From the final Morning Jolt of the week:
Marco Rubio’s In.
Everybody into the pool!
Here comes Marco Rubio. I guess everybody’s afraid of entering too late and starting the contest behind the ones who are more openly expressing interest in a bid — Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee.
Sen. Marco Rubio
“He has told us to proceed as if he is running for president,” a senior Rubio advisor tells ABC News.
Leading the effort to raise the $50 million or more he’ll need to run in the Republican primaries will be Anna Rogers, currently the finance director for American Crossroads, the conservative group started by Karl Rove that raised more than $200 million to help elect Republicans over the past two elections.
(Somewhere, a bunch of commenters are exclaiming, “Rove!” the way Jerry Seinfeld used to exclaim, “Newman!” on his show.)
Rogers will begin working at Rubio’s political action committee on February 1 and would become the finance director of Rubio’s presidential campaign.
Rubio, 43, will gather on Friday and Saturday at the Delano Hotel in Miami with 300 supporters and major donors to his Reclaim America PAC to discuss his political future.
So what’s the new “too late” date for the 2016 cycle? February? March? Easter?
Elsewhere, Noah Rothman at Hot Air asks if a panel discussion at the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce featuring Texas senator Ted Cruz, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, and Florida senator Marco Rubio counts as the first debate of the 2016 cycle. It’s not an actual debate, but it will feature the candidates and potential candidates on stage together interacting.
If that’s how we’re defining debates, then I suppose the November 8 pre-cruise National Review gathering that featured Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Bolton was the real first debate of the 2016 cycle!
The panel is about economic issues, but you have to wonder if Rubio and Paul will drift into foreign-policy discussions, and an actual debate, just out of habit . . .