Marco Rubio clings to delegates — and hopes for Republican nomination

by Seth McLaughlin  |  published on April 8, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio has fought to take the delegates he won to the Republican National Convention in July, leaving him in a position to be a power broker or even, if everything falls into place, to make another run at the top of the party’s presidential ticket.

Under current rules, he doesn’t qualify to be considered for the presidential nomination — only Donald Trump has clearly met the threshold so far — but if the party starts looking beyond the billionaire businessman, Mr. Rubio could be in line.

“You can see absolutely how it could play out,” said Chris Bravacos, who led Mr. Rubio’s operation in Pennsylvania. “Whether that yields Gov. Kasich, or Marco Rubio, or someone who didn’t run, I think that is an open question.”

The senator from Florida and his aides aren’t saying what his goal is — many of them declined to comment or didn’t return messages left this week.

  • Gary Smith

    Right now we have a choice between an egomaniac and a liar

  • armydadtexas

    While real MEN are out fighting for America and to win the Republican Nomination for the General Election LITTLE Marco, hides under a rock, looking to ambush the election like a chicken sh*t sneak. What little respect remained for Rubio is now gone. What a punk @$$ puke

  • NoCoincidences

    Why has that ineligible 1st generation-born ‘american’ not been challenged with the fact that he is NOT a natural born citizen? Therefore, 0bamorubio, jr., cannot be President of the United States of America, now or in the future. So, he needs to dive back into his foam party with his gay boyfriends..

  • Lee Harder

    I was a Rubio supporter, but I think it probably has to be Trump or someone he chooses if we want to win. If it is Trump he need to pick someone that can Unite the Party to be VP. Jeb Bush or Newt Gingrich for VP. Trump needs to come up with a list of Supreme Court nominee. He should mend fences and Cruz should be the top of the list. You guys are a bunch of pessimistic winers.

  • Webb

    Marco Rubio clings to delegates — and hopes for Republican nomination…
    UNDERSTANDABLE…I still cling to my ” Old Baseball Cards”, Hoping one day One of them may make me Rich, beyond my dreams…

  • onefour

    Rubio and the GOP are playing Russian Roulette with the supporters of the Republican party. The underhanded way they are trying to usurp the will their supporters is dangerous to the party. It is because of this and many other things they have done that I quit donating to the RNC. I support the candidate directly after listening to them for sometime. This goes for the Tea Party also. I use to support them as a party but quit when so many went from TP to Rhino. This includes one of my Senators, the other I support by holding my nose since we can’t seem to get rid of her.

  • Pam Dunn

    Rubio NEEDS to take his wet panties and GO home. Him being the nominee at this point is the samething as a Bob Dole, McCain, and Romney nomination and the resulting defeat of the republicans AGAIN. Of COURSE the RINO’s Don’t care, they get to keep their gravy train.

    • Frankdidit

      I don’t see Rubio getting re-elected in Florida. However, I do live in Florida and very little that takes place here surprises me here anymore.

  • jdp

    jdp…His hopes are usless, no body wants him, if they did he would have won fl.

  • Roy

    “only Donald Trump has clearly met the threshold so far”

    Not true. The current rules say a candidate has to win a minimum of eight states to be considered eligible. Ted Cruz has met that threshold, too. Kasich and Rubio haven’t and Ryan and Romney didn’t even try. Making one of them the nominee would be suicide for the Republican Party. What’s more they have been told this repeatedly but they refuse to believe it. They figure once they make their fiat ruling as to who the nominee is, all the good little Republican sheeple will fall in line just like they always have. They don’t seem to be able to comprehend just how fed up the Republican base is with the people in Congress – of both parties.

    • truthseeker

      Marco Rubio has been use to spending other people’s money, so when he got his hands on Campaign Contribution, he did what he was accustomed to.. Use it as his own Piggy bank.

  • DrBillLemoine

    Compared to Trump and Rubio, the greenhorn Rubio might seem like a logical fall back candidate for moderates. But the guy has no experience running anything, lacks judgment as a very young man, and can’t think on his feet. Checkmate on Rubio’s hopes for the convention.

    • Webb

      ” But the guy has no experience running anything, lacks judgment as a very young man, and can’t think on his feet.”
      Yet, some chose to elect Obama twice and he falls in that same category…seven and a half years later, he still has no Experience!

      • DrBillLemoine

        No comparison. Moderating the FL legislature isn’t running anything. Insuring procedure in FL legislature and missing most votes in DC Senate isn’t judgment, but protocol and disinterest in legislating. Memorizing and repeating campaign mini-speeches in debates and on the stump isn’t thinking on your feet. Mr. Obama did far more and still is.

        • Webb

          Comparison… Obama
          Moderating the IL legislature isn’t running anything. Insuring procedure in IL legislature and missing most votes in DC Senate isn’t judgment, but protocol and disinterest in legislating…No Difference!

          • DrBillLemoine

            You are confusing IL and FL legislatures. Obama was an active Senator out of Chicago. He didn’t miss votes like Rubio. Besides as president he’s been stellar.

          • NoCoincidences

            Oh, but 0bama did miss many Senate votes; rubio is a clone of 0bama. Rubio has the record for most votes missed in the U.S. Senate:
            “From Jan 2005 to Oct 2008, Obama missed 314 of 1,300 roll call votes, which is 24.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 2008.”
            “Of the lawmakers currently serving in the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the least likely to show up for work. He’s been in office for four years, and of 1,198 opportunities to vote, he has declined to do so 99 times. That’s an absentee rate of 8.2 percent—four times the Senate average of 2.01 percent.”

            Conclusion: They both sucked as senators. As president, one already sucks, and the rubio (0bama clone) would suck as well.
            “They voted when it served their own political goals…not the needs of their constituents. For being only first term Senators, they didn’t show leadership nor advocacy.”


          • DrBillLemoine

            Oh, no. There a massive difference between statistically significant 2.01% and 8.2% including the state-national arenas. I’d disagree about constituent backing as well since Mr. Obama was elected president including a landslide and Rubio’s now a dropout as candidate. Guess you can be persuaded by your partisanship, not the facts.

  • Mike N

    The Republican delegates to the National Convention make the rules. Each delegate to the convention has an equal say. There is no super group or any person that has more say than any one delegate. To change the rules you would have to sway a majority of the delegates. Since a majority of the delegates strongly favor either Trump or Cruz it is doubtful that will happen.

    • I Seigel

      It’s only April. Anything can happen – and probably will.

  • Robert Early


    • truthseeker

      He is got no where to go. HIs Senate Seat is gone and he cannot bear the Idea he may have to work for a living. Feeding off the Public troth has become a lifestyle.

      • Robert Early

        Rubio had a lot going for himself: youth, good looks, bankroll, speaking skill. But he got a lot of bad advice from somebody; and when he directed his Ohio supporters to vote against the leader, he just killed his future politically. All he demonstrated was a truck load of sour grapes, and opposition to the will of the people. In short, he burned his bridges. Maybe he can sell used cars.

  • Chester

    I would vote for S.P. before MR

  • gf

    Sorry “Bubble Boy”, it ain’t happening. It’s time to go to, Alice C. Wainwright Park. You can hook-up!

  • del

    Rubio couldn’t even win his own state and he proved he could be bought!

  • Jm

    These RINOs losers have zero credibility with half the Republican base and cannot regain any credibility. Liars, Cheaters and Thieves are worse than Democrats

    • truthseeker

      Sounds like Senator Ted Cruz. Why didn’t they stop him in Iowa when he was discovered with Mail Fraud ? When they ignored that, Ted went to Florida and made those same Robo calls on Marco as he did on Ben Carson stating they had bowed out of the Race. Then Ted goes to Utah using Mitt to do the Robo Calls, since he had to fire those volunteers that had just followed his orders.

      • truthseeker

        Vote for Trump, this April 19, 2016. If you are a New Yorker. Let’s not Cheat like Lyin Ted.

  • T.W.

    TRUMP 2016!!

  • joseph kosior

    Nobody is more thrilled about how this is playing out than the democrats. I’ve been saying for a long time now that I’m sick of seeing the democrats outsmart the republicans at every turn but now realize that it’s not that the democrats are so smart, it’s the republicans that are so dumb. You have a guy that’s turning out more voters than we’ve seen in modern history and, instead of getting behind that surge, they start working to take him down. I think this shows that voters mean nothing to these career politicians. But they’re going to find out the hard way when they lose the House and the Senate, not because the democrats will run better candidates, but because the voters are going to stay home rather than vote for another republican. This is serious and this could be the end of this great country. I’m not over dramatizing the situation. It’s going to happen. Mostly because of the stupid bleeding hearts that will gladly give in to those that want to change everything. America, you had a good run, but the idea of a country consisting of “united states” is over.


    There’s a Spanish saying that loosely translates to : whoever makes the rules knows the way to break them. The GOP is signing its own death warrant by trying to make it up as they go. The fact Rubio won’t comment or return calls tells me he’s the little weasel who got deservedly booted weeks ago!

    • truthseeker

      Your right they all signed the Pledge and demanded Donald Trump do the same. I had a feeling it would not be worth the paper it was written on. I see the GOP will not demand that Marco Rubio full-fill his promise and cancel his race to support those that are still in the race as promised. His word has no weight to it.

  • kathy diamond

    This convention is bringing to lite exactly how corrupt our system really is. Rubio suspended his campaign, it’s over. The delegates he won should be automatically be given to the next in line vote amount of that state, actually it should be mandated that this should happen regardless of who it is. There is going to be so much trouble because of this dirty convention, I don’t think America will ever survive.

    • truthseeker

      Oh we as Americans will survive. Do you remember in History the people who called themselves ” Loyalist”. They supported the King of England, until we finally got tired of them. President Monroe created a Document called” The Monroe Document”. , basically it stated if you do not want to support you fellow countrymen, you must leave. They sent them packing. Who ever will support this open Convention against the Will of the People may find themselves being recalled .

    • I Seigel

      It’s not ALL that bad. America will survive, for sure. The Republican Party, maybe not…

      • kathy diamond

        I Seigel It is that bad, The Party has resorted to ” EATING THEIR OWN” Disgusting People

        • I Seigel

          Yup, that’s been going on since August. Pretty entertaining, huh?

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