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GOP Promotes Rubio Even Though He is Less Popular With Hispanics Than Bush
Politicususa ^ | April 13, 2013 | Jason Easley

Posted on 04/13/2013 3:13:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Sen. Marco Rubio’s approval rating is six points lower with Hispanics than George W. Bush’s, so the Republican Party thinks it is a great idea to put him on all 5 Sunday shows.

The Republican “rebrand” strategy is centered around making Sen. Marco Rubio the face of immigration reform. The problem is that Hispanics aren’t flocking to the Florida Republican. A new poll from NBC News/WSJ/Telemundo found that despite months of efforts to elevate Rubio, the senator’s approval rating with Hispanics is 23%. Twenty five percent of those polled were neutral, 12% had a negative opinion, and 40% didn’t know him. On the surface, these numbers don’t seem all that bad. The fact that Rubio is a relative unknown could provide upside for his approval.

Republicans might be feeling good about Rubio if the same poll didn’t reveal that George W. Bush’s approval rating with Hispanics is six points higher (29%) than Marco Rubio’s (23%). President Obama’s approval rating with Hispanics is almost three times larger than Rubio’s (64%), but not even the president can match potential 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval rating of 65%.

The GOP is responding to this lukewarm reception for Rubio by putting him on all five of the Sunday news shows tomorrow as their face of immigration reform. Just like they did with women and Sarah Palin, Republicans are acting on the assumption that Hispanic Americans will vote for them if they promote a Hispanic person.

Instead of admitting that the problem is what they stand for, Republicans are trying to once again put a different race/gender/ethnicity on the same failed platform.

Splashing Marco Rubio’s face all over television on Sunday morning isn’t going send Hispanics back to the Republican Party.....

(Excerpt) Read more at politicususa.com ...


TOPICS: Florida; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: amnesty; fff; florida; immigration; marcorubio; palin; rubio
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1 posted on 04/13/2013 3:13:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rubio isn't all that popular with the rest of us either. Another sellout.
2 posted on 04/13/2013 3:16:20 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Who pulls Rubio’s strings??

History repeats itself, and this time, we are the NATIVES! Who is Cesar Conda?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3007546/posts


3 posted on 04/13/2013 3:16:45 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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4 posted on 04/13/2013 3:16:47 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Here's one... hispanics will rally aound white Uncle Teddy's mouldering corpse before they'll be impressed enough by a republican of any shade to go GOP.

Besides the fact Rubio smells like a phony to anyone with a nose.

5 posted on 04/13/2013 3:17:03 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not a NBC.


6 posted on 04/13/2013 3:21:47 PM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: skeeter

I was done with Rubio when he gave Obama cover for his illegal war in Libya.


7 posted on 04/13/2013 3:22:05 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...and 40% didn’t know him.

Hmmm... I wonder why?

Maybe the lame-stream media are afraid he might become popular with Hispanics, if they were to get to know him, so they report as little as possible about/on Rubio. Can't take a chance on anyone leaving the Plantation, you know!!

8 posted on 04/13/2013 3:22:28 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: TNoldman

Who wants him to be president in the first place?


9 posted on 04/13/2013 3:23:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barry and the ‘RATS have separated the people living in this country into their different tribes. Rubio is a Cuban not a Mexican. Mexicans won’t vote for him. JMO.


10 posted on 04/13/2013 3:24:27 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Bill of Rights?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Hispanic" is a liberal concoction that attempts to lump all the Western Hemisphere's descendants of Spaniards together. Most liberals [and the GOPe] would probably even try to include the Brazilians in that heap.

But Mexicans, for example, don't feel any more solidarity with Cubans than most Americans do with white South Africans. They sort of speak the same language, but that's about it.

Throw in Rubio's alleged conservatism and it's a lost cause altogether. The guy will sink or swim on his merits. Liberal "Hispanics" will not be swayed by his ability to throw out campaign slogans in Cuban-accented Spanish.

11 posted on 04/13/2013 3:26:04 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The economy is not a pie, but a bakery.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

GOP have no clue what Hispanics stand for

A lily white Cuban does not play well with Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Central Americans, etc...

Even if Rubio comes with Amnesty, money, government checks, unicorns.... it does not change the fact he looks more gringo than your average white guy


12 posted on 04/13/2013 3:30:42 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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13 posted on 04/13/2013 3:41:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

How did it come to pass that every person bearing a surname of Spanish origins is assumed to share the same
portfolio of socio-political beliefs and attitudes?

The mother of George Zimmerman (self-defender against Treyvon Martin’s assault) is of South American native (Indian?) origins but has a Spanish family name, as do many Spouth and Central Americans with not a drop of Spanish blood or cultural ancestry.
Yet for some arcane reason George is labelled “Hispanic,” and is lumped together (but not by his own personal choice) with people having ancestral roots in Cuba, Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico, etc, etc,etc,; all presumed to share like political beliefs and sympathies.
WHY?


14 posted on 04/13/2013 3:46:50 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have heard enough from Marco Rubio.

I can’t wait to vote for his opponent.


15 posted on 04/13/2013 3:47:44 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It doesn’t matter what the GOP does. Large swaths of the US population will vote for a pile of cow manure just because it is a @#$!’n Democrat.


16 posted on 04/13/2013 3:48:59 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Now accepting wagers.....

How long before Rubio attacks Conservatives, then becomes a Democrat?

17 posted on 04/13/2013 3:49:25 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because he’s a white Cuban, and brown Mexicans and Central Americans don’t see him as one of their own any more than Mitt Romney is.
<p.
It’s about much more than a common language.


18 posted on 04/13/2013 3:49:45 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who the F is Jason Easley? Jesus. Please get a JOB.


19 posted on 04/13/2013 3:51:18 PM PDT by Lumper20 (`)
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To: Lumper20

http://www.politicususa.com/about-us

Who would post this idiot’s crap?


20 posted on 04/13/2013 3:59:23 PM PDT by Lumper20 (`)
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To: jeffc
Re: “Maybe the lame-stream media are afraid he might become popular with Hispanics.”

No chance of that.

Republican Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico, who is a Mexican-American, received just 39% of the Hispanic vote in 2010.

Has anyone here seen a breakdown of the Florida Hispanic vote for Rubio?

Factor out Cubans, and I'll bet Rubio got less than 40% of the Hispanic vote, too.

One more thing.....

The average American Hispanic feels no ethnic connection to some white, upper middle class, Cuban guy.

21 posted on 04/13/2013 4:07:46 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There are a lot of varieties of “Hispanic”, and they are not always fond of one another.


22 posted on 04/13/2013 4:07:57 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I always understood that the rest of Latin Americans do not like Cubans that well. Even their Spanish is quite different than other Spanish speaking peoples.


23 posted on 04/13/2013 4:12:58 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Comments? Hillary will destroy Rubio.


24 posted on 04/13/2013 4:16:22 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well the good news is that Marco Rubirino is going to commit political suicide with his amnesty stance. Rand Paul is eclipsing him even as we speak. The GOP leadership will just have to deal with it.


25 posted on 04/13/2013 4:18:17 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
There are two distinct classes of Cubans in America.

Around 1960, almost the entire Cuban professional class fled the island and came to south Florida.

Most of them were direct ancestors of Spaniards, all of them were penniless, they integrated instantly into the American culture, they had an astounding work ethic, they voted Republican, and they completely transformed the economy of Dade County in 15 years.

Around 1979, the Mariel refugees arrived.

Many were Black, many were ex-cons, and most of them had limited education and limited skills.

26 posted on 04/13/2013 4:28:16 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Georgia Girl 2; 2ndDivisionVet
Well the good news is that Marco Rubirino is going to commit political suicide with his amnesty stance. Rand Paul is eclipsing him even as we speak.

And then the next good news is that Rand Paul, with his brand of Amnesty ("Normalization") is going to commit political suicide as well so that another pretend conservative, looking for votes in the center, will be off the stage.
27 posted on 04/13/2013 4:31:57 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

I stand with Rand.


28 posted on 04/13/2013 4:37:00 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: All

Marco Rubio: The GOP’s fall guy and patsy.


29 posted on 04/13/2013 4:40:29 PM PDT by Kolath
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To: SoConPubbie; Georgia Girl 2

See my tagline.


30 posted on 04/13/2013 4:41:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: zeestephen

I had a lot of business dealings with Cubans in the 1970’s. I know what you mean about the racial division. One older guy I had extensive dealings with had blue eyes and silver blond hair-he was an older man. I developed mixed feelings about them.


31 posted on 04/13/2013 4:51:04 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

La Raza Rubio is a fraud.


32 posted on 04/13/2013 4:55:46 PM PDT by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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To: zeestephen
Around 1979, the Mariel refugees arrived.
Jimmy Carter.

The gift that keeps on giving.

33 posted on 04/13/2013 4:58:20 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just WTF? This Rubio guy has been a Senator for what, 6 months and now they are pushing him for the national ticket? ... And he's not a for-sure natural born Citizen. Being a Senator is not enough for him? And Cruz? Do the job you were elected to do ... which does not include WH residency, OK?

What are the black-robe bumkissers of the SCOTUS waiting for; for Obama to appoint Raúl Castro and Bill Maher? Take an appeal already and tell us what a citizen is, and especially what a natural born Citizen is.

Now I can see why the GOP elites never want to mention the constitutional eligibility thing ... they wanted to sneak in their own impostor to run with Jeb. Now there's a winning ticket .... Country Clubber and Caddy.

ATTENTION GOP The Mombasa MF is illegitimately in office. He's not a precedent for others to do the same.

34 posted on 04/13/2013 5:06:19 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
I always understood that the rest of Latin Americans do not like Cubans that well. Even their Spanish is quite different than other Spanish speaking peoples.

A regular tower of Babel we've become. Apparently something that can only be overcome by a black looking but mostly Arab/white whose mother was a US citizen and whose supposed father was from Kenya even though he grew up in Indonesia and was raised by a transvestite nanny and an anti-American mother before he went to Hawaii where he was a lazy druggie.

Maybe we should focus on the person's ideas - once they've cleared the eligibility hurdles that is.

35 posted on 04/13/2013 5:36:00 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rubio is a Florida hispanic, Bush was a Texan long before he became president. They knew and respected him from his being governor of Texas.


36 posted on 04/13/2013 5:36:18 PM PDT by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: SunkenCiv
For goodness sakes even Bill Kristol opposes Rubio's amnesty plan.
37 posted on 04/13/2013 5:36:30 PM PDT by exist
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
Re: “I developed mixed feelings about them.”

The first generation definitely had divided loyalties.

They dreamed of returning to the lives and property they left behind in Cuba.

No question they were Republican voters, though.

Interestingly, Rubio’s father and mother arrived in Miami in 1956, but certainly not as political refugees, not from Castro, anyway.

Fidel Castro was essentially unknown in 1956, even in Cuba.

I lived through that whole period in Lauderdale.

The local Catholic churches sponsored thousands of kids who were allowed to emigrate before their parents.

Every class in my elementary school had three or four Cuban kids, so maybe my perspective is a little different.

38 posted on 04/13/2013 5:59:45 PM PDT by zeestephen
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Just told RNC not to expect me to fulfill my "pledge" of any donation.

The young man beginning the call with, "Chairman Reince Preibus has a message for you......" when I stopped him and thanked him for his efforts but said that I had a "message for Chairman Reince Preibus, that I wasn't interested in him, what he thinks, especially about his 'new direction' in the GOP and that until he's gone, not to expect one dime from me from now on."

I went on by telling him that no candidate could ever expect a dime from me in advance of his or her running for office as I'd been betrayed by them all way too many times to ever believe one again. I said that they all lie to get money and votes, then go to DC and vote for things I absolutely hate and never want to see in this country, just like the Democrats!

I continued by telling him that any money at all that I "might donate" to a Republican would be only on one that has a proven record of voting on bills that he promised to support and voting against bills that he said he would NOT support.

I finished by telling him that not only could Chairman not expect anything from me now or in the foreseeable future, I'm not certain that they could even expect my vote!

39 posted on 04/13/2013 6:02:10 PM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
No GOP member should feel positive about Juan Amnesty Rubio as he's even worse than Juan McLame and Shamnesty!

He's not even a good wolf in sheep's clothing for his furry teeth show every time he smiles.

If I were in FL, I'd certainly rue the day I supported him for office.

He's an obvious liar and has no interest in what's lawful and best for the U.S.A.

40 posted on 04/13/2013 6:06:11 PM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think they are just using him to score votes.


41 posted on 04/13/2013 6:54:32 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hit piece by a Politico copycat. Promotes Hildy


42 posted on 04/13/2013 7:02:34 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause..Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

JMO....

North and South American Hispanics don’t relate to Cubans. They may all have similar roots from Spain/Portugal, but the cultures are not at all similar.

Cubans are generally either White or White/Black mix. The NA and SA Hispanics are generally White or White/Am. Indian mix.


43 posted on 04/13/2013 7:15:58 PM PDT by octex
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To: zeestephen
The Mariel boat lift was the turning point.

It's why Obama carried the Cuban-American vote in Florida by 20 points last year.

44 posted on 04/13/2013 7:24:43 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: octex

Add-on to my post above...

I realize what I posted was somewhat simplistic and generalized. However, I truly believe there is a large cultural divide between NA/SA Hispanics and the Cubans and Puerto Ricans.

I’m a Natural Born Texan with ancestors who were here in the 1820s when it was still part of Mexico. Obviously, there are cultural differences between me and someone who has lived their whole life in one of the Northeastern States.

That’s essentially the comparison I was attempting to make about why “Hispanics” are not very supportive of Rubio.


45 posted on 04/13/2013 7:41:38 PM PDT by octex
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Brain wave for the elite GOPee RINO establishment: Marco Rubio isn't the great hope for the Republicrat Party. He's nothing but a RINO. RINOs have to be hunted to extinction.
46 posted on 04/13/2013 9:59:10 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Re: “I stand with Rand.”

That will give you a better view of Conservatives walking away from the GOP.

Last week he told a group of Blacks he favored eliminating or reducing prison terms for many drug offenders - Bye-Bye, Cultural Conservatives.

He punts on gay marriage, never explicitly saying he is against it - Bye-Bye, Evangelicals.

His immigration plan says nothing about E-Verify or employer sanctions, which, of course, would cause illegals to self-deport by the millions - Bye-Bye, Immigration Hawks.

He is a Foreign Policy Dove and has equivocal positions on Israel - Bye-Bye, Defense Hawks and Neo-Cons.

He seems to be completely unaware that 80% of new immigrant citizens vote for the Democrat Party - Bye-Bye, America.

47 posted on 04/13/2013 11:57:10 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: exist

For goodness sakes Rand Paul is a demagogue.


48 posted on 04/14/2013 3:51:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: zeestephen

/bingo

He’s not a Republican, he’s from that deep tradition of pre-Civil War Democrats.


49 posted on 04/14/2013 3:54:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know a hit piece when I read one and this is a hit piece.

Rightly or wrongly, Marco Rubio is getting the Palin treatment.

Rubio’s biggest mistake and perhaps a fatal mistake, was joining that idiot Immigration Reform Gang of Eight. Schumer suckered him into that one, big time.


50 posted on 04/14/2013 4:02:54 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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