Video: Rubio on principles and winning

posted at 10:55 am on October 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio appeared on Joe Scarborough’s show this morning to talk about his campaign against Governor Charlie Crist for the open Senate seat in the 2010 Republican primary. Rubio got treated well by the Morning Joe panel, which let him speak at length about the necessity of sticking to principles rather than worry about diluting one’s party to win votes. Rubio reminded the MS-NBC audience that self-identified conservatives are growing in number — and besides, if voters really want to support statist intervention, the Democratic Party already offers that choice:

This was an excellent appearance by Rubio, who may benefit the most from the contretemps over the NY-23 special election. One of Joe’s panelists makes a sneering reference to Washington Republicans and their intervention on Crist’s behalf in this race, a theme which has gathered more steam since Newt Gingrich’s defense of his endorsement of Dede Scozzafava. Rubio is exactly the kind of candidate that Tea Party activists want from the GOP, and his growing popularity shows that he has captured the energy of the grassroots activists.

The 2010 elections will hinge on government interventions in the economy. If the GOP wants to win, they need to find candidates like Rubio, Pat Toomey, Douglas Hoffman, Rob Portman, and others who put the principles of fiscal conservatism and limited government ahead of all other considerations. A nation aghast at the Obama overreach in 2009 needs clear choices, not various shades of Democrat Lite. Rubio has this exactly correct.

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If Rubio goes down against Stimulus Charlie

If Rubio loses to crist there may be two democrat senators in office from Florida and a whole lot more problems to deal with in 2012. The republican party has given us crist and martinez and john mccain. We’ve sucked it up and been good soldiers. If the national and state parties screw this up and force crist on us it may be a catostrophic move. Conservatives may not only abstain from voting for crist in the general, we may stay home all together. crist is a dirt bag who has always spoke out of both sides of his mouth. He goes down to south Florida and says one thing to the liberals down there (who really make up his support) then comes to North Florida the same day and says something different. He gloats about his tax cut, an expansion of the homestead excemption that took hundreds of thosands if not millions of democrat voters of the property tax rolls, caused state wide budgetary crisis and is now resulting in millage rates being increased on the rest of us all across the state. He has a shameful commercial running claiming he is going to stand up to barry on spending when he practically dropped his pants on the stage to show barry how excited he was about him and the stimulas. If crist makes it to the senate it will be a bad, bad thing.

peacenprosperity on October 27, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Oh yeah, and here’s a prediction. If crist gets to the senate he will be having dinner at the White House within weeks. Take it to vegas and bet on it, it’s sure money.

peacenprosperity on October 27, 2009 at 2:49 PM

The more voters look at that telegenic hottie Rubio, the better his chances of winning. I see it happening.

leftnomore on October 27, 2009 at 2:54 PM

This picture sums up the conservative fight:

Keep fighting!

vsunited on October 27, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Haven’t been paying much attention to this race yet and that was my first real look at Rubio. Nice. Very nice. A young man with a future.

SukieTawdry on October 27, 2009 at 3:12 PM

A nation aghast at the Obama overreach in 2009 needs clear choices, not various shades of Democrat Lite.

This. Is very important. Well said, Ed. Well said.

redwhiteblue on October 27, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Rubio is the real deal; and, if he doesn’t win this thing, due to lack of support from GOP leaders, I will never give another dollar to the NRSC or the RNC. The NRSC should not have jumped on the Crist bandwagon so early. What a stupid thing to do and so clearly shows how out of touch the so-called party leaders really are.

LindaDinNev on October 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM