Rubio eyes brokered convention after NH setback

by STEVE PEOPLES  |  published on February 11, 2016

The best hope of the Republican establishment just a week ago, Marco Rubio suddenly faces a path to his party’s presidential nomination that could require a brokered national convention.

That’s according to Rubio’s campaign manager, Terry Sullivan, who told The Associated Press that this week’s disappointing performance in New Hampshire will extend the Republican nomination fight for another three months, if not longer. It’s a worst-case scenario for Rubio and many Republican officials alike who hoped to avoid a prolonged and painful nomination fight in 2016.

“We very easily could be looking at May – or the convention,” Sullivan said as Rubio’s charter jet traveled from New Hampshire to South Carolina this week. “I would be surprised if it’s not May or the convention.”

The public embrace of a possible brokered convention marks a sharp shift in rhetoric from Rubio’s top adviser that could be designed to raise alarm bells among Republican officials. Yet days after a disappointing fifth-place finish in New Hampshire and looking up at Donald Trump in next-up South Carolina, Rubio’s presidential ambitions are truly facing growing odds.

“After this week I feel 55,” the 44-year-old senator joked as he courted voters at an Okatie elderly community Thursday.

  • Pam

    I got an email the other day wanting me to give money to Rubio’s campaign.
    I hit reply and told them he should be pulled from the ticket as he is nothing but an anchor baby who is trying to destroy American jobs
    This morning I got one wanting me to give money to Kasich. I hit reply and said why should I give money to someone who ADMITTED HE SHOULD HAVE RUN AS A DEMOCRAT.
    I then told them that if they choose to run a “brokered” convention to force another RINO like McCain and Romney down our throats they may as well bend over and kiss their butts good-bye because it would be the end of the “republican” party! We have all had it up to our eyes with “compassionate conservatives” and one worlders and cowards.
    This country sorely needs a leader who has actually read, understands and BELIEVES IN our Constitution and Bill of Rights!!!

  • rebapiper

    Public Intelligence Blog
    Wayne Madsen: Marco Rubio Gay Homosexual
    Duplicity Update —- with Photos.

    Forbes tells of the Big Sugar deal. than you wonder why companies are leaving.

    Rubio and his Death to American Workers must be stopped.
    Facebook founder also supporting Rubio and donating millions to train the illegals.

  • Richard Hennessy

    If Rubio doesn’t finish at least second in South Carolina, he should get out and stop dragging the party down with him. Everyone else that can’t get at least 10% of the vote should also. Trump will be a disaster for the Republican party or the Country.

  • rockcut

    Rubio is a pup that learned a few attack lines which are mean spirited and inaccurate and down right distasteful. The only appeal to fringe voters.

  • dennis w

    rubio is not eligible to be POTUS………..

    his parents were not citizens when he was born…….
    he’s nothing other than an ANCHOR-BABY………PERIOD……..
    his azzzz should be kicked out of the running………..

    TRUMP 2016…..ALL THE WAY………..

  • Dodie1990

    The last 40 year old elected in 2008 turned out to be a disaster. Rubio will give amnesty to his fellow Hispanics. Vote Trump. Build the wall. End the benefits for illegals. Rubio will do neither.

    • rebapiper

      Rubio’s agenda is, Death to American workers.
      DISNEY already put Rubio and obamas plan into action. Disney fired Americna workers for Foreign workers.
      Disney is pouring Millions into Rubios dirty, corrupt, back stabbing hands to fund his campaign.
      obama couldn’t do it alone, it took Rubio and the Gang of 8 to put obama plans to work. and it took Rubio to open the door for the Trader and Phony,falsely elected Speaker to fund all that obama and Rubio wanted. and to fund the illegals and immigrations.
      Rubio supported legislation calling for more immigrants. to replace more American workers.

  • kathy diamond

    Not sure I completly understand. Is he saying, ” If we can’t win honestly, ie: majority of ” THE PEOPLES VOTE” then we will go to a broker convention where they can buy the votes ? SAY IT ISN’T SO….Actually if Rubio is doing that bad, why don’t he just drop out ?

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