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June 18, 2012 | By Paul West
In the latest aftershock from President Obama's move to bar the deportation of some young illegal immigrants, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has apparently abandoned his plan to offer a conservative alternative to the Dream Act. Rubio, a Cuban American often mentioned as a potential running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said Obama's announcement last Friday had probably killed his own legislative effort, at least until after the 2012...
February 13, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
#GOPResponse #SOTU #gop #tcot… - Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 13, 2013 SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter runneth over with jokes at the expense of the parched Sen. Marco Rubio who awkwardly broke away to take a desperate sip of water toward the end of his Republican rebuttal to the president's State of the Union speech. Soon the topic was trending on Twitter and hashtags #waterbreak and #watergate threatened to eclipse the "binders full of women" remark from Mitt Romney that lit up Twitter after his presidential debate (and, ahem, water down any serious discussion of the GOP vision to help the middle class that Rubio was trying to outline at the time)
November 9, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, This post has been updated. See below for details. >
BOSTON - The race for 2016 has officially begun. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will headline a birthday fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad next week, a benchmark gathering that is expected to attract hundreds of Republicans in the state that will kick off the next presidential nomination contest. Anytime any politician appears in states like Iowa or New Hampshire, they cause shock waves because of these states' early voting roles in selecting party nominees. PHOTOS: Reactions to Obama's victory “Every single move any national politician makes here is looked at through the caucus lens,” said Tim Albrecht, a spokesman for Branstad.
February 6, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - The GOP has picked Marco Rubio to respond to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, giving the Florida senator a chance to trumpet his party's stances and raise his profile. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch Connell (R-Ky.) announced the decision Wednesday, declaring Rubio to be “a champion of growing the American middle class.” “I'm honored to have this opportunity to discuss how limited government and free enterprise have helped make my family's dream come true in America,” Rubio said in a statement.
August 9, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Rob who? Ohio Sen. Rob Portman remains the betting favorite to be chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate, but a new poll finds that Marco Rubio is the leading choice of Republican voters nationwide. Americans, in fact, seem to have little opinion of some of the most often-named short-listers. That will change very quickly for whoever is ultimately the GOP's nominee for vice president. Romney told NBC's Chuck Todd in an interview on Thursday that he would not discuss his choice, but that he expected “to have a person that has a strength of character, a vision for the country that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country.”   A CNN/Opinion Research Corp.
July 26, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush has weighed in on the debate over Mitt Romney's running mate, urging the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to choose Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. The former Florida governor and longtime supporter of Rubio told the Associated Press that he personally lobbied on Rubio's behalf in a recent conversation with Romney. Bush said Romney did not indicate who he would choose. Rubio, a freshman senator who was elected in 2010, is a rising star in the Republican Party.
February 15, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
By now millions of Americans have seen Sen. Marco Rubio's televised response to President Obama's State of the Union address, in which the parched politician nervously reaches for a bottle of water mid-speech. But what struck me wasn't his awkward rebuttal. Rather, what I was left wondering was why does the GOP think Rubio can help the party's reputation with Latinos? Clearly, Rubio is smart, ambitious and bilingual. But he's hardly a household name outside of Florida among Latinos, the majority of whom are of Mexican origin, according to Census data.
February 14, 2013 | By David Horsey
It is no wonder Florida Sen. Marco Rubio needed to grab a bottle of water in the middle of delivering the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address. The speech he was given to recite was like a hunk of stale, dry sourdough and it surely caught in his throat.  For 30 years, Republican aspirants to the presidency have been giving variations of the same speech. It sounded fresh and bold when Ronald Reagan first spoke the words as a candidate in 1980. At that point, the liberal era that began with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 had pretty much run out of gas. Democrats had grown too comfortable with their seemingly permanent lock on the House of Representatives, while their ideas about the creative use of government had devolved into a system of doling out federal dollars to clamoring interest groups.
August 4, 2012 | By Paul West, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Charismatic and boyish, Marco Antonio Rubio would be more than the first Latino ever chosen for a major-party ticket.  At 41, he would also be the youngest running mate in six decades.  Not since Dwight D. Eisenhoweradded 40-year-old Richard Nixon to the 1952 Republican ticket has a younger person been proposed as a vice-presidential nominee by either major party. Rubio's youthful energy would be an asset to Romney, along with his potential appeal to Latino voters, the largest minority group in the country and a voting bloc that Republicans have struggled to attract.  But the selection of Rubio would also be a play by Romney to the GOP's conservative base.
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