September 8th, 2010
10:59 AM ET
8 years ago

Marco Rubio: 'I represent the things I stand for'

 Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio’s campaign is more complicated than it used to be.

Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio’s campaign is more complicated than it used to be.

Miami, Florida (CNN) - For Marco Rubio, life was simpler when it was tea time all the time.

When he was gunning for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Florida, the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives aggressively courted the state's conservative Tea Party activists. That strategy worked. Rubio was suddenly a Tea Party favorite. His stunning rise in the polls forced Florida's more moderate governor, Charlie Crist, to bolt the GOP primary to run as an independent.

But the race is now more complicated, with Rubio competing in a three-way battle royal against both Crist and the Democratic nominee, South Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Laverne

    I am supporting Kendrick Meeks, but if things don't start to look up for him, I think dems should throw their support behind Crist. I rather have him than to have Rubio any day.

    September 8, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Rubio also stands for extending the unfunded Bush tax cuts which will add greatly to our debt, eliminating social security as we know it, and support for the big business mentality that led to our current economic mess. He is opposed to the health reform bill that will decrease our deficit (according to the CBO) and allow insurance companies to return to their abusive policies. I urge my fellow Floridians to reject this clone of Dick Armey.

    September 8, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Remember how he used money that was not his for his personal needs?

    September 8, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I still want to know more about your misuse of the republican credit card that you used for personal expenses Rubio.

    September 8, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "Marco Rubio: 'I represent the things I stand for'"

    How fitting...he stands for redundancy. That's right Amurika...keep putting these conservative nutjobs in office expecting a different result.

    September 8, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. jackson

    Yeah he will be his own man, yet he hired a team of high-powered GOP washington-based consultants.

    Maybe he should drink the tea, not smoke it.

    September 8, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Whatever

    HAHA you should know how to play the game and SHOULD have been SMART enough to know that Tea Party does not a general election win make!!!!!

    September 8, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Linda Wolff

    I have just one thing to say to all you Florida Republicans out there who think this guy is your savior, especially those of you on Social Security and Medicare. Be careful what you wish for.


    September 8, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    It's amazing how these TEA PARTY folks all of a sudden want to REVERSE their EXTREME ways when it becomes obvious that the Tea Party is not so popular after all – not in the MAIN STREAM of how America is run, that is!!!!

    Now Rubio wants to have something to say about the AZ Immigration Law – when before he said NOTHING (at least I heard NOTHING).

    All of a sudden now Rubio wants to say, "I don't think the Arizona bill should serve as a model for the rest of the country…" He flipped the script and think that ALL Americans should fall for it. The only ones he has on his side are the Tea Party folks and their support for him will fade away too as he TRIES to move towards the middle!!!

    DEMOCRATS UNITE AND VOTE IN NOVEMBER – We can win this because of what the ‘other side’ represents and it’s difficult for them to pull away from it now!!! Yes We Can!!

    September 8, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. rosaadriana

    Thats what happens when you pander to the crazies just to get through a primary. Then you have to back track to get votes from the regular crowd.

    September 8, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The political rule is "DANCE WITH THE ONE WHO BRUNG YA!"
    You didn't know that the general electorate would shoot you down for your association with the Tea Party?" How politically naive. Kind of makes you unfit to serve, doesn't it?

    September 8, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. gino

    Rubio is a big fake. He knows nothing (as in "Know Nothing" ). What does this statement mean? "I represent what I represent."?? He is a male Sarah Palin.

    September 8, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Marty, FL

    And that's the problem. Rubio stands for risking our seniors' Social Security through his disastrous privitization, using RPOF credit cards for personal use against policy, hypocrisy on fiscal issues–gambling, extravagant taxpayer renovations, etc.

    And instead of finding ways to work together, far-right Rubio simply wants to work against others with his divisive politics. No gracias.

    September 8, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. jazz92

    Crist will win. He is a good guy. He has been a good Governor and people like him. Better watch out for those teapartiers you just might get what you ask for. NOT People beware!

    September 8, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Rubio is like that Yankee's catcher

    the one that always has the phrases that connect back to the phrases themselves

    Yoggi Berra:
    A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.

    Rubio: I represent the things I stand for

    so here is a Yoggi Berra one for your polical career:
    Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.

    September 8, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Minnesotan

    ... blah, blah, Republican lies, blah, blah, blah.... nothing new here, folks...

    September 8, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Sonny Girard

    For those sore losers who leave their respective parties to run as "independents," there should be a third party, "The Opportunist Party," for them to be identified with.

    September 8, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. B.H.

    I can tell you as a white Cuban man born in Cuba and raised in the U.S. —not all of us are conservative, especially the youth. I think getting a good education has a lot to do with it. Not all Cubans want to see the embargo against Cuba continue, which really hurts the Cuban people and not the Cuban leaders. Cuban people are fierce lovers of freedom, and they do not want to be painted with a broad brush by conservatives whose failed policies toward Cuba have not worked for 50 years. Do Cubans really want another Cuban, or any other conservative, telling them who they are, how to behave, what to think and what civil liberties conservatism says is okay for them to have—no thank you. Fascista. Comunista. Extreme right. Extreme left. We don't care. We don't want it.

    September 8, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Debra

    The brilliance of the Republifraud Party 'represented' in the intelligence of the comment which is the title of this article. Really Rubio, you represent the things you stand for? Earth shattering, value setting. What a crock!

    September 8, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. diridi

    I hate this values no principles, nothing....another GOP thug...Mexican Americans, please do not vote for this idiot....He stops immigration.....okay...

    September 8, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Dt

    What u stand 4 rubio? like those sweet contract deals for his family. For u neocons google marco rubio finances this man was and probably still is neck deep indebt. not to mention his house in fla was in foreclosure, along with not paying taxes and abuse of the gop party credit card. also double billed the state 8 times for flights and said it was a mistake, lol. So this ur guy con7 lets hear the excuses. Us fla voters are still waiting to hear where the 100,000 came from to pay off the foreclosure once it became public?

    September 8, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Mike Ross

    He also represents redundancy in the english language.

    'I represent things I stand for"?

    That's like saying, I drive cars that I operate.

    September 8, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Marco Rubio: 'I represent the things I stand for'

    No you don't Blondie. You stand for the things that will get you elected on a block by block basis.

    As you so succintly put it: we don't have to worry about you having "independent' thoughts like Brown. The only thoughts that you represent are those of your Party, be it Tea or GOP, one and the same.

    September 8, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Rob in MO

    This guy is a politician. He'll do or say anything to get elected.

    September 8, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Andy

    "'I represent the things I stand for'"


    September 8, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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