As Marco Rubio rises, GOP rivals are reluctant to take him on directly

by
November 12, 2015

As Marco Rubio settles into his new role as a rising top-tier candidate, most of his opponents in the Republican presidential race are showing a reluctance and even an unwillingness to engage him directly on the national stage.

The spotlight on Rubio is intensifying in the media as journalists investigate the senator’s political record and background. But he otherwise is left facing relatively low hurdles for now, bypassing the kind of heated personal clashes that have shaped the 2016 nomination race.

For Rubio, it is a return to the lofty status he had after he burst onto the national scene five years ago. Many Republican elites are once again celebrating him as the party’s golden boy, if not its strongest general-election candidate, and fear seeing him bruised too badly during the primary season.

  • FAITH47

    VOTE FOR TRUMP HONEST AND TRUTHFUL AND TOUGH, THIS IS THE PRESIDENT WE WANT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

  • Faithful American

    AMERICA needs Ted Cruz for PRESIDENT!

  • Faithful American

    I believe GOD has ANOINTED Ted Cruz to be our next PRESIDENT because HE is a MAN of GOD and HE can TURN things AROUND for us!

  • Walter Flatt

    CHANGES THAT THIS COUNTRY NEED TO MAKE IMMEDIATELY. THIS SHOULD BE PUT

    ON THE NEXT ELECTION
    AGENDA, NATIONWIDE. 80 PERCENT WOULD
    VOTE FOR IT.

    ABOLISH THE SUPREME COURT AND ELECT A JUDGE FROM
    EACH STATE

    WITH A 6 YEAR TERM LIMIT.

    PUT TIME LIMITS OF 6 YEARS ON ALL POLITICIANS
    FROM THE LOCAL LEVEL

    TO THE PRESIDENT. EXCEPTION. DONALD TRUMP 2-6 YEAR TERMS. IT MAY TAKE EVEN HIM 12 YEARS.

    3 TAKE THE FBI OUT
    FROM UNDER THE PRESIDENT AND LET THE PEOPLE ELECT A PERSON TO

    RUN THIS ORGANIZATION WITH A 6 YEAR TERM LIMIT.

    4 ABOLISH THE
    ELECTROCIAL COLLEGE, THEY ARE OUTDATED AND 6 STATES CAN ELECT A PRESIDENT.

    5 OPEN AND CLOSE ALL
    POLLING STATIONS AT THE SAME TIME WITH NO NEWS MEDIA UNTIL CLOSED.

    6 IT IS UNFAIR TO
    HAVE AN ELECTION CALLED BEFORE THE POLLS CLOSE IN FLORIDA. WHY MAKE AN EFFORT TO GO VOTE IF YOU LIVE
    WEST OF THE MISSIPPI RIVER.

    7 ALLOW ALL VETERANS
    TO GO TO ANY HOSPITAL, DOCTOR, OR PHARMACY OF THEIR CHOICE. WHY SHOULD THEY WAIT 2 WEEKS OR MORE FOR
    MEDICEN AND TRAVEL 200 MILES TO A HOSPITAL.

    8 MAKE IT MANATORY
    THAT ALL TROOPS GO ARMED AT ALL TIMES, AND ALLOW ALL VETERANS, IF MENTALLY ABLE
    TO CARRY A GUN.

    9 PUT THE 10
    COMMANDMENTS BACK IN OUR SCHOOLS AND COURT HOUSES.

    10 PUT DECIPLIN BACK
    INTO OUR SCH0OLS. PADDLES.

    • Pam

      You have a lot of good ideas, there. I don’t fully agree with everything on your list, like the 50 judges and electing an FBI chief.

  • Peatro Giorgio

    Only in the fake world of the media polling is Rubio rising. O yes he is indeed well spoken ,So is Obama. Yes He to is pro amnesty. So is Obama. He also likes big Government spending Just like Obama. He also believes in The intervention of foreign nations, through the UN so does Obama. Therefore we must conclude. That the only difference between Rubio an Obama is Rubio is straight Obama is not.

  • billwhit

    I will not support Rubio, he is a RINO, and wants war in Syria! Hell No to Rubio!

  • snowyriver

    Rubio as Senator = fine… Rubio as patriot = fine… Rubio as presidential candidate = NOT ELIGIBLE, he is short on our constitutional requirements to be president.

  • donemyhomework

    I look at Rubio’s policies and there are some that I don’t like. Just like this article by the Washington Post. I’ve come to hate the media. Don’t bother watching it. “Goldenboy”….that’s another name for puppet. These next five years are a turning point for America…probably the biggest one since the revolutionary war. We have to be careful with our choice and prepare for war. Why??? As I see it, in the history of this Country we had a generation that went from relatively good times and then through the depression and suffering and then through war and more war. It toughened the core of those who survived it and they looked at things differently. Now we have an American citizenry that’s become soft and docile and never learned their history. So it’s easy to set them up. And that’s where we are right now…we’re being set up. So if I choose anything I choose strength, not another Politician that chooses the easy path to barter our future. Sounds cynical, it is. I’m in favor of the pig that built his house of brick…not straw.

  • don

    i guess voting in rubio as president could happen—look what idiots did with this dog of a president obama–an idiot you are if you even think about voting for this amnesty king

  • Janet

    RUBIO THE NEW GEORGE SOROS PUPPET.
    “THE OPEN society” OWNED BY SOROS
    JUST GAVE RUBIO $30 MILLION FOR HIS
    CHAMPAIGHN MAYBE SOPOS WANTS
    HIM AS HILLARY’ RUNNING MATE

  • ART L LINDMAN

    Rubio has a quick wit and a sharp sharks tongue….cannot blame them….but of course there is Ted Cruz and Rand Paul our shinning knights of rightous-ness which Rubio self serving agenda is not

    • Phannesa

      I liked Cruz very much, he is brilliant, but what we need right now is someone who has proven to be successful in finances and does not worship the political correctness crap!!

      • bobnstuff

        You want Kasich. He is the only one in the race that seems to be able to add and subtract.

  • ADRoberts

    Just the facts ma’am.
    Point out his campaigning against amnesty and his immediate about face to SUPPORT IT.
    That is called lying.
    And that is enough to make me sick to my stomach at this POLITICIAN.
    HE LIES. Just as good as any Democrat.

  • Phannesa

    It is the establishment propaganda. Trump will spill out the beans on Marco. I like Marco, he is very eloquent, but he is too green to be a POTUS, look what happened when obama was allowed to be POTUS, he was even worst in experience and a covert muslim socialist/communist + US hater. Basically he was a president in training who did not want training, the worst overreach of Affirmative Action!

  • Len Tippett

    He can never be right on enough things to offset his “gang of eight amnesty support”. The two main issues that are most likely to destroy America, is Illegal immigrants and political correctness, and I will not vote for any candidate who will not oppose these issues. I will simply stay home with my Bible and guns.

    • bobnstuff

      I don’t suppose you read the immigration bill that he is running away from. It did just about everything that everyone wants but since no one has read it no one supports it.

      • Len Tippett

        bobnstuff, actually I did read it, unlike most of our elected representatives. It is the “just about everything that everyone wants” in your comment that bothers me. It is those things that no one wants that is the issue. Not to mention them having any follow through on the things we do like in the bill. Ted Cruz is the only one who has actually walked the walk under the pressure of his own Party. All the rest are just talking the talk.

  • Dave N.

    Wow, there is a great deal at stake in this election, everyone needs to make up their own mind who they like and support and should pursue assistance to those they favor. But in the end we will need to stand behind whoever the nomination ends up being. This country can’t afford anymore socialist programs, fact is we can’t afford what we have currently. Some of the below remarks look more like propaganda than honest clear conservative thinking.

    • Phannesa

      I studied the latest in management business technology and businesses processes and worked for a Global company. Mr Trump is right about the capital inversion after US companies left the US to be able to compete and go to places with less regulations and less taxes and other breaks. We have to bring the US companies back and attract other investments with less taxes and regulations. Japan had to confront the same problems of too much regulation to be able to compete. They had to change their business paradigm. Then US companies can use excellence in producing products and This will create value-added business strategies. We will have business growth, hiring growth and be able to pay toward the Trillions of debt obama has added to the previous debt. The current jobs are in the service industry mainly and are not well paid. Tech jobs are either on demand or there is a glut in some areas. The billions we spent annually in illegal immigration is eating our states budgets. sure, maybe there are some jobs people don’t want to do, but you pay more in wages for those jobs, like the people who pick the garbage, they do it because they get paid more, at least where I live. At a state level, the payroll tax, that illegal immigrants pay when they are working, is refunded back to them for exemptions in their tax return. We are paying for their medical, such as medicaid, welfare money and food stamps to supplement their income as their kids are eligible for benefits, social services when the family is involved in the legal system, and schools, where at the local level the property taxes goes up every year to support schools.

    • Dave N.

      I don’t have any particular argument with your position, as I have said everyone needs to support their favorite horse in this race. But when the primary is over and whoever is left standing everyone needs to support that individual and vote in the general election. Just because someone’s favorite doesn’t make the cut doesn’t mean they get to throw a fit and stay home. That kind of thinking will get us another 8 years of decline and eventually an outright socialist government.

      • don

        really?

        • Dave N.

          Really! Your point?

  • KevanRowlee

    Marco Rubio is rising in the polls because he’s a pro-war, Scofield Bible reading Zionist “Christian.” Carly Fiorina is cut from the same cloth. Both of them, along with the rabid Lindsey Graham, can’t wait to engage Putin’s Russia in a war. And the FACT is Putin’s Russia is a Christian country with more practicing Christians than here in secular-humanist AmeriKa. The difference is most of our Christians are Israel First Zionists whereas Russia’s Christians are for Russia first and are not secular-humanist Zionists which AmeriKa has transitioned to. However Marco, Carly and the pro war, neocon Fox News omit those salient FACTS.

    When “Bomb-bomb Iran” McCain’s “son” Marco called Boy Paul an isolationist, Rand should have fired back at the little Bush-clone, “You’re nothing more than a pro war, water-carrying neocon RINO.”

    For the record, Rand Paul, has his flaws but is the most fiscal conservative, pro American Jeffersonian of all the 2 major party candidates.

    • obama

      Your negative references to Zionists also illustrates your bigotry. Disgusting, all of you.

      • KevanRowlee

        My references to Zionists are not negative, they are factual. You, little ‘o,’ need to grow up and flush your head of political-correctness.

      • don

        really obama–you hate jews no matter the color—don.t get me wrong here this idiot is not obama but can not help myself to react

  • jdbixii

    With respect to those who self-identify as “minorities,” it is obviously the perspective on law and the implications of the variable composition of majority rule, represented in elections, whereby political mandates are assumed as the “consent of the governed,” such as that which posited a “fundamental transformation” of America by Obama, which many, non-minority American citizens find offensive. Violating the law by allowing illegal immigration, in order to “stack the deck,” with people who have no will to stand up against the tyrants and injustices in their countries of origin, yet have the unmitigated gall to come over here and tell us how we ought to change America to benefit those who, essentially, find Christianity and the law to be offensive to them.
    Do you now understand why we have the perspective that we do and why we are unwilling to give an inch in order to have to give a mile?
    Wake up, you fools!

  • KDC

    Nice, Brilliant guy, but he is for amnesty and probably much of the other status quo ideals of the Est.Rep. Cartel.
    NO THANKS!

  • carlton goodson

    Mr. gang of 8 just drop out!

  • josebear5

    Bull Cruz is not afraid He is no golden boy he is a traitor. Cold day in hell before I vote for him.

  • josebear5

    Bull Cruz is not afraid He is no golden boy he is a traitor. Cold day in hell before I vote for him.

  • joe schmo

    Motor Mouth Rubio… No thanks! He is not only going to sell us a bill of amnesty goods, he will also give away the farm. No thanks. Does he really think we are that stupid! The media is just looking for a patsy. He can’t even take care of business in his home state.

  • RobertFallin

    More BS from the Zionist press. Take away the latinos, the Talmudic Jews and big business interests, and Rubio has NOTHING.

    • obama

      You, sir, are a disgusting bigot.

      • RobertFallin

        If telling the truth makes me “disgusting bigot,” in YOUR eyes, then I wear the label with honor.

        • obama

          You are definitely not honorable then. Just a disgusting bigot.

          • RobertFallin

            You are either a fool or a member of one of those three groups. Of them, only latinos living legally in this country and oppose illegals have any honor. Since they agree with me, you clearly have no honor and are not worthy of response. Of course, I figured that by use using “Obama” as a nickname.

          • obama

            And who made you the classifier of people you disagree with and despise? The sign of a true bigot.

          • don

            words straight from the lying dividers mouth–really

          • RobertFallin

            All you have done in response to my criticism of Rubio and facts is personal attacks. You are a slimy troll, interested in neither the liberty of free speech nor the truth. For you to post at a website dedicated to both, also proves you are a hypocrite. I have scraped better things off my shoes than you.

          • don

            you sleep with both so you can not say

      • Liberty

        Oh, ye of the small o, I don’t see a thing bigoted in RF’s post. What specifically offends you this time? Whether you agree with him or not, where is the name-calling from him? I see it from you.

        • obama

          Referring to “the Zionist press,” “Latinos and Talmudic Jews” in this derrogatory manner. That is bigotry. And if you don’t see it, then you are also quite bigoted.

          • KevanRowlee

            Mr. obama, sir, should you check out your Webster’s Dictionary you’ll discover you are the definition of a politically-correct zero.

          • Phannesa

            He is probably a high school drop out with a chip on his shoulder!!

          • Phannesa

            That is the name for Latinos, And a group that follows The Talmudic tradition, you idiot! I will say The Zionist press is correct, they are a large group of the liberal media who is in the sac with democrats!!

          • ADRoberts

            And you would be proving your ignorance or stupidity.

          • obama

            Your bigotry in classifying and judging others is plain as day. Keep up the hateful comments. This site is virtually all bigots and people full of hate. You are all disgusting.

          • Phannesa

            Then go to the site that caters to liberals, the useful idiots of the dems.

          • don

            on the other hand you make me puck

          • don

            what dose your eyes see–truefully

        • He can’t help himself. He’s uneducated about how to properly conduct a debate.

          • Liberty

            Has to do with facts. Facts have become bigoted. Facts are inconvenient to the Left. Watch any World War II movie or western. Unless you can lip-read you won’t know what each side called the other. Or the jokes, harmless jokes, we told on each other’s ethnicity. That was history. It’s not the present. I’m not offended by the Truth. They are. Gran Torino.

      • Phannesa

        obama is a racist against whites!!

        • don

          eeeeeeeehaaaaaa an more

      • don

        obama at last—your a evil that has laid on this land too long–a liar-racist- a muslim leanding marixist–as a rabid mad dog you set where you have no right–ya want to see a digot obama seek up on your mirrow

    • ADRoberts

      You are a liar. Have you not figured out that the media is backing Obama in his actions against Israel.
      No. You are self deceived You only believe what you want to believe.
      Just what happened when you voted for Obama in 08 and 12. You did, didn’t you. And now they got you going again. lol

      • RobertFallin

        I voted third party in 08 and 12, because I could not stomach the war-mongering, tyrannical hypocrites kissing Netanyahu’s backside from both parties.

        As for “self deceived,” WHAT part of “war crimes” do you not understand? Israel commandos attacked and boarded TWO UNARMED Palestinian relief ships, bombed Syria TWICE without provocation and slaughtered unarmed men, women and children in Gaza. If you can still stomach Israel’s actions, you are either a Zionist or a monster, which is redundant.

        • Phannesa

          You are an idiot! You should go and live in Israel and see why they go thru everyday!!!

          • RobertFallin

            No, I will leave that to Zionist jerks like you.

          • bobnstuff

            They only want living room, that’s why they keep stealing more and more land to build their settlements on. They are only killing 10 Palestinians for every one Israeli. Sounds fair to me. Those prisons are really camps. It’s OK to starve a counties people. After all the Jews are the chosen people.

        • Believe what you want, but at least get your facts right. Israel (which has a high population of Christians and Muslims, boarded the ships because they had a blockade up to prevent arms from being smuggled into their enemy and after verifying their content and if it was strictly medical or food aid, would be allowed to continue to their destination. They bombed Syria because they harbored those who attacked them and had plenty of provocation and in Gaza, they targeted only those who supported and took action against them and who used the men, women and children as human shields, so you really are just spitting out biased junk about Israel unnecessarily. Please stop it.

          • RobertFallin

            At last a polite, serious comment. No, I am “not just spitting out biased junk about Israel unnecessarily”. My original comment claimed that Rubio’s only real support comes from Latinos, Talmudic Jews and banking interests. I am a member of Jewish Voice For Peace; and I support BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel until returns to her pre-1967 borders. I also support, but am not a member of Orthodox Jews United Against Zionism and I read MONDOWEISS. Were Israel to return to her prefer to her pre-1967 borders, express official regret about the Makba, offer EQUAL rights to Christians and Muslims and stop fomenting war against any perceived enemy, EVERYONE would be a lot safer. By the way, that blockade against Gaza also includes food and medical supplies; and the IDF Commandos boarded those civilian relief ships, guns blazing, in international waters. Yet, Israel receives virtually NO criticism in the US media and EVERY GOP candidate supports Israel without reservations. Unfortunately so do the Jewish PEPs (Progressives Except Palestine), who would rightly condemn such conduct from any other nation, I thank you for a reasoned discussion, even though I adamantly disagree with your characterization of my assertions.

      • Phannesa

        Many Jewish people do not feel they have a stake in Israel or they don’t care, so they back obama, they are the ones that supported obama in both elections!!

        • Definitely not true. You’re making this up because I know it is not correct. Most of the Jews I spoke to, voted the Republican ticket. Stop your anti-semetic ranting and learn about the subjects you talk about.

          • Phannesa

            You are an idiot that obviously do not know anything about the Jewish in America. Check out all the Jewish buddies obama had in his cabinet, and go and talk to the New York Jewish voters, you jerk!!! what? you spoke to less than 10 jews?

  • VirgoVince

    WHY is he rising, he SHOULDN’T even be in the race????
    He’s a rino!!

    • Judy McKinney

      It is because of his message, rather than that people have heard of him before. TRUMP is who we need. We all know Hillary, and have for years, too. What does that prove? I am for Trump, and I agree, vince, Rubio is a rino, and the media is desperately trying to think of some way to get attention off Trump.

      • joe schmo

        Trump is who we need! I second the motion.

        • Janet

          TRUMP & CRUZ TO BRING BACK AMERICA
          VALUES AND BE GREAT AGAIN

      • ADRoberts

        Amazing. You believe Trump but not Rubio.
        Neither one is any different from the other.

        So; tell me what Trump has that Rubio does not.
        Then I will tell you what Cruz has. ACTUAL EFFORTS and excellent rhetoric.
        And Cruz is NICE and not the mean mouthed Trump.

        • don

          adroberts–i beg to differ–trump has a plan for the mexicans–rubio is the gang of 8 bring them all in–or anmesty king–RINO_LIAR–cruz is ok

          • ADRoberts

            Good luck. But remember. The Blderbergs ARE the most powerful group in the world and have been for a very long time. They have an agenda and are NOT likely to allow ANY chance of not taking control. This is IT for them.
            So every one you see who is not being shredded by the media is suspect.

        • billwhit

          Love to see a TRUMP/CRUZ for eight and then a CRUZ/? for another eight! Our Nation would be doing great by then.

          • dmttbt

            I would love to see Trump get the nomination and the presidency. I think he can do what he says he will do. Have the establishment politicians done what they said they would do? No They do things that cause damage in other areas. Other than National defense the federal government should shut up and sit down. There are times I doubt they could handle the national defense.

          • billwhit

            So True, my friend!

        • 657241

          Rubio is NOT eligible. TRUMP is eligible.

          TED CRUZ, BOBBY JINDAL AND RUBIO ARE NOT NATURAL BORN CITIZENS. All are qualified to be POTUS, but TRUMP is the only one ELIGIBLE PER THE US CONSTITUTION.

          • ADRoberts

            And who made you supreme authority. Where were you when Obama was just starting to run.
            Go take a leap. For all Obama and the Democrats care, the constitution is toast is is not to be obeyed for anything. So now you want US to obey it while they refuse to.

            What a chump.
            No. You are not a chump. You have your own candidate and you will do anything to discount anyone who might displace him
            Who are you? You are the dupe who believes that Trump is not a 1% and is not a Bilderberg. LOL.
            Now take this. As per the US Constitution, a candidate MUST be a natural born citizen. Right. So if Obama is still president, what IS a natural born citizens. And don’t bother to quote YOUR source. There are a lot of different sources.
            Just as soon as YOU get Obama removed from office for NOT being eligible, we will stop ridiculing you for you bigoted statements.

          • ADRoberts

            And who made you supreme authority. Where were you when Obama was just starting to run.
            Go take a leap. For all Obama and the Democrats care, the constitution is toast is is not to be obeyed for anything. So now you want US to obey it while they refuse to.

            What a chump.
            No. You are not a chump. You have your own candidate and you will do anything to discount anyone who might displace him
            Who are you? You are the dupe who believes that Trump is not a 1% and is not a Bilderberg. LOL.
            Now take this. As per the US Constitution, a candidate MUST be a natural born citizen. Right. So if Obama is still president, what IS a natural born citizens. And don’t bother to quote YOUR source. There are a lot of different sources.
            Just as soon as YOU get Obama removed from office for NOT being eligible, we will stop ridiculing you for you bigoted statements.

          • 657241

            Two wrongs does not make it right.

          • ADRoberts

            And you are wrong twice. The best man IS Cruz.
            And you are so soaked in Trump that you stink.
            Now just stop being bigoted and let him speak. And you will find out that he is MUCH smarter than Trump. And he is more of a patriot. And he is nicer.
            Trump attacks everyone
            Cruz has not attacked anyone.
            Cruz is right for America. Just as much as Obama and Establishment rich elite are wrong.

    • joe schmo

      It’s the media! Get a clue and don’t listen to them……

    • don

      eeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaa

    • skipsart

      and he’s not a Natural Born Citizen

    • Frank Ortiz

      What exactly is a rino?

      • Pam

        Republican
        In
        Name
        Only
        One who does not truly follow “Republican Ideals” of limited government, lower spending, strong national defense, states’ rights, you know, THE CONSTITUTION!
        The vast majority of current “republican” national office holders are nothing more than dem/lib/progs flying false colors.

        • Walter Flatt

          DONDALD TRUMP IS THE ONLY QUALIFIED PERSON RUNNING ON EITHER SIDE. HE IS NOT OBLIGATED TO ANYONE AND HAS THE ABILITY TO STRAIGHTEN THIS MESS OUT.

        • Frank Ortiz

          Thank you Pam, a real eye opener. God Bless

          • Pam

            De nada. Y usted, tambien.

      • Debra

        A demonazi who claims to be a republican.

    • 657241

      RUBIO is also NOT eligible for POTUS. He was born in US soil but both of his parents are NOT US Citizens, therefore violating the US Constitution requirements for POTUS. BOTH parents must be US citizens at time of birth and must be born in US soil. Both Rubios’s parents are Cuban citizens at time of his birth. Rubio qualifies as an “ANCHOR BABY” but not eligible for POTUS. His parents were refugees from Cuba.
      Same with BOBBY JINDAL. JINDAL’s parents are citizens of INDIA.
      Ted Cruz, was born in Canada and only his mother is a US Citizen. He is not even an ANCHOR BABY. He was born in Canadian soil. His father is a CUBAN citizen and worked for FIDEL CASTRO. Later his father regretted his decision to work for CASTRO. This year CRUZ denounced his CANADIAN citizenship, because he intended to run for POTUS. But that does not make him a NATURAL BORN citizen. He does not qualify for the military exemption McCain had. Parents of CRUZ were not in the military. McCains parents were assigned in PANAMA, were John McCAin was born. So McCain is eligible, Cruz is not.

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