Rubio: I'm no savior
February 7th, 2013
10:32 AM ET
1 year 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. bill

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

    February 7, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. MrBeenThere

    Another Fake in pretty cloths, he doesn't even represent the demographic that the GOP is in dire need to connect with. They are so blind they don't see a difference between Cuban's and Hispanic's, Hey they all have light brown skin Right..........

    February 7, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    No one coming from the Tea Party wing can be the savior of the GOP.

    February 7, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Jesus Christ Superstar

    The more & more Rubio gets the spotlight & makes speeches, the more we'll say, "hey, wasn't our last Republican a pretty smart fellow?"

    February 7, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Jim Hahn

    He isn't the Republican's savior. The problem is the messenger, the problem is the message. If you listen to Rubio he sounds just like one of the Old White Men of the GOP. He puts border security self deportation, fines, back taxes, and all the other stuff that impedes immigration first. Then they'll talk. Hispanics are going to buy it.

    February 7, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. whaco

    Why does EVERY SINGLE liberal cry about how ALL republicans are "extremists"????? Ever look at yourselves in the mirror, hypocrites????....Both parties have their fair share....BOTH of them!!!! ....and if people cannot agree to that, then you are part of the problem.........period!

    February 7, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. ja

    if the GOP want to save itself, it must become a party for all people not just the rich and intolerant zealots, that claim Christian morals, without true adherence

    February 7, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Ray E. (Georgia)

    True,
    The sooner people learn to take care of ther own affairs the better off they will be. Beleving the Lies of the Nanny Staters is what got the country in so much debt. But, if you need the Nanny State sign up here. The line forms at the left. And do be prepared for a long, long wait.

    February 7, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jesus Christ Superstar

    The more & more Rubio gets the spotlight & makes speeches, the more we'll say, "hey, wasn't our last Republican a pretty smart fellow?"
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    Please get out of my head!! LOL!!!

    February 7, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @Tony: "Jesus would not run with the current Republican platform."

    Of course he wouldn't – Jesus was a Liberal ("What you do to the least of your brothers, you do to me"; he taught that we should love the poor and serve the needy; his philosophy was one of compassion, equality,
    inclusion, forgiveness, tolerance, peace and love; he rejected the massing of wealth without social balance.

    What's pathetically sad is how so many so-called Christians see their faith as nothing more than an excuse for all their bad behavior, and value above everything else their "salvation" because of their supposed belief, even though their actions harm others. Talk about self-centered and totally missing the point!

    February 7, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. LibParrots

    The party doesnt need to change for the latino community. We are, once were..., a nation of laws. I dont want a conservative vote from a latino that doesnt respect our law and/or nation. The fact is, everyone cant get what they want and because the conservative message is one of reality and not fantasy, many are willing to vote against it for purely selfish reasons vice the betterment of the nation.

    February 7, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. works4me

    "No savior" is an understatement. He is, however, the newest GOParrot.

    February 7, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Don't you mean Je'sus Marco?

    February 7, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rubio serves one master, the GOP, and he won't break ranks with them in full support of Hispanics, fact.

    February 7, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    How come Republicans are reaching out to just Latinos and not *all* minorities? I think it is a divide and conquer strategy. I also believe that it will fail. Republicans fail to realie that most people not as stupid as their base and have better memories of all of the nasty policies they still plan to put in place.

    February 7, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. askdavey

    bobby jindel was the last one that went nowhere........the question i have for him is what about this medicare fraud question coming up .....without an answer from the latino poster boy, the gop is reaching now for any thing that will say...."hey we like latinos" or herman caine out there doing a rap song so they think they appeal to blacks, maybe they should all go away the bunch of phoneys, then bring some up and coming repb.;s that are not stuck in the 1950;s thats doesn't mean tea party trouble makers that the gop put out there to destroy common ground,were they come off thinking minority americans are juust going to jump on board because they say ....hey we are ther party for latinos or blacks now, before was just the libearl media that was making us look bad.........

    February 7, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. ritmocojo

    The rich Cubanos in FLA will vote for him. But that'll be it. The rest know a coconut when they hear one.

    February 7, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. LibParrots

    Democratic motto: ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you....

    February 7, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    LibParrots wrote:

    The party doesnt need to change for the latino community. We are, once were..., a nation of laws. I dont want a conservative vote from a latino that doesnt respect our law and/or nation. The fact is, everyone cant get what they want and because the conservative message is one of reality and not fantasy,
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    I agree. Everyone can't always get what they want, which is why we conduct elections. I also agree that the Republican message is in large part one with reality. Republicans are very skilled at making perfectly truthful statements that are simultaneously misleading and deceptive. For example, George W. Bush promised "economic growth and prosperity." Wall Street flourished under his policies. Bush kept his promise. He just never promised the middle class jobs.

    February 7, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Chipster

    Rubio, I think you missed the point. They only meant that they believe you might be able to save the Republican Party from its self-serving, self-destructive policies and fool Hispanics into thinking Republicans care about them. Nobody was suggesting that you are the Second Coming of the Lord. You're Hispanic, so they plan to use you. Do you seriously think they worship you? Better get over that.

    February 7, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. lonewolf

    Definitely correct, he is no savior. Just another right winger trying to fool the hispanic population to believing he is one of them and care for their needs. Wrong, he is Cuban and does not see himself as Hispanic.

    February 7, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Pastor Evans

    This is one of, if not, the biggest problem in the world. People looking to other people or themselves as their savior and answer. Jesus Christ is mankind's only savior and only answer!!! Until mankind comes into a spiritual knowledge and reality of this, he/ she will continue to experience constant failures and problems, due to trusting in flawed and imperfect human beings!!! This is why EVERY person needs the only true savior and answer, and His name is Jesus Christ!!! Pastor Evans

    February 7, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Getoverit

    @Rudy NYC

    How come Republicans are reaching out to just Latinos and not *all* minorities? I think it is a divide and conquer strategy. I also believe that it will fail.
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    Why not? It worked for Obama.

    February 7, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Dude in Colorado

    If Dems demand to see Rubio's long form birth certificate would they be racists or patriots? Just wondering.

    I think Rubio at least has more than two brain cells to rub together because he knew better than to run in a campaign to unseat a sitting president. Also, I suspect, he had enough personal pride and self-respect to not run just to be the GOP's token Latino/Hispanic/brown-skinned person. (Good for him!) That said, it is the message, not the messenger the Republicans need to work on... Rubio would represent nothing more in 2016 than the same old white paper policies arriving in a slick brown envelope.

    February 7, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Tom

    I miss the moderate Right. They put America 1st.
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    I miss the moderate right, as well. Hey, the good news is, they've gotten their kinder, gentler talking points memo. Next up, Fair is Fair will become a moderate ... showcasing what GOPers THINK they've learned by beginning their long road back to political sanity with nonsensical lessons on how to backtrack the previous four years worth of comments.

    February 7, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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