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last 24 hours | politico
Marco Rubio steps out of Jebs shadow - Politico

"...The contrast between the fresh and fast Rubio vs. the phlegmatic and lackluster Bush only added to the nagging questions about Bush's ability to be the party's torch bearer. Jeb's supporters say this, too, shall pass. I'm a Jeb supporter, and I think Jeb did what he had to do last night. But when you look at all 10 candidates as far as where they were at the beginning of the night vs. where they were when they left, Rubio did the best, said Brian Hughes, a top Florida Republican consultant. Rubio had some tough recent weeks but his performance on the national stage could enable him to reemerge as a top-tier candidate. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1225 days ago | vox
Marco Rubio won last night's Republican debate. Here's why. - Vox

"...Because Rubio is young and telegenic, it's easy to underestimate his policy acumen, but many establishment Republicans (and Democrats, for that matter) are convinced it's real.With a big assist from the moderators, he managed to stay out of the biggest, messiest policy arguments of the night, about civil liberties and the Iraq War. He directly engaged other candidates only on two of the policy issues he knows best: immigration and education. And both times, he pretty much won at least among people who cared about the policy exchange...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | latino.foxnews
Marco Rubio cool, calm and presidential during Republican debate
"...The Florida senator is getting high marks for his performance at Thursday night's debate. There were testy back-and-forth exchanges between candidates, but Rubio mostly stuck to his scripts and kept his message personal and impassionate. The general consensus is that the Cuban-American was among the winners of a debate in which the number of candidates made it difficult for an individual to stand out...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | washingtonpost
Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina win the Republican debate

"...Rubio's profile has diminished in recent months. But any doubts about his ability to fill the stage was dispelled during the main event. From his opening statement, the Sunshine State senator gave crisp and compelling answers that made him the clear winner of the 9 p.m. gathering. Rubio's presentation Thursday reminded me of his stellar campaign announcement. No, I don't agree with him on anything. But, I can appreciate a political talent when I see one. Folks, he is one...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

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1226 days ago | latino.foxnews
Marco Rubio seen as winner of 1st Republican debate
"...Florida Sen. Marco Rubio emerged as the real winner of the first debate among 10 of the 17 candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination despite the show put on - as predicted - by irreverent magnate Donald Trump.The nation's leading media and analysts unanimously gave the win to the Cuban-American lawmaker - he managed to present himself as the new blood the party needs to inspire voters and defeat the Democratic favorite, Hillary Clinton.Rubio jumped into the national arena as a senator in 2010, and two years later made a name for himself with his nominating speech for Mitt Romney at the 2012 Republican National Convention...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | nypost
Rubio emerges as the partys brightest star
"...And for them, the man on stage who made the best case for himself and his candidacy was Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.Rubio was not at the center of the evening's fireworks, and that turned out to be of surprising benefit to him. He stuck to substance, and his fluid speaking style and unique talent for extemporaneously combining eloquence with fact set him above and apart from the other nine men on stage...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | washingtonexaminer
Even rival camps thought Rubio shined
"...Marco Rubio had a pretty good night; good enough, at least, that other candidates, in the midst of declaring victory Thursday after the first Republican presidential debate, conceded that the Florida senator did pretty well, too.But Rubio shined more than most, making the most of the limited time afforded each candidate given how crowded the stage was, and perhaps more than any contender used the nationally televised debate to present the strongest argument for his candidacy. The senator is a dynamic communicator and fluent on major domestic and foreign policy issues who, as the son of poor Cuban immigrants, could cause presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton fits...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | nytimes
Winners at the G.O.P. Debate Did Not Include Bush and Trump

"...Mr. Rubio, the senator from Florida, has a good case to be considered the debate's top performer. A weaker Mr. Bush probably benefits Mr. Rubio as much as anyone, and if Mr. Bush raised questions about whether he would be a great general election candidate, then Mr. Rubio added yet more reason to believe he could be a good one. Mr. Rubio still has the challenge of figuring out how to break through a strong field in a factional party.With so little time having passed after the debate, it's impossible to know whether the media will deem him the sort of overwhelming winner who will get the attention necessary to make a big jump in the polls. But even if this is not the moment he breaks through, he surely advanced his case among the many electability-minded and conservative party elites with reservations about the abilities of both Mr. Bush and Mr. Walker...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | vox
Marco Rubio won last nights Republican debate. Heres why.

"...But Rubio also did a good job making his own luck. When he was asked questions he didn't like, he smoothly pivoted to the thing he wanted to say anyway. When Megyn Kelly asked him why he supported exceptions to abortion bans for rape or incest, he simply said "I'm not sure that's a correct assessment of my record ... I have never said that, and I have never advocated that," and started talking about how the unborn deserve full protection under the law. His campaign followed up with reporters by explaining that Rubio had supported laws that made those exceptions because they were improvements on the status quo, but Rubio didn't waste time with that argument.The tactic allowed him to hold his fire even when asked to criticize another candidate. Rubio's only real head-to-head argument of the night, about Common Core with Jeb Bush, wasn't really an argument at all. Bush answered a question about Common Core by talking about the importance of high standards; asked why Bush was wrong, Rubio didn't disagree with anything Bush had said or get into Bush's record, but instead made a sharp conservative argument against Common Core itself:..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | cnn
So, who won the Republican debate?

"...For my money, there were two candidates who helped themselves the most. One was Governor John Kasich of Ohio: while sticking to conservative principles, he gave voice to common sense Midwestern values as well as a moral commitment to Americans living in the shadows. In effect, he tapped into some of the same anger that Trump has understood but turned it in a warm, positive direction...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | theweek
The Trump Show: How Donald Trump won the GOP debate and stole the presidential election
"...The debate was utterly dominated by Trump. In an unexpected twist, the moderators chosen by Fox News went after him with everything they had, while his actual opponents seemed scared to engage him one-on-one. (Bush, trying to preserve his dignity, ultimately wilted in the glare of Trump's supernova.) Trump, unconstrained by diplomatic etiquette and human decency, proved that he is the apotheosis of the conservative tough guy, easily elbowing out the likes of Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker. ("You're having a hard time tonight," he told Rand Paul, in just one instance of him flattening a rival.)..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | bustle
Who Won The First GOP Debate? It Depends Who You Ask
"...In terms of actual unity, Rubio seemed to be one of the few names of the night that didn't try to pick fights with his fellow Republicans, calling out Hillary Clinton instead and explaining that in a general election based on r sum s alone, Clinton would win due to her longtime career in Washington. Still, he maintained, the election wasn't about r sum s, it was about someone who could relate to the average American  and in that sense, the GOP had won."God has blessed us with some very good candidates the Democrats can't even find one," said Rubio, harpooning the former Secretary of State. Further, he contended, Clinton was disconnected from regular civilians. "How is she going to lecture me on student loans, when I owed $100k until four years ago?" asked Rubio, who said he could empathize with those who had lived "paycheck to paycheck".Ending the night with a bang, Rubio (who largely avoided major drama throughout the debate) aligned himself as the new face of the party, a son of immigrant parents who had pursued his dreams and could accurately represent the American people...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | smartremarks.lancasteronline
Why Trump won the debate
"...So Trump pretty much won the debate, and as someone who won't be voting for any of these guys (and probably won't be voting for any of the Dems, either), I found it all highly amusing, if slightly alarming.Look: To the extent that a presidential primary is entertainment Trump is simply the most entertaining guy in the room. Everyone else runs scared of gaffes. Trump doesn't care. He plows forward, throwing elbows, sneering at opponents, refusing to kowtow to the party types who want him to go quietly, etc. etc.Plus, he got into it with the Fox News moderators, even taking potshots at them on Twitter afterwards!And so all this feeds the narrative Donald Trump isn't going to take anyone's shite. Donald Trump is brash, Donald Trump says what he thinks regardless of what anyone else thinks about it, Donald Trump comes off as a man of action, as ill-advised as that action may be.Imagine Donald Trump with his finger on the nuclear button...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | mediaite
Who Were the Big Winners and Losers at the GOP Debates?
"...Winner: Marco Rubio. He was pretty much flawless during the main course. The thought in this space a few months ago was that Rubio didn't have the gravitas to inspire on a big stage a little kid swimming in the deep end. No more. The national consensus in terms of the aforementioned searches and trends is mixed (Trump, Carson and Cruz got the most), but in terms of substance and command, Rubio looked very presidential. And if put on the same stage as Mrs. Clinton, it'll be Obama-McCain all over again in terms of the young, energetic, hungry candidate versus the out-of-touch geriatric. Ask any Democrat: Rubio is the last candidate they want to see get crowned back in Cleveland a year from now. And a Rubio/Fiorina, Rubio/Kasich ticket would be extremely tough to beat...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | bloomberg
Why Marco Rubio May Have Won the First Republican Debate
"...In a cluttered evening of debates that featured Donald Trump's trademark bravado, Carly Fiorina exceeding expectations at the "kiddie table," and Ohio Governor John Kasich enjoying the loudest applause lines, the Republican candidate who stood out the most in the minds of many conservatives was Marco Rubio.The first-term Florida senator looked like he was about to strike out on the first pitch, which was aimed at his inexperience, but he hit it out of the park."If this election is a resume competition, then Hillary Clinton's gonna be the next president," Rubio said here in Cleveland at the first Republican presidential debate of 2016, insisting that the election had "better be about the future, not the past."..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | hollywoodreporter
John Kasich Won the Debate
"...What a nice, bright, earnest young man! When he graduates from the college debating team, he will have a rosy future! Oh, er, he's 44 years old? Computer crash! Rubio is very smooth but also oddly slick. He seems caught in a time warp of self-stunted maturation, a son shying away from the Olympus of father-gods. Sorry, but this won't work in the White House. Try again in a decade or two?..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | politico
The POLITICO wrongometer

"... And last but not least, we need to repeal Dodd-Frank. It is eviscerating small businesses and small banks. Over 40 percent of small banks and midsize banks that loan money to small businesses have been wiped out since Dodd-Frank was passed. Rubio's stat on small banks is in need of a citation. Academic and government data doesn't have that figure. And according to March 2015 research from the conservative-leaning Mercatus Center no friend of bank regulation "the United States lost 14 percent of its small banks" since the start of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.While it is true the number of banks has been declining, research from the Federal Reserve also shows that trend started 30 years ago...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | newsmax
GOP Debate Winners: Trump, Cruz, Huckabee, Christie
"...Rubio underwhelmed. He seemed to make a good number two. A VP not a president. His answers had no punch. He was good on the economy and his replies were ideologically OK, but he did not come across as a leader...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | washingtonpost
Winners and losers from the first Republican presidential debate

"...Natural talent tends to shine through in big moments when the bright lights turn on. The senator from Florida, who had dipped in polls after a bump in the wake of his announcement, was terrific on Thursday night. He was poised, on message and seemingly entirely at ease -- even when pressed on immigration, which could have been a problem for him. Rubio's response on his inexperience -- "This election cannot be a r sum competition" -- was a good one.  Most importantly for Rubio, he looked the part of a president. Hurdle cleared...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | thehill
GOP pundits pick Rubio, Fox as debate winners

"...Rubio won the night by showing a commanding stage presence, great enthusiasm and deep policy knowledge. He even outmaneuvered Trump on immigration reform without having to confront him. Since he squeaked into the No. 10 slot, Kasich performed well and will likely rise within the pack. Christie also impressed, especially against Rand Paul. It may not matter to mad-as-hell voters, but Trump hurt himself by confusing voters because he refused to pledge to remain a Republican if he didn't win the nomination. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) may pick up more conservative voters because of Trump's performance. Former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) and Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.) didn't make any mistakes, but both need to really impress next time...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | latimes
Marco Rubio takes tough stand against abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest
"...Rubio, the Florida senator, is not the only GOP presidential contender to shun the widely accepted exceptions, which also include when a pregnancy threatens the mother's life.But for a candidate whose campaign has been designed to appeal broadly to general-election voters, it is a bold distinction that could hurt him with female voters.Rubio's sharpened position emerged during the first Republican primary debate Thursday night in Cleveland as the candidates fielded questions about defunding Planned Parenthood, and he expanded on it Friday in an interview on CNN...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | bayoubuzz
Marco Rubio: if he can withstand Trump, can he beat Clinton in a debate?
"...Marco Rubio walked into the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday night as a decided underdog. But the youthful Florida senator emerged, almost by way of non-engagement on a stage of bombastic personalities, as a policy savant.If Rubio can survive the Donald Trump war of attrition, political watchers agreed, he is primed for battle against Hillary Clinton.It was a critical test for Rubio, who in recent weeks took a dramatic dip in the polls despite launching his run for the White House in April with soaring expectations.A slew of press reports even questioned if Rubio's Obama-esque appeal was sustainable, predicting an early demise for the candidate who has long been regarded as a rising star within the Republican party...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | washingtonpost
Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina win the Republican debate

"...The Thrilla in Ohi-ya is over and, man, it was quite the show. Both the Happy Hour debate earlier in the evening and the main event provided many illuminating moments thanks to terrific, focused questions from Fox News anchors. But here are my quick thoughts right now. The big winners of the night were Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Carly Fiorina.Rubio's profile has diminished in recent months. But any doubts about his ability to fill the stage was dispelled during the main event. From his opening statement, the Sunshine State senator gave crisp and compelling answers that made him the clear winner of the 9 p.m. gathering. Rubio's presentation Thursday reminded me of his stellar campaign announcement. No, I don't agree with him on anything. But, I can appreciate a political talent when I see one. Folks, he is one...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | cnbc
No contest: Why Rubio is clear winner of debate - CNBC
"...There are two clear takeaways from the raucous GOP presidential debate. Marco Rubio won it and Donald Trump lost it. Who knows if poll numbers will immediately bear this out. But it's what happened. Rubio was polished, optimistic, strong on issues, from immigration to education to the economy, and never once reached out in thirst for an off-screen water bottle. Trump was belligerent, borderline incomprehensible on issues and straight-up condescending and misogynistic when pressed by Fox's Megyn Kelly on his past repulsive comments about women...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | nbcnews
Who Stood Out in the First GOP Primary Debate?

"...Yet given all of the attention on Trump, two Republicans stood out to us: Marco Rubio and John Kasich. What Rubio did was steal moments (when talking about immigration, the Democratic Party) and get his message across -- that he's the generational contrast to Hillary Clinton. Kasich, meanwhile, certainly benefitted from the home-state crowd and used it to his advantage. If you're Hillary Clinton, Rubio and Kasich standing out is probably not the result you wanted: Both are POTENTIALLY formidable general-election candidates, but they have difficult paths to winning the GOP nomination. That said, Democrats smelled blood on Rubio's answer that he opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | politico
The Debates Biggest WinnersAnd Losers

"...Major gains for Marco Rubio, who was lucid, passionate, self-assured, Kennedyesque cementing his status as everyone's second choice, which may win him the nomination, ultimately. John Kasich also moved his campaign forward: starting in tenth place (according to the polls) he looked and sounded like a folksy, credible, mainstream contender. Jeb Bush, who had to overcome a recent reputation for bumbling and gaffes, seemed strong, capable, sympathetic and accessible. Frankly, he was also probably helped by the fact that his height (he's 6'4 ) and his position near the center of the stage made him tower over the others, literally...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | townhall
Rowdy, Memorable Republican Debate Lives Up to Hype

"...If I were forced to pick a winner of this debate, I'd reluctantly pick Florida's junior Senator. His first few answers were focused, informed and smoothly delivered. He's likable. He's fresh. He's smart. Offered an early chance to punch at Jeb Bush, he turned his answer into a clever contrast point regarding Hillary Clinton. Of all the (relatively few) shots taken at Donald Trump all night, Rubio's was both subtle and cutting. When Trump was bragging about essentially paying politicians to do his bidding, he cracked that he'd given a lot of money to everyone on the stage. "Not me!" Rubio shot back, reminding viewers that Trump was a backer of moderate-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist. The youthful Senator's one uneasy moment came in response to a question about exceptions within abortion bans, during which it wasn't clear if he knew the details of his own record on the issue. Rubio's closing was good, if a bit too polished -- but tonight was about making a good impression, and he certainly did. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1226 days ago | reason
What Marco Rubio's Driving Record Tells Us About Social Conservatism - Reason (blog)
"...Roping in his wife's driving record helped inflate the numbers to make the insignificant story seem at least marginally worth reporting. But it also invited easy parody by conservatives, who noted that, taken together, Rubio and Pontius Pilate were responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and that, between them, Rubio and Colombia are responsible for most of the world's cocaine production.Funny stuff but it drives home a point many conservatives would, in different circumstances, prefer to dispute...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1277 days ago | richmond
Marco Rubio: Marked man -
"...Marco Rubio's once-promising political career lies in ruins, after a leading Northeastern media outlet disclosed the Florida senator's multiple illegal activities and his shocking financial failures. In less than two decades, Rubio who is a Republican presidential candidate, by the way, at least the last time we checked accumulated four traffic tickets and was sentenced to attend driving school on at least one occasion. His wife's record is even more disgraceful 13 driving-related tickets, a rate of approximately one every 18 months.Only days after The New York Times, a daily newspaper based in Manhattan, exposed Ticketgate, it followed with an in-depth investigation of the Rubios' finances. Rubio, whose father immigrated to the United States from Cuba and worked for many years as a bartender to support his family, was discovered to have used student loans to finance part of his education. While the future senator did manage to pay those loans back, it also was revealed that he recently lost money on the sale of a second home he had purchased in the state capital while serving in the Florida Legislature. Rubio and another legislator bought the house before the meltdown in the U.S. housing market, which he was apparently too stupid to anticipate...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1280 days ago | pennlive
What do Marco Rubio's finances tell us about his fitness to be POTUS?: Red ... -
"...I wanted to give Marco Rubio a pass. Really, I did. Who among us in Generation X hasn't had a heck of a time scraping our finances together into something reasonably adult-looking?Many of us spent the pre-recession years putting our lifestyles on credit cards, and the post-recession years paying it all off. No sense in being the sinner who casts the first stone, right?But let's cast, shall we?Here's the thing: His campaign has been at odds to show how Rubio's problems show he shares the financial aches and pains of ordinary Americans. The complete opposite is true...." see full article

1281 days ago | washingtonpost
Marco Rubio is now at the top of the Republican presidential field - Washington Post (blog)

"...But there's a difference between a race without a clear front-runner and a race in which there's no discernible momentum among the top tier of candidates. And what we currently have is the latter, not the former.Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is the candidate trending upward in that top pack. It's a trajectory he's been on since he announced his candidacy almost two months ago. Rubio's charisma, personal story and youth have combined to make him the "it" candidate for the GOP at the moment...." see full article

1282 days ago | bradenton
What do Marco Rubio's finances tell us? - Bradenton Herald
"...If Rubio weren't a senator -- if he were, say, making $20,000 a year instead of $174,000 he makes in office -- and if he'd received a windfall of $800 instead of $800,000, then used that windfall to buy an Xbox to get finances in order, there'd be no end of tut-tutting by Republicans about the pathologies of the poor.If Rubio was a regular American and he'd used somebody else's credit cards to pay for renovations and family trips, he -- even though it was an honest mistake! -- might be facing embezzlement charges instead of being allowed to quietly pay those items back.If Rubio was a regular American and he'd failed to pay a house mortgage for five months, well, we know what probably would've happened in most cases.If Rubio was a regular American, he probably wouldn't get to have his financial problems fixed by a billionaire friend.Rubio isn't a regular American. He's rich, by any realistic standard, and powerful. And he's running for president never having proven an ability to master a checkbook -- or even the ability to have somebody master the checkbook for him.Rubio's life proves that once you get rich, it's difficult to be unwise enough to blow it completely. If you're a regular American, though, you're often a paycheck away from disaster.Read more here:" see full article

1282 days ago | theweek
Marco Rubio's problem isn't gotcha stories - The Week Magazine
"...First was a silly report in The New York Times about his traffic violations. He had earned four in nearly two decades of driving around Florida. Politicians tend to be late and in a hurry, so Rubio probably rates better than average on this score. And the fact that the same report didn't uncover any uncouth workarounds that were made available to him because of his political life actually speaks well of him. His supporters tweeted jokingly about Rubio going on rampages of trivial offenses, with the hashtag #RubioCrimeSpree.The second story, about his personal finances, is a bit more complicated. Rubio has made a campaign virtue of the fact that debt including college debt has occasionally crimped his family budget. He admitted forthrightly in his biography that he was a sloppy accountant. The Timesreported on his missteps but dropped in some facts that would make you question Rubio's judgment. He was unusually bad at saving from his income. He even liquidated a retirement account, presumably at huge expense, to cover expenses. He also, after receiving a huge contract for his book, bought an $80,000 boat...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1282 days ago | washingtonpost
Marco Rubio, like a lot of Americans, is terrible with money - Washington Post

"...Rubio has been talking more openly about his struggles on the campaign trail, using the story to relate to voters. His campaign says that the boat was a fishing boat and that he isn't like other presidential candidates who came from wealth. The son of Cuban immigrants his father was a bartender and his mother was a hotel maid he didn't grow up with a lot of money, he says. Like most Americans, I know what it's like for money to be a limited resource and to have to manage it accordingly, he told the Times in a statement.Are his mistakes really that different from that of other people who are struggling to pay off student loans, raise their families and pay their mortgages? Here's what some of the numbers say...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1283 days ago | latimes
Is the GOP heartland ready to embrace Marco Rubio? - Los Angeles Times
"...Recent media scrutiny about Rubio's personal debt and his family's many traffic tickets may only be helping him among ordinary Americans. At the speech, one Iowan jokingly offered driving lessons. The campaign has taken it all lightly, starting the satirical Twitter hashtag, #RubioCrimeSpree.They attribute nearly $100,000 in online donations over the last few days to people sending money in response as a gesture of support.At some point, Rubio will need to sit down at the kitchen table and display the skills and resources necessary to tell voters his vision for the nation, much like he did when he was a long-shot Senate candidate going door-to-door five years ago in Florida...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1283 days ago | nationaljournal
Marco Rubio Is Now Channeling JFK—Explicitly - National Journal
"...But it was a new line he began road-testing in Iowa that stood out. Rubio presented the 2016 campaign as a generational pivot point, likening his vision for a "New American Century" the tagline of his campaign to Kennedy's 1960 challenge to the nation to embrace a "New Frontier.""This election isn't about what laws we're going to pass. It's about what kind of country we're going to be," Rubio said to a packed Holiday Inn conference room. "And we've made that choice before. Asked six decades ago, this nation and that generation chose to embrace a New Frontier. In fact, they took up the challenge of a then young president who said, 'Ask not what your country can do, ask what you can do for your country.'"..." see full article

1286 days ago | commdiginews
Marco Rubio goes full Woodrow Wilson - Communities Digital News
"...This week's Marco Rubio scandal is that the junior senator from Florida and his wife are not good drivers. That bombshell hit the New York Times on Friday, riveting media attention for much of the evening.If anything, their need for speed provides the best argument for electing Rubio president: It will keep the Rubios off the road for four to eight years and protect American motorists, since the Secret Service will do all their driving for them.Unfortunately, the public good done by electing Rubio president would be undone by his foreign policy approach. On Thursday, Rubio appeared on Fox News's Outnumbered, where he gave he thoughts on nation-building...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1286 days ago | americanthinker
Driving liberals crazy - American Thinker (blog)

"...Thanks to the new technology and multiple forms of communication, the liberal stranglehold on presenting the news its way has been somewhat breached. And the liberals are confused. So it is time to seize the opportunity and make them crazier, but more importantly, to get our narrative out, our way. The reaction to the sacred New York Times' Shocking Revelations that Mr. and Mrs. Marco and Jeanette Rubio (retro identification, I know) accumulated 17 minor traffic violation tickets in the past 18 years is an example of what can be accomplished. After the article was published, the citizenry did not automatically rise up and declare Rubio's candidacy dead. Instead, many conservative media outlets laughed at the story, calmly pointing out worse unmentioned similar behavior from now President Barack Obama (D), which he finally paid...17 years later, after a local paper not the NY Times dug up the, news. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1286 days ago | nationalreview
The media's liberal bias is compounded by its bias toward trivia - National Review Online

"...The Times also considers Mrs. Rubio's driving record, and finds that she has a number of citations and was involved in a fender-bender so minor that no police report was filed.In the annals of bad political driving, the Rubios do not even merit a footnote. The standard case study was Senator Edward Kennedy, but one of the examples that stands out in my mind is that of George Stephanopoulos who, when he was running the Clinton White House, managed to get himself arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and driving with an expired license after failing to negotiate a parking space in front of a bar in Georgetown. He popped a bunch of mints; there was no drunk-driving charge. I remember the episode because of one detail: Stephanopoulos was driving an old Honda CRX, which I found disappointing at the time I'd assumed that senior White House advisers drove better cars...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1287 days ago | americanthinker
Marco Rubio gets speeding ticket for Obamatrade fast track vote - American Thinker (blog)

"...Ordinarily, there's nothing wrong with fast-track authority for trade negotiations. It's how trade deals get done, to prevent them from being bogged down with amendments. But with this lawless president, fast-track authority could be used to push provisions relating to anything from global warming to amnesty for illegal aliens, and a simple majority of Democrats and McConnell Republicans will be able to push it into law. That's why as Mark Levin has been saying, free traders should wait until we have a President who respects the law before passing such a piece of legislation, and he's 100% right.The fact that this is a "secret" bill makes it more suspect. Have you ever in your life heard of secret bills? The only ones I've heard about are for the intelligence budget. Never before has so-called "trade legislation" been labeled as secret. That convinces me that there must be some nefarious things in it. And the fact that Rubio has voted for it, apparently without even reading it, shows me he's another go-along, get-along Senator, and once again I have to ask the question of why he's suited to be the Republican nominee? Does being handsome and Hispanic make up for everything else?..." see full article

1287 days ago | americanthinker
Jenn[d]er and Other Confusions - American Thinker

"...Undoubtedly as important to them as the never-ending Clinton Foundation payoff scandals and record destruction or the administration stonewalling on the IRS targeting of administration critics and political opponents, the paper assigned three people -- Alan Rappeport, Steve Eder, and Kitty Bennett -- to report on Marco Rubio and his wife's traffic infractions since 1993. (He had all of 4, his wife had more.) Worse than giving space to such nonsense it turns out that they got the story from Clinton opposition researchers and then, when caught out megaphoning them, pretended they'd dug this up themselves. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1287 days ago | rejoicemagazine
NY Times Goes After Rubio, Wife — FOR TRAFFIC TICKETS - Rejoice Magazine
"...In an expansive piece, nearly 800 words, the once-lofty paper details Marco's and Jeanette's traffic history, dating back to 1997. In 18 years, the pair has gotten 17 tickets "for incidents that included speeding, driving through red lights and careless driving."But hold onto your hats, people: The GOP candidate got four. His wife got the other 13. Explosive!Working their incredible sources (strike that, two reporters just did "a search of the Miami-Dade and Duval County court dockets"), the paper detailed each of the infractions, and even linked to them so discerning politicos could see for themselves. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1288 days ago | ijreview
NY Times Reported on Rubio's 17 Traffic Tickets. Now, If You Want to Look at ... - IJ Review
"...Rubio and his wife may have received 17 traffic violations over the course of eighteen years, but their violations were paid in a timely manner. On the other hand, while Obama may have paid for his parking tickets eventually, it still took him seventeen years to do it.Obama received 17 parking tickets in Cambridge between 1988 and 1991, mostly for parking in a bus stop, parking without a resident permit and failing to pay the meter, records from the Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation office show...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1288 days ago | washingtonpost
New York Times editor calls Rubio driving story 'very standard ...

"...No matter how the New York Times heard about the Rubio driving story, it's clear from the Free Beacon piece that the candidate's citations have been a matter of curiosity for a couple of weeks among organizations looking to slow him down. Which is all fine and healthy: The Erik Wemple Blog doesn't care one whit whether the New York Times got the story from American Bridge, American Aqueduct or American Culvert. All that matters is whether the piece is newsworthy.Here, the newspaper clears that bar, like an exhausted hurdler. As Twitter has noted in many clever ways, four traffic citations in 18 years don't add up to much, though the fact that Rubio's driver's license was facing suspension in 2011 is noteworthy. Asked about thresholds for this strain of accountability reporting, Ryan responded via e-mail: The vote for president is the most personal vote that Americans cast, argued Ryan. Voters want to know about these candidates not just as policy-makers, but as people. It is not at all unusual or unexpected for us to scrutinize candidates' backgrounds and their lives through public records. It is very standard scrubbing. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1288 days ago | legalinsurrection
NYT's 'scoop' on Sen. Rubio's driving record ... - Legal Insurrection
"...Hilarious journalistic undertaking makes its way around the internet, is subjected to wholly justified mockery, and then the intrepid staff at the Washington Free Beacon began poking around. We often jest that the NYT functions as a progressive mouthpiece because of their consistently liberal bent. In this case, it's entirely true. Early Friday afternoon, Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon published an article revealing who requested Rubio's driving records...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1288 days ago | mediaite
Fox's Greta Slams NY Times for Article on Rubio's Traffic Citations - Mediaite
"...Van Susteren conceded that it was fair to examine a presidential candidate's driving record, but took issue with the article's presentation. She noted that the article, written by three people, was covered in a way that jacked [its] number up order to increase it's own newsworthiness. She pointed to the headline, saying that it pinned all 17 citations on Mr. Rubio, when he only had 4 to his wife's 13. Why are Mrs. Rubio's driving infractions pinned on him? He wasn't driving those 13 times, she was! The headline is written to pin her driving record on him. Headlines matter that is what most people read and then stop. Collapsing the two driving records in that one headline smears the candidate. She is the one with the driving problem ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1289 days ago | patch
Marco Rubio, Wife Have a Need for Speed, Records Show -
"...The couple has collectively agreed to attend driving school on four separation occasions, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Marco Rubio's troubles behind the wheel began before his political career launched. It seems he was cited for careless driving back in 1997. He's also been cited for speeding, running a red light and failing to stop at a sign, the Times noted. Jeannette Rubio's citations include a number of speeding claims and she's faced license suspension on three separate occasions.All told, the couple has paid out more than $1,000 in fines since 1997, reported.News of the Rubios' driving escapades broke Friday, just one day after fellow Floridian and Republican Jeb Bush announced that he had a big announcement coming for the public on June 15. Speculation is that will be the day when the former Florida governor will officially announce his candidacy for the White House. Rubio announced weeks ago...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1289 days ago | politico
Marco Rubio rise sets collision course with Jeb Bush - Politico

"...Rubio's staying power echoes his 2010 come-from-behind U.S. Senate race, which few in Florida expected he would embark on and even fewer expected he would win. In that contest, he outmaneuvered a better-funded, establishment favorite in Charlie Crist, then a popular incumbent Republican governor.As has become customary for Rubio, he recently delivered what could be interpreted as a few subtle jabs at the 62-year-old former governor. AP PhotoThe odds Rubio faces this time are similarly daunting. After launching his political committees in anticipation of a presidential bid in November, Bush seemed to lock down much of the support of the Florida Republican establishment. But as the primary contest has progressed, the state's political class Jeb country, as one person here described it appears increasingly divided...." see full article

1291 days ago | theweek
Marco Rubio's appealing ambiguity - The Week Magazine
"...In fact, Rubio is running on his biography more than he is running on position papers, which is a good move. The heart of his campaign announcement speech wasn't a list of policy proposals, it was a story about being an immigrant, about being working class, about rising to a position of prestige and power. Most of Rubio's big speeches are variations on themes drawn from his biography.The multiplicity of Rubio's identities doesn't make him illegible, it makes him intriguing. And it gives different groups of voters different ways of relating to him...." see full article

1292 days ago | politico
Marco Rubio the hawk turned dovish on Syria in 2013 - Politico

"...But at one of the most hawkish moments of Obama's presidency, Rubio was a dove. In September 2013, as Obama prepared to enforce his most famous red line and strike Syria's regime for using chemical weapons, Rubio opposed giving Obama the authority to do so.Rubio has said that Obama didn't have a clear plan for Syria. But his position disappointed some fellow conservatives who expected him to be an ally on the vote. Democrats say it proved that the Florida senator puts politics ahead of his principles.The episode is also significant in light of Rubio's current rhetoric: Rubio often complains that Obama who ultimately decided not to strike Syria after reaching a deal to remove its chemical arsenal has damaged America's credibility abroad through indecisiveness. During an appearance on CBS' Face the Nation last September, Rubio criticizedObama for setting red lines that weren't enforced and causing reputational damage to the U.S., and in a recent speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Rubio pledged to use American strength to promote democracy and human rights.\..." see full article

1299 days ago | washingtonpost
What Scott Walker and Marco Rubio are doing right - Washington Post (blog)

"...Neither of these candidates relies on shopworn excuses or bogeymen. They don't spend time railing at the mainstream media. They don't claim that Christians are imperiled (although they defend religious liberty ) or that our government is on the verge of a dictatorship. They don't make absurd proposals (Abolish the IRS! Ignore the Supreme Court!), nor do they subscribe to the anti-government rhetoric we hear from some candidates.Temperamentally, despite their youth, both project calm and eschew anger. Walker is more fiery and pugnacious, more likely to show some bravado having survived a recall and two elections. Rubio is among the most adept candidates when it comes to TV or any Q&A format; Walker now navigates through interviews on a variety of topics...." see full article

1299 days ago | bostonglobe
Marco Rubio's tough-guy act on foreign policy - Boston Globe (subscription)
"...All this is a compelling reminder that what masquerades as stark foreign policy differences on the campaign trail has everything to do with style, and very little to do with substance. There are substantial differences between the two parties Rubio's denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal, if put into practice as president, could lead to war with Iran. Moreover, his hawkish, uncompromising tone suggests he could be more likely to use force than the current president. But then again, Rubio would hardly be the first presidential candidate to talk tough on the campaign trail and dial it back once in office.But when it comes to the basic outline of US foreign policy America's alliances, its all-powerful military, the fetishization of global leaderhip, the limitless definition of national interests things like projecting strength, protecting America, and stating, ad nauseum, our core values, Rubio is little different from his fellow GOP contenders and, frankly, not all that different from the Democrats either...." see full article

1301 days ago | news.investors
Marco Rubio Buys A Refrigerator
"...The evidence? The 43-year-old senator borrowed $68,241 from his own 401(k) retirement account so he could fix the air conditioner in his Florida home, cover the $40,000 private-school tuition bill for his four kids and the ultimate extravagance buy a $3,000 refrigerator.Don't know about you, but all this profligacy seems pretty normal to us, given how the Obama economy forces most Americans to live paycheck to paycheck, occasionally juggling accounts to make ends meet. That's how ordinary people live.The story is actually interesting for the issue it completely misses: That Rubio apparently has no connection with the political-cash culture that is Washington. What passes for normalcy there is the "legal graft" we see all too often: Congress members of modest means entering office and somehow, some way departing as millionaires...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1302 days ago | tampabay
Marco Rubio's financial wizardry
"...Young Master Rubio is running for president, which means in addition to being commander in chief, he would be responsible for implementing the nation's economic policy. This would be like appointing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the U.S. surgeon general.All in all, it is good to be Marco Rubio. But not quite good enough.Even with a joint income of $250,000 and lucrative publishing deals, Rubio revealed he had to cash out a retirement account worth about $68,000 because he needed "access to cash."..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1302 days ago | breitbart
"...As Rubio runs for president, newly disclosed personal finance details have drawn fresh attention to a long-running problem during his political career: his struggles with money.Rubio is one of the least wealthy senators or presidential candidates, offering a potential contrast with rivals such as Hillary Rodham Clinton (D), who charges eye-popping sums to deliver speeches, and Jeb Bush (R), who comes from a well-heeled family.But the problem isn't so much his income; it's his spending. Over the years, Rubio's spending habits have drawn regular scrutiny from opponents and have put him in an uncomfortable spot. ..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1302 days ago | ecreditdaily
Marco Rubios Baffling, Costly Choice of Cashing Out His $68,000 IRA
"...In a Congress where most lawmakers are millionaires, Rubio's income is fairly low. However, by the standards of the typical American Household, he's doing pretty well. According to his financial disclosure form, in 2014 Rubio made $174,000 from his Senate salary and $52,000 from book royalties and his adjunct professorship at Florida International University.Meanwhile, Rubio's critics have pounced on these financial revelations. They've pointed out that while Rubio makes irresponsible federal spending a big campaign issue, he has had trouble managing his own debt and household budget. The Senator just recently paid off his student loan payments, and is still in the red as he pays down several mortgages...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1302 days ago | bostonglobe
Marco Rubio's tough-guy act on foreign policy - Boston Globe (subscription)
"...What is Rubio's response to all this generalized presidential weakness? Well, he's got a doctrine,'' and it's one based on three pillars: American strength, protection of the American economy, and more clarity regarding America's core values.This is the foreign policy equivalent of endorsing Mom, apple pie, and adorable kittens. A Rubio presidency, he said, would support the spread of economic and political freedom . . . reinforce our alliances . . . resist efforts by large powers to subjugate their smaller neighbors . . . maintain . . . foreign assistance programs . . . advance the rights of the vulnerable. This is not a doctrine it's a description of the foreign policy agenda of President Obama, as well as every modern US president.When Rubio claimed that we must restore America's willingness to . . . state boldly what we stand for, it was about the most honest thing he said all day.Indeed, the major distinction between Rubio's foreign policy agenda and that of most of his Republican competitors and the president is that he says it with more verve...." see full article

1303 days ago | businessinsider
A top GOP 2016 contender is 'living above his means' and making risky moves ... - Business Insider

"...Critics have also noted that, while Rubio rails against irresponsible federal spending, he has had trouble managing his own debt. The Senator only recently wrapped up his student loan payments, and is still in the red as he pays down several mortgages. As the Post reports, Rubio's purchase of one of those homes was probably a bad investment the home was recently listed at $10,000 less than it was bought for in 2005.In a Congress where most lawmakers are millionaires, Rubio's income is fairly low. According to his financial disclosure form, in 2014 Rubio made $174,000 from his Senate salary and $52,000 from book royalties and his adjunct professorship at Florida International University. As The Post notes, this makes him one of the poorest members of Congress, ranking 456 out of 538 in Roll Call's list of the wealthiest lawmakers...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1303 days ago | reason
Marco Rubio's Foreign Policy: Reckless, Reactionary Big-Gov Love - Reason (blog)
"...Rubio set out a doctrine with three pillars, none of which which should comfort anyone who understands, as the great libertarian writer Albert Jay Nock noted, that political power displaces social power. The three pillars are: "American Strength," "protection of the American economy," and "moral clarity regarding America's core values." All three display a hubris typical of a big-government advocate, including those of the conservative variety.Regarding strength, Rubio wants you to believe that America's ability and eagerness to project global power prevents war, while "weakness" promotes it: "the world is safest when America is at its strongest."..." see full article

1304 days ago | economist
Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio - The Economist (blog)
"...Messrs Bush and Rubio's botched answers show what happens when politicians vacillate between what they probably really think and what is, all things considered, the politically wise thing to say. The fact that these candidates must also try to appeal to both hawkish Republican-primary voters and the more remorseful general voting public merely complicates matters. But in an effort to cover all bases, Messrs Bush and Rubio have served up the kind of awkward, elliptical rhetoric that raises important questions about their basic competence as retail politicians. ..." see full article

1305 days ago | theweek
Why Marco Rubio's tough guy act is actually a display of cringing cowardice - The Week Magazine
"...What he means by strength can be seen in a speech he gave to the Council on Foreign Relations, blaming everything bad that has happened overseas in the past six years on President Obama's insufficiently aggressive stance towards Russia, China, Iran, and Cuba. It would appear that chest-thumping belligerence is how safety is to be obtained...." see full article

1305 days ago | washingtonpost
Marco Rubio and the GOP's bankrupt foreign policy - Washington Post (blog)

"...Yes, Rubio can say that with hindsight he wouldn't have gone into Iraq. But everything he says and does suggests that, whether or not Jeb Bush wins the nomination, his brother's foolish foreign policy will remain the GOP conventional wisdom for decades to come. America deserves better than that...." see full article

1305 days ago | spectator
Political Hay Marco Rubio Seizes the Reagan Mantle - American Spectator
"...Ronald Reagan wasn't afraid to say it, and neither is Marco Rubio, and what a refreshing change that could bring to the Oval Office once again...." see full article

1306 days ago | washingtonpost
This is the most painful 180 seconds of Marco Rubio's presidential campaign so far - Washington Post (blog)

"...The main takeaway is this: Rubio sounds like a politician, trying to talk himself out of a corner that he backed himself into. Lots of words, lots of careful phrasing and not a whole heck of a lot of clarity...." see full article

1307 days ago | reason
Alarmist Marco Rubio: 'Nothing Matters If We Aren't Safe.' Okay, I'm Alarmed. - Reason (blog)
"...Even if Rubio were right and he's not his approach would not make the U.S. a safer country. No one who refuses to admit that the Iraq War was a grave mistake should be trusted to handle these matters. But again: He's not right...." see full article

1307 days ago | gawker
The Three Ways Marco Rubio Proved He's a Corrupt Loser Idiot This Week - Gawker
"...There are plenty of terrible candidates for president in 2016. Most of them are calculating, cynical liars. Most of them are smart enough to pull off that sort of cynicism. But then, most of them aren't Marco Rubio. At least when he returns to private life in 2017, he'll still have a millionaire on his side, because there are a lot of stupid millionaires, too...." see full article

1307 days ago | pjmedia
The 7 Reasons Marco Rubio Should Get the Republican Nomination for President - PJ Media
"...A child of immigrant parents, Rubio speaks passionately of how his Mom and Dad worked low-wage jobs to provide a better future for their children. They did it in the nation that invented the idea that your status at birth is no limitation on your ultimate altitude or potential for accomplishment. ..." see full article

1307 days ago | washingtonpost
How Marco Rubio's shifting positions could hurt his presidential campaign - Washington Post (blog)

"...That may be true. But when they get to know Rubio better, discrepancies both small and large could come back to haunt him...." see full article

1309 days ago | sun-sentinel
Will Marco Rubio be the first brown president? Is America ready? - Sun Sentinel
"...It would take a lot of Latinos voting for Rubio in part because he is Latino. And because he is very Latino: charming, disarming and suave with a back-story that cries tough upbringing...." see full article

1317 days ago | salon
Marco Rubio utterly humiliates himself: How shameless pandering won him the ... - Salon

"...Rubio has been going out of his way recently to suggest that, if president, he'll blow up whatever relationships the United States has with the great world powers in order to serve the right-wing Israeli government. ..." see full article

1326 days ago | rawstory
Marco Rubio tells Iowa Christians the 'wrong people' are in charge of America - Raw Story

"...Rubio made no mention of shameful events that took place in America during the last hundred years, including convict leasing, Jim Crow laws, voter suppression, or the advent of mass incarceration...." see full article

1328 days ago | salon
Marco Rubio's shocking turnaround: Why the GOP nomination is his for the taking - Salon

"...Barring a massive strategic blunder, Marco Rubio is well-positioned to become the Republican nominee for President in 2016. The Florida senator is the ideal candidate to expand the Reagan coalition while holding on to the conservative base and he can take shots at Clinton that would sound hypocritical coming from Bush. While his power as a candidate has yet to emerge in the polls, a misstep by Bush will send him straight to the top...." see full article

1328 days ago | miaminewtimes
Marco Rubio: Gay Marriage Civil Rights Cases Are "Ridiculous and Absurd" - Miami New Times
"...Of course, the idea of mainstream, conservative Republicans being stigmatized and ostracized like generations of gay people would be laughable if it weren't so patently offensive. But it's Rubio's "go to the statehouse" argument that's particularly disingenuous. The entire reason courts exist to handle these cases is because elected political leaders are often beholden to voters who don't particularly care for unpopular civil rights...." see full article

1328 days ago | foxnews
Marco Rubio's Poll Vault: Now the media scrutiny begins - Fox News

"...More important than fleeting polls are Rubio's obvious strengths: he's young, a gifted communicator, the son of Cuban immigrants, and happens to hail from the crucial swing state of Florida...." see full article

1328 days ago | theweek
Marco Rubio is criminally overrated on foreign policy - The Week Magazine
"...But who can expect Rubio to keep the counterfactuals straight when even the factual eludes him? In the same op-ed, Rubio offered the administration advice on how to proceed:..." see full article

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