January 16, 2016
What boxer Sonny Liston's manager said of him (Sonny had his good points, the trouble was his bad points) is true of Marco Rubio. His strengths include intelligence, articulateness, and, usually, cheerfulness. His misjudgments involve, in ascending order of importance, the Senate immigration bill of 2013, sugar, Libya, and S-590. Together these reveal a recurring penchant for ill-considered undertakings. Rubio's retreat, under withering political heat, from the immigration bill was undignified but not reprehensible.
January 13, 2016 |
BEDFORD, N.H. - This year's Republican presidential campaign is where hope and optimism go to die. Don't pretend that Donald Trump is an exotic outlier. His spirit haunts a party that can't get enough of gloom and fear. Among the GOP candidates, no one started out more optimistic about the United States than Marco Rubio. The Florida senator's campaign slogan still promises "A New American Century. " He smiles broadly from the cover of his upbeat 2015 book, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone . You can almost hear the cheerful guy in the bright red tie saying, "Yes, we can. " The conservative writer Mitchell Blatt sensed this when he called Rubio "the Republican Barack Obama.
December 31, 2015 |
WATERLOO, Iowa - Assailed by Donald Trump a day earlier, Gov. Christie on Tuesday said little as he brushed off the GOP rival's barrage, which encompassed attacks on New Jersey's economy, the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, and Christie's embrace of President Obama at the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. "It just appears to me that the Christmas spirit left Donald after only three days," Christie told reporters at Elly's Tea & Coffee in Muscatine, in eastern Iowa. He then wished Trump and his family a happy New Year, adding, "I'll see him in New Hampshire.
December 29, 2015
By Jennifer Rubin One take on new polls from New Hampshire, Florida and South Carolina is that "The crowded GOP field is harming Marco Rubio and helping Donald Trump. " Well, sort of. The crowded field is not going to be crowded for very long, and it is Rubio (or New Jersey Gov. Christie, who is surging in New Hampshire) who stands to gain the most when others drop out. Donald Trump - with 100 percent name recognition and high unfavorables - is about topped out. No one who likes Trump is not with him now. As for Sen. Ted Cruz R., Texas)
November 9, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Even before his breakout debate performance and national surge, Marco Rubio was building momentum in Philadelphia. The Florida senator, ascendant in an Oct. 28 debate and subsequent polls, has raised more money in the city and its seven surrounding counties than any other Republican contender, according to an Inquirer analysis of the most recent Federal Election Commission filings - and that was before a lucrative swing through the...
October 19, 2015 |
Marco Rubio has been playing in Gov. Christie's neighborhood. While Christie has raised more money in New Jersey than any other presidential candidate, his supremacy hasn't extended far. When it comes to collecting cash from the region that includes Philadephia and its suburbs in Pennsylvania and South Jersey - a short drive from Christie's office - Rubio has topped all Republican contenders. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, though, is lapping everyone. Capitalizing on deep Pennsylvania ties and New Jersey's dark-blue politics, she has raised nearly $1 million in the Philadelphia area.
October 17, 2015 |
The two men are polar opposites on the political spectrum, and a quarter-century apart in age. One is taking what could be his final national campaign lap; the other, his first. But Bill Clinton and Marco Rubio share one thing: Both are known for their charisma on the stage and stump, and both brought those skills to the Philadelphia region Thursday. Clinton was raising money for his wife's presidential campaign; Rubio, for his own. Though Pennsylvania is considered a battleground state, candidates have to survive primaries and caucuses in about 30 other states before voters here get to punch a ballot.
June 15, 2015 |
THE MAN who once was certain that Rich Kotite was the guy to lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title is now spending a not-so-small fortune to pick your next president. Norman Braman, the billionaire South Florida car dealer who disappeared from his native Philadelphia two decades ago after a mostly reviled stint as owner of the Birds, is back in the public eye with a brand new model. He's the No. 1 booster of his state's junior Republican senator, Marco Rubio, for the White House in 2016.
June 7, 2013
BEING a pro-immigration conservative is a little like being a pro-life liberal: You're relegated to social Siberia. Your own tribe tends to view you with suspicion if not downright hostility, and your natural enemies still hate your guts. This is not to say I'm a fan of the squishy Kumbaya moderates who sing the siren song of consensus. While I admire Olympia Snowe and have some sympathy for her sad lament about gridlock in Congress, I tend to think that going along to get along (or getting ahead)
May 1, 2013 |
Marco Rubio, Florida's junior senator, is pushing immigration reform because he needs a major legislative accomplishment to cement his credentials as a rising GOP star. Haley Barbour, former GOP governor of Mississippi, is campaigning for an overhaul because he knows that the Republican Party will be doomed if it does not make peace with Latino voters. John McCain, Arizona's senior senator, is once again advocating a path to citizenship for undocumented workers because, well, his ego won't allow him to be outdone by a young upstart named Rubio.