Marco Rubio is not a conservative

Ted Cruz Restores Sanity To The GOP

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

It turns out that voters showed up to stop Trump. Seventy-five percent of Republican voters in Iowa voted against rank jackassery. Urban Republicans went with Rubio. Suburban and most rural Republicans went with Cruz. The voters of the GOP refused to have their party hijacked by a man who has excelled at identifying problems, but confused that with offering solutions.

Rival Factions of Top Donors Get Behind Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

Nicholas Confessore and Sarah Cohen

Many of the Wall Street financiers who have been mainstays of Republican “super PACs” have rallied behind Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Conservative Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has unleashed a new counter-establishment of conservative donors, some from outside the universe of traditional Republican giving. They include wealthy evangelicals, libertarian businessmen, Israel hawks and others disenchanted by the party’s past content-free moderate nominees.

The 2016 Election and the Failures of the “Governing Wing”

Daniel Larison, The American Conservative

It is more than a little odd that Marco Rubio has been dubbed the savior of the Republican “governing wing” when the only major thing he tried to do in the Senate was a complete flop and he has been conspicuous by his absence from the actual work of being a senator for much of his time in office. 

GOP Establishment Candidates Pile Up in N.H. Traffic Jam

Rebecca Berg, Real Clear Politics

None of the establishment candidates has been able to harness a breakthrough moment, nor has one collected the lion’s share of key endorsements. Each has remained relatively static in polls, in the high single digits or low double digits. Sen. Marco Rubio, who is also chasing some of the same Republican voters, is in the same mire. It is the political equivalent of the prisoner’s dilemma: Because each thinks he can win, all of them might lose.

Marco Rubio Doesn’t Add Up

Frank Bruni, The New York Times

According to odds makers and prediction markets, he’s the best bet. According to many commentators, too. But Iowa’s less than a month away, and in two recent polls of Republican voters there, he’s a distant third, far behind Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. So he’s killing it in New Hampshire, right? Wrong.

Rubio’s Desperate Use of the “Isolationist” Slur

Daniel Larison, The American Conservative

Rubio’s reliance on the “isolationist” slur as a crutch in his disputes with Trump and Cruz is embarrassing for him, and it shows once again that he doesn’t know how to react to nationalist hawks that disagree with him on certain policies. Neither Trump nor Cruz can be successfully labeled “isolationists.”

Rubio Endorsement Brings Gowdy’s Radical History on Immigration Into Spotlight

Julia Hahn, Breitbart

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy's endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) may shine an unwanted spotlight on the South Carolinian’s record of past radical statements on immigration and his aggressive support for donor class policies embraced by Sen. Rubio.

Rubio emerges as establishment’s darling

S.A. Miller, The Washington Times

Sen. Marco Rubio rode into Washington as a tea party champion from Florida, but four years later, he has become a top pick for the Republican establishment in the presidential race, and he isn’t exactly running away from the establishment label.

Rubio’s Weirdly Lazy Campaign for President

Daniel Larison, The American Conservative
Because Rubio hasn’t been able to raise much money, he hasn’t been able to build the sort of campaign organization that winning candidates typically have, but he also isn’t barnstorming the early states as long-shot candidates with few resources have to do in order to compete. He is taking his support for granted, and he doesn’t seem to be working very hard at winning over new supporters.

Cruz ups war of words with Rubio

Jonathan Easley, The Hill

Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday night politely complimented GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio as a “charming” communicator, and then he laid into him as wrong on national security, weak on immigration and a shill for corporate lobbyists.

Cruz Excoriates Rubio - Clinton Foreign Policy

Sahil Kapur, Bloomberg

Ted Cruz on Monday offered his strongest denunciation so far of Marco Rubio's foreign policy views, assailing his Republican presidential rival as a proponent of “military adventurism” that he said has benefited Islamic militant groups. He even tied the Floridian to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Cruz and Paul are Right: Rubio Has Always Been Amnesty’s Leading Advocate

Marco Rubio must be crazy if he thinks conservatives won’t remember his role in crafting and ramming through the hated “Gang of Eight” amnesty for illegal aliens bill. Although Rubio is once again engaged in his signature “say one thing do another” move on amnesty and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, this time Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul aren’t letting him get away with it.

New questions raised about Marco Rubio’s GOP credit card expenses

Patricia Mazzei and Alex Leary, The Miami Herald

An analysis by the Herald/Times of the new statements, however, found Rubio spent freely on the sort of items that are difficult to prove — or disprove — as party business expenses. In some ways, however, the statements, which he previously refused to make public, raise more questions about how Rubio used the card, rather than laying them to rest.

Rubio and Cruz shine at fourth GOP debate

Eli Stokols, Politico

Rubio and Cruz, now viewed as the two strongest candidates, ceded no ground, exploiting a much softer debate format in Milwaukee and again showcasing their mastery of the facts and ease under the bright lights.

Bush Allies Threaten Wave of Harsh Attacks on Marco Rubio

Maggie Haberman and Michael Barbaro, The New York Times

Seething with anger and alarmed over Mr. Rubio’s rise, aides to Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, and his allies are privately threatening a wave of scathing attacks on his former protégé in the coming weeks, in a sign of just how anxious they have become about the state of Mr. Bush’s candidacy.

Inside Marco Rubio’s messy American Express statements

Manuel Roig-Franzia, Sean Sullivan and Tom Hamburger, The Washington Post

An American Express card was a major perk for Rubio as he rose in prominence in Florida politics. It was granted to him by the state Republican Party to pay for recruiting candidates, raising campaign donations and other expenses related to his political work. Things quickly got messy, the records show.

Rubio Confronts New Scrutiny Over Use of Party Credit Card

The New York Times

Rubio has at times seemed defensive about his finances. During the last Republican presidential debate, he batted away a question about his financial bookkeeping as a litany of “discredited attacks from Democrats and my political opponents.” But on Wednesday, his tone seemed to shift during an ABC interview.

Marco Rubio to Jorge Ramos: I Will Not Cancel Obama’s Executive Amnesty

Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit

Rubio is pledging to carry Obama’s policy: leaving the executive amnesty for DREAMers in place until Congress submits to the order by legislatively ratifying amnesty. After a legislatively ratified DREAM Act, illegal aliens would be able to vote in U.S. elections and bring their relatives to work and collect entitlements in the United States.

Marco Rubio’s Slimy Pals Slither Back

Tim Mak, The Daily Beast

The cloud of impropriety that hangs around Rivera and Arza should be noxious to a rising campaign with its eye on the White House. But both Arza and Rivera were spotted among other Rubio supporters as recently as the Republican presidential debates in Cleveland in August.


Austin Ruse, Breitbart

The endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio by pro-same-sex marriage hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer just might turn social conservatives away from Rubio and toward someone like Sen. Ted Cruz. This might be good for Rubio’s bank account but could be nettlesome for him in the run up to a primary season dominated in part by social conservatives.