Marco Rubio launches presidential campaign
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) may be a sleeper candidate for the Republicans, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to win the presidential election should be become the party’s nominee. You see, Rubio is a fast talker, who doesn’t seem to care much about immigration reform. He seems to play up his Cuban connection when it’s convenient, but not in the context of putting protections in place to keep immigrant families together.
He tried to ding Hillary Clinton by saying, “Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday. Yesterday is over and we’re never going back.” Um, if memory serves me correctly “yesterday” during her husband’s presidency was pretty good for the middle class. More people on Main Street invested in the stock market and life was good. But, the yesterday that became a nightmare happened under a Republican administration.
The fact is, when the debate gets around to income equality for women, gay rights and other social issues, Marco Rubio is just as terrible as the other Republican presidential wannabes. He will be out of his league in a debate with Hillary Clinton about women’s issues, minimum wage, help for working families, immigration and so on. I am hard-pressed to believe that Marco Rubio gives one iota about the black community. I can’t recall seeing his name mentioned in any black news stories, in terms of community outreach or commemorating an important event such as Selma 50, for example.
Don’t get me wrong, Hillary Clinton is no paragon of virtue, but I would venture to say that the yesterday under Bill Clinton is worth going back to. Yeah, yeah, Bill had personal drama, but that life for Main Street was mainly good.
When the debate gets down to women’s economic equality, our basic human rights to personal freedom, Marco Rubio is as bad as all the other Republicans in the field.
It seems to me that Jeb Bush has boxed out Rubio and he may be in the worst position at this juncture. Bush has a great deal of support from the “mainstream conservative and moderate donors” in the party. This wouldn’t normally have been a big deal but Rubio isn’t a favorite of those insiders who as “skeptical of Mr. Bush’s candidacy,” Nate Cohn writes.
“His central problem is that Jeb Bush has found considerable support from the party’s mainstream conservative and moderate donors in the so-called invisible primary — the behind-the-scenes competition for elite support that often decides the nomination… Mr. Bush’s pre-emptive bid to build elite support has denied Mr. Rubio the opportunity to consolidate the center-right wing of the party. Perhaps this wouldn’t be a big problem if Mr. Rubio were a favorite of the conservatives skeptical of Mr. Bush’s candidacy, but the field is full of candidates who are equally good or better fits for many conservative voters.”
Twitter mocked Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign announcement:
— Joe Keene (@joekeene) April 13, 2015
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) April 13, 2015
— Doc Hamrick (@mch7576) April 13, 2015
Marco Rubio’s campaign logo looks like it belongs on a frozen yogurt shop doomed to close six weeks after opening. pic.twitter.com/OdztAvOb9f
— C H R I S T I N A (@CasualChristina) April 14, 2015
— Pedro Ortega (@PedroGOrtega) April 14, 2015
Marco Rubio is an anti-equality extremist:
The time Marco Rubio argued it should be legal to fire someone for being gay: https://t.co/lw14VRBTVU
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) April 13, 2015
— Gay Civil Rights (@gaycivilrights) April 13, 2015