubio inquisition continued. A contingent claims that Rubio is not eligible to be president because his parents, who are from Cuba, were not American citizens at the time of his birth. However, Marco Rubio was born in the United States, both of his parents were here legally, he is a citizen of the United States, he has never been a citizen of any other country, and he never had to be naturalized.

In attaining records about the residency status of Rubio’s parents at the time of his birth, reporters have discovered that they migrated to the United States legally in 1956, a couple of years before Fidel Castro took power in Cuba. That’s only significant inasmuch as Rubio has portrayed himself as the child of exiles from Castro’s Cuba. The Washington Post and the St. Petersburg Times have now accused Rubio of distorting his family’s history to make it more compelling.

The exact date that Rubio’s parents left Cuba for the United States is a detail that is of little importance to most people outside of South Florida’s Cuban-American community, most of whom came over to flee the Castro regime. Were Rubio’s parents really exiles? The answer is a definite maybe.

First of all, it’s important to set the context. Prior to 1959 there had been a circular migration pattern between Cuba and Florida dating back centuries, as both were Spanish colonies. That continued even after Florida became a state and on into the 1950s when the doors to both countries were open to each other’s citizens. Cubans often came to the United States and then returned to Cuba, as my maternal grandfather did once.

It’s clear that Rubio’s parents did not leave Cuba in reaction to Fidel Castro’s rule, but there is reason to give people like the elder Rubios the benefit of the doubt on claiming to be exiles. In 1956 when the Rubios left Cuba, the armed insurrection led by Fidel Castro and his bloodthirsty Argentinean sidekick Ernesto Che Guevara was already well underway. There was a lot of political and social turmoil in the country. Whether the insurrection contributed to their decision to leave or not only they would know. But even if it played no part in their thought process, the fact remains that Castro came to power and changed Cuba radically. So much so that Rubio states that his parents could never go back. In a press release issued by his office, Rubio claims that his mother did return to Cuba in 1961 with the intention of having her husband join her to stay permanently. Upon realizing the direction the country was headed in, she decided to leave for the United States again.

Rubio’s parents did not become U.S. citizens until 1975. It’s quite possible that when they left Cuba in 1956 they had no intention of staying in the United States forever, and we can’t assume that they did. But while they were here, a revolution occurred in their home country that was so radical and catastrophic that — like more than a million of their countrymen who have since fled — they believed they could never go back while the illegitimate Castro regime remained in power.

Does that make them exiles? It’s good enough for me.

The “Rubio embellishes … ” headline is a twofer for the liberal media. Not only do they get to take a shot at a rising star in the conservative ranks, but also at a Cuban-American. As escapees from the socialist model that leftists revere, Cuban-Americans reject anything that resembles that ideology. This puts Cubans in a very small minority of reliably Republican Hispanics.

It should be noted that the Washington Post has expressed its disdain for Cuban-Americans before. In 2007 they published an outrageous cartoon by Pat Oliphant depicting a boatload of Cubans being shoved off by Uncle Sam, because the cartoonist viewed their opposition to then candidate Obama’s hopey-changey agenda as “interfering with the ’08 election.” Also, Manuel Roig-Franzia — the reporter who penned Thursday’s Rubio hit piece — has written several rosy portrayals of the Castro regime in Cuba and its alleged reforms. Roig-Franzia recently sold a book on Rubio to Simon & Schuster. I’m betting it won’t be flattering.


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1 posted on 10/22/2011 7:15:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Rubio isn’t running for anything...WTF?


2 posted on 10/22/2011 7:18:34 AM PDT by RockinRight (My train of thought has derailed.)
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To: Kaslin

Hmmm...one one rather be out-usurped or out-alinskyed???

;)
*****
Semper watching!


3 posted on 10/22/2011 7:20:40 AM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Kaslin

Still wondering about Obama’s social security card issued in Connecticut in 1977...a state he’d never been to. Nine layered birth certificate...with his father’s race listed as “African”...for other blacks the listing was “Negro”.

No senior thesis or college grades anyone could look at. Seem to be locked up, along with his passport records. Nobody remembers him at Occidental or Columbia...he magically gets into Harvard Law...still, we can’t see his LSAT, nor his admission records.

The WaPo has time and money to investigae Rubio, though.


4 posted on 10/22/2011 7:21:04 AM PDT by kjo
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To: RockinRight

From the bunch that could not so much as view the birth certificate, passport files, acedemic records or financial records of his excellency we get this type crap.


5 posted on 10/22/2011 7:21:24 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Kaslin

Scrutiny...MSM code for digging dirt and inventing it if they can’t find it.

Any investigation of Rubio’s origin/birth is a joke considering the free pass Barry Soetoro has received.


6 posted on 10/22/2011 7:21:47 AM PDT by relictele (Pax Quaeritur Bello)
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To: Kaslin

Marco Rubio has stated over and over again that he is not running.


7 posted on 10/22/2011 7:28:50 AM PDT by Grunthor
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To: Kaslin
Rubio was on yesterday with one of the talking heads at FOX. To the latter's credit he did say that he had researched and Rubio indeed, several times in the past, had stated that his parents came to the U.S. before Castro's ascendancy.
8 posted on 10/22/2011 7:28:51 AM PDT by jla (Who says Perry's a conservative? - Rush, Inhofe, Levin & Sowell do.)
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To: Kaslin
"they migrated to the United States legally in 1956, a couple of years before Fidel Castro took power in Cuba."

Off subject, but that line reminded me of my first Tea Party in DC on 9/12/09, on the Amtrak.

We met 2 sisters from Cuba who's family lived through the beginnings of Castro's power. Their parents knew what was coming and started hoarding food. The monsters would raid family homes, as they did these sisters home, took most of the food and left them with barely anything.

They spoke of men on the roofs of peoples homes, attempting to listen for ANY negative talk about Castro. They all had to whisper when they spoke....in their own homes.

By the Grace of God, their parents and family escaped and came to America. These 2 sisters are Tea Party Patriots because they lived through the start of Castro's regime, saw how it happened and see the SAME thing happening here.

It was quite enlightening to hear their stories.

9 posted on 10/22/2011 7:29:12 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Get ready for an aberration of historic proportions" - Herman Cain)
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To: kjo

Exactly. The hypocrisy is unbelievable. The media accepted “Dreams From My Father” as gospel, yet they’re trying to play “gotcha” with when exactly Rubio’s parents came from Cuba. It’s disgusting.


10 posted on 10/22/2011 7:36:58 AM PDT by Hothouse Flower
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To: Kaslin

Embellishing family history is a pretty serious charge. /s> LOL! These guys are desperate.

I am certain Rubio is not going to run, but it is very entertaining to see the media tie itself in knots trying to neutralize him.


11 posted on 10/22/2011 7:41:16 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Hothouse Flower
The media accepted “Dreams From My Father” as gospel...

Little Barry, or whatever they were calling him, never knew his father and his promiscuous mother was never legally married to the Kenyan flash.

In this regard Obozo and Billy Goat Clinton have this in common. They're both b-stards.

12 posted on 10/22/2011 7:42:17 AM PDT by IbJensen (Ron Paul For President! Or anyone other that Romney!)
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To: RockinRight
IMHO the LMSM had to make a quick choice - create another Sara or strangle Rubio before anything could happen.

While the LMSM can explain any their dementia over Sara as just an oddball incident they would be hard pressed (yes, there is a pun there) to explain away two such incidents.

I think they view their attacks on Rubio as “preventive medicine” more or less authorized by Obamacare.

13 posted on 10/22/2011 7:49:16 AM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: Kaslin

VP. That’s why the attacks.


14 posted on 10/22/2011 7:50:23 AM PDT by toddausauras
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To: Kaslin
Rubio isn't running..however, the article suggests that the GOP base could turn to him, or someone else, if the current crop of candidates can't cut the mustard.

I don't think that Mitt will ever get above 30% in the polls...so right now, it's between Cain and Perry, if Cain is for real, and doesn't implode, and if Perry can get his campaign back on track.

The question now is how committed are supporterd for those two, or are they just die-hard anyone but Mitt voters?

15 posted on 10/22/2011 7:56:59 AM PDT by ken5050 (Cain/Gingrich 2012!!! because sharing a couch with Pelosi is NOT the same as sharing a bed with her)
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To: RockinRight

I so hope he runs for President someday, but since he appears to be a man of principal and loves this country, I believe he will do the right thing and finish out his term in the senate and then decide. We are sooooo blessed to have a man like him in the senate, upsetting the status quo. Along with Rand Paul and a few others they are riling up the “old liberal bulls”.


16 posted on 10/22/2011 7:59:25 AM PDT by thirst4truth (The left elected a mouth that is unattached to an eye, brain or muscle.)
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To: kjo
"Still wondering about Obama’s social security card issued in Connecticut in 1977...a state he’d never been to. Nine layered birth certificate...with his father’s race listed as “African”...for other blacks the listing was “Negro”. No senior thesis or college grades anyone could look at. Seem to be locked up, along with his passport records. Nobody remembers him at Occidental or Columbia...he magically gets into Harvard Law...still, we can’t see his LSAT, nor his admission records."

Yet, within 24 hours of a domestic quarrel the world knew every detail of Tiger Woods' personal life.


--- America needs a "Media Spring"

17 posted on 10/22/2011 8:11:10 AM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: RockinRight

The article is absurd.


18 posted on 10/22/2011 8:11:47 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Baynative
Yet, within 24 hours of a domestic quarrel the world knew every detail of Tiger Woods' personal life.

Remember that the MSM did more investigating of Joe the plumber Wurzelbacher in 24 hours than they did of Baraq in 24 months.

19 posted on 10/22/2011 8:12:47 AM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: NoGrayZone

Reading through the story, I can just imagine the changes the mad dog media would make if Rubio were a democrat, especially if he were a radical.


20 posted on 10/22/2011 8:16:29 AM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: relictele

That doesn’t make it right. Fact is he is ineligible. I will not vote for the GOP ticket if Rubio or Jindal are on it. Rubio has stated numerous times that his parents were exiles that wanted to go back to Cuba. That is why the rule is in place. If the political situation were to shift in Cuba and Rubio was president, I could not be sure he’d act in our best interest.


21 posted on 10/22/2011 8:24:05 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Kaslin

Why is it that any articulate Conservative orator or elected official is automatically assummed or promoted by some people to be a candidate for the White House’s Oval Office??????

Rubio is very obviously a CONSERVATIVE Patriot. He supports, defends, and follows the Constitution of the United States. He is a thoughtful and courageous Senator/Legislator. It’s what we like about him, and praise him for.

He rejects the path that Obama has set the country on because his parents saw where that path leads in their own native land, Cuba. He speaks elequently about his opposition to the policies of Obama the Marxist Usurper. He knows that Obama is America’s Castro.

Rubio also knows that he is NOT eligible to become US President because of his birth to un-naturalized foreign citizen parents. He does not meet the eligibility requirements of Article II of the Constitution for the Office of the President. In recognition of this, when asked about a presidential run, he has stated several times that he will not be running for that office.

I’m waiting for him to tell people why he is not running....becausae of Constitutional ineligibility...... and point out the same reason for Obama. Will he wait for the most opportune time in the 2012 election cycle to do this? Announcing the reasons for his ineligibility, in itself, would be the act of a true patriot and defender of the Constitution!

Lets see if Rubio can continue to live up to his billing.....

I think that he and Bobby Jindal could both be the forces that undo Obama. Each of them has the status and standing to challenge Obama on Constitutional grounds.......each is a minority.....each came from difficult circumstances to rise above their peers, none of them is ineligible because of the Article II Natural Born Citizen requirement......each is is a position to provide a selfless act for their countrymen and Nation by uncovering and helping to remove Obama from the Presidency.

There is no downside for either Marco or Bobby in doing the above. (The left already hates them and that will not change in any event.) There is a huge upside for the nation.


22 posted on 10/22/2011 8:26:05 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Forty-Niner

” none of them is ineligible..”

opps s/b “....one of them is eligible...”

need coffee.....


24 posted on 10/22/2011 8:30:42 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Kaslin

All the left has is the politics of destruction. They are beneath contempt.


25 posted on 10/22/2011 8:31:19 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Forty-Niner

Ah heck!

“.....none of them is eligible.....”


26 posted on 10/22/2011 8:32:38 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Kaslin

It is amazing how small the upper end political establishment is. The other side knows what is afoot.

Question... Who has a fund raiser in Florida upcoming? :)


27 posted on 10/22/2011 8:38:30 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: Kaslin
Rubio gives it back to the Post
28 posted on 10/22/2011 8:41:19 AM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: NoGrayZone

While stationed in Havana, my late wife and I resorted to writing notes to each other on legal pads, then taking them into work the next day and running them through the shredder. There were several U S Diplomatic families as well as the Marine Security Guards’ house within four blocks of us. A Cuban goon had defected to Miami and was debriefed extensively and admitted that he worked in a nearby house, transcribing our recorded conversations. Surprise, surprise!


29 posted on 10/22/2011 8:59:04 AM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax
Yep, that sounds like the “men on the roof” stories we heard about.

These sisters were passionately angry, understandably so. They thought they escaped, but yet here they were, facing it once again. Heck, I became angry just listening to their stories!

30 posted on 10/22/2011 9:06:59 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Get ready for an aberration of historic proportions" - Herman Cain)
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To: Kaslin

It does look like Rubio is going to be the new prime target for destruction. The whole Alinsky treatment. It will be interesting to see how this develops. I suspect the GOP in this case will actually man the barricades and rush to his defense... unlike the case with Palin, in which they basically left her to the jackals, never lifting a finger to help.


31 posted on 10/22/2011 9:15:13 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Kaslin

I think there are at least two aspects to this. Interesting that the Dems have to smear and lie, with help from the Washington ComPost, because they assume that conservatives are just as crooked as they are.

The Compost needs to issue a front page apology for lying.

The other aspect is that Obama assumes that the opposition are just as crooked as he is. Well, maybe some RINOs are. But the real conservative opposition is not.

Rubio is not running. And I would immediately object, if he changed his mind (which is unlikely), that he is not a natural born citizen and therefore is not qualified. Any more than that lying crook and illegal Communist/Muslim immigrant Obama was qualified.

The way to beat crooks and liars is not to outlie them—not if you want to save our country from destruction. We need a return to Constitutional law and order.


32 posted on 10/22/2011 9:20:23 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: RockinRight

My dad was chief engineer of Radio Nacional de Cuba from 1946-1950, an IT&T company. I was born in ‘50 and when my mom was ready to travel we picked up and moved to Brazil where IT&T made him GM of Radional do Brasil. IT&T brought us back to New York in ‘57. My dad had many Cuban friends in the professional/executive ranks who were living abroad when Castro took over. Many would have liked to have returned to Cuba. As a teenager I grew up in DC and knew many of the excruciatingly self-satisfied Pharisees that work at the WaPo.


33 posted on 10/22/2011 9:27:38 AM PDT by Bill W was a conservative (Profile, detain, interrogate, deport.)
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To: Kaslin

Uriba started this onslaught on Rubio. Then some commentary tried to tie him to moving the FLA primary FOR Romney,(which almost had me blowing a gasket, but wasn’t true,) and NOW this.
They are trying to diminish him with the Hispanic/Cuban voters they need to keep in line for the election.,,espcially in FLA. I think it will backfire. FLA loves him.
Fool me once, shame on them. They will never do it twice.


34 posted on 10/22/2011 10:09:39 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Kaslin



All right, Already!

Enough crying, moaning, griping and groaning!

IT'S TIME TO DONATE TO KEEP YOUR FORUM UP AND RUNNING!

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITHOUT FREE REPUBLIC?

35 posted on 10/22/2011 10:10:23 AM PDT by onyx (You're here on FR so, support it! Compiling New Sarah Palin Ping List! Tell me if you want on it!)
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To: Kaslin

My apologies, Kaslin!

Didn’t mean that graphic to go to you!
SHOULD HAVE BEEN FREEPERS, EVERYONE; ALL!


36 posted on 10/22/2011 10:11:53 AM PDT by onyx (You're here on FR so, support it! Compiling New Sarah Palin Ping List! Tell me if you want on it!)
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To: wolfman23601

I am so with you on this issue! He is ineligible period... President or Vice President is out of the question. He may be a great conservative, but Senator is all that he can achieve.

Both parents not citizens at the time of his birth
Born on U.S. Soil

Citizen at birth, not natural born citizen! Not qualified for the 2 top positions of our country - Period!


37 posted on 10/22/2011 11:06:21 AM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: Forty-Niner

hahaha - I was so going to correct you. But I see you are just having a bad typing day! Too funny....


38 posted on 10/22/2011 11:08:34 AM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: jcsjcm

Thanks.....My hair’s OK tho.....lolol


39 posted on 10/22/2011 3:28:29 PM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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