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Charles Hurt: Rubio Alone in 'Speaking English' of Voters

Charles Hurt: Rubio Alone in 'Speaking English' of Voters
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By    |   Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:02 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio is growing into a new role, says conservative columnist Charles Hurt: He's "the only guy speaking common English right now."

The candidate who can speak "like a normal American" is the most important thing in a presidential election, Hurt writes in an opinion piece for The Washington Times, and Republicans learned the hard way in their past two losses that they haven't had a candidate that's done that for a while.

"In 2008, we learned that Sen. John McCain's crazy Geritol/Beach Boys talk about 'bomb, bomb, bomb — bomb, bomb Iran' and suspending his fizzling presidential campaign to somehow stop the economic meltdown was no match for all the gilded hype about 'hope and change' " his Democratic opponent was offering, said Hurt.

"We now know that then-Sen. Barack Obama was totally full of untreated sewage, but at least he served it to us in ordinary English."

Mitt Romney finally used "plain English" in his first debate in the 2012 race. But for the most part, he spoke "rich guy" from his reaches in the "upper 52 percent" of the income bracket, and his sound defeat "was so stinging that even the famously obtuse party bosses got the message," said Hurt.

Rubio stands out, said Hurt, because he delivers a message Americans can understand.

As for the other candidates?

"Former Gov. Jeb Bush speaks pure blue-blood Brahmin," said Hurt. "And no matter how much salsa cred he claims by constantly pimping out his little wife, he remains a very pale patrician."

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz attracts those angry with Washington, said Hurt, but "unfortunately he speaks right-wing Kool-Aid that, literally, frightens little children in the audience ... politicians are supposed to kiss little babies, not scare them."

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, meanwhile, captures "don't-tread-on-me" sentiments, writes Hurt, but "he also seems to be speaking kook ... it is like he is tuned to a frequency that can only be picked up if you are wearing a tinfoil hat."

There is one other potential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who comes close to speaking plainly, Hurt writes. But "he can't help himself veering wildly into preacher mode, which is deadly for a politician."

Govs. Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal both "speak geek," he continued, and while their policy positions are good ones, it takes speaking "ordinary American English" to appeal to voters.

But Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, "speaks American" whether he's speaking in Spanish or English, said Hurt.

"He talks about legal immigration that unites people," Hurt writes. "He talks vividly about the American dream. And he does it with humility and optimism and without scaring little children."

There is a spot of good news though, with Democrats being ready to "canonize" Hillary Clinton, said Hurt: "She hasn't spoken a word of English in the quarter-century since she left Arkansas."

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Sen. Marco Rubio is growing into a new role, says conservative columnist Charles Hurt: He's "the only guy speaking common English" right now, and that ability is key to winning a presidential election.
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:02 AM
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