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Marco Rubio — GOP's Strong Suit

Monday, 13 April 2015 05:22 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Senator Marco Rubio announced for president today. He is a fascinating candidate popular with the media. I call him a "demographic on steroids."

First, he is Hispanic and that is the wave of the future for this country.
Second, he is from Florida, a key battleground, must win, state for any Republican.

Third, he is a Roman Catholic, with an LDS heritage, who regularly attends a Baptist church. Believe me, that is a highly evolved creature perfectly fitted for a modern, GOP primary process in an age of the Fox News Channel.

And finally, although he is young, he is the insider, big business, Wall Street, money alternative to Jeb Bush. In fact, Rubio's people are right now telling donors that a dollar given to Jeb Bush is a dollar given to Hillary Clinton since Bush will never win a head-to-head contest with her.

The national media and major corporations will never allow 3 of the last 5 presidents to come from the same immediate family. Bush, we are told, is only insurance in case Hillary slips.

These above are the four major positives of a Marco Rubio candidacy. But he has one major negative. Marco Rubio, like most of the other candidates in this race, has no raison d'etre. There is no purpose in his candidacy other than naked ambition.

For too many candidates in this race it is all about them and not the voter. It’s as if Hillary Clinton says, "Vote for me, I am a woman,” or as if Marco Rubio says, "Vote for me, I am Hispanic."

Even Scott Walker's argument says nothing about what he would do. Walker says, "Vote for me, I am a governor. I know how to be an administrator." It is meant to contrast the ineptitude of the current president.

But being a governor is a pretty empty argument. Jimmy Carter was a governor. If you know how to run things well and you take the country in the wrong direction you will only get us there quicker. The missing piece is the direction. Where are you taking us? Why should we vote for you?

This may be why Sen. Rand Paul is now leading these early swing state and battleground state polls. He is a fount of ideas.

Young people have a reason to vote for him. African-Americans have a reason to vote for him. Born-again Christians have a reason to vote for him. Waitresses have a reason to vote for him. He doesn't just raise the defense budget, he shows how he will do it while balancing the budget.

Marco Rubio needs a popular purpose to his campaign, something more than protecting insiders who are gaming the system, something with appeal to the masses. Their are signs that he is trying to develop that.

He is using the word "conservative" a lot these days. But now, as a candidate, he will have to come up with at least one cut in spending to justify the label. Something he hasn't yet been able to do. Watch for him to distinguish himself in the debates. Not with flash but by avoiding self-mutilation. And see how his money helps him survive the early crush of negative ads.

Rubio should last till Florida and the odds are high that even if he loses, he will be asked onto the ticket by the winner. Marco Rubio will be around for a long time.

Doug Wead is a presidential historian who served as a senior adviser to the Ron Paul presidential campaign. He is a New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and adviser to two presidents, including President George H.W. Bush, with whom he co-authored the book "Man of Integrity." Read more reports from Doug Wead — Click Here Now.


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Watch for him to distinguish himself in the debates. Not with flash but by avoiding self-mutilation. Marco Rubio will be around for a long time.
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