Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) says that he is ready to be the next President of the United States.
Rubio being ready for the White House and Republican voters being ready for Rubio are two very different things, however. The Florida Senator had been a rising star among conservatives due to his stance on the issues and his intelligence and eloquence in discussing those issues. But then came the Gang of Eight. Rubio allowed the slick talking John McCain and Lindsey Graham to convince him that finally solving comprehensive immigration reform was the best way to secure his future bid for the Presidency.
Sadly, Rubio misread the American people – conservatives in particular. We all want immigration reform… but amnesty is not part of the reform we want.
Rubio has since seen the error of his ways and apologized. He has also worked hard at once again proving himself to the Republican base… but 2016 may prove to be too soon.
While his readiness for the Presidency may be the big news from this interview with ABC, there are a couple of other key points that shouldn’t be missed.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was an abject FAILURE.
“I’m sure she’s going to go out bragging about her time in the State Department. She’s also going to have to be held accountable for its failures, whether it’s the failed reset with Russia or the failure in Benghazi that actually cost lives… If you look at the diplomacy that was pursued in her time in the State Department, it has failed everywhere in the world. If she is going to run on her record as secretary of state, she’s also going to have to answer for its massive failures.”
Clinton and her allies will pretend that her time at the State Department somehow proves that she is capable of being President… but the fact is, her every move at State was either plagued by incompetency or ended in failure. Rubio is 100% correct — Hillary Clinton was a horrible Secretary of State.
The Climate Change Hysteria is Worthless
Liberal websites are having a field day with this. They are claiming that Rubio is a “climate change denier” – but if you read the transcript of the conversation or listen closely to what he actually says… nowhere does he “deny” that climate change is happening. Rubio is much more nuanced than that.
Here is the heart of his comments…
“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. That’s what I do not. And I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.”
He does seem to imply that he is skeptical about how much of a role we’ve played in climate change.
No, he’s not denying Global Warming, though some of his may wish he had. He is simply saying that the measures being suggested won’t help but they will hurt our economy. He is also suggesting that some of our problems that have arisen with climate change are self-inflicted because we’ve built population centers in severe weather prone areas.
So, is Rubio ready to be President in 2016?
Maybe. He can’t be any worse than Obama. But I don’t think that his “readiness” is actually a factor.
If Rubio doesn’t get the majority of conservative support in the primaries, he won’t be able to put down the establishment candidates (whoever they may be – think McCain, Romney, Dole, etc.). To win a Republican primary, Rubio will have to consolidate conservative support before primary voting begins…
The real question is, will conservatives be ready to put his immigration mistake behind them and cast their vote for him? Of that, I’m just not sure.
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