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    October 16, 2014

    #FanGate Reactions Dominate Post-Debate Spin by Politicians

    The room was cluttered with a dizzying array of voices. Bodies crushed in together. Lights flashed. Cameras buzzed. The so-called post-debate Spin Room -- the designated area where politicians go and talk to the media about how their candidate won the debate -- was a steaming goulash of pant suits, ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Marco Rubio Sent Poorly Timed Tweets to Gators Player Accused of Sexual Assault

    It's been a rough couple of weeks for Sen. Marco Rubio. For one thing, his all-over-the-place stance on how to handle the ISIL situation has brought heavy criticism of the senator. And now comes a pair of ill-timed tweets in which Rubio praises University of Florida quarterback Treon Harris just a ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Marco Rubio Wants to Make Sure the Government Doesn't Penalize People Who Can't Get Obamacare

    Marco Rubio has been opposed to Obamacare from the beginning. But now, he's suddenly giving a fart or two about people who actually want Obamacare and are among the first to try and sign up for it. So much so that he's introducing a bill that would delay the health-care law's penalty if people don ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Marco Rubio is Attacking Obamacare To Make GOP Forget All That Immigration Reform Stuff

    In case you've forgotten, the once the Golden Boy Chosen One Can Do No Wrong Savior of the GOPers in 2016 Marco Rubio hasn't been doing too hot within his own party. Particularly, he's drawn the ire of New York GOP Rep. Peter King, after Rubio voted against the $60.4 billion in aid for Sandy relief ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Jeb Bush Favored Over Marco Rubio For President, According to Poll

    The election was literally six days ago (well, okay, two days ago if you count Florida), and Florida Republicans are butthurt about the results. So the fine folks at Public Policy Polling thought it would be a neat idea to exploit that GOPer melancholy and the infinite sadness, and ask them to look ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Marco Rubio Will Introduce Mitt Romney at RNC

    He wasn't picked to be Mitt Romney's running mate, but that doesn't mean Marco Rubio can't do his part, damn it. Rubio will be introducing Romney on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on August 30.Because Republicans and tea partiers love a good latherin' up via charismatic ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Marco Rubio Admits to Puking After Vodka-Shot Contest, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Makes Fun of Him

    The Miami Herald had a story over the weekend outlining some of the contents of Sen. Marco Rubio's autobiography, An American Son, due to come out tomorrow. It included a tidbit about Rubio's drinking habits:Where President Obama, for instance, admitted drug use in his first autobiography, Rubio is ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    Rubio Chief of Staff Still Receiving Cash From Former Lobbying Firm

    Cesar Conda, Sen. Marco Rubio's chief of staff, received  $50,000 to $100,000 from the lobbying firm he used to work for, according to an investigation by campaign finance website Republic Report.Though Conda left the firm before taking the job at the head of Rubio's office, Rubio spokesman Ale ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Marco Rubio Still Saying He Won't Accept VP Nomination; He's the Favorite Anyway; You Can (Literally) Bet on It

    ​An Ohio television interview scheduled to air Sunday will feature Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio reiterating that he isn't interested in the vice presidential nomination."I'm not going to be the vice president, and I'm not running for a national office," Rubio told the Ohio News Network. Whe ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Marco Rubio Dropping His Support of the PROTECT IP Act

    Sen. Marco Rubio​That was quick. Less than an hour ago, Sen. Marco Rubio announced he no longer supports the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) -- the Senate version of the Stop Online Privacy (SOPA) -- which he was previously a cosponsor of.As we noted this morning, two South Florida congressional representat ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Marco Rubio and Florida University Salaries: There Are Apps for That

    astriker.comJesus, an iPhone kind of guy.​If the youngsters out there need something a little more high-brow than a fart-noise application for their iPhones, there are now apps for that.Sen. Marco Rubio announced the release of the aptly named "U.S. Senator Marco Rubio" application for the iPhone, ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Marco Rubio: Washington Post Story "Misses the Point Completely"

    ​Last week, the Washington Post published its exposé on how Sen. Marco Rubio "embellished" his family history, and after a few days, no one's really sure what the hell happened there.The Post validates the reasoning behind the article correcting Rubio's family history -- which involves dates befo ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Birthers Convinced Marco Rubio Is a Cuban Citizen, and Yes... Obama's Still a Kenyan

    Sen. Marco Rubio​Pass the tinfoil; we've got more hats to build.Sen. Marco Rubio is a hot pick for the vice presidential spot on the ticket of several GOP presidential candidates, but according to the birther lab, he's not eligible to be president or vice president because he's not a "natural-born ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Marco Rubio Butt-Kissing Won't Help GOP Candidates Win Florida, According to Poll

    ​There's been a common theme among this year's GOP presidential candidates -- firmly planting their lips on the buttcheeks of Sen. Marco Rubio and dropping his name as a potential running mate.If that's a ploy to win Florida in a general election, it won't help, according to survey results release ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Marco Rubio as Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential Pick a "Dream Ticket," Romney Adviser Says

    Marco Rubio​Republican presidential candidates are going to need an incredible campaign strategy to dismantle President Obama in the 2012 election.Two of the biggest challenges are winning large swing states, like Florida, and figuring out how to get Hispanic voters to pick in their favor.The answ ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Marco Rubio's Insufferable, Preening Religiosity

    Ave Maria Law School, where Marco Rubio delivered a commencement address on May 15th, was founded in 1999 by the Catholic fanatic Tom Monaghan and a few fellow papists from Michigan. That this is an explicitly, in-your-facedly religious school rather loosened Marco's tongue, so that each time he sai ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Marco Rubio Rescues Orphans

    ​Marco Rubio loves foreign policy! I can't think of a single frosh senator who's so jubilantly committed to speaking out about, and screwing around with, the international community. First he came down like a gazillion-pound freedomhammer on the Ba'athist cretin Bashar al-Assad (which did little g ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    The Conservatives Who Can't Stand Rubio

    Gage SkidmoreWatching the right flank.​When Marco Rubio talks foreign policy, it's hard not to get a little misty. The guy so obviously believes what he says and what he says are such good, noble, red-blooded and freedom-loving things that they could have been lifted from a fireside chat with Fran ... More >>

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    May 7, 2011

    Marco Rubio On Waterboarding

    ​"We need to find out how this information was gathered," said Marco Rubio to the Tampa Tribune, referring to the intelligence on Osama bin Laden's courier that led to last Sunday's raid. "Again, this is not for the purposes of saying we were right and you were wrong. It's for understanding what w ... More >>

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    April 30, 2011

    Marco Rubio: Government Officials and Federal Contractors Are Completely Honest

    Trust me! I'm with the government!​Marco Rubio usually says what he means. Which is why his fans -- and I count myself among them, even though I disagree with just about every one of his policies -- should be saddened by a small item at the bottom of his latest weekly newsletter, entitled "Marco R ... More >>

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    April 9, 2011

    Marco Rubio Slams Donald Trump's "Birther" Tendencies

    ...and this is why we like Marco Rubio. Disagree with his politics, fine. His opinions differ from yours. Whatevs. At least he's not willing to completely sell out his rational faculties for some desperate scoop at the bottom of the electoral barrel, a la Donald Trump. And he says so!

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    April 8, 2011

    Marco Rubio: Defender Of Israel

    Rubio.​"As we work to reduce wasteful government spending," wrote Sen. Marco Rubio in a letter to Mitch McConnell on Thursday, "we recognize that providing for the national defense is a constitutional responsibility of the federal government. Therefore, we must continue to prioritize the security ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Marco Rubio: Celebrity.

    ​This week, political junkies made much of Sen. Marco Rubio's sudden re-emergence in the national media after three months of almost total silence. Some people -- by which I mean "I" -- thought Rubio's invisibility was a sign that his celebrity had ebbed -- that he'd permanently ceded star power t ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Marco Rubio: Defender of Marriage

    Marco Rubio: No homo.​Sen. Marco Rubio offered this statement early this week, re: the legislative branch's decision to challenge the Obama administration on its decision that DOMA isn't worth defending:I want to thank Speaker Boehner and the House Republican leadership for taking action to defend ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    The Morning After: Marco Rubio, God, and You

    Although Broward County election results saw a dead split between Marco Rubio and party-line pushover Kendrick Meek in the three-way race for U.S. Senator, statewide Rubio swept 49% of the vote, leaving Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist with less than 30% each. Rubio's strongest showing was in northern co ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Marco Rubio's "Reclaim America" Slogan Promises More Divisive Politics

    Rubio wants to reclaim America from his moderate side.​In July, Marco Rubio announced a 23-point initiative that would become the slogan for his campaign for U.S. Senate. He called it "Ideas to Reclaim America," and it signaled that Rubio would remain on the far right of the GOP. He issued a state ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Marco Rubio Gets Big Campaign Bucks From Oil Giant Koch Industries

    Rubio, a darling of Big Oil.​Four months ago, as oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster gushed into the Gulf of Mexico and threatened Panhandle beaches, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio stubbornly defended his support for offshore drilling."The issue of offshore drilling is not going ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010
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    June 14, 2010

    With Middle East Policy, Rubio Goes Back to the (Dystopian) Future

    Flickr​Marco Rubio is correct in saying that Barack Obama's policy toward Israel is a departure from that of past U.S. presidents. But in his Friday speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition, Rubio neglected to describe the Golden Age of Israeli-Palestinian relations produced by American diplomats ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    Pie in the Face: A Year After Pizza Party, GOP Slipping Further From Jeb Bush

    FlickrIn today's GOP, Jeb Bush sits on the sidelines.​It's been about one year since Jeb Bush teamed with Rep. Eric Cantor and Mitt Romney to throw a pizza party with the hope of bringing the Republican Party back from its extremist brink. How'd that go for you, Jeb?Not good, according to this art ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    NBC Analyst Casts Kendrick Meek as Favorite in Senate Race if Crist Runs as Independent

    As pundits go, Chuck Todd usually has two feet squarely on the ground; his analysis was on the mark throughout the 2008 presidential campaign. But I think he's missing the boat with his take on Florida's Senate race. His theory sounds persuasive. Republican nominee Marco Rubio and independent cand ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Keith Olbermann Rips Rubio for Comments in West Palm Beach

    It might have been gentler if Keith Olbermann just said: "Marco Rubio, you're a little bitch." Olbermann, MSNBC's most outspoken political commentator, was ruthless in his message to Rubio last night, a response to remarks Rubio made yesterday during a speech in West Palm Beach. In a two-minute-lon ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Signs That Rubio's Tea Party Support Is Fragile

    FlickrMarco Rubio​It may be too early to assume that Florida's tea party faithful will flock to the polls for Marco Rubio. As evidenced by questions that surfaced during Sunday night's debate on Fox News, it seems Rubio has taken that support for granted and that he'll now need to mend fences with ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Marco Rubio's Attack on Charlie Crist's Supreme Court Pick a Solid Half Truth

    Much of the analysis in the media about yesterday's Marco Rubio-Charlie Crist debate on Fox News Sunday was spent on Rubio's "slush fund," as the governor put it. But among the other jabs thrown by both sides: that Crist has appointed liberal judges to the Florida Supreme Court.The attack comes at 1 ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    And Now the Rubio-Crist Video Deathmatch

    With their first debate coming up Sunday on Fox News, both Republican senatorial campaigns have released new and nasty videos about each other, as have interest groups with a horse in the race. Put on your poncho and get ready for some mud-slingin'! First, a superscary video about the dystopian futu ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Jeb Bush Still Holding Back on Rubio Endorsement

    Sorry, Fox News, but ol' Jeb ain't quite ready to announce his support for Marco Rubio. He'll need a bigger stage than Neil Cavuto's show. It'll happen at a time and a place when it can do maximum damage to the Crist senatorial campaign. And when it happens, let's all remember to be surprised, or l ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Rubio Whacks Back, Denies Back Wax

    Here's Marco Rubio in an appearance on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News show, the same place where Charlie Crist accused Rubio of using a party charge card to pay for a back wax. Around the one-minute mark, Van Susteren presses the issue, and you can judge for yourself whether Rubio is being honest whe ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Rubio Reaches Out to Parking Lot Loiterers

    If you're running for U.S. Senate like Marco Rubio, it's hard to break the habit of speechifying, even if you're just stepping outside your car and walking into a new campaign office in Clearwater. But just stick with it a few minutes. A few sympathetic people are bound to stop and listen. Maybe th ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Rubio Fields Tea Party Question on CNBC

    That's video of Marco Rubio from last night's The Kudlow Report. At the 2-minute mark, Kudlow asks Rubio to respond to the recent profile in New York Times Magazine, which asked whether Rubio is "The First Senator From the Tea Party?"Of course, Rubio saw that question coming from a mile away and he ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Would Marco Rubio Really Be the "First Senator From the Tea Party"?

    FlickrRubio​It's a scary thought, but that's exactly the headline New York Times Magazine chose for its massive piece on the race between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist.As a portrait of Crist, it's masterful. The governor's obsequious way of talking about "the people" who elected him governor. His ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    Morning Juice: Deerfield Beach Burn Victim Talks; Governor Does Not

    ​Here's the view of the front page this Tuesday in Broward and Palm Beach:Charlie Crist came to Fort Lauderdale to drum up support from local Republicans and to duck questions about Marco Rubio. Check out the video -- Crist reacts to the Rubio name the way Captain Hook reacts to the ticking clock ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    For Next 10 Months, Rubio-Crist Will Be a National Story; Will Broward Scandals Play Role?

    Flickr: CenFlaPoliticsRubio​It would have been a more fortuitous sign for Marco Rubio if Doug Hoffman hadn't lost his congressional race in upstate New York, but the fact that a Conservative Party candidate won 45 percent of the vote has Rubio more hopeful than ever. The same can be said for the r ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Rubio - Crist Fast Becoming Proxy War Between Republican Right and Center

    Rubio​Another conservative U.S. Senator has defied party leaders to give an endorsement to Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist. And check out the statement by Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, particularly this part:"Like me, Marco believes that the federal government works best when it returns dollars, deci ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Senate Race Update: Rubio Seeks Vaccine for Jets Fans; Crist Approval Numbers Dip; Meek Needs Money

    Crazy, charming Marco Rubio -- but you're serious about the Jets vaccine, right? Do NOT toy with us, boy wonder. Anyway, video of his appearance one week ago at the Broward GOP Women's Club, whom he charmed as surely as the Palm Beach Republicans who would give him an overwhelming victory against C ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    During Broward Visit, Rubio Daydreams of Roller Coasters

    Screen grab: Google MapsThe freeway view of Boomers in Dania Beach, from which a speeding Marco Rubio sent his latest Tweet.​Anyone got Shatner's number? Because isn't he the guy to call when looking to unlock the poetry contained within a true conservative's Twitter posts? So please channel the v ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    A Maverick Match Made in Republican Heaven

    Flickr User: flsurfkarmaMarco RubioAfter Charlie Crist annihilated Marco Rubio in the most recent round fund-raising for the U.S. Senate campaign, the boyish former House Speaker needs a Gamechanger. You know, someone who can bolster his maverick persona. Maybe someone who, like Rubio, gives Republi ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Rubio Wins the Week in GOP Senate Race

    Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the EconomyU.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio scored two big endorsements this week, plus the criticism of from one of those Democrat-leaning MSNBC talking heads, which kinda counts as an endorsement. About 1:10 in the video above, Hardbal ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Leading GOP Senator: Rubio's the "Favorite"

    Flickr User: senjimdemintSen. Jim DeMintSen. Jim DeMint from South Carolina is one of the most conservative members of Congress, but it's still something of a coup that he endorsed the most conservative contender in Florida's Senate race, Marco Rubio.That's because in doing so, DeMint is defying the ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    Marco Poll-O: Rubio Unfazed by Unpopularity, Charlie Crist landed some big endorsements in his first week as a U.S. Senate candidate -- the National Republican Senatorial Committee for one. The Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, for another. And there were reports Crist might get the early endorsement of the R ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Marco Rubio Embarks on Perilous Mission

    Reflecting on the long-rumored entry of Marco Rubio into the race for U.S. Senate in 2010 against the inevitable candidacy of the formidable Florida governor, one can't help but recall that opening scene of Apocalypse Now: An underwear-wearing Martin Sheen doing drunken judo chops in some squalid ho ... More >>

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