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    Rubio at CPAC: “Ronald Reagan looked and acted nothing like Donald Trump”

    Rubio at CPAC: “Ronald Reagan looked and acted nothing like Donald Trump”

    Marcomentum heading into must-win Florida primary?

    Marco Rubio spoke at CPAC this morning.

    Based on the video, it looked like a full house and enthusiastic crowd. The Washington Times reports:

    Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida on Saturday told the conservative grassroots that the country’s young people won’t have a chance if Democrats keep control of the White House — or if the conservative movement is “hijacked” by someone who’s not a conservative.

    “Being a conservative can never be about simply an attitude. Being a conservative cannot simply be about how long you’re willing to scream, how angry you’re willing to be, or how many names you’re willing to call people,” Mr. Rubio said at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), to sustained applause.

    “I think there’s a growing amount of confusion about what conservatism is,” he said. “And it is time for us to understand that conservatism is not built on personalities. Conservatism is not simply built on how angry you might seem from time to time.”

    During the QA, Rubio repeatedly hit out at Trump in response to questions, continuing the combatative style evident in the past two debates. Here is the mark in the video when he most directly went after Trump: “Ronald Reagan looked and acted nothing like Donald Trump.”

    The Washington Times further reports:

    During a question-and-answer session after his address, Mr. Rubio said he waited so long to go after GOP front-runner Donald Trump because he was fighting off other attacks and that he didn’t get into the race to beat up on other candidates.

    “If you had told me a year ago that the front-runner at this stage in the Republican campaign would be a supporter of Planned Parenthood, who says he doesn’t stand with Israel, who has a long record of supporting government-sponsored health care, I would say, on what planet would that be the Republican front-runner?” he said. “But it’s happened. And I think we have to ask ourselves why we allowed that to happen.”

    Whether these attacks on Trump make any difference will depend not on whether it convinces Trump supporters, but whether it stems the flow of non-aligned voters to Trump and takes enough support from Cruz and Kasich to allow Rubio to win Florida.

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    tom swift | March 5, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I expected him to wax rhapsodic about how big Reagan’s hands were.

    Give it up. Rubio is done. As a candidate, as someone with anything worthwhile to say … and as a person worth talking about.

    For many candidates there is something quixotic about running for POTUS.

    Rubio strikes me as a hillary lite type in such manner that becoming rich off the donor class is more important than actually trying to downsize a gov out of control.
    His gun control vote wasn’t real impressive either. He has a B+ from the NRA, but I just don’t trust him. Has a sleazy aura about him.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/03/gop-debate-rubio-criticizes-gun-control-does-not-mention-his-vote-for-1999-gun-ban/

    Quick point–Rubio’s vote for a gun ban in “county and municipal parks” took place during a March 3, 1999 “Regular Commission Meeting.” Breitbart News published the minutes from the meeting and the CCTV video of the meeting as well, both of which show the vote for the gun ban was unanimous between the commissioners.
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    “He talked the talk, but he didn’t walk the walk,” the NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer complained after Rubio’s house failed to pass legislation permitting employees to bring guns to work.
    Source: The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Rogi-Franzia, p.137 , Jun 19, 2012


     
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    Ragspierre | March 5, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Ted Cruz has been called as the winner in Kansas by Ace Of Spades…

    Leading in Maine…

    Won CPAC straw poll.

    But, of course, Donald Ducks ran from that, or he’s be TOTALLY the winnah…!!! The best. Really, like…the biggest and finest. Make your head spin and you’d up-chuck from the bigginess of it.

    Marcomentum?

    No, not so much. If Rubio loses Florida, it’s time for him to make a hasty exit and vocally and loudly back Cruz, with the possibility of taking on a VP bench position (which Cruz has already publicly hinted at).

    Rubio does that, he MIGHT (and I stress might) be able to save the tattered remnants of his political career. With how badly he has performed in this presidential cycle, he will never again be taken seriously as a candidate. Nobody in future presidential politics is going to give so much as the time of day to a former one-term Senator who ran for President, lost his own home state in the primary and couldn’t win more than Minnesota.


       
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      gmac124 in reply to Chuck Skinner. | March 5, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Marco’s best chance at not crashing is to jump out now, before Florida, and throw his support to Cruz. If he can get a solid position during the Cruz presidency and do a solid job he might have a chance at something besides dog catcher in the future. I am just not sold that VP would make the Cruz ticket a solid winner.


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