8:07 AM, May 28, 2015 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Is Marco Rubio trolling Hillary Clinton?
In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Rubio's campaign asked supporters to wish the senator—who turns 44 today—a happy birthday. The tweet featured a graphic of an American flag, emblazoned with "44" instead of the stars and the names of U.S. states on the stripes. Standard campaign fare.
But a closer look shows that the image strongly resembles a cake given to then President Bill Clinton for his 50th birthday. According to press reports, Clinton's confection was a 300-pound, made to order cake presented at a Democratic fundraiser that brought in some $10 million.
Clinton's birthday bash took place on August 19, 1996, just ten weeks from the presidential election in which Clinton would face Senator Bob Dole. Perhaps more important, the party came less than a month after Dole celebrated a birthday, his 73rd. The Clinton celebration was, of course, an attempt to highlight that 23-year age difference in a subtle and indirect way.
Rubio, whose announcement speech emphasized the need for a "generational change" in American politics, is plainly trying to do the same thing - and doing it in a way that the Clintons can hardly criticize. That age gap? Also 23 years.
4:05 PM, May 26, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Texas governor Rick Perry has a message for three of the current Republican White House hopefuls: Run for governor before you run for president. Speaking about Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, all three U.S. senators, Perry said in an interview last week with THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he's hearing from GOP voters that they want executive experience.
11:02 AM, May 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Since announcing his candidacy for the president last month, Florida senator Marco Rubio has surged in the polls for the Republican nomination. He's now tied with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and trails former Florida governor Jeb Bush by two points in the Real Clear Politics average of polls. National Democrats are taking note in a new fundraising campaign that takes on the Miami Republican.
A surprising divide on a core issue.
May 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan has an unusual decoration on the wall of his Capitol Hill office: a framed Laffer curve. This totem of supply-siders everywhere is drawn on a napkin and signed by the economist Art Laffer himself. “To my friend, Paul Ryan,” reads the note.
Rubio: "A bad deal almost guarantees war."12:25 PM, May 1, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Is there anything separating Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush on the question of what to do about the Iran deal? As with many issues, the distinction between the two Florida Republicans falls more in the realm of tone and emphasis than on policy.
2:52 PM, Apr 28, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucus goers finds a wide-open field with three candidates vying for the top spot and a plurality undecided. Scott Walker, the governor of neighboring Wisconsin, leads the latest poll from Loras College, earning 12.6 percent support. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who declared his candidacy earlier this month, is close behind with 10 percent, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush has 9.6 percent.
Both Walker and Rubio have doubled their support from the January Loras poll, according to a press release from the college.
12:00 AM, Apr 20, 2015 • By FRED BARNES
Here are three propositions about the 2016 presidential race after a weekend in which 18 Republican candidates spoke to a crowd of party activists in New Hampshire and Hillary Clinton returned home after treading water and avoiding the press in Iowa.
7:49 PM, Apr 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
There’s a palpable eagerness among Republicans here to like Marco Rubio, but questions about his views on immigration remain, even among those voters who come out to see the Florida senator on a weekday afternoon.
11:14 AM, Apr 18, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Marco Rubio told a crowd of Republicans in New Hampshire Friday that President Obama should "never have entered into these negotiations" with Iran over nuclear weapons. The Florida Republican who is running for president told the conference, sponsored by the New Hampshire GOP, that a nuclear armed Iran is "unacceptable."
A first-term Florida senator sets his sights on the White House Apr 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 31 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Five days before he would take the biggest step of his young political career, Marco Rubio called Bernie Navarro, a Miami real estate investor, to ask for a favor. Rubio wanted to have a small, low-key gathering to thank friends and family before his official announcement the next day, and he needed someone to host it. Navarro, like Rubio the son of Cuban exiles, asked permission from his wife. Although she had denied his repeated requests to host a Super Bowl party, there was no hesitation in approving this one.
12:25 PM, Apr 16, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Following Marco Rubio's announcement that he's running for president, the Associated Press decided to "fact check" some of the candidate's rhetoric. If you follow the news, you're probably aware that "fact checking" is more often than not a lame attempt to cloak partisan opinion behind a veil of irrelevant contextual details. On Thursday, the AP really outdid itself in terms of pure hackish nonsense.
Here is the first claim the that AP's Steve Peoples decided to "fact check":
4:04 PM, Apr 15, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
While Hillary Clinton was meeting with voters in Iowa on her second full day as a presidential candidate, Marco Rubio spent part of his discussing a tax policy white paper at a Washington think tank. The newly declared candidate joined with Utah Republican Mike Lee at the Heritage Foundation to talk about their proposal to reform the tax code, which has already become a point of contention in Rubio's nascent presidential campaign.
3:30 AM, Apr 14, 2015 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Florida senator Marco Rubio announced his campaign for the presidency Monday in a stirring speech at Freedom Tower in downtown Miami, just miles away from his childhood home.
4:01 PM, Apr 13, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Marco Rubio told ABC News's George Stephanopoulos that the United States is at a "generational moment"—a further sign the 43-year-old Republican senator will make his youth a focus of his presidential campaign against older candidates in both the primary and general election.
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:45 PM, Apr 13, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Hillary Clinton's campaign roll out and Marco Rubio's expected presidential announcement today.