Marco Rubio Seeks to Remake Image to 'Policy Wonk'

Image: Marco Rubio Seeks to Remake Image to 'Policy Wonk'

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 10:01 AM

By Melissa Clyne

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
In an attempt to reclaim Republican support following a deep party divide over immigration reform, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is attempting to reshape his image to that of a policy wonk, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

The tea party, which helped propel Rubio from anonymity to the junior U.S. senator in the fourth most populous state, turned on him when he supported amnesty to illegal immigrants, according to Businessweek.

So he's taking a different tack, the magazine said, and has "recast himself as a policy wonk."

He's begun delivering speeches filled with fine points and particulars, Businessweek said, such as one at Google Inc.'s Washington offices this month where he suggested "auctioning off 200 megahertz of government wireless spectrum to corporations; constructing an interstate energy pipeline system; promoting cooperation between the private sector and NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense to commercialize public research; thwarting United Nations efforts to regulate the Internet through legislation he'll soon introduce."

The New York Times said that Rubio wants to be seen as a foreign policy expert by highlighting his more hawkish views with current tea party favorite Rand Paul.

"There are forces within our party, there have always been in American politics, that basically say, 'Who cares what happens everywhere else? Just mind our own business,'" Rubio told The Times. "There are consequences and repercussions" to such an outlook.

According to Businessweek, Rubio isn't narrowing his expertise to foreign policy. He is tackling issues such as the War on Poverty and education reform with ideas such as:

• Consolidating dozens of federal programs into a single agency to handle federal disbursements to states;
• Creating federal wage subsidies for the working poor;
• Offering accreditation for free online college courses;
• Allowing private investors to finance students' tuition in exchange for a portion of their future income.

If Rubio stays on track, he will return to favored status within the GOP, Townhall Managing Editor Conn Carroll told The Times.

"As long as he stays away from immigration he'll be a force in 2016," Carroll said.


Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Zbigniew Brzezinski: Putin 'Stumbled' in Handling Plane Attack

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 09:52 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin "badly stumbled" in his handling of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and is alie . . .

Marco Rubio Calls Hillary '20th Century Candidate'

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 09:34 AM

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has dismissed Hillary Clinton as a 20th century candidate while denouncing her policies as th . . .

Choke-Hold Death Puts NYC's Top Cop Back in Spotlight

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 09:53 AM

On a freezing day this past winter, a small group of protesters gathered outside police headquarters in downtown Manhatt . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved