Marco Rubio: Why, yes, I am ready to be president

posted at 4:41 pm on May 12, 2014 by Allahpundit

I’m old enough to remember Republicans dismissing Obama in 2008 as a young, charismatic, but untested naif whose career as a state legislator and brief service in the Senate made him woefully unqualified for the presidency. What better way to celebrate the validation of that criticism than by nominating someone … who fits exactly that description, right down to the trailblazing racial angle? Fortysomething guy with a thin record who gives good speeches 2016!

In fairness to Rubio, I think he answered this question as well as one can. If he says, sure, I’m ready, he sounds arrogant. If he says, no, no freshman senator is ready and cites the guy in the Oval Office right now as Exhibit A, he’s handing Jeb, Christie, and Scott Walker an easy soundbite to use against him in 2016. (One difference between Rubio and Obama is that O could — and did — get away with saying something like that, shortly after he won his Senate seat.) So he splits the difference: Yes, he’s ready, but so are a bunch of other people in the Republican field. That defuses the arrogance problem and avoids handing his opponents ammo. A good example of Rubio’s retail smarts on the fly.

Watch to the end to see how he fields a new question about climate change, a topic Rubio palpably would rather avoid, especially now that he’s eyeing establishment support and national office. There’s some difference-splitting in that answer too, as he concedes that it’s worth taking mitigation measures against the effects of global warming but refuses to endorse the idea that it’s man-made. Something for everyone in that answer. As for his would-be candidacy, here’s something I’ve been thinking about: Is it better or worse for Rubio if Ted Cruz runs? Ideally he’d like to position himself between Chris Christie in the center and Rand Paul on the right, since each of those guys have flaws that might lead people to look for a compromise candidate like Rubio. His problem if Cruz runs is that many conservatives who have issues with Paul might opt for Cruz in that case instead of the more centrist Rubio. On the other hand, having Cruz in the race splitting right-wing votes with Paul would help Rubio if he can consolidate support in the center by knocking out Christie early. Hard to believe that neither Jeb nor Christie would run, but if that happens, it’s Rubio’s dream scenario.


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No mas.

DFCtomm on May 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Of what?

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Just shut up, Marco. Just shut up.

bofh on May 12, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Could Rubio even win reelection in Florida for his senate seat at this point?

portlandon on May 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Marco Rubio: Why, yes, I am ready to be president

LOL, no, spanky, your not.

captnjoe on May 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Amnesty shill mofo ain’t getting my vote.

MisterElephant on May 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

The boy wonder and Boner will rape you better than obama.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Governors please apply.

John the Libertarian on May 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I love Marco Rubio, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-!!

Be Governor of Florida first. Then run for president.

BigGator5 on May 12, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Could Rubio even win reelection in Florida for his senate seat at this point?

portlandon on May 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I live in FL. You could cut the disappointment in the air with a knife. If a real conservative runs a good campaign against him, he is in trouble.

captnjoe on May 12, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I believe it is a good debate for Republicans to have this election cycle and Rubio should be part of it.

Given the potential field of candidates there is a far better choice for the future of our country somewhere in this group as opposed to the Democrats.

Marcus Traianus on May 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

NO!

workingclass artist on May 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

The boy wonder and Boner will rape you better than obama.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Boner wants Jeb to run

workingclass artist on May 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Hey Rubio, before you go and crown yourself the nominee and a bastion of conservatism, I’d like to hear your updated view on immigration and business regulations.

I doubt you will, but if you would please I could really use the LOL today.

Diluculo on May 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Given the potential field of candidates there is a far better choice for the future of our country somewhere in this group as opposed to the Democrats.

Marcus Traianus on May 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM

So when did logic enter into the political discussion?

Any electorate that re-ups on the Marxist in Chief is not on that playing field.

captnjoe on May 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Hey is Ace’s down today?

John the Libertarian on May 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Fortysomething guy with a thin record hairline who gives good speeches 2016!

FIFY. Rubio lost me for good with his amnesty betrayal. If he’s the nominee in 2016, I stay home.

Doughboy on May 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Hey Rubio, before you go and crown yourself the nominee and a bastion of conservatism, I’d like to hear your updated view on immigration and business regulations.

I doubt you will, but if you would please I could really use the LOL today.

Diluculo on May 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

…and we want to hear it in English and Spanish. The last time, Marco, you gave a different message to your homeys.

captnjoe on May 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Hey is Ace’s down today?

John the Libertarian on May 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Was about to ask the same thing. I haven’t been able to get their site today.

El_Terrible on May 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

“I am the one that you’ve been waiting for.” – Marcobarack Rubiobama

Pork-Chop on May 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Hey is Ace’s down today?

John the Libertarian on May 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Lots of HA folk asking the same question. Yep, Ace is down right now.

captnjoe on May 12, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Boner wants Jeb to run

workingclass artist on May 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Sure, with Dubious Rubio.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Why are we talking like these three Senators are our best option.

They’re not. Like JohnL says, Gov’s please!

WisRich on May 12, 2014 at 4:52 PM

No, you’re not. There’s no daylight between you and Chuck Schumer, let alone Hillary Clinton.

ezspirit on May 12, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Dead. To. Me.

neyney on May 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

The GOP senate will send a “comprehensive immigration” reform Bill with the hopes that they will win the Latino vote.
They are in for a shock.
Immigrants don’t vote republican regardless of income levels.
If the trend of Asian immigrants doesn’t tell the republicans Something, Nothing will.
Seal the border before it’s too late. No way I’m voting for this traitor.
He should be in jail for even daring to support that crap sandwich bill.

weedisgood on May 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Go OR!!!

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I’m excited! He gave a great speech in NH last week.

terryannonline on May 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Too small.

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Perfect title

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Those that truly are never talk about it.

Otherwise, it’s like saying “I’m smart! (not like everybody says)”

aquaviva on May 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM

weedisgood on May 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

+ 200 million

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

The little choomer hearts you. Lolz! ; )

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM

The elites have spoken. Everyone fall in line or be branded a purist who only cares about morals and ethics and consistent viewpoints. Remember, you MUST vote McCain and you MUST vote Romney and you MUST be happy for losing so close with a clean conscious and not that whole Constitution garbage.

SirGawain on May 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM

That is simply precious, Schadenfreude hearts the little choomer. Lolz!

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM

The little choomer hearts you. Lolz! ; )

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Me too

weedisgood on May 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

+ 200 million

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Yep, Ace is down right now.

captnjoe on May 12, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Feeling a tad empty on my trifecta with twitchy.

John the Libertarian on May 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM

This is the exactly the right thing for Marco to say. It’s bold and confident.

Problem – not many agree.

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

That is simply precious, Schadenfreude hearts the little choomer. Lolz!

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Hey, hey, I is fair. Liberty for all, but equally and without thuggish hypocrisy. I want the satanists to speak at Harvard and the twin brothers to work at HGxx and the CEO to work at Mozilla and that Conchita thingie to win the Eurovision.

I just don’t want the talented Russian singer booed, because LilliPutin is their president who has bigger balls than obama.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Not even of my homeowners’ association, champ.

And I’m not *in* a homeowners’ association.

Midas on May 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Sorry

I just don’t want the talented Russian singer singers booed

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Bmore, post the 8 mariachis. Gracias amigo!!!

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

All the new buttons are pretty.

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Perhaps immigrants would vote Republican if we could find even the slightest kind thing to say about them.

The GOP has to lose it’s arrogance about being American.

No wonder the Democratic party is growing and the GOP is not.

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Yes, please post them, Bmore

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Gracias amigo!!!

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Perhaps immigrants would vote Republican if we could find even the slightest kind thing to say about them.

The GOP has to lose it’s arrogance about being American.

No wonder the Democratic party is growing and the GOP is not.

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

You consider all immigrants to be inferior dummies, just like the leftists consider them and all the minorities, and the poor, to be the same. Shame on all of you. The politicians feel exactly the same, that most all people are sheeple…which they are.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Thank you Bmore. Ms. Lindsey still needs a pink skirt.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

So, how do Rubio’s accomplishments line up with Hillary’s accomplishments?

Speeches from Rubio and miles traveled by Hillree do not count.

LetsBfrank on May 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

AoS Outage Announcement

gh on May 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Sounds serious. There goes ONT.

John the Libertarian on May 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

I LOLd.

gh on May 12, 2014 at 5:09 PM

You consider all immigrants to be inferior dummies, just like the leftists consider them and all the minorities, and the poor, to be the same. Shame on all of you. The politicians feel exactly the same, that most all people are sheeple…which they are.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Pretty sure one of us is confused – I do not consider immigrants to be sheep.

I think most are looking for someone who will speak to them about opportunity, their families, why they came to America, etc.

Shame is not a part of my portfolio.

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Closest you’re gonna get. ; )

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

So, how do Rubio’s accomplishments line up with Hillary’s accomplishments?

Speeches from Rubio and miles traveled by Hillree do not count.

LetsBfrank on May 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Well said – Congress is the source of our problems – not the source of solutions.

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Sure you are, Marco. Sure you are. But we need you where you are for now.

kcewa on May 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I’m excited! He gave a great speech in NH last week.

terryannonline on May 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

We know he excites you, terry He is a handsome devil.

butch on May 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

This is the exactly the right thing for Marco to say. It’s bold and confident.

Problem – not many agree.

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

It wasn’t that long ago that Rubio was “bold and confident” in his absolute opposition to AMNESTY in any form – Of course, we have since learned that it was all just a big LIE to get elected, and that Rubio cannot be trusted on any issue.

Pork-Chop on May 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

NOOOOO to Rubio

But love this!!

Gracias amigo!!!

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Of course, we have since learned that it was all just a big LIE to get elected, and that Rubio cannot be trusted on any issue.

Pork-Chop on May 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I certainly agree he is not ready for POTUS – no way – but I think he has long term possibilities.

Needs to get out of Congress – run for Governor of Florida maybe.

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Perhaps immigrants would vote Republican if we could find even the slightest kind thing to say about them.
The GOP has to lose it’s arrogance about being American.
jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

So you’re saying that immigrants aren’t American?

kcewa on May 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

butch on May 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Pretty sure she digs this handsom devil more.

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

So you’re saying that immigrants aren’t American?

kcewa on May 12, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I am saying the GOP, all of us, need to work some positive messages into our tone on the issue of immigration.

Stand back and read – there is a lot of negative energy – too much

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I like Rubio, but enough already with Senators…. I prefer a Gov. like Walker, Jindhal, and Perry…

sandee on May 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Well, *I* am not ready for you to be President. So, there’s that.

GWB on May 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

That negative energy you’re seeing isn’t towards immigrants, per se…it’s toward illegal immigrants.

Because one of the cornerstones of this nation is the rule of law rather than rule of men.

Are you going to try to tell us that we should allow anyone who wants to come here and take the law into their own hands the ability to do so?

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Immigration is NOT amnesty/illegal immigration.

p.s. thanks for the pics, Bmore.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Rubio is definitely charismatic; nothing fires me up like his lisp.

Ted the Average on May 12, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Rubio lies as good as obama.

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

We know he excites you, terry He is a handsome devil.

butch on May 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

He’s not handsome.

terryannonline on May 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Si, se puede!

Schadenfreude on May 12, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Was about to ask the same thing. I haven’t been able to get their site today.

El_Terrible on May 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Sabotage by rogue communist Ewoks?

Mimzey on May 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I am saying the GOP, all of us, need to work some positive messages into our tone on the issue of immigration.

Stand back and read – there is a lot of negative energy – too much

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

The GOP is for immigration. And being pro-american is what immigrants want to hear. Why are they leaving their place of birth if they’re not pro-american?

Illegal immigration is a different matter. The reason we have so many illegals is because democratic unions fought against legal immigration and kept the cost of labor artificially high.

kcewa on May 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

That negative energy you’re seeing isn’t towards immigrants, per se…it’s toward illegal immigrants.

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Good point, however, this is a vague distinction to many.

I get what you are saying – and I agree – but we still being heard by a larger audience.

Tough issue – always has been – always will be.

I have yet to hear anyone in the GOP handle it well. Rick Perry is closest – IMO.

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I’m a Florida girl, still like Rubio (yes, yes, I know). But I’m with BigGator: Come home, Marco, and serve a couple of terms as governor first. You’re young, the big job can wait. Plus, we’re about to have Chain Gang Charlie making a return engagement to the gov’s mansion, so Marco can turn him into a sniveling little girl all over again in 2018. Bonus!

A turn as governor of a weird, enormous state like FL can also give him a chance to redeem himself, which I really believe he can do. (Yes, again, I know, work with me.) And we’ll need someone to fix whatever mess the newly compassionate shape-shifting Democrat Crist can come up with.

KKinFLA on May 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

“Heck, if Obama can do it, anyone can.”

Occams Stubble on May 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Illegal immigration is a different matter. The reason we have so many illegals is because democratic unions fought against legal immigration and kept the cost of labor artificially high.

kcewa on May 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

First – I agree.

One point – remember when legal immigration was simple – took a few hours at your port of call – then pass the immigration test after 90 days. Granted – that was back in the early 1900′s.

Today it takes years, it takes lawyers, it takes access to the internet, it’s damn hard – it’s stupid hard.

Most of us have not idea what the process is.

I think people forget how easy it once was to become an American.

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

KKinFLA on May 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Great post

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Marco Rubio: Why, yes, I am ready to be president

Yeah, he’s oily and progressive enough.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Uhhhhh…. NO! he is not

Willys on May 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM

No, jake-the-goose, he didn’t. We don’t need a touchy-feely “it’s all about making people feel good” response on this one.

We have to keep rule of law intact. That’s all that stands between us and a dictatorship.

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

I could never handle 4 years of Rubio’s “my parents are immigrants” shtick. He really is like O in that he is his own reference point when talking about everything else.

I, I, Me, Me, I, Me, I.

LetsBfrank on May 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

No, jake-the-goose, he didn’t. We don’t need a touchy-feely “it’s all about making people feel good” response on this one.

We have to keep rule of law intact. That’s all that stands between us and a dictatorship.

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 5:33 PM

In making policy and working toward a political solution – rarely is anything black and white – or simple.

This is a political issue – as is any discussion about new law.

jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

No you’re not.

Bishop on May 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

I’m excited! He gave a great speech in NH last week.

terryannonline on May 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Right on. What did Rub say about amnesty, is he for it against it for it or what?

Bishop on May 12, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Boehner will pass amnesty before Rube gets a chance to do it…

d1carter on May 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Rubio lost all chance of my support when he got caught saying one thing on Spanish-language television than the “pathway to citizenship” crap he was pushing on the Sunday talk shows.

For me, it is an integrity issue. Rubio doesn’t have any.

Happy Nomad on May 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Not even of my homeowners’ association, champ.

And I’m not *in* a homeowners’ association.

Midas on May 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Yeah? Well I am *in* a homeowner’s association and happen to be the HMFIC. I’d gladly resign and have him take over this thankless pain in the ass position, any day.

As far as this panderer being POTUS, hell way.

CTSherman on May 12, 2014 at 6:01 PM

..hell no.

CTSherman on May 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Rubio/Haley 2016.

GreenBlade on May 12, 2014 at 6:32 PM

1. I think AGW/climate change/global weirding is bogus as most people here do.

2. That being said, the best way to tackle questions about it to point out that even if the worst case predictions from climate scientists are true, that global regulation of carbon is a ridiculous approach that will never work, and that it would be an open door for corruption. If the worst-case scenarios from the warmers were correct, the only way to combat it is to develop technology to either clean up the atmosphere or to offset the effects of increased levels of greenhouse gases. Technological advancement is how humanity has ensured our survival to this point, not global regulation. If the warmers were serious, they would be clamoring for money to research nanotechnology and atmospheric manipulation, not seeking to build a global bureaucracy to manage the consumption of energy.

Lawdawg86 on May 12, 2014 at 6:35 PM

The GOP has to lose it’s arrogance about being American
jake-the-goose on May 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Man, if they lost any more they’d be Democrats.

Cleombrotus on May 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Rubio/Schumer 2016!

Tom McDonald on May 12, 2014 at 6:49 PM

I thought they legalized weed in Colorado?? Of has Rubio been visiting there a lot lately???

Go back to bed kid, you are not now and you will not ever be, ready to be a Republican President.

KMC1 on May 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Marco Rubio: Why, yes, I am ready to be president

I can’t wait to see liberal NY Democrat Chuck Schumer out supporting and campaigning for Marco.

Oh wait, the chances of Schumer betraying his voting base are exactly zero, unlike Marco standing with Schumer and betraying his voting base.

RJL on May 12, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Rubio’s dream scenario

…he has a wet dream…problem is…………..it woke us UP!

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM

The GOP senate will send a “comprehensive immigration” reform Bill with the hopes that they will win the Latino vote.
They are in for a shock.
Immigrants don’t vote republican regardless of income levels.
If the trend of Asian immigrants doesn’t tell the republicans Something, Nothing will.
Seal the border before it’s too late. No way I’m voting for this traitor.
He should be in jail for even daring to support that crap sandwich bill.

weedisgood on May 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

…you smoked ….some good ‘stuff’ today!

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2014 at 7:10 PM

He gets his lunch eaten by Schumer and he thinks he is ready to be President?

Bleah.

How about some humility?

ajacksonian on May 12, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Marco Rubio: Why, yes, I am ready to be president of the hair club for men.

Jayrae on May 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

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