Rubio: I'm no savior
February 7th, 2013
10:32 AM ET
5 years ago

Rubio: I'm no savior

(CNN) – Time Magazine may have named Sen. Marco Rubio "the Republican savior" on the cover of its latest issue, but the Florida Republican is a bit more modest.

While he may not be ready to declare himself the GOP's knight in shining armor, Rubio is enjoying a surge of attention – he's at the center of the renewed debate over comprehensive immigration reform, and has been tapped to deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address next week.

As Time's Michael Grunwald writes in the magazine's cover story, "Just two years after he arrived in Washington, the charismatic conservative often hailed as the Tea Party's answer to Barack Obama has emerged as the most influential voice in the national debate over immigration reform."

"He's also the key player in his party's efforts to make up to Hispanic voters after a disastrous 2012 campaign featuring Republican candidates who proposed electric fences and alligators along the southern border, as well as Mitt Romney's suggestion of 'self-deportation' for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants. GOP leaders know they have a demographic problem. They hope Rubio can help provide the solution."

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  1. Rudy NYC

    He's no savior. He's still the same Marco Rubio who never spoke out against any of the foul comments about Pres. Obama that came from the right wing. Rubio never spoke against self-deportation and has still yet to do so. Rubio is a Tea Party Republican, whatever that means. Most of them are just too extreme for most people to digest.

    February 7, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The media is paying too much attention to Rubio. He will not be the candidate that wins the nomination.

    February 7, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    GOP needs to change it's attitude till then even God can not save. They need to focus on USA more. Not foreigners nor their Oil.

    February 7, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "He's also the key player in his party's efforts to make up to Hispanic voters after a disastrous 60+ year streak featuring Republicans who said, did and proposed racist and discriminatory things, attempted to suppress or dilute minority votes, characterizing minorities as lazy leaches and welfare queens, running campaigns based on the "southern strategy," demagogued minority immigrants, and generally behaved in a self-serving, bigotted, insanely offensive manner towards minorities. GOP leaders know they have a demographic problem. They hope Rubio can help provide the solution by being brown while selling the same old GOP agenda that will marginalize minorities, but with newly euphamized language."

    FIFY. Learn to be accurate.

    February 7, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. yanni

    Even Jesus cannot save the republican party

    February 7, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. lottie

    that's right you are no savior and no spokesman for the Latin community either. You are a republican licking his wounds and looking for a new way to lie and get around the policies of your party. Now that you have lost the Latin vote you will say or do anything to get it back. Not because you care but you are afraid of loosing another election. The repo party is dead unless it changes course.

    February 7, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. mgctampa

    Agreed, Marco, you are no ones saviour. what you are is one of the most negative depressing untruthful speakers I have ever heard. Thats why in florida, only the cuban community is enamored of you. Try some honesty and your speeches might go over better. Florida as you know is not as enamored of you and the GOP.

    February 7, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. TomGI

    "Rubio: I'm no savior"

    And no president.

    February 7, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. MrBeenThere

    Savior.................. definitely "NOT"................... Fading star......... assuredly "YES".............

    February 7, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. nothing new here

    What nonsense. Rubio is certainly no savior, and definetely not for the GOP.
    If anything, Karl Rove, and people like Dick Morris and Chris Christie, will have to work very hard to tame the extremist elements of the party. The party of stupid needs to make amends for all the extremists elements in their midst.

    February 7, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Facts don't Lie

    Truer words have never been spoken Senator and the rate your party is going it might take action from the Almighty to save it.

    February 7, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. John

    The Republican think this guy has a Chance to win In 2016, But he won't are any other Republican. It not the Person Is why you are losing It your way of thinking. Until that Changes the Republican will never Win.

    February 7, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. PJ

    This is a nice, feel-good story that could be written about millions of Americans. Unless you are a full-blood
    American Indian, you are here because of some immigrant in your family, or you are an immigrant yourself.
    So, I'm happy for Rubio's parents, but Marco Rubio's sudden "evolution" from being against a "path to
    amnesty" to a full blown "immmigration plan" is bogus.
    Solving our immigration problems, according to Rubio, determines the:
    "future of the Nation" – something that has been going on for over 200 years; or
    "dreams of millions of immigrants" – again, a 200 year phenomenon; or
    "will shape the fate of the GOP" – True. And that is the only reason the Republicans have put him out front and
    That is why their sudden concern is bogus. Truth is, Republicans need the votes and they have admitted it.
    Rubio is right about one thing – There is only one Savior, and it is not him.
    The "Tea Party's answer to Barack Obama" will have to become his own man before he can convince
    anybody that he is sincere. Good luck with that!

    February 7, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Rubio is the best shot the Repubs have because he's Hispanic, but not too brown; a hard-core rightie with a pretty face. He's also a liar, inflating his family's background to make him look like some kind of freedom fighter. Hispanics know that folks like Rubio, who can "pass", side with the interests of those who think illegals should self-deport and are the cause of all our economic woes (when the real problem lies with all the "true-blue" Americans willing to break the law by hiring illegals to save money).

    February 7, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |

    You do not know the meaning of the word.

    February 7, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "While he may not be ready to declare himself the GOP's knight in shining armor, Rubio is enjoying a surge of attention"

    All of this Rubio coverage is doing more harm to Mr. Rubio then even the mighty Marcus Rubio himself will ever grasp - let alone understand. He reminds me of Palin on the fast track to going nowhere fast.

    So, GOPers. The question becomes: what has Marcus Rubio done for your party ... or the Latino community you are all hoping he can pander to enough to dupe into voting for him? Has your party platformed changed, or do you in all honesty think a few placating words (Cantor's photocopy of a recent Obama speech comes to mind) will suffice?

    February 7, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. martin

    If it's Marco, lt it be Polo. If it's Rubio, let it be Ricky.

    February 7, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. yogi

    Nobody in the GOP will save the party and certainly not Rubio. Many in the party of the dumb will vote for him, but intelligence will prevail as the majority of the electorate has shown in the last elections. The GOP might as well change the elephant as their mascotte to a pig, with lots of lipstick.

    February 7, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Tony

    Jesus would not run with the current Republican platform.

    February 7, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. lynn

    If talking about Rubio means talking about immigration, it's time to remind people where and how the immigrants came to this country in the great immigration from Europe during the 19th century. My ancestors were sponsored by the church and had skills necessary to help expand the U.S. They came through New York, down the Erie Canal and settled in Chicago and took classes at night to become a citizen, which they all did.

    No sneaking across the southern border nor asked for handouts and special tuition rates for their children. They earned and paid their own way.

    February 7, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. yogi

    The Republicans slowly start to realize that they lost the Presidency and the Senate, and now all you will hear from them is one word: elections. They don't realize that is not the elections they lost but the PEOPLE, and unless hey start CARING, they will never win the people over.

    February 7, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Tom

    You can bet Jamie Foxx won't call Rubio a savior. Foxx saves that title for Obama, he calls Obama his "Lord and Savior". How pathetic.

    February 7, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Anonymous

    "Rubio says: I'm no savior" – Tell us something we didn't already know

    February 7, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The GOP with it's current leadership AND membership is well beyond the reach of salvation....religious or otherwise.
    And what little can be saved will NOT be salvaged by the likes of a Marco "Wannabe President" Rubio.
    Period. End of subject. Turn the page.

    February 7, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. bill

    "GOP leaders know they have a demographic problem." – Yep, and that demographic is called AMERICA

    February 7, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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