Marco Rubio Articles

Cruz: 'This Nation Needs a Wartime President to Defend It'

Ted Cruz, cautious hawk.
10:41 AM, Dec 03, 2015

Texas senator Ted Cruz kicked off Thursday's Republican Jewish Coalition presidential forum in Washington with a speech filled with applause lines that revved up the crowd.

Cruz focused primarily on national security and foreign policy, touting his record in the Senate and displaying his knack for rhetorical bombs. It went over well with the audience.

His biggest round of applause came when he made a pledge about the nuclear deal with Iran. "If I am elected president, I have pledged in my very first day in office to rip to shreds this catastrophic deal," he said. Audience members cheered and stood in their seats.

Cruz earned cheers for his characterization of the current stakes. "I believe this nation needs a

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Christie: Ted Cruz Made America Less Safe By Voting Against NSA

8:59 AM, Dec 01, 2015

Another candidate is getting into the Marco Rubio-Ted Cruz feud over the NSA metadata program. Chris Christie was asked about Ted Cruz's vote to abolish the program in an interview this morning on MSNBC..

The MSNBC host asked, "Is Ted Cruz's position, and Rand Paul's position, on collecting metadata made America less safe?"

"Yes," said Christie, "and I said it at the time."

"So Ted Cruz has made America less safe?"

"Sure he has," said Christie. "He went for the easy political vote. At a time when it looked like it was kind of a popular thing to do. With all those dead Parisians it doesn't look anymore.

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What Will the Nixon-Reagan-Bush Republicans Do?

2:14 PM, Nov 27, 2015

How unusual is this year's GOP presidential race?

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Iowa Poll: Cruz Supplants Carson as Top Trump Challenger

9:15 AM, Nov 24, 2015

A new poll of Iowa Republicans shows Texas senator Ted Cruz moving into a close second to Donald Trump in the race for the presidential nomination. The Quinnipiac poll of 600 likely GOP caucusgoers found 25 support Trump while 23 percent support Cruz.

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Rubio Links Cruz to Snowden

12:17 PM, Nov 17, 2015

The fight between GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio continues to heat up. Cruz set things off last week with a direct hit against Rubio over the latter’s support for the Gang of 8 immigration plan, an attack that the Rubio camp seemed ready for.

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Handicapping Iowa

Don’t look now, the caucuses are less than three months away.
Nov 16, 2015

Sioux City, Iowa
Ben Carson has a simple theory of why he’s risen to the top of the polls in Iowa. “I’ve probably been there more times than anywhere else,” said the retired neurosurgeon just before the October 28 debate in Boulder, Colorado.

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It's Not Clear What Cruz Believes on Immigration

6:32 AM, Nov 13, 2015

Why is it so hard to figure out what Ted Cruz actually believes should be done about illegal immigration? When the Texas senator, through the help of radio host Laura Ingraham, zeroed in on Marco Rubio's involvement drafting and supporting the Gang of 8's comprehensive immigration reform plan in the Senate, he brought up for discussion his rival's single biggest weakness in the Republican presidential primary.

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5 Weird Moments at the Fox Business Debate

4:45 PM, Nov 11, 2015

There were a few weird moments at the debate last night, but none was stranger than the crowd reaction when John Kasich and Jeb Bush were talking about immigration. Both were unapologetically pro-amnesty. Neither bothered to make concessions about how problematic the breakdown of the rule of law is when it comes to illegal immigration. Bush didn't even make a kabuki gesture toward securing the border.

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Podcast: Post-Debate, Cruz and Rubio Continue Steady Rise

Hosted by Michael Graham
2:05 PM, Nov 11, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer John McCormack on the Fox Business Network debate last night, and the performances by Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

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Marco Rubio, Bad Guidance Counselor

No, welders do not make more money than philosophers.
7:32 AM, Nov 11, 2015

Maybe he is the Republican Obama after all. Like the outgoing president, Florida senator Marco Rubio is charismatic, self-assured, and intelligent, as his performance in Tuesday night’s debate displayed. Alas, also like the president, Senator Rubio harbors an anti-intellectual streak, one that is both wrong in its premises, as well as on the facts.

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The GOP Debates: An Economist's Notes

5:59 AM, Nov 11, 2015

At last, a debate that lived up to its billing. The Fox Business Network promised this would be about economic policy, and not about fantasy football, or personalities, and its panelists delivered. Despite an occasional barb, including a neat put-down of Donald Trump by Carly Fiorina, we actually learned where the candidates stand on important issues.

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Debate Keeps Race in Holding Pattern

12:29 AM, Nov 11, 2015

Tuesday night’s fourth Republican primary debate, held in Milwaukee, did little to change the dynamics of the presidential race.

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Rubio: 'We Need More Welders and Less Philosophers'

'For the life of me I don't know why we stigmatize vocational education.'
10:09 PM, Nov 10, 2015

During Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate, Marco Rubio articulated his disagreements with increasing the minimum wage, and explained his alternative ideas. 

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Fox Business: Rubio Camp Thinks 'They're Going to TKO Jeb Tonight'

7:25 PM, Nov 10, 2015

The Marco Rubio campaign is predicting the Florida senator will deliver a knockout punch to former Florida governor Jeb Bush in Tuesday night's debate, according to one reporter at the Fox Business Network. Charles Gasparino said he's hearing confidence from the Rubio camp.

"I can tell you, his people are telling me, they think they're going to TKO Jeb tonight as the establishment candidate," Gasparino said. "They're going to take him out, he's not going to recover from that."

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Jeb Bush Super PAC Attacks Rubio as Unelectably Pro-Life

2:05 PM, Nov 10, 2015

The New York Times reports that the "cash-rich group aiding 

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Jeb Donor: 'Stay Classy' and Don't Go After Marco

12:49 PM, Nov 10, 2015

The super PAC supporting former Florida governor Jeb Bush for president told the New York Times that it plans on using its resources to hit Florida senator Marco Rubio over his pro-life record as well as missed votes in the Senate.

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Marco Releases Video of Jeb Praising Him

8:11 AM, Nov 10, 2015

Reports indicate that Jeb Bush may ramp up his attacks on Marco Rubio in the coming days. So Rubio is responding by releasing a video of Bush praising him. 

Watch here:

A release from the Rubio campaign states:

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Rubio Beats Phony Scandals and Comes Out Stronger

3:22 PM, Nov 09, 2015

At some point, the most obvious explanation is rope-a-dope. 

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Poll: Jeb Sinks to 4 Percent

Bush registers worst favorability ratings.
7:29 AM, Nov 04, 2015

The leading Republican presidential candidate in donor and establishment support is down to just four percent of the vote in a new national poll. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, is in a far fifth place in the latest Quinnipiac poll, getting four percent and trailing Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump.

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Christie Goes After Rubio on Immigration

4:42 PM, Nov 03, 2015

New Jersey governor Chris Christie came out swinging against his rival for the GOP presidential nomination Marco Rubio Tuesday. In a Tuesday interview with radio host Laura Ingraham, Christie responded to Rubio's claim that the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could not be rolled back "immediately."

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The New York Times's Unbecoming Attack on GOP Absenteeism

11:04 AM, Nov 03, 2015

Last week, the New York Times rolled out a petty and somewhat meanspirited editiorial against Chris Christie and the rest of the Republican field. The gist of it is that, by running for president, Christie isn't spending as much time at home working for New Jersey as he ought to:

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Can Jeb Tear Down Rubio?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:25 PM, Nov 02, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer John McCormack on the Bush / Rubio battle royale and whether a waning Bush candidacy can take life.

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Young Republicans, Old Democrats

2:05 PM, Nov 02, 2015

In January 2011, we at TWS had the notion that it would be good to defeat President Obama in 2012. And so in a blog post we asked the sensible question: " Wouldn't it be easier just to agree now on a Ryan-Rubio ticket, and save everyone an awful lot of time, effort, and money over the next year and a half?" We reiterated that thought in the spring  and summer.

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Former Rubio Chief of Staff Endorses Jeb

8:31 AM, Nov 02, 2015

A former top aide to Marco Rubio has come out in support of Jeb Bush, according to a report published at

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Did WaPo's Fact Checker Inadvertently Expose Clinton Disseminating Classified Info on Benghazi?

12:34 PM, Oct 30, 2015

This morning, Washington Post fact checker Glen Kessler decided to fact check Marco Rubio's statement at the latest GOP debate that Hillary Clinton lied about al Qaeda's involvement in the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi. In public, Clinton initially attributed the attack to spontaneous protests arising from a blasphemous YouTube video.

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Charlie Rose Sticks Up for Hillary in Interview With Rubio

7:32 AM, Oct 29, 2015

Charlie Rose defended Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in an interview this morning with Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio. Rose seemed after Rubio said Clinton lied about the Benghazi terror attack. 

Watch the exchange here:

"You called Hillary Clinton a liar, senator," said Rose. "You called Hillary Clinton a liar."

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The Big Loser: CNBC

But there were plenty of winners.
11:25 PM, Oct 28, 2015

What were they thinking?  I’m referring to the CNBC questioners in last night’s Republican presidential debate.  They started the 2-hour session by asking Donald Trump if he was conducting “a comic book version” of a campaign? Mike Huckabee was asked to rate Trump’s “moral authority” to be president?  (Huckabee refused.) And so on with gotcha questions.

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A Banner Night for Marco Rubio

11:02 PM, Oct 28, 2015

Boulder, Colo.
It was a banner night for Marco Rubio at the third Republican presidential primary debate. But the Rubio campaign is being cautious.

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Jeb: High Frustration, Low Energy

10:39 PM, Oct 28, 2015

In a post debate interview with CNN, Jeb Bush was obviously frustrated (though he denied it):

Bush continued his attack on Marco Rubio he started during the debate. And repeated his call on Rubio to resign as senator.

"I tried to interject as much as I could," a low-energy Bush told CNN.

The former Republican frontrunner pledged to win the race "the old fashioned way."

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We Have Our Final Six

10:16 PM, Oct 28, 2015

Tonight’s debate showed that the GOP field is smaller than it looks. Technically, there are still fourteen people running, but the winnowing is far along. We probably have a final six and possibly a final four.

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