Video: Marco Rubio on the resurgence of fiscal conservatism

posted at 12:55 pm on October 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

If a candidate wanted to talk about the resurgence of fiscal conservatism, he wouldn’t find a more welcoming television program than Neil Cavuto on Fox. Marco Rubio makes the best of this opportunity, correcting a rare Cavuto mistake on polling to underscore the mainstream support for fiscal responsibility and a growing “leave us alone” sense from the American electorate. The election in 2010 will not hinge on which party has the best Democrats, Rubio says, but on Republicans who run on their principles of fiscal conservatism:

Marco Rubio probably benefits most from the surge in support from Republicans and conservatives around the nation for Douglas Hoffman in NY-23. George Pataki, a center-right Republican establishment figure, endorsed Hoffman yesterday, a watershed in that race, and a sign that the GOP establishment might finally be reckoning with their distance from solid fiscal conservatives like Rubio, Pat Toomey, and Hoffman, among others. Rubio has a similar argument against Charlie Crist that Hoffman has against Dede Scozzafava, and without a doubt the Senate race will have more importance than the special election in NY-23.

Time to wake up, GOP. The runaway Democratic Congress has given Republicans an opportunity to coalesce on the principles of fiscal conservatism and limited government — but the GOP has to field candidates who mean what they say this time. Rubio, Hoffman, and Toomey are people who mean what they say, and the Republican Party had better start looking for more like them.


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Anyone hoping for a GOP solution is a political neophyte and fool.

ClassicCon on October 30, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Neil Cavuto should have Michael Moore on to balance out this right wing fanatic.

faraway on October 30, 2009 at 1:01 PM

The sleeping giant has been awakened.

Go, Rubio!

UltimateBob on October 30, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Ed, do you really think Rubio “means what he says”? He presided over the porkiest, most wasteful budget disaster in FL history and did nothing to stop it even though the Florida Speaker has nearly universal stopping power on all bills coming through his chamber.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Crist has been running radio ads for the past two weeks saying that he IS a ‘fiscal conservative’ and boosting his name recognition. He was the state Attorney General under Jeb Bush, so he does have that factor working for him–and people in Florida do think he’s done a good job

This should be a very interesting primary contest…..

Janos Hunyadi on October 30, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Crist is gonna win. Hate to break it to Rubio supporters.

lorien1973 on October 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Saw the interview live…was good and to the point of message.. I am still waiting to see how the GOP goes from here, whether they will back fiscal conservatives with principles or RINO’s?

hawkman on October 30, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Dang he’s cute! No wonder the buzz ’round here. I did not know about him. Pls, you guys forgot about Palin…she’s not running but she blew the whistle first.

Chicas and chicos from Florida: VOTEN POR RUBIO! ;)

ProudPalinFan on October 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Neil Cavuto should have Michael Moore on to balance out this right wing fanatic.

faraway on October 30, 2009 at 1:01 PM

It would certainly “balance” out the hotness. The nice thing about FOX is you don’t have to look at liberals.

alliebobbitt on October 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM

FL native here and I’m not convinced Crist is going to win. He’s upset a lot of people since the election.

The thing Republicans have forgotten and seem resistant in remembering is that fiscal policy is the glue that holds the conservative coalition together.

bj1126 on October 30, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Crist is gonna win. Hate to break it to Rubio supporters.

lorien1973 on October 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

I might have believed that before that video stunt. Crist is toast.

alliebobbitt on October 30, 2009 at 1:11 PM

And he knows it, too.

alliebobbitt on October 30, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Crist is gonna win. Hate to break it to Rubio supporters.

lorien1973 on October 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

While I am not a Rubio supporter, he has a real chance to win. I still think that Florida is purple leaning blue but that Rubio will fare well in a competition with Meeks, but that is more a testament to Meeks being a boob that Rubios actual appeal to Floridians.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:11 PM

I am a native born Floridian and Crist sucks donkey balls (he is a pandering flunkie) – Rubio has my vote hands down. Have donated to his campaign & think he may pull it off – another squeaker.

Ris4victory on October 30, 2009 at 1:11 PM

When is the Florida republican primary, anyone know?

clement on October 30, 2009 at 1:12 PM

He must have been REALLY concerned about fiscal conservatism when he fell for a Twitter phishing scheme.

Just trying to save money on diet pills! :P

Siobhan on October 30, 2009 at 1:12 PM

clement on October 30, 2009 at 1:12 PM

August of 2010. It’s a late one.

Siobhan on October 30, 2009 at 1:13 PM

The nice thing about FOX is you don’t have to look at liberals.

alliebobbitt on October 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Amen.

anXdem on October 30, 2009 at 1:13 PM

It would certainly “balance” out the hotness. The nice thing about FOX is you don’t have to look at liberals.

alliebobbitt on October 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Well, when they have libs like Kirsten Powers and Alicia Menendez, I don’t have to look away from my TV screen. Although I do have to mute it when Alicia opens her piehole.

Doughboy on October 30, 2009 at 1:14 PM

alliebobbitt on October 30, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Which video stunt, the artificial anti-Rubio site scandal?

Rubio has been a regular media whore these last few months, every time there is a mildly interesting news story, I sit and wait for the press release from the Rubio campaign. He will do pretty much anything to get his name out there. I remember that in another FL Primary campaign, Tom Ghallagher, he got waxed.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Not a Florida resident but even if Crist wins Rubio has come out as the true conservative and isn’t doing the Dede dance for anyone.

fourdeucer on October 30, 2009 at 1:15 PM

I wish I could support Rubio, but the Democrats told me I am racists and hate people of Hispanic decent.

WashJeff on October 30, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Rubio, Hoffman, and Toomey are people who mean what they say, and the Republican Party had better start looking for more like them.

ya go that right!

cmsinaz on October 30, 2009 at 1:16 PM

WashJeff on October 30, 2009 at 1:15 PM

I hate pork hounds.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Not a Florida resident but even if Crist wins Rubio has come out as the true conservative and isn’t doing the Dede dance for anyone.

fourdeucer on October 30, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Rubio will do the good TC thing and sit on his hands and let Meeks win.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Dang he’s cute!

ProudPalinFan on October 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM

It would certainly “balance” out the hotness.

alliebobbitt on October 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Sounds like Rubio is the favorite with the ladies.

At least, it sounds like you’re both ladies.

Not that there’s anything wrong with…. well, you know.

UltimateBob on October 30, 2009 at 1:20 PM

lorien1973 on October 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Booooooo!!!

Cindy Munford on October 30, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Neil Cavuto should have Michael Moore Steele on to balance out this right wing fanatic.

faraway on October 30, 2009 at 1:01 PM

FIFY

BacaDog on October 30, 2009 at 1:20 PM

muy guapo…

D2Boston on October 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM

If the GOP doesn’t take the ball and run with it this time, they have no business even trying.

Guys like Rubio are the future for the Republican party, and the country.

SueM on October 30, 2009 at 1:23 PM

The thing Republicans have forgotten and seem resistant in remembering is that fiscal policy is the glue that holds the conservative coalition together.

bj1126 on October 30, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Exact-a-mundo (as Fonzie would say).

Conservatives may be divided on many social issues, but we (well true conservatives, anyway) mostly seem to agree that smaller government and lower taxes equal economic opportunity and more freedom for all citizens.

UltimateBob on October 30, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Words are great….but look at Obama. It’s ACTIONS that make the case for those we should vote for this coming election. I am tired of the pols who pander to the right to get elected and then go right back to their RINO ways once in office. We have to find and support better candidates.

search4truth on October 30, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Ed, do you really think Rubio “means what he says”? He presided over the porkiest, most wasteful budget disaster in FL history and did nothing to stop it even though the Florida Speaker has nearly universal stopping power on all bills coming through his chamber.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Exactly. Don’t know why the “Rubes” (hehe) won’t address those issues. It’s “bash Crist” all day.

Crist is gonna win. Hate to break it to Rubio supporters.

lorien1973 on October 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

It’s all but etched in stone.

JetBoy on October 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM

The problem will remain the battle of sound bites. When you propose any cuts in federal spending, however insane our future outlays seem to any rational and informed person, the Left will always counter with something like: “Why do you want to take the food/medicine/pension away from the old/young/disabled? – You Hitler racist!” Until we can counter that in ten seconds, the government will continue to expand until we’re all broke and destitute peeking into barb-wired government compounds hoping for some bread.

Beagle on October 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM

The nice thing about FOX is you don’t have to look at liberals.

alliebobbitt on October 30, 2009 at 1:08 PM

You mean that moron Beckel was finally fired? His stupidity offends me.

Sidenote: Today is the last trading day for an October crash. Just sayin’ …

progressoverpeace on October 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I like Rubio and will donate to his campaign… It is truely time to clean the GOP house up… No RINOs!

CCRWM on October 30, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Well, Cavuto did say he invited Crist on the show yesterday and he didnt come. They always invite the oppisote side…but they refuse to come on.

becki51758 on October 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM

JetBoy on October 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I dont think Crist is blameless in the budget (no vetos), but it is undeniable that Rubio was either uninterested or ineffective as a leader of the Florida house, a position which gave him far more power over the budget than Crist.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Time to wake up, GOP

NRCC/NRSC: Why? [Yawn] We will cross the bridge when the bridge comes to us.

antisocial on October 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Well, Cavuto did say he invited Crist on the show yesterday and he didnt come. They always invite the oppisote side…but they refuse to come on.

becki51758 on October 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Well, in all fairness, all Rubio has to do all day is sit around and think of the next zinger.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Crist is gonna win. Hate to break it to Rubio supporters.
lorien1973 on October 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Good for you. Now go to sleep (knowing fully that Crist has wet pants).

antisocial on October 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Hey Squid Shark,
Florida is a little version of the whole United States; blue voting lazy leeches in the large population centers and right of center every where else. We conservatives are probably out numbered, or maybe it just seems that way. We are becoming so tired of the failed policies of liberalism, the Tea Party movement has awakened the 900 pound Gorilla. Go Rubio!!!!

Deckard on October 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM

I hope Rubio wins.

terryannonline on October 30, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Republican Party leadership is hard to read. I know some of them must be clear-eyed and capable–sheer probability dictates all of them can’t be foolish–yet the RNC seems determined to bungle a take-back of the House and Senate in 2010. Why, for example, would a wildly popular Republican such as Sarah Palin feel driven to ‘go rogue’ in the first place? After the McCain experience, one would think the GOP would realize the folly of appealing to supposedly moderate independents by abandoning socially and fiscally conservative principles. One would be wrong, I guess.

troyriser_gopftw on October 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Neil Cavuto should have Michael Moore on to balance out this right wing fanatic.
faraway on October 30, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Or, at the very least, Cavuto should have apologized for Fox News being “unbalanced.”

Hypnotising Crist into into being a douchbag and refusing to come on their show? Sorry, that’s just bad journalism.

logis on October 30, 2009 at 1:45 PM

After the McCain experience, one would think the GOP would realize the folly of appealing to supposedly moderate independents by abandoning socially and fiscally conservative principles. One would be wrong, I guess.

troyriser_gopftw on October 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

McCain is STILL calling himself the leader of the Republican Party.

And I don’t hear many Republican Congressmen telling him to shut up and sit down.

logis on October 30, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Crist is gonna win. Hate to break it to Rubio supporters.
lorien1973 on October 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

He’s a young guy so hopefully he’ll try again if he doesn’t win this time.

Why do Floridians like Crist? He just doesn’t seem very interesting to me.

terryannonline on October 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

McCain is STILL calling himself the leader of the Republican Party.

I’ve never heard McCain say that.

terryannonline on October 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Deckard on October 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Mindless sloganeering aside, there are plenty of farm welfare “conservative” leeches in the center of the state and the panhandle. There are a ton just here in Jacksonville, an area that will go big for Rubio. There are also many many more moderate people living in the southwest and South who are hard working but are not going to go for Rubio for a myriad of reasons, some of which I have articulated. Rubio is not the answer, no matter how he styles himself he is just another Miami politician.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM

He’s a young guy so hopefully he’ll try again if he doesn’t win this time.

Why do Floridians like Crist? He just doesn’t seem very interesting to me.

terryannonline on October 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

If he looses again he will try for 2012 against the insalely lame Nelson.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Ed, do you really think Rubio “means what he says”? He presided over the porkiest, most wasteful budget disaster in FL history and did nothing to stop it even though the Florida Speaker has nearly universal stopping power on all bills coming through his chamber.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Looks like Charlie is guest posting here today!

orlandocajun on October 30, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Why do Floridians like Crist? He just doesn’t seem very interesting to me.

terryannonline on October 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

He has made a pretty decent effort to govern the entire state (much as Jeb Bush did which people forget) that is why Crist and Bush had some of the highest ratings on record.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Rubio does not shy away from a good fight either. He knows how to return fire.

“Rubio Campaign Strikes back against Crist for Bogus Website”

It’s great to see a principled conservative candidate that has the guts to fight back.

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Looks like Charlie is guest posting here today!

orlandocajun on October 30, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Typical TC tactic:
“No one would dare question the Republican Obama, it must be the candidate himself because no one else likes him!”

HAHAHAHHAAAHAH that is funny, I never heard that one, except for the first 1,637 times.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM

It’s the “Bill Clinton” phenomena. He was the last real fiscal conservative.

We so miss that.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Still no actual evidence that the Crist campaign is behind it (only that he was aware of the website).

Reminds me of how local candidates will send letters to each other (cc the media) to yell about the other side defacing or stealing their signs. Manufactured outrage.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

It’s the “Bill Clinton” phenomena. He was the last real fiscal conservative.

We so miss that.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM

BWAAAHAAAHAAAHAAA!!!!!!

Bill Clinton? Fiscal Conservative?

What kind of drugs are you on today?

UltimateBob on October 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

What kind of drugs are you on today?

UltimateBob on October 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Clearly, Ann just inhaled a full hit of DMT. Give her an hour.

progressoverpeace on October 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Clearly, Ann just inhaled a full hit of DMT. Give her an hour.

progressoverpeace on October 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

+100

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 2:08 PM

*hehe
I knew that would annoy you guys.

but it’s TRUE!

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:09 PM

*hehe
I knew that would annoy you guys.

but it’s TRUE!

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:09 PM

If you call getting pulled kicking and screaming into a balanced budget by congress “conservative” then sure.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 2:10 PM

The election in 2010 will not hinge on which party has the best Democrats, Rubio says, but on Republicans who run on their principles of fiscal conservatism:

So simple a solution to winning in 2010, and again in 2012. So simple that it’s too complicated for some among the GOP to accept.

We heard all the counter arguments to that simple solution throughout the past Presidential election that brought us (whether we wanted it or not) the McCain candidacy telling us that “we can’t win if we’re Conservative” and so on and so on and so on.

The GOP never wins WITHOUT Conservative support. The sooner they stop trying to be New Democrats, the better. At this rate, some in the GOP surely seem to be working for Democrats and to do their best to ensure the GOP is never again a majority in D.C.

Rubio is a great guy, will make an excellent member of Congress and Senatorial representative of and for Florida. I’d like to see the man run for the Presidency when he’s able and willing, if he is either/both at some future time.

The country NEEDS more candid, assertive and intelligent people such as Rubio.

Lourdes on October 30, 2009 at 2:15 PM

I knew that would annoy you guys.

but it’s TRUE!

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:09 PM

No, it’s not true (that Clinton was “the last fiscal conservative”).

The welfare reform legislation that Clinton SIGNED was engineered by a GOP Congressional majority. Clinton on his own initiative opposed it until he saw votes involved.

Lourdes on October 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

:)

Meanwhile, the fact is that Obama is a kick-back to old-style Democrats.

Can there be any question? He was compared to FDR.

oy vey.

The Clintons understood fiscal conservatism and blending that with liberal principles.

That is precisely why the insiders defeated her.

Well, anyway, we’re way past that debate.

Just as we are way past Reagan.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM

The welfare reform legislation that Clinton SIGNED was engineered by a GOP Congressional majority. Clinton on his own initiative opposed it until he saw votes involved.

Lourdes on October 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Except, it was his idea.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Still no actual evidence that the Crist campaign is behind it (only that he was aware of the website).
Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

So since you are so concerned about corruption I guess the fact that Heffley’s name was scubbed from the website was just an inocent change of source code.

Rich Heffley, one of Florida’s top GOP operatives who helped lead Crist’s 2006 campaign, works out the state GOP headquarters, and whose firm has earned millions from the state party.

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM

I really don’t care how posters here hate Clinton.

He inspired me. Reagan? No.

So just let it go in terms of trying to change my mind.

But, the Obama administration is where we agree.

I don’t think he’s vastly progressive. Opposite. I think he’s the last dying breat of an FDR type Democratic party.

Clinton was the true progressive, and I see that the party turned away.

Obama is really the regressive.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM

I think you confuse corruption with politics.

Is Heffley an elected official?
Is he a member of the Charlie Crist 2010 campaign?
Is he using an official position of power within the state government to execute a campaign against Rubio?

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Does this do it for you?

From Redstate

To add to Charlie Crist’s problems, we know now that Rich Heffley, his campaign consultant who mysteriously was the one major player in the campaign not mentioned in the Hitler video, and Charlie Crist both pay rent to the Republican Party of Florida, operating both the consultant’s office and the campaign office out of the RPOF’s headquarters in Tallahassee.

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM

HAHAHAHHAAAHAH that is funny, I never heard that one, except for the first 1,637 times.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Sounds like I hit a nerve with Charlie!

orlandocajun on October 30, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Well, Cavuto did say he invited Crist on the show yesterday and he didnt come. They always invite the oppisote side…but they refuse to come on.

becki51758 on October 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Because if they do, the rest of “them” accuse them of traitors.

ProudPalinFan on October 30, 2009 at 2:49 PM

McCain is STILL calling himself the leader of the Republican Party.

I’ve never heard McCain say that.

terryannonline on October 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I believe what he said is that he wants a GOP reform (basically, more RINO). Hate to break it to ya. Somewhere online, I guess.

ProudPalinFan on October 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Do you understand yet why Democraps hate and fear conservatives? They do mean what they say and they won’t be rolled by veiled threats and cheap promises. The Dems can’t deal with that. They need statist Republicans who are easy to cajole or intimidate. The Dems love the current GOP leadership because they are useful idiots for every liberal cause they can imagine. Also, true conservatives won’t be swayed by GOP statists and will hold to their principles. Dems and GOP statists wouldn’t recognize a principle unless it came wrapped in hundred dollar bills.

SKYFOX on October 30, 2009 at 2:55 PM

believe what he said is that he wants a GOP reform (basically, more RINO). Hate to break it to ya. Somewhere online, I guess.

ProudPalinFan on October 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Good sourcing there, I suspect he never said that, but some news outlet did. MDS is a powerful master.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Sounds like I hit a nerve with Charlie!

orlandocajun on October 30, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Then you must be Marco Rubio, you effing child.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I read the entire Red State dream sequence before I responded, Nelsa.

His response here:
http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2009/10/rich-heffley-happy-to-stand-up-for-charlie-crist.html

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

This is all talk. Until Bawney Fwank goes back to renting his apartment for sex parties for work, there is no hope.

Hening on October 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

First of all you did not refute the facts listed in my previous answer to you about Heffley’s involvment and sencondly you should have looked around a little more at Redstate for this story.

After refusing to deny his involvement in the anti-Rubio website to a reporter yesterday and refusing to deny his involvement in the anti-Crist Hitler video, today he is issuing a non-denial. You see, it was not him who set up the website, but he passed along lots of the research.

So . . . considering the source file we found . . . is that an admission that someone else in the offices of the Republican Party of Florida set up the website? If so, there is a serious coordinate problem under federal law.

I’m glad you are using your fine research abilities to find out more about this story. Perhaps you could use them to find out the entire truth about the whole situation and fill us all in.

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

I’m glad you are using your fine research abilities to find out more about this story. Perhaps you could use them to find out the entire truth about the whole situation and fill us all in.

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 3:20 PM

I am assuming that you did not read my link where he denies being involved in both, so red state is incorrect in its assumption of non-denial.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

I have to leave Nelsa, it has been fun as always. Look foreward to talking more with you over the next year as this race shakes out.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Not ony did I read the entire story it’s the same story that is referenced in the link I provided above.

So apparently you did not read the story that I provided you with that tears Heffley’s excuse apart.

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Ditto!

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Nelsa on October 30, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Lots of speculation, and I still dont see how this has been definitively proved that Charlie Crist and not just this one lonely douchebag was involved.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Time is on Rubio’s side. August 2010 is a long ways away – an eternity in politics.

Obama’s visit here to Ft Myers in February gave up a wealth of ad material for 2010:

1. Julio from McDonalds
2. Henrietta Hughes
3. And (best of all) The Obama/Crist “Hug”

Rubio seems to have some pretty savvy media-types on his staff. They have already used The Hug effectively in their opening ad when Rubio announced back in May:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROErHRmTrYw

Given the recent polls, Charlie Narci-Crist and his buddies Jim Greer & those RINOs in the NRSC must be in panic mode. Good!

Marybeth on October 30, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:38 PM

If there was a violation of the RPOF rules, that is one thing. But it is no secret that Jim Greer supports Crist. Part of the reason was the Sansom Affair.

OK I really do have to run.

Sorry.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Rubio is a great guy, will make an excellent member of Congress and Senatorial representative of and for Florida. I’d like to see the man run for the Presidency when he’s able and willing, if he is either/both at some future time.

The country NEEDS more candid, assertive and intelligent people such as Rubio.

Lourdes on October 30, 2009 at 2:15 PM

+ 100

I love Marco Rubio!

chunderroad on October 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

I dont think Crist is blameless in the budget (no vetos), but it is undeniable that Rubio was either uninterested or ineffective as a leader of the Florida house, a position which gave him far more power over the budget than Crist.

Squid Shark on October 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Weak excuses for Crist, Squish. All that Obama-hugging and stimulus cheering is gonna come back and bite The Orange One.

chunderroad on October 30, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Ahhh, that’s more like it Ed. I’ll take watching the handsome Rubio over a breast self-examination any day of the week.

CarolynM on October 30, 2009 at 4:09 PM

What is happening in NY23 is not a move to third parties. It is a battle for conservative leadership within the (R) party. It is the grassroots trying to let the GOP and the NRCC know they need to look for conservative candidates and not spineless RINO’s. We are also letting the party know there should be basic principals the party holds and not to water it down just to get an (R) elected in office. Just to have (R)’s in office is what led to the 2006 defeat. Conservatives grew tired of Dem light and stayed home.
Listen to any call made to any conservative talk radio and you will hear the voters expressing anger to this effect. That is a lesson elected (R)’s still have not learned.

lwssdd on October 30, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Crist is gonna win. Hate to break it to Rubio supporters.

lorien1973 on October 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Are you supporting Crist, Lorien? Why are you predicting it?

Jaibones on October 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Except, it was his idea.

AnninCA on October 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM

As if it needs to be said — you’re an imbecile. It wasn’t his idea, and in fact he vetoed the bill twice. He signed it when the Republicans crushed the Dems in 1994 and had the votes to override his veto (with blue dog support).

Jaibones on October 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Love this guy. He’s awesome. I wished I lived in Florida so I could vote for him.

———–

misty

mistythestripper on October 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Weak excuses for Crist, Squish. All that Obama-hugging and stimulus cheering is gonna come back and bite The Orange One.

chunderroad on October 30, 2009 at 4:02 PM

You are right, and hopefully all the pork barreling and shady land deals will come back to bite the Republican Obama

Squid Shark on October 31, 2009 at 2:28 AM