November 5th, 2010
02:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Rubio hits national stage

(CNN) - Republicans are using the GOP weekly radio and internet address to further propel one of their newly elected senators into the national limelight.

Saturday's address will be delivered by Florida Republican Senator-elect Marco Rubio.

"(He) embodies an exciting and optimistic message about the future of America," Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell said in a statement. "Marco's an excellent choice to deliver the first post-election address."

Tea Party-backed Rubio beat Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek in the Florida Senate election Tuesday.

Rubio is of Cuban descent and touted his humble beginnings throughout the campaign, often saying he has lived the American dream.

"With election day now behind us, it's an honor to speak directly to the American people about the opportunity before us – an opportunity to put America back on track," Rubio said in a statement.

The weekly addresses are used by both political parties to set their agenda for the week and speak directly to the American people.


- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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Filed under: GOP weekly address • Marco Rubio
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Monster Zero

    Say hello to my little friend you stinkin' cock-a-roaches!

    November 5, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. MST

    He is sooo hot!

    November 5, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rubio is no more than a clone for the Bushs and he will do exactly what they tell him to do. You'd think the people of Florida would have recognized the same as they now see the Bush family coming out of hiding.

    November 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. B

    if he was born here, he'll be running for prez

    November 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. greg in jax

    i hope he runs for president and leave us floridians.. now.

    November 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Steve (the real one)

    Ok Liberals, here is your big opportunity! You say we who oppose the President's ideas are haters, bigots, and racists! I wonder how you will take to Rubio. He is a Republican AND a Cuban-American. Are you gonna hate on him? Will it be because he is of Cuban decent? Will it be because of his political ideals? You did not give us the benefit of the doubt. You couldn't get past the idea MOST of us oppose IDEALS that have nothing to do with skin color, yet you broad brush ALL of us! Now there is a Cuban-American headed to the Senate (in the republican party). So now, do I attribute YOUR opposition to just politics or is it bigotry, ignorance and hate?

    November 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. carlos

    shameless republiCONServatives adoring the corrupt, liars and unamerican.........we will see them in 2 years, too bad the ones in the senate will be for 6 years, UGH...UGH........UGH, by then the country will be the earth s dumpster.....

    boner, where are the jobs that you and your corrupt party sent abroad so your big payoff from the US Chamber of Commerce, rove and other criminals and enemies of the middle class got.......let us see if you will bring those jobs back.

    November 5, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    The reason why MARCO won – he moved more to the MIDDLE!!! The Hispanic community voted for him for that reason and they brought him to the TOP!!! I, for one, will watch to see how Rubio governs. If he stays towards the middle, he will do fine.

    What politicians FORGET – When they are elected, HALF of the Americans who voted, in most cases, did not vote for them. The RepubliCAN'Ts think this election was a referendum towards President Obama – IT"S NOT!!! They think all Americans believe in their values – they DO NOT!! They think ALL Americans want Health Care Repealed – they DO NOT!!!

    So while the RepubliCAN'Ts are in their BOASTING – they better take heed as to how they got there... Rubio swung to the LEFT and got elected!!

    This is T'sah – OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 MOVING AMERICA FORWARD!!

    November 5, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Beverly - NYC

    Rubio is a gentrified phony who put his hispanic descent and humble beginnings only to receive the Calle Ocho vote and money. As soon as the oath of office is taken he will forget promises and fall in line with Boehner and the boys. He is already in lock step with Herr Brewer in Arizona to keep Mexica's out. I'm sure his parents or grandparents came by floatilla not an airplane.

    November 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. carlos

    scott will milk the state of florida, somehow he will manage to recoup the fraud money he threw into the campaign, and marco will have to pay now for his own personal expenses, now that we taxpayers will set him up for life.

    November 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. S. In California

    No more visits to Florida for me. What a waste.

    November 5, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. S. In California

    I refuse to spend ANY money in ANY state represented by a racist in the tea party and I have family members there.

    Thanks Nevada for taking the high/correct road.

    November 5, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. A. Goodwin

    Yeah, watched is acceptance speech – hardly even mentioned Florida...ya know, the state that voted for him! What a bonehead. He reminds me of the DB from Van Wilder who has to go potty in the "can" at the end of the movie.

    November 5, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. varr72

    Young, smart, eloquent, goodlooking and a solid conservative. This is exactly what America needs. Whoever wins the Republican nomination should put Rubio on the ticket as VP. Rubio is going to be the Democratic party's nightmare.

    November 5, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Stacie

    I'm still waiting for anyone to give specifics about how they plan to "put this country back on track". All they've got is freedom, blah, blah, blah...smaller government, blah, blah, blah...constitution, blah, blah, blah...I can shout out words that make me seem ultra-super patriotic too, but that doesn't equal a plan. Where are the details...oh, and if the Bush tax cuts are so great and must be kept for millionaires, why aren't those millionaires who have been benefiting from the tax cuts for years creating jobs right now???

    November 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. stufit

    You know every body says he doesn't have the experience to be president. Compare him to what we got now. Somewhere in Kenya, there is a villiage missing its marxist idiot.

    November 5, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Dale

    Didn't take long for McConnell to cozy up to his new BFF racist. Someone get some guts and tell him when he lists the specific programs he will cut to balance the budget then we will listen to his hate filled rants.

    November 5, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Oblunder

    Rubio will make an excellent President in 2012. As much, well even more experience than The One.

    November 5, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Fun reading all the conservative vitriol leveled at Olberman from the same people who vehemently attacked NPR for firing Juan Williams pursuant to similar policies designed to protect the appearance of objectivity and non-biased integrity from their news analysts. I guess all the really matters is whether you agree with what's said or done, eh GOPers? So, yet again, we have a beautifully ironic situation in which the real hypocrisy is the GOPers calling people hypocrites. Hilarious. Are you guys so amnestic that you can't remember what you said 1 to 2 weeks ago or is it just that you really don't care because you live in the moment and the only thing important to you in that moment is attacking whatever is in front of you like a rabid pitbull with a bladder infection?

    And no, don't even try to argue that the 1st Amendment mattered in the Williams situation because of "federal funding." NPR is a private non-profit corporation that applies for and receives grants. That does not make NPR's actions "government action" such that the 1st Amendment is triggered. We do not have a state-run media in this country, just media that is full of bootlicking establishment wh-res.

    BTW, stupid move Olberman, both in terms of violating their policies and further compromising your ability to appear as an objective journalist. To be honest tho, I actually don't really watch him...I know that probably suprises some of the people I anger here on a daily basis.

    November 5, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. New Age Independant

    The people have spoken, and hopefully Democrats will take the hint and stop telling others to "sit in the back seat" and stop their close door sessions. Only time will tell, but I'm betting they haven't learned their lesson. If comments by Reid and Pelosi are any indication, they are doomed to continue their corrupt ways. If they thought this election was bad, just wait until the next one!

    November 5, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Dean

    I am honored to have Marco Rubio represent Florida.

    November 5, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. fideauxdon

    Now that he's fooled the uninformed FL voters into thinking that he was a "kinder, gentler, moderate Republican), he can revert to being the Right-Wing maniac that he was when he was Florida House Majority leader. Any Dem or Independent that voted for him should be ashamed.

    November 5, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Peter s

    This tea bagger is going no where!! GOP stop wasting your time once the dust settles and euphoria is over and you start governing the reality will hit you hard and fast!!

    November 5, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Mario

    As a native Floridian of Cuban-Spanish descent, this will be truly a sad day for our fair state when this ego-centric poster child of the forces of far right extremism and self centeredness delivers a speech (any speech, actually) to the country. It is a crass embarrasment.
    Mario Cano,
    Miami

    November 5, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. jeff, alabama

    If you look closely at this picture
    you only see good looking women
    wanting to shake his hand.
    I wonder if a liberal plant is in
    there somewhere looking to derail
    his fame.
    Senator Rubio, watch your backside.

    November 5, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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