Rubio’s One Bad Idea for Higher-Ed Reform
More than any other Republican vying for the presidency, Florida senator Marco Rubio has spent the past several years building a reputation as a policy entrepreneur. He’s borrowed heavily from the so-called reformicons and has proposed a variety of …
How Bob Dole’s ‘96 Campaign Shaped Marco Rubio
When David Rivera asked then-25-year-old Marco Rubio to lead Bob Dole’s 1996 general-election campaign in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, he was making a leap of faith.
The leap of faith fell short. Dole trailed Clinton throughout the summer and …
Marco Rubio Really Wants to Be the Candidate of Ideas
CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked Florida senator Marco Rubio this morning why he wants to be president — and his answer, which echoed a number of themes from his candidacy announcement earlier this week, makes it pretty clear that he’s going …
Why Marco Rubio Is Probably the GOP’s Best Hope
Senator Marco Rubio announced his candidacy for president of the United States at the Freedom Tower in Miami on Monday, highlighting his family’s hardscrabble immigrant roots and embracing traditional values but also vowing to usher in a “new American …
Morning Joe’s Brzezinski Calls Marco Rubio a ‘Little Boy’
Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) is just a “little boy,” according to Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski.
Comparing Rubio’s candidacy with Hillary Clinton’s, Brzezinski said that if one were to ”measure up accomplishments, and ability to weather the storm, and …
Marco Rubio Has the Right Ideas, and More
Marco Rubio seems to like taking risks. Announcing that he will run for the presidency, as he did in Miami on Monday, means that he may lose his Senate seat next year. But we’re glad he’s running, as …
When Rubio Was the Man of Florida’s House
One of the recurring knocks on Senator Marco Rubio, now officially a presidential candidate, is that as a senator, he’s never run or managed anything — a criticism that isn’t quite accurate. Rubio managed the Florida House of …
Rubio to Jeb: I Won’t ‘Wait My Turn’
Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) made an oblique reference to his budding rivalry with former Governor Jeb Bush (R., Fla.) during the speech announcing his presidential campaign.
“I have heard some suggest that I should step aside and wait my …
DNC Chair: Rubio ‘a Prune’ Compared with Hillary Clinton
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), the chair of the Democratic National Committee, called Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) “a prune wrapped in tinsel” today in an attempt to rebut the suggestion that he makes a “fresh” contrast with Hillary …
Rubio Hates the Senate, So He’s Running for President
Of the three Tea Party favorites angling for the White House, Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) has the most to lose — on paper. Unlike Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.), Rubio will most likely give …
Rubio Campaign Chief: Don’t Take Jeb’s Bait
Marco Rubio’s campaign manager, Terry Sullivan, had a message on Monday after Rubio’s first full week on the campaign trail as a presidential candidate: Don’t return the fire coming from Jeb Bush’s camp.
“Our early success is not going unnoticed …
Rubio’s New Immigration Plan Sounds Pretty Good
Senator Marco Rubio responded to an odd question from CBS’s Bob Schieffer this morning — whether a President Rubio would sign the Gang of Eight Senate immigration bill that Rubio pushed for, and later abandoned — by laying out his …
Why I, Unlike Senator Rubio, Would Not Attend a Gay Wedding
Senator Marco Rubio, one of our most attractive and charismatic leaders in the rising generation, just announced he’s running for president. So naturally he’s being peppered with the one question uppermost in the minds of American voters: What …
Krauthammer’s Take: Rubio-Lee Tax Plan a Departure from Reaganism? Nonsense.
Marco Rubio’s tax plan is coming under fire from critics, notably the Wall Street Journal, but Charles Krauthammer says the backlash is unwarranted.
“I supported [the Bowles-Simpson tax plan],” said Krauthammer on Wednesday’s Special Report, “and I think …
Rubio Giving ‘Day One’ Supporters a Chance to Stand Out
Right from the outset of his nascent presidential campaign, Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) is looking to recapture the grass-roots support that propelled him to the Senate as an underdog candidate in 2010. Rubio, who announced his White House bid on …
Rubio’s Media-Friendly Strategy
Miami — Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) hopes to draw a sharp contrast with Hillary Clinton throughout the 2016 presidential-election cycle. On Monday, he got his first chance. Clinton, after weeks of battling a scandal about the e-mails that she hid from …
Krauthammer’s Take: Rubio’s Theme: ‘Do You Want Old, or Do You Want New?’
Marco Rubio is in, and his message is clear. “This was clearly a speech about old and new,” says Charles Krauthammer.
“This goes back not just to Clinton in ‘92 or Obama in ‘08; this is to Kennedy in 1960,” Krauthammer …
Rubio Jabs Hillary and Jeb: ‘Leaders of the Past’
Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) will lament that “too many of our leaders and their ideas are stuck in the twentieth century” when he announces his presidential campaign later this evening, a clear jab at Hillary Clinton that also functions …
Poll: Florida Voters Not Eager to See Bush, Rubio Run for President
More than half of Floridians think their state’s two most prominent presidential hopefuls should sit out the 2016 race altogether, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.
The poll finds that voters in the Sunshine State aren’t pining for former …
Is the GOP Doomed to Lose Marco Rubio’s Senate Seat?
Electing a Republican to Marco Rubio’s Senate seat — quite possibly going to be left empty as the senator runs for president in 2016 — is not Mission: Impossible for the Florida GOP. Just Mission: Extremely Difficult.
Rubio has made …