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  • 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...
  • Election 2016: Conservative Review Dings Rubio, Paul In First Presidential Report Card (Not Cruz)

    05/03/2015 10:34:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ginger Gibson
    The Conservative Review hands out its first report card for 2016 Republicans Monday, and two candidates get schooled. According to the group, which was formed last year to score GOP lawmakers' adherence to conservative dogma, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky need improvement. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz earns top grades -- just as he used to at Princeton and Harvard Law. International Business Times got an early look at the ratings of the three Republicans who have officially launched presidential campaigns. The Review graded them on criteria including immigration, foreign policy and "moral issues" like abortion,...
  • Krauthammer: Rubio The ‘Perfect Antithesis’ To Hillary, Who Dems ‘Fear The Most’

    05/01/2015 2:16:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5-1-15 | Al Weaver
    [VIDEO at source] Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer praised Florida Sen Marco Rubio at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit Friday, saying he is “a very strong candidate.” Ahead of presumed 2016 announcements by Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee, Krauthammer told National Review’s Rich Lowry that Rubio is “the perfect antithesis” to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He said Rubio is the candidate Democrats “fear the most.” “Marco is a very strong candidate,” Krauthammer started. “You can see a route for him, and he’s the perfect antithesis to Hillary. If you ask Democrats who they fear the most, I...
  • Conservative senators sandbag McConnell, jeopardizing Iran bill

    04/30/2015 4:05:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/30/15 | Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney
    Two junior conservatives blindsided Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Thursday by attempting to force a vote on an amendment that could derail the bipartisan Iran nuclear review bill. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is running for president, surprised McConnell by leapfrogging ahead of colleagues waiting for chances to get votes on their amendments. They used a procedural maneuver to force McConnell to schedule a vote on an amendment requiring Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist as part of any nuclear deal. McConnell’s only way of avoiding the controversial amendment would be to file a...
  • Senate rejects linking Iran's support for terrorism to nuke deal (Senators voted 45-54)

    04/29/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Wednesday blocked a Republican push to tie Iran's support of terrorism to a final deal on the country's nuclear program. Senators voted 45-54 on the amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), which would have required President Obama to certify as part of a diplomatic deal that Iran hasn't carried out or directly supported an act of terror against the United States or a U.S. citizen. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted with Democrats against the amendment....
  • Poison pill: Rubio floats amendment to Corker’s Iran bill requiring Iran to recognize Israel

    04/30/2015 11:23:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/30/2015 | AllahPundit
    Is there any strategy behind this apart from generating a nice pro-Israel credential for Rubio’s resume that he can show off to GOP primary voters this summer? What I mean is, is there any chance that this somehow improves — or kills — the final deal between the U.S. and Iran or at least puts Obama and the Democrats in a verrrry tough spot in defending it? Marco Rubio is refusing to back down from his fight to force Iran to recognize Israel, a stance that threatens to disrupt a delicately negotiated bipartisan bill that would allow Congress to...
  • Iran nuclear deal: Obama's desperation is showing. And it's dangerous (Marco Rubio)

    04/29/2015 12:06:45 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2015 | Sen. Marco Rubio
    As the nuclear negotiations with Iran reach their final phase, President Obama increasingly finds himself at odds with reality. Although the United States has worked for years to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons while limiting Tehran’s attempts to be a regional hegemon, the president’s desperation to secure a deal ­- at whatever cost -­ places both of these goals at serious risk. Rather than stand firm against Iran’s regional expansionism and its constantly shifting nuclear redlines, the president has gone to great lengths to avoid alienating Tehran and repeatedly revised his own definition of success. The result is that...
  • Marco Rubio Vows Never to Raise Taxes as President

    04/29/2015 12:09:01 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 41 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 04/29/15 | Sahil Kapur
    Rubio follows fellow Republican nomination aspirants Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, both of whom signed the pledge last week. His move could put fellow Floridian mentor-turned-rival Jeb Bush in a difficult position in the brewing 2016 presidential contest.
  • CNN Analyst: Obama Used "Racist" Term Describing Baltimore Rioters as "Thugs"

    04/29/2015 6:42:28 AM PDT · by rightistight · 45 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/29/15 | Aurelius
    CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin had choice words for President Obama last night when she appeared on “The Lead” with Jake Tapper. ...“Both Mayor Rawlings-Blake and President Obama, today, using the word “thug,”” Tapper said after showing a clip of Mayor Rawlings-Blake speaking. “Sunny, you take issue that?” “I do,” Hostin responded. “It’s not a word, certainly, that I’m comfortable with. It’s not a word that I use. I think that we can all agree that that word, that term has been racialized, and I think what I saw during the riots was, I saw a lot of crimes being...
  • Scott Walker’s Strength in Donors

    04/29/2015 5:35:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Derek Willis
    Scott Walker enters the Republican presidential race with far stronger ties to the party’s biggest fund-raisers than any other candidate besides Jeb Bush.Roughly half of the nation’s top 250 Republican donors have given money to Mr. Walker in his campaigns for Wisconsin governor, according to an Upshot analysis of Federal Election Commission records and state records. By comparison, 30 percent have given to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, 20 percent to Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and 10 percent to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.A presidential campaign is a chance for candidates to introduce themselves to top fund-raisers, and...
  • The Marco Rubio Amendment That Could Kill the Iran Deal

    04/29/2015 7:45:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/29/2015 | Alex Rogers
    Sen. Marco Rubio has proposed a change to the Iran nuclear review bill that could unravel a carefully crafted compromise and kill the Obama Administration’s negotiations. MORE Longtime Marco Rubio–Jeb Bush Alliance Fades in GOP Contest How Barack Obama’s Trade Deal Puts Hillary Clinton in a Bind Fight to the Death: Supreme Court Hears Execution Case NBC News Here's a First-Hand Look at Mount Everest Base Camp NBC News New Misery for Nepal? Quake Sets Stage for Cholera NBC News At issue is a one-page amendment from the Florida Republican and 2016 presidential candidate that would certify as part of...
  • Gays Admit They Were Not Born That Way, shocking undercover video

    04/27/2015 3:26:01 PM PDT · by passionfruit · 67 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | Ryan Sorba
    They just affirm what many of us have already believed. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Citizen Journalist, Ryan Sorba recently went undercover in Palm Springs, California, posing as a same-sex marriage activist. He asked the following question: “Do you believe being gay is strictly genetic?” The video enclosed in this email is a montage of clips from interviews in which gays admit that they believe they are gay due external circumstances, such as being sexually abused at an early age or going through other traumatic experiences. When asked how many interviews Sorba obtained during this venture, he answered, “There are many more...
  • Marco Rubio's Poll Vault: Now the media scrutiny begins.

    04/27/2015 3:43:48 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 27, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    It’s been fascinating to watch the media “discover” Marco Rubio as the GOP’s new front-runner. He is suddenly leading the field in a Fox News poll with a less-than-overwhelming 13 percent, just a tick ahead of Scott Walker (12), Rand Paul (10), Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee (9), and Ted Cruz (8). Not bad for a freshman senator, until you realize that the poll’s margin of error is 5 percent. Meaning that, in theory, Cruz could be first and Rubio could be sixth. One of the most popular Rubio story lines involves the evolution and possible strain on the Jeb-and-Marco...
  • Marco Rubio takes early edge in Republican pundit primary (Ted Cruz "much underestimated")

    04/26/2015 4:26:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    On newspaper pages and online, the pundit primary is heating up in the Republican Party. The views of conservative columnists such as George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Stephen Hayes, and Jonah Goldberg will shape the way donors and party leaders view the 2016 candidates. HereÂ’s a look at the GOP hopefuls who, for better or worse, are getting the most attention from these influential thinkers: Marco Rubio The Florida senator is running away with this contest. The buzz for Rubio began back in 2012 as Republicans sought to regroup after President ObamaÂ’s diverse coalition delivered him a surprisingly easy...
  • Conservatives and Christians More Inclusive, Tolerant Than Progressives?

    04/26/2015 10:21:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | April 26, 2015 | Fuzzy Slippers
    It certainly seems so. This week has been very revealing in terms of what conservatives actually think and what progressives imagine we think. The “big” question that kicked it all off was “would you attend a gay wedding?” This was, apparently, supposed to separate the knuckle-dragging haters on the right from the sophisticated and pious leftists. John Nolte writes: "Another Republican presidential hopeful, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, made all kinds of headlines when he said something that would not surprise anyone who has spent any amount of time with a conservative Christian — that he would attend a same sex...
  • Scott Walker in Iowa: States should be allowed to ban same-sex marriages

    04/26/2015 6:04:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    The Cap Times, Madison ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jessie Opoien
    WAUKEE, Iowa — When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took the stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's spring summit was an hour behind schedule. He promised the crowd of more than 1,000 at the evangelical Point of Grace Church he would keep his remarks brief so everyone could get home, get to bed and get up for church in the morning. He'd be doing just that, he added, back home in Wauwatosa. Wearing a suit — with no mention of whether it was from Kohl's — and pacing the stage, Walker was at ease, peppering...
  • Marco Rubio, Scott Walker Trade Shots on Foreign Policy in Iowa

    04/26/2015 8:11:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    Presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio and Scott Walker exchanged fire over foreign policy in Iowa on Saturday, hours before the two are scheduled to appear together at a Faith and Freedom Coalition summit outside of Des Moines. Speaking to The Des Moines Register editorial board on Saturday morning, Rubio said his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees lends him a distinct advantage on “the most crucial obligation the president faces, as commander in chief.” “Governors can certainly read about foreign policy, and take meetings and briefings with experts,” the Florida Republican said, “but there’s no way they’ll be...
  • Why Rubio is running away from the most prominent item on his résumé (immigration)

    04/24/2015 1:36:56 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2015 | David A. Fahrenthold
    Marco Rubio had changed his mind. It was December 2012. The Senate gym. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) was making the ask. “You ought to be a part of this,” Durbin told Rubio (R-Fla.), as Rubio rode a stationary bike. Durbin and six other senators wanted to rewrite U.S. immigration laws. In the process, they wanted to give illegal immigrants a way to become legal residents and — eventually — citizens. Just two years earlier, Rubio had been against doing that. “It is unfair,” he had said, as a tea party candidate for Senate, “to create an alternative pathway for...
  • Draft Condi?: In Poll, Only Rice beats Hillary Clinton (43-40%)

    04/23/2015 3:08:04 PM PDT · by drewh · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 23 2015 AST | Paul Bedard -Washington Secrets
    In what would be a first-ever race pitting former secretaries of state, only Condoleezza Rice would beat Hillary Rodham Clinton in Iowa, according to a new poll that could put fire under a languishing "Draft Condi" movement. A new Townhall/Gravis Marketing poll found that Rice would beat Clinton in the state as every other Republican loses to the first Democrat to officially announce her candidacy. Condoleezza Rice and her successor at State, Hillary Clinton. In the poll, Rice would beat Clinton 43 percent to 40 percent, taking evangelical Protestants, Catholics and voters under 50 years old. "What this tells me...
  • Donny Deutsch: People Want to 'Turn Page' on Hillary, But Rubio About the 'Future'

    04/24/2015 5:53:55 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There's an understandable tendency not to take Donny Deutsch too seriously. He can come across not as a credible political analyst but as a guy more interested in his abs and biceps and the next lady at the next Hamptons cocktail party. But let's give Donny his due: as an ad man, he at times offers interesting insights on politics seen in terms of brands and marketing. He also serves as a credible bellwether for a certain segment of the East Coast Dem donor class. And so it was noteworthy that on today's Morning Joe, Deutsch declared that the string...
  • Rubio raking in big bucks from rich pro-amnesty Republicans by touting his “immigration record”

    04/23/2015 6:48:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 23, 2015 | Allahpundit
    “Marco gives the same speech with donors that he does in public,” one Rubio advisor assured BuzzFeed. I’m sure he’s right. After all, when has Marco Rubio ever said different things to different audiences about his stance on immigration? I do think it’s safe to say that Rubio’s choosing his words carefully on this subject, even among friends in private settings. All it would take to blow him up for good on the right is a hidden smartphone recorder catching him crowing about amnesty, and he knows it. He’s the safest pick in the field precisely because he’s not prone...
  • Poll: Rubio leads the GOP pack in matchup against Clinton

    04/23/2015 2:54:29 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Marco Rubio runs best against Hillary Clinton among all Republican 2016 contenders, according to a new Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday. Clinton has a clear lead over all potential Republican opponents in prospective matchups, with the exception of Rubio, whom she leads by just 45 percent to 43 percent — within the margin of error. Story Continued Below . . The numbers suggest that the Florida senator has received a slight boost by formally entering the race. In March, before either Rubio or Clinton had officially announced their candidacy, 46 percent said they would back Clinton. When the question...
  • GUTIÉRREZ: ‘PRESIDENT’ JEB BUSH OUR BEST GOP CHANCE TO PASS IMMIGRATION

    04/21/2015 1:57:01 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 21, 2015 | Pam Key
    This week at the The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, long-time immigration activist Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) said the potential Republican president he could work best with to pass comprehensive immigration reform is Jeb Bush. Gutiérrez said, “We would have to stay with the Bush family,” explaining George W. Bush tried twice to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson Rise in Iowa Scott Walker Takes a Fall

    04/22/2015 2:03:16 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 17 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 22, 2015 | Paul M Winters
    In a Gravis Marketing poll released today Jeb Bush leads fellow GOP rivals among Republican Party Iowa voters while Senator Marco Rubio and former brain surgeon Ben Carson have increased their popularity while Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has taken the largest fall. In a telephone survey conducted April 13, former Governor Bush (R-FL) led with 16 percent of voters surveyed with Walker coming in at 13 percent, followed closely by fellow Floridian Rubio at 12 percent. The poll was conducted the same day as Rubio's announcement of his 2016 Presidential bid. The biggest gainers were Marco Rubio, who improved five points from his...
  • What’s Marco Rubio’s secret? (Another love letter from the faux conserva-gives)

    04/22/2015 2:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 22, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    More than other 2016 presidential entrants Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) seems to have positively affected, even excited, Republicans. Ross Douthat writes, “Rubio more than most candidates fits the way most Republicans want to think about their party and ideology and cause.” There is much to that, and certainly Republicans want to get away from the dig that they are “grumpy,” “angry” or downright “mean.” So how does Rubio do it? Arthur Brooks, head of the American Enterprise Institute and arguably the godfather of reform conservatism, likes to say: “My movement shouldn’t be fighting against things. My movement should be fighting...
  • US presidential hopeful Marco Rubio reaches out to gay Republicans

    04/22/2015 12:46:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Asia One / Reuters ^ | April 22, 2015
    NEW YORK - Marco Rubio, the youthful Republican presidential hopeful who touts himself as the candidate of his party's future, has been making moves to court a socially liberal faction of his party that represents gay conservatives. The Florida senator's staff have held quarterly meetings with the Log Cabin Republicans "going back some time", their executive director, Gregory Angelo, told Reuters. The meetings with the advocacy group were to discuss legislation, issues and opportunities to "partner on," Angelo said. Rubio's office declined to comment on the meetings. The discussions highlight the tricky electoral math for Republican presidential aspirants like Rubio....
  • Rep. Mo Brooks rips Rubio on open borders

    04/21/2015 10:37:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | Tim Constantine
    A Republican congressman ripped congressional leadership for their inaction on President Obama’s executive amnesty plan for illegals and pointed a finger at Sen. Marco Rubio for U.S. problems with open borders. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks was a guest on Tim Constantine’s “Capitol Hill Show” on Tuesday and the conversation was dominated by the topic of illegal immigration and the effort by the Obama administration to circumvent existing law and grant amnesty to millions. “What I am very disappointed in is the House and Senate leadership,” Mr. Brooks explained....
  • Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty?

    04/21/2015 2:36:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 1, 2015 | By Pedro Gonzales
    Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty? I have analyzed all the major Republican presidential candidates (except Ben Carson and Rick Sanctorum, who are long shots, and Donald Trump, who has undocumented hair). I have found that all the major presidential candidates support amnesty for illegal aliens, except for one. Can you guess which one?
  • Marco Rubio Is Inclined to Raid State-Licensed Marijuana Businesses (Flip-Flop?)

    04/21/2015 1:42:51 PM PDT · by Ken H · 16 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    The presidential contender says "we need to enforce our federal laws" in states with legal pot -snip- Hewitt: A lot of people are criticizing the President for not enforcing the immigration laws. He's also not enforcing the drug laws in Colorado and Washington State. If you're the president, will you enforce the federal drug laws and shut down the marijuana trade? Rubio: Yes. Yes, I think, well, I think we need to enforce our federal laws. Now do states have a right to do what they want? They don't agree with it, but they have their rights. But they don't...
  • Kirk, Rubio Condemn Iranian Espionage Charges against Washington Post Reporter

    04/21/2015 1:45:00 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    kirk.senate.gov ^ | Monday, Apr 20, 2015 | Senator Kirk, Senator Rubio
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today issued the following statement condemning the espionage charges filed by the Iranian regime against The Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian: “It appears that Mr. Rezaian is being persecuted because of his profession as a reporter and his American citizenship. Freedom of press is a right that should be guaranteed to all individuals regardless of their nationality. We urge the Iranian government to immediately and unconditionally release Mr. Rezaian. “This case is just the latest example of the true nature of the Iranian regime. The Obama Administration should demand...
  • No, Senator Rubio, Homosexuals Aren't Born that Way

    04/20/2015 5:01:58 PM PDT · by xzins · 190 replies
    AFA ^ | Monday, April 20, 2015 | Bryan Fischer
    “I don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of the people. The bottom line is I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with.” ~ Sen. Marco Rubio, April 19, 2015 Marco Rubio has become the latest GOP presidential candidate to stumble badly over the issue of homosexuality. Sen. Rand Paul hurt himself by saying that gay “marriage” is okay, as long as it’s a matter of private contract, a view which will satisfy no one. Dr. Ben Carson hurt himself by asserting that people do change their sexual orientation...
  • Laura Ingraham: "Tell Me Again How Marco Rubio Is Different From Lindsey Graham On Any Issue?"

    04/21/2015 7:48:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    RCP ^ | 04/21/2015
    On Monday's edition of The Laura Ingraham Show, the nationally-syndicated host talked about an e-mail she received from a friend that got her thinking: what's the difference between declared Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is considering a run. LAURA INGRAHAM: We seem to have a topsy-turvy thing going on in the Republican field, okay? Rubio Is now the darling of the Republican Party. And, look, I’m just going to tell you where I see things. And, I like all these people personally a lot... I like Marco. But, you know, a friend of mine...
  • Rubio: I’d attend a gay ‘wedding’. Walker: I have. Santorum: I wouldn’t. Cruz: Pass.

    04/21/2015 7:43:46 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 103 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/20/15 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Are you now, or were you ever, willing to attend a same-sex “wedding”? That seems to be the question lighting up the Republican presidential field, as GOP hopefuls who may one day have their finger on the nuclear button are asked the query over and over again.So far, the Republican hopefuls' answers are yes, no, I have (sort of), and...unclear.The media began by asking Florida's U.S. senator, Marco Rubio, if he would attend a homosexual 'wedding' ceremony, especially if he were invited by a relative or close friend.“If there’s somebody that I love...
  • Has Marco Rubio’s Breakout Moment Arrived?

    04/21/2015 7:12:33 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-21-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Senator Marco Rubio has been criticized by many Tea Party activists for his stance on illegal immigration, but that doesn’t seem to hold him back in the polls. Look at these results from CNN’s latest poll among Republican voters: "Overall, 17% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents back Bush for the GOP nomination, while 12% support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Paul and Rubio stand at 11% each, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 9% and Cruz at 7%…" Remarkable: Bush and Rubio both poll at 18% when respondents are asked which candidate best represents the future of the Republican Party....
  • Bob Schieffer to Rubio: As president, would you sign immigration bill you helped pass in the Senate?

    04/20/2015 1:24:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | AllahPundit
    Rubio’s right that this is a hypothetical and that nothing like the Gang of Eight bill could pass the House right now. But Mickey Kaus is right that it’s a darned fine gotcha, a way to gauge how far Rubio’s willing to go in renouncing his signature “achievement” as a senator. What if Rubio defeated Hillary next year and the party’s leadership decided to capitalize by doing something splashy to show Latino voters that the new, Rubio-led GOP was ready to engage them like never before? A bill like the Gang of Eight bill getting past the House isn’t...
  • 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...
  • Marco Rubio’s DIY Christianity: Why He Switches From One Denomination to Another

    04/20/2015 9:04:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/20/2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    The Florida senator’s dabbling in multiple denominations shows a country more and more inclined toward a consumerist approach toward religion. American presidential candidates are often a good lens for looking at the state of American religion. For instance, the fact that 2012 was the first election in American history where no candidate was a mainline Protestant, after that branch’s virtual monopoly on the White House, reflected the mainline’s precipitous decline in numbers and influence over the 20th century. While the two vice-presidential candidates were boringly Catholic, Barack Obama ran as a nondenominational, basically unchurched Christian, and Mitt Romney as a...
  • The MOTUS/Molsterman 2016 Primary Tracking Poll #1

    04/20/2015 8:50:02 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-20-2015 | MOTUS
    Now that the Campaign for the Big White is officially out of the gate, it’s time for a primary poll, so I called in my trusted pollster - the most connected mole in Washington and creator of: to assist me in this ongoing task. We discuss, below, the parameters and significance of the polls.   MOTUS: Hi Molsterman, thanks for stopping by.Molsterman: No problem, I was in the neighborhood for dinner anyway, best grubs in town around here. What’s on your mind?MOTUS: Well, I was wondering if it would be a good time to start our primary tracking polls....
  • Climate change group praises Jeb Bush for 'leadership'

    04/19/2015 4:56:55 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 26 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush on Friday in New Hampshire called for the U.S. "to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions.” The remarks at a "Politics & Eggs" event brought praise from billionaire Tom Steyer's group NextGen Climate, which has spent millions in recent elections blasting Republicans on climate change. "Jeb Bush demonstrated leadership today on the issue of climate change—distancing himself from the other Republican presidential hopefuls and demonstrating why climate change doesn’t have to be a partisan issue," the group said in an email to reporters. "Today in New Hampshire, Bush expressed...
  • Rubio: "Sexual Preference Is Something That People Are Born With" [VIDEO]

    04/20/2015 5:38:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    RCP ^ | 04/20/2015
    "I also don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice, for the vast majority of people," Sen. Marco Rubio said on Sunday's broadcast of Face the Nation. "In fact, the bottom line is that I believe that sexual preference is something that people are born with." CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO...
  • Bad translation misrepresents Rubio’s immigration comments

    04/19/2015 5:45:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    legal Insurrection ^ | Posted by Kemberlee Kaye Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 7:30pm
    Breitbart News caused a stink when it reported on presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s alleged comments on Obama’s unilateral executive immigration programs. The headline inaccurately suggested that Rubio supported President Obama’s executive immigration overreach. As we will discuss, this was only one of numerous mistranslations.
  • Rubio: Piecemeal immigration approach only option (Mario deeply saddened)

    04/19/2015 11:37:22 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2015-04-19 | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that a step-by-step, long-term approach is the only option for immigration reform. ADVERTISEMENT "We can't do it in a massive piece of legislation," Rubio, who announced his presidential candidacy last week, said in a wide-ranging interview for CBS's "Face the Nation." "I know, 'cause I tried," Rubio added.Rubio outlined in the CBS interview the steps he would take for reform, stressing it would start with an E-Verify bill to track entrance and exit of migrants to improve border security, followed by modernizing the legal immigration system to make it "less...
  • Rubio: Big immigration reforms impossible now (Mario dog-whistling to his base)

    04/19/2015 10:27:13 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    CNN via Click2Houston ^ | 2015-04-19 | Eric Bradner CNN
    (CNN) - Marco Rubio once backed an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws --- but now, he says such major reforms are no longer a political possibility.
  • Rubio Team Confirms Both Translations of His Spanish Language Interview With Jorge Ramos Accurate

    04/19/2015 3:15:30 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-04-19 | Matthew Boyle
    FULL TITLE - CONFUSION OVER: Rubio Team Confirms Both Translations of His Spanish Language Interview With Jorge Ramos Accurate The chief spokesman for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Alex Conant, confirmed to Breitbart News in an on-record interview on Sunday that despite some initial confusion over the past couple days about the wording of two separate English language transcripts of Rubio’s Spanish language interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos that aired this weekend, the thrust and meaning of what Rubio said was captured accurately by both transcripts—each of which shows just minor differences in wording, but not in meaning.
  • Stephen King lets Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have it

    04/18/2015 9:22:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Salon ^ | April 18, 2015 | Staff
    In a brilliant tweet, the horror master perfectly sums up the state of the 2016 presidential race. Stephen King has unloaded on the Republican presidential field on Twitter — the horror master’s latest dive into savvy GOP bashing. This tweet takes on the nightmare that is the current field of right-wing senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Stephen King ✔ @StephenKing Cruz, Paul and Rubio, all running for President. Hey, I thought I was supposed to write the horror stories. 2:25 PM - 16 Apr 2015 In recent weeks, King has jumped into the debate over Indiana’s religious...
  • 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.”
  • Slow Your Roll on Scott Walker

    04/18/2015 8:00:37 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 42 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/7/2015 | Steve Deace
    We’re still a year away from the first official votes being cast in the 2016 Republican presidential primary in my home state of Iowa. Yet some of my brethren seem willing to declare the contest over and award Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker the victory before he’s truly been vetted. How about we make a guy go through the job interview before we hire him based solely off his resume? Now, to be sure Walker has an attractive resume, which is why I have several kind things to say about him in my book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win...
  • Rubio's Age Is Problematic, But Hillary Being Post-Menopausal Makes Her 'Perfect'?

    04/18/2015 6:19:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | April 18, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    Time.com's Zeke Miller tweeted yesterday that a "reporter" asked recently declared presidential candidate Marco Rubio of Florida the following question: "Is 43 old enough to be president?" Meanwhile, two weeks ago, a column at Time.com claimed that Hillary Clinton is "biologically primed to be a leader." Seriously. Since he either can't or won't tell us who asked the question, we're unable to determine if the "reporter" to whom Miller referred was asking the question because he or she doesn't know the Constitution or was trying to bait Rubio into giving an answer implicitly or explicitly criticizing other candidates. It would...
  • Marco Rubio’s deranged religion, Ted Cruz’s bizarre faith:

    04/19/2015 6:21:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Salon.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Jeffrey Taylor
    Aspirants to the White House, both Democratic and Republican, have, as we all know, begun “announcing,” thus initiating, from a rationalist’s point of view, a media carnival featuring, on both sides, an array of supposedly God-fearing clowns and faith-mongering nitwits groveling before Evangelicals and nattering on about their belief in the Almighty and their certainty that if we just looked, we could find answers to many of our ills in the Good Book. The candidates will cloak their true agendas – serving the Lords of Wall Street far more zealously than Our Father who art (or really, art not) in...
  • Walker Shines in New Hampshire

    04/19/2015 6:01:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 19, 2015 | Stephen F. Hayes
    "...Walker expanded the stump speech he had given in Iowa back in January, a coming out party of sorts, that propelled him to co-frontrunner status in national and early-state polling. The new content made clear that Walker is a hawk and that in a Walker presidency the United States would not only reengage with the world but would project its power without reservation. He called the war on radical Islam and “generational” war and scorched Barack Obama for his ambivalence on the threat. “We’re going to bring the fight to them and fight on their soil and not ours." Walker’s...