Marco Rubio is not a conservative

Marco Rubio may be the default candidate for big business

Ben Geier, Fortune

Rubio’s financial missteps could be a big weakness in a battle with Hillary Clinton—not because of the issues themselves, but because one of the biggest attack lines the Republicans have against Clinton is her questionable financial dealings, especially those related to the Clinton Foundation.

Sheldon Adelson warms to Marco Rubio

Alex Isenstadt, Politico

Sheldon Adelson, one of the Republican Party's most sought-after contributors, is leaning increasingly toward supporting Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is racing to win the backing of other uncommitted megadonors who have the potential to direct tens of millions of dollars his way and alter the contours of the Republican primary fight.

Trump: Rubio a 'perfect little puppet'

Jesse Byrnes, The Hill

"Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!" Trump tweeted. Trump labeled Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, another GOP candidate, as "puppets" during a bipartisan convention in New Hampshire on Monday. 

Why Marco Rubio’s Chances Are Rising

Nate Cohn, The New York Times

The New York Times says unless establishment Republicans are willing to support an anti-establishment candidate like Ted Cruz, it’s down to Rubio and Bush. The choice between those two will undoubtedly be difficult for many conservatives in the party. But from the beginning, there were a fair number of conservatives who weren’t likely to support Bush, and their choice has now become substantially easier.

Rising Rubio Hits Back, Calls Trump "Insecure"

Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCP

Rubio has tried to stay out of Trump’s way, opting instead to focus on fundraising and campaign activity and hoping to stay under the radar while his rivals duke it out. Now that he is on Trump’s hit list, Rubio figures he can’t just stand idly by any longer. On Thursday, during an interview with Kentucky Sports Radio, Rubio called Trump “a touchy and insecure guy.”

Only 40 Percent of Hispanics Can Identify Cruz Or Rubio

Cortney O'Brien, Townhall

In terms of familiarity, only Trump and Bush are recognized by a majority of Hispanics. Eight in 10 have formed an opinion of Trump and about six in 10 of Bush. Familiarity dwindles to roughly 40% for Rubio and Cruz, both Cuban-Americans, as well as for Perry and Chris Christie, but drops well below that for all the others. 

Marco Rubio's Debate Challenge

Sahil Kapur, Bloomberg

When Marco Rubio takes the debate stage alongside nine fellow Republican presidential contenders Thursday in Cleveland, he'll be trying to recapture his mojo. The 44-year-old Floridian was initially hailed by some as his party's version of Barack Obama, a trailblazing freshman senator who came out of nowhere to capture his party's presidential nomination eight years ago. Instead Rubio finds his poll numbers slipping into the middle of a crowded pack of Republican contenders.

Marco Rubio Continues His Jihad Against America’s Middle Class

Marco Rubio uses the false narrative that a lack of skilled American workers is the cause of these massive layoffs in the IT sector, using the phrase “skills gap” as his hook; a code phrase which is also employed by Disney, Microsoft, Southern California Edison and other companies that have laid-off American workers and replaced them with cheaper foreign “guest” workers. In reality there is a surplus, not a shortage, of skilled U.S. workers and not enough STEM jobs to accommodate these citizens.

Campaign for Liberty Hits Marco Rubio Over Support For Adelson-Backed iGaming Ban

The latest salvo in the Campaign for Liberty’s effort to defeat the Sheldon Adelson-backed S. 1668 was an email signed by Norm Singleton, former staffer for Congressman Ron Paul and now Senior Vice President of the Campaign for Liberty, telling readers that “Marco Rubio talks a lot about liberty… But his actions don’t match his words…”

Walker presents new test for Rubio

Niall Stanage, The Hill

“I think there is tremendous overlap between Walker and Rubio in terms of who they want to appeal to,” said Jamie Burnett, a longtime GOP strategist in New Hampshire who is personally supporting Bush but does not work for his campaign. 

Marco Rubio Provides The Final Vote To Give Away More American Jobs

After 250 Orlando, Florida Disney workers were laid-off and forced to train their foreign replacements, by voting for TPA, Marco Rubio just provided the final vote to advance legislation that will double or triple the number of foreign workers allowed under the program that just put his American citizen constituents out of their jobs.

Bush's case against Marco Rubio

Chris Moody, CNN

The decision of whether to support Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio was one Florida Republicans hoped they'd never have to face. But now that both are seeking the White House, longtime Republicans here have been forced to choose between a Bush, a 62-year-old governor they deeply admire or Rubio, a 44-year-old senator they believe has a bright future in national politics.

Walker & Rubio: Contrasting Rivals or Dream Ticket?

Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCP
Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are both 40-something, fast-rising Republican stars who are building presidential campaigns on the notion that a fresh-faced candidate from humble beginnings is best equipped to defeat Hillary Clinton —and, before her, Jeb Bush. So well positioned, in fact, that Walker floated the idea that they both might be on the GOP ticket as the presidential and vice presidential nominees come November 2016.

Here’s the real issue with Marco Rubio’s finances

Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post

The issue then is that Rubio has worked to sell the "average guy with debt" storyline even while doing things that average folks don't do. He got an $800,000 advance for his book, which, as someone who has written a book, I can tell you, is not average. Rubio used some of that $800,000 to pay off his student loans, to pay legal fees and, yes, to splurge on a boat.

Marco Rubio Leaves GOP, Joins Party of Stupid - Or Does He?

Embattled ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has a friend in Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio. Why? Maybe it is because it turns out the main topic of several of Rubio’s past interviews with Stephanopoulos has been – you guessed it – comprehensive immigration reform.

Rubio Leaves Crowd of Conservatives Unmoved in South Carolina Speech

Joel Gehrke, National Review Online

“He’s good by himself,” Cheryl Cuthrell, a Greenville County Republican activist who supports Senator Ted Cruz, says of Rubio. “But when you put him up to someone who just goes right back to the Constitution . . . I just don’t think Marco is going to be strong enough to knock him out.”

Cruz & Walker vs. Bush & Rubio on Amnesty and Immigration

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and various other business interests pumped millions of dollars into Scott Walker’s campaigns in Wisconsin, particularly his successful effort to fight a union-inspired recall, and according to the “dance with the one what brung ya” calculus of politics you’d think Walker would adopt their position on amnesty and expanding legal immigration, but this week Scott Walker joined Ted Cruz and came out strongly against the Bush – Rubio positions on those issues.

Who Votes For Rubio?

Ross Douthat, The New York Times

Right now he’s well-positioned as a lot of voters’ second choice, which isn’t a terrible place to be but which suggests “Pawlenty Zone” problems if he doesn’t become a first choice for more than 5-10 percent of the electorate at some point before the primaries actually begin. And there’s a plausible case, offered this week by my colleague Nate Cohn, that he’s ultimately destined to disappoint.

Marco Rubio, Gen-X Fraud

Ana Marie Cox, The Daily Beast

On the surface, Marco Rubio is such a perfect 2016 Republican nominee you might think he was created in a lab. He ticks off all the demographic boxes that the GOP has struggled with for the past decade: A young (43) Latino who likes Tupac! He is adept with social media, talks like a person who watches the same dumb TV as you, and is pleasantly self-deprecatory when the occasion calls for it. Pundits and consultants are giddy with the prospect of a “generational choice” between Rubio and the rest of the field—not to mention Hillary Clinton.

NBC OpEd: Is Marco Rubio The Republican Obama?

Jason Johnson, NBCBLK

After watching Marco Rubio deliver his presidential ambitions it was very clear that he is bringing something dynamic and almost Obama-esque to the 2016 race. The question is, can he get out of his own way enough to really compete?