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Skip to comments.Sen. Marco Rubio: Yes, Iím Ready to be President
Posted on 05/11/2014 6:24:48 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Hes a 42-year-old freshman senator, but when asked by Jonathan Karl on This Week if hes ready to be president, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida answered without hesitation.
I do but I think thats true for multiple other people that would want to run I mean, Ill be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people dont realize, Ive 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 about how to get it there and I think were very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria.
When asked if he was qualified to run, Rubio reiterated that the Republican Party has several qualified candidates.
The question is what whos vision is the one that our party wants to follow? he said.
Rubio who spoke to Karl on Friday in New Hampshire said that if he decides to seek the presidency, he would not simultaneously seek re-election as a senator for the Sunshine State.
I believe that if you want to be president of the United States, you run for president, he said. You dont run for president with some eject button in the cockpit that allows you to go on an exit ramp if it doesnt work out.(continued)
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Uhhh, no. We don’t need the floodgates of illiterate anti-Christian illegal aliens flooding our shores.
You comment is far too harsh, but we don’t need a president who wants to be loved by the GOPe. I’ll take the other “Cuban”, Cruz or even Perry
Hey Marco, I’m sure Juan “Amnesty” MeCain will give you his full endorsement!
Wow. Did he suddenly turn into Governor Walker? Sheesh I don’t think he should even mutter the words “President”.
"President of what?"
Both Senator Rubio’s mother and father were Cuban citizens when he was born, they did not become naturalized American citizens until several years later. He was born in 1971, they became citizens in 1975.
Suck it Rubio!
I thought you were commenting on his fling with amnesty...
Rubio has got this part of the equation right at least, now lets see if he lives up to his own rhetoric.
I think not, Rubio.
Zero chance and ... go away.
Sorry, Marco. You still have the stench from the Gang of 8 crapola.
You may think you are ready, but as easily as McCain and Schumer manipulated you, you are far from ready.
Maybe Marco can go courting for Charlie’s support after Charlie returns to Tallahassee in January 2015.
I’m not going to vote for anybody that even flirts with the idea of across-the-aisle bipartisan immigration reform in ANY fashion other than those actions that REQUIRE the federal government to obey and enforce current laws. Further, any candidate I vote for will have to be for constructing a real fence system that will keep the illegals out, period.
In a choice between Rubio and Hildebeest, I’ll go with the Cuban.
Only 3 sitting US Senators have ever been inaugurated, and it wasn't until 1921 that we had the first one. There's a good reason for that.
The most recent example should serve as a caution for all you Rubio, Cruz, Lee supporters.
The job is Chief Executive, not Chief BS Artist.
We aren’t ready for YOU to be President though. But the high fiving white guys that run the GOP will make you Jeb’s Veep candidate to win the Latino vote.
Not enough experience he says?
Cruz attended high school at Faith West Academy in Katy, Texas, and later graduated from Second Baptist High School in Houston as valedictorian in 1988. During high school, Cruz participated in a Houston-based group called the Free Market Education Foundation where Cruz learned about free-market economic philosophers such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Frédéric Bastiat and Ludwig von Mises. The program was run by Rolland Storey and Cruz entered the program at the age of 13.
Cruz graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1992. While at Princeton, he competed for the American Whig-Cliosophic Societys Debate Panel and won the top speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debating Championship. In 1992, he was named U.S. National Speaker of the Year and Team of the Year (with his debate partner, David Panton). Cruz was also a semi-finalist at the 1995 World Universities Debating Championship, making him Princetons highest-ranked debater at the championship. Princetons debate team later named their annual novice championship after Cruz.
Cruzs senior thesis on the separation of powers, titled Clipping the Wings of Angels, draws its inspiration from a passage attributed to President James Madison: If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. Cruz argued that the drafters of the Constitution intended to protect the rights of their constituents, and the last two items in the Bill of Rights offered an explicit stop against an all-powerful state. Cruz wrote: They simply do so from different directions. The Tenth stops new powers, and the Ninth fortifies all other rights, or non-powers.
After graduating from Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor. While at Harvard Law, Cruz was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review. Referring to Cruzs time as a student at Harvard Law, Professor Alan Dershowitz said, Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant. At Harvard Law, Cruz was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.
Cruz currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Texas Review of Law and Politics.
Cruz served as a law clerk to J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1995 and William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States in 1996. Cruz was the first Hispanic to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States.
After Cruz finished his clerkships, he took a position with Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal, which is now known as Cooper & Kirk, LLC, from 1997 to 1998.
In 1998, Cruz served as private counsel for Congressman John Boehner during Boehners lawsuit against Congressman Jim McDermott for releasing a tape recording of a Boehner telephone conversation.
Cruz joined the George W. Bush presidential campaign in 1999 as a domestic policy adviser, advising then-Governor George W. Bush on a wide range of policy and legal matters, including civil justice, criminal justice, constitutional law, immigration, and government reform.
Cruz assisted in assembling the Bush legal team, devise strategy, and draft pleadings for filing with the Supreme Court of Florida and U.S. Supreme Court, the specific case being Bush v. Gore, during the 2000 Florida presidential recounts, leading to two successful decisions for the Bush team.
After President Bush took office, Cruz served as an associate deputy attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department and as the director of policy planning at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Texas Solicitor General
Appointed to the office of Solicitor General of Texas by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Cruz served in that position from 2003 to 2008.
Cruz has authored 70 United States Supreme Court briefs and presented 43 oral arguments, including nine before the United States Supreme Court. Cruzs record of having argued before the Supreme Court nine times is more than any practicing lawyer in Texas or any current member of Congress. Cruz has commented on his nine cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court: We ended up year after year arguing some of the biggest cases in the country. There was a degree of serendipity in that, but there was also a concerted effort to seek out and lead conservative fights.
In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Cruz drafted the amicus brief signed by attorneys general of 31 states, which said that the D.C. handgun ban should be struck down as infringing upon the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Cruz also presented oral argument for the amici states in the companion case to Heller before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In addition to his success in Heller, Cruz has successfully defended the constitutionality of Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds before the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, winning 5-4 in Van Orden v. Perry.
In 2004, Cruz was involved in the high-profile case, Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow,  in which Cruz wrote a U.S. Supreme Court brief on behalf of all 50 states which argued that a non-custodial parent does not have standing in court to sue to stop a public school from requiring its students to recite of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Supreme Court upheld the position of Cruzs brief in a 9-0 decision.
Cruz served as lead counsel for the state and successfully defended the multiple litigation challenges to the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan in state and federal district courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court, which was decided 5-4 in his favor in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry.
After leaving the Solicitor General position in 2008, he worked in a private law firm in Houston, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, often representing corporate clients, until he was sworn in a U.S. Senator from Texas in 2013. At Morgan, Lewis, he led the firms U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.
Cruz also successfully defended, in Medellin v. Texas, the State of Texas against an attempt by the International Court of Justice to re-open the criminal convictions of 51 murderers on death row throughout the United States.
Cruz has been named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America, by The National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, and by Texas Lawyer as one of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century.
I dare anyone to find me another 43 year old, ANYWHERE, with that much experience!
I thought 30 to be senator, 35 to be President?
Exactly. Aside from other matters I disagree with Rubio about, Rubio is not natural born...let’s demand an absolute ruling on the “natural born” issue and remove presidential contenders with that stigma...starting with Obummer.
Get at least one term as Governor of Flordia under your belt first.
Let's see how and what you do.
Rubio saved America from a 'Senator' Crist. Oppose him for other reasons but this post is idiotic. Rubio is Crist's worst nightmare.
My prediction is by the end of this election, even Democrats will be embarrassed that Charlie Crist became a Democrat. But I would say if this was in fact how he felt at the time, why didnt he say it?
I miss Snake Pliskin!!
Even though they are both “from” Florida, what is to stop Jeb from returning to Texas? It worked for Cheney when he suddenly returned to Wyoming just in time for 2000.
America misses Snake Pliskin.
maybe when you grow up...
Ive served now in public office for the better part of 14 years, said Rubio.
That should be the limit.
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He’s a very stealthy “will GROW in office” type.
We all know what THAT means...
Not gonna happen.
It would take a long time for him to regain credibility, but I doubt he’ll even try.
——You may think you are ready, but as easily as McCain and Schumer manipulated you, you are far from ready.——
That’s my biggest beef with Rubio....
Rubio is not stupid...he knows the sleazy history of both those sob’s....
I guess he was arrogant, thinking he could handle them....
They burned Rubio good...
Maybe Chuckie Schummer (A$$hole-NY) can be his campaign manager. Karl Rove would be pissed.
Open borders didn't work out too well for the native Americans, nor for Mexico when they opened up immigration to any of us Gringos that wanted to move to TX.
Those who fail to learn the lessons of history....
Then it is almost like someone told him the train was leaving with or without him and he decided to get on the train.
Lol, good fer you, Sparky.
LOL, you’ll take it if you can get it, Amnesty Boy. It won’t be with my help, though.
He has almost no executive experience.
No, Ice cream man, No.