Is Rubio losing Momentum?

by Carmine Gallo  |  published on February 8, 2016

Marco Rubio’s performance in the New Hampshire Republican debate is being ridiculed among voters, in the press and on social media. The word often used to describe Rubio’s performance is one of the most damaging in communication. He’s being called a “Robot.” On Monday, less than two full days after the debate, a Google search for “Marco Rubio” + “Robot” brought up 2.5 million results.

Robot is not a good word. In the workplace robots are displacing American employees at a large number of tasks, eliminating humans from entire fields. Robots have a utility, but we don’t want them as friends and neighbors. We don’t ‘trust’ them.

Florida senator Marco Rubio may have lost much of the ‘trust’ factor he was building ahead of the debate. I’ve written that his message and delivery were beginning to win hearts and minds. On paper, Rubio’s policy platforms might still win minds, but his debate performance may have lost some hearts. In persuasion research we know that candidates who win must appeal to both hearts and minds.

Worse yet, reporters and bloggers covering Saturday’s debate are using words such as “glitch” and “malfunction,” all of which raise the specter of an uncaring, unfeeling and pre-programmed robot. A parody appeared on YouTube over the weekend set to the old Styx song and titled, “Marco Roboto.”

  • Ronald Gendron

    Does the average citizen realize that Marco Rubio may not be eligible to run for the U.S. Presidency? Neither of his parents were American citizens when he was born in Florida in 1971, making him a citizen but not a “natural born citizen” as required to run for the presidency, i.e. at least one parent has to be an American at the time of a person’s birth to qualify! Please look this up, if you don’t believe me!

  • reggie

    Look at his non voting record, worst in the Senate, couldn’t even be bothered to vote on the big 0b0 money grab of December 18. He’s nothing but a rinocrap. We don’t need another absentee president. How can he be eligible when neither parent was a citizen when he was born in 1971? They were legal residents, and became citizens in 1976.. “In order for you to meet the parental citizenship condition, both your parents must be U.S citizens at the time of your birth. But your parents do not need to be natural born citizens. It does not matter where your parents were born.” Presidential Eligibility Tutorial. “He forgot to tell you that his family arrived in the US in 1956 and Castro did not rise to power until 1959. Another lie.” The Marshall Report. As an aside, 0b0’s father was never a US citizen.

  • clem

    I wonder what the RNC thinks of two of their chosen butt boys , Rubio and Christie taking each other out. Of course Bush needs no help, he does just fine shooting himself in the foot. Kasich? Kasish reminds me of Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles.

  • BOC

    Rubio’s performance matters very little because these so-called debates are just a ‘bait-and-switch game by the media and GOP. Eventually, Jeb Bush and maybe Kasich and one other will rear their ugly heads.

  • DrRisk

    I certainly hope so! Of the 7 candidates on the stage Saturday night it would be a real fight between Rubio and Kasich for LEAST DESIRABLE.

    • Robert

      Rubio has a lot of Baggage if people would bother to check him out. He has one of the worst attendance records in the senate, Only bothers to vote when it helps him.

      • DrRisk

        I know. He “represents” me in the Senate, when it suits him. I can’t stand the scumbag. He is as greasy and slimy as Lyndon Johnson or Harry Reid.

  • jug

    Marco should be ridiculed!
    He has flip flopped worse than a fish out of water.
    I guess he just cant quite keep up with all the things that “The Establishment” has been ordering/telling him to do and say! Marco, the bought and paid for, RINO!

    I want some one who is his own man and will do what the citizens want, hopefully like Cruz or Trump.
    Now, even Trump scares me, he is of the same type deffective personality as Obutthole!
    Both egocentric narcissistis, who would cut off their noses to spite their faces, they are so bullheaded and self centered!

    We all know how Obutthole has hurt the country with his self centered BS, but we also just got a good look at how Trump reacts, when things dont go his way, back in Iowa! O’Reily is a scuz anymore, but he gave Trump good advice, and Trump made a fool of himself anyway!
    And then afterward, he compounded it even more.
    His mouth is bigger and fsster than his brain, and then he refuses to back down, even if it bites him, (or the country)!

    Trump actually should be running on the other ticket, he has always been a progressive democrat!
    But then, just maybe that is his grand plan!
    Put a democrat in the presidents office from the GOP!

    • Robert

      Cruz has worse baggage then TRUMP. Chad C Sweet Who supported expanding NSA Metadata Collection Also worked for Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. James Woolsey who worked in the Clinton Administration. Former Director of CIA. Also Booz Allen Hamilton. Elliot Abrams senior fellow CFR. Do some research. I will be VOTING For Donald Trump 2016 For Real Change and Strong Leadership. The only Candidate using his own money for his campaign, all the others have to get their campaign money from Large Companies, Large Donors or The Establishment Rino Party. They will not only expect, but will demand Payment in the form of Favors or Bills that will help them

      • jug

        People thought the same thing as Trump today, with Obutthead 7 years ago!
        Look where that got us!

        All it took was his shenanigans in Iowa to prove the point!
        Trump has supported the RINO, Mitch McConnell to a quarter million $.
        And what has McConnell done other than to give Nancy, Harry, and Schummer their best year ever!
        Even better than back when they were running the House and Senate, WITH a muslim/Communist president!

        I will NOT vote for Trump, Rubio, Bush, Christie, Carley or John Kasich!

        I still say Cruz is the only hope.

        • Robert

          So apparently you don’t think the people running his campaign are any threat. They will probably be his advisers and maybe even cabinet members. I only gave a brief description. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

        • charles17121

          jug , Voting for Ted Cruz is going against the US Constitution and the rule of law . Ted Cruz is not Constitutionally qualified to hold the office of US President or VP under Article ll Section 1 Clause 5 of the US Constitution . Google Natural Born Citizen for Dummies !

          • jug

            Bull Crap!
            He is eligible.

          • reggie

            “In order for you to meet the parental citizenship condition, both your parents must be U.S citizens at the time of your birth. But your parents do not need to be natural born citizens. It does not matter where your parents were born.” Presidential Eligibility Tutorial.

  • Jerry

    All the people that have been in office are dishonest and lie, it is a fact. Hillary, Ben, Ted, Marco, Ryan, I could go on and on with the names but to sum it up, we need to clean out the corruption in all three branches of our government. We can not do this by waiting and voting, it will take decades to do it that way. There is nothing that comes out of Washington that helps the US citizen, it only helps the large corporations to dodge their tax commitment and continue to make record profits. They move their factories to other countries and leave the US worker to suffer and still have to support illegals in our schools and on the welfare rolls. Taking money from the US citizen and even the people on Social Security and the Veterans that do not get a raise this year to support the illegals. We as citizens need to shut this economy down and walk off our jobs in protest one day a week to make them listen. And if that does not help us, then we need to fight with our weapons to take our freedoms and way of life back, reinstate the Constitution that these people in Washington have been using as toilet paper, do not let your apathy be the end of this nation, take action now before it is to late, we are at the end of our nation if we do not take the steps to guard our freedoms.

    • Robert

      I am VOTING for DONALD TRUMP for strong leadership.

  • CBUJAN

    Rubio is a RINO and RINO’S say one thing and do another. Just like in November 2014 when we gave back the senate and increased house seats to the republicans, then they proceded to give Obama everything he wanted.

    • reggie

      Rubio is NOT eligible, nor is Cruz. “In order for you to meet the parental citizenship condition, both your parents must be U.S citizens at the time of your birth. But your parents do not need to be natural born citizens. It does not matter where your parents were born.” Presidential Eligibility Tutorial. Rubio’s family came to the US in 1956, he was born in 1971, his parents became citizens in 1976. They were NOT refugees. Castro took over in 1959.

  • Nelcyn

    Please think of this please. How does Marco in the poll numbers in Iowa go from 10% to 23% over night. And Ted Cruz. Puts out the tweet on Ben Carson that he dropping out of the race. I saw it my self at my caucus location. This is dirty and nasty. Demonic

    • Dennis

      That’s why they’re called POLITICIANS! Hitlery and Bernie are complete scumbags!

      Vote TRUMP!

      • Robert

        RINOS fall into the same category.

        • EMIRCITNA

          RINO = Democrat infiltrator!

    • rex ames

      Yeah for sure you are right. Both Cruz & Rube the tube got allot of Carson votes. Cruz definately won because he got allot of Carson votes, . Trump would have probably won. People view Trump as the only hope to put a leash on the out of control spending and our jobs and economy. The thing that Iowa forgot, is we are not electing a church pastor, we are electing a non establishment leader. Trump has what this country needs right now. All you folks who are gonna vote, ask your self are you better off now or not.. If its not, then why would you want a GOP establishment candidate to be president? How many times do you want to be kicked in the teeth. Just watch your money disappear in your investments, or banks with there risky investing with no regulations put in place yet under Obama. Now this year your middle class health Obama care has sky rocketed and if you don’t have it, you pay a fine. All taxes were raised in 2016, you want more of that, then vote for an establishment guy, and if you don’t want more then you should vote for Trump. What are we going to do folks? We need this country to change and we need it now. We need to protect our borders, are jobs, my God Ford is putting another new plant in Mexico and we need to change the tax system
      People better wake up.

      • Robert

        Don’t forget The Wonderful General Motors who has a New Design Center in China and expects to build a new small suv in china that will be sold in this country and put more US Citizens out of work here, won’t that be nice. I think they still owe the American People about 24 Billion Dollars that our Idiot Government gave them to keep them afloat.

        • rex ames

          Actually I’ve worked all over the world and Gm and Ford are every where, even in Sal pollo Brazil and Mexico, Tiawan, India kind of all over. Lear has sixteen plants in Mexico alone and all over the world.

      • reggie

        Right on!

    • DrRisk

      It sounds rather like what Democrats—in Chicago—do. Routinely. I used to live in Chicago before I moved to Texas. I DID NOT transport that tactic when I moved!

    • BOC

      “go from 10% to 23% over night?”

      I TOLD YOU, THE MEDIA!

      • reggie

        You sure just the media? He who counts the vote, not he who votes, wins. After what happened to Ron Paul the last time, I wouldn’t trust those clowns as far as I could throw them.

  • Dennis B Anderson

    Thats it Rubio FU! How about reparations from Castro. He stole some 3 .5 billion back in January 1 1959 when he ran all americans out of Cuba. There was a deal going on at Mandellas funeral between Obama and Castros brother Raul. They were talking 35,000 cubans with green cards heading for the states. You want another Obama? Cruz has double citizenship so it appears.
    We never got to see Obamas jacket before it was sealed you took him at his word he wasnt homosexual, or a muslim, or born out of country like what his grand mother said from Kenya? How about you people putting down the bong
    were living in dangerous times pay attention before youre living in a box by your own doing.

    • Dennis

      Cruz canceled his Canadian citizenship in 2014. I read his Mother renounced her USA citizenship when she moved to Canada with Cruz’s Cuban Daddy before Teddy was born in CANADA!
      Let’s face it, the USA is over 50% retards and libtards & pretty much beyond fixing! Trump is the last hope. But, all these “people” living off the Government, are very likely going to put the career criminal Hitlery in the white house as they all don’t want their “feel good” interupted! Too many Saul’s and not enough David’s…..

    • BOC

      MATRIX ;MR. ANDERSON!

    • reggie

      (Rubio)” He forgot to tell you that his family arrived in the US in 1956 and Castro did not rise to power until 1959. Another lie.” Marshall Report. “In order for you to meet the parental citizenship condition, both your parents must be U.S citizens at the time of your birth. But your parents do not need to be natural born citizens. It does not matter where your parents were born.” Presidential Eligibility Tutorial

  • Nelcyn

    Jeb bush grandfather Prescott bush. was a hitler supporter. His dad is no different. Their part of the Natzy party. I could not believe it my self until I looked it up. There is so much truth. And proof. Please look it up. And please encourage Ben Carson to support trump. The delegates r for the establishment.

    • Dennis B Anderson

      I think that Trump & Carson would be a great ticket. Fire & Ice with there wisdom and willingness to follow through. This crap about public domain did you get a chance to see that run down shack where this old woman came from? Trump wanted to say something but it was good he let it go till another time. The cheese eating croud jumped all over that one. The mike on MSNBC was scourching hot the comb over homo Chris Mathews was salivating.

  • Webb

    Vote Cruz in 2016…

    • Robert

      VOTE TRUMP 2016

    • reggie

      Not eligible, nor is Rubio. “In order for you to meet the parental citizenship condition, both your parents must be U.S citizens at the time of your birth. But your parents do not need to be natural born citizens. It does not matter where your parents were born.” Presidential Eligibility Tutorial.

  • md

    Rubio says no exceptions in pro-life; @ the debate he says it’s up to the people. He softens his stance on pro-life.
    He’s pro pathway to citizenships of illegals.

    • Robert

      Always has been. That’s nothing new. Check who some of his Big Donors are. All of them are for Open Borders and lots of cheap Labor from south of the Border.

      • md

        This is why we should learn a valuable lesson-never to vote for politicians who accept money from big corporations, lobbyists, and special interests.

  • ralph

    That cubin robot does not have my vote and I voted for the scum bag communist

  • Since Rubio is pro amnesty I hope he’s losing, the same goes for JEB and his mommy.

    GO TRUMP!!!

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