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. LibParrots

    C'mon Rudy...thats all politics/politicians. The reality is we're all stuck in the middle. The best thing we could do as voters is vote every incumbent out of office until good policy produces good results.

    February 7, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. snowboarder

    savior from what? those who believe the nonsense that they have inherited hereditary sin? hogwash!

    February 7, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. carlos

    rising star?....more than a fading star or a good healthy elephant dump...........add cruz as well.

    February 7, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Evergreen

    One over looked reason why Republicans lost the last election is that the put politics above helping to get this country out of the recession. They focused on making the President look bad rather than helping to rebuild the economy. Those of us struggling to survive did not forget this.

    February 7, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "There is only one savior, and it is not me."

    Straight off a bathroom stall partition.

    February 7, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. kanoodle

    The media is doing a diservice to the public by propping up this right wing tea party
    religious zealout. This guy is way worse than Rick Santorum. Look at his record. Look at
    the bills he has cosponsored. Too dangerous of a right wing ideology.
    Women voters will not accept him and they are 48%

    February 7, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    How come Republicans are reaching out to just Latinos and not *all* minorities?
    Well Rudy they tried.
    Remember Herman "Where are all the White women at" Cain?
    They keep picking the wrong "minorities" to reach out to "minorities".
    They just don't GET IT. The hook is wrong, the bait is wrong, the line is wrong,wrong river............ Jeesh!

    February 7, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Dude in Colorado wrote:

    If Dems demand to see Rubio's long form birth certificate would they be racists or patriots? Just wondering.
    Let's wait for it to actually happen before we start asking that question. It makes you sound like a birther.

    February 7, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Deme Joseph

    No one said you were their savior. But with the company you keep, we do expect you to think that way. After all you are a minority even if you are light skinned. They see you that way behind closed doors. Your GOP buddies I mean.

    February 7, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Chumlee

    Rubio, that is right, you are not a savior.

    You are a token

    February 7, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    The Republicans are desperate for a minority, any minority, to show up and proclaim "Republicans are good". Palin and Bachman are both loons, but because they are women< Republican leaders automatically think women will flock to support them. In fact, most women do not support the policies supportyed by these nutcases. Cain was a rising star among Republicans until he shot flamed out. Republicans seemed to think that running a black Republican against Obama would divide the black vote. Possible, but Cain's political views are paler than Strom Thurmond.
    The perfect candidate for the Republicans to run in the next election would be C. Rice. Plenty of experience on the national stage, female, black, not viewed as one of the Tea Partiers and a large overall approval rating from the public. Covincing her to run might just be the hardest part.

    February 7, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    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.
    BAM!! And down goes Frazier!!

    February 7, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. ingyandbert

    Rubio: "I'm no saviour."

    Finally, something we agree on...

    February 7, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Facts don't Lie

    if the GOP wants to attrach more Latino voters they have to realize that just a last name doesn't do it. Like African Americans that saw through the "blackness" of a Allen West or Herman Cain, our Hispanic brothers and sisters aren't easily fooled either. I think Sen Rubio may need to pull his fellow senator Cruz over to side and say when Gov Jindal was talking about the GOP needs to stop being stupid he was talking about folks like Cruz.

    February 7, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. For what it's worth

    He has a yardman named Jesus that he thinks the world of? How interesting, I wonder if we will get to read any articles about this savior of a yardman during the next election?

    February 7, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Quixote

    Whattya know. Rubio said something true!

    February 7, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. breezy

    it horrifies me how delusional the GOP politicians are. this guy is an idiot and the only reason he is getting press is because he has a latino last name. "everybody calm down – im not jesus but i am willing to throw latinos under the bus like the rest of my party"

    February 7, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. n222s

    Has anyone else noticed that dissent is no longer, as Hillary Clinton said, "patriotic". It seems to be that if you disagree with progressivism you are racist, stupid of ignorant or some combination thereof. It couldn't be that there is a legitimate concern about our growing debt. Nawwww. Has to be R, S or I. It couldn;t be that a deeply held religious conviction could possibly be positive. No, has to be R, S or I. Rubio? Evil. Tea Partiers, one of the three. In the mind of a progressive the only freedoms you need involve secks (yes, I know how to spell it but they like to squelch any dissent that uses that word, so...). Economic freedom? We've fallen to 18th in the world. Who cares, you get contraceptives for FREE! Waited for years to become a citizen the right way? Who cares, you might not vote Democratic!

    Trading security for freedom is never successful. Who was it that said those doing so deserve neither? Jefferson? It is absolutely true. As the number of regulations escalate through the years (it didn't start with Obama) are we more, or less free? Who cares, you're on disability because you are stressed you can't find a job (yeah, it is true this has worked for people).

    February 7, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota:
    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.
    Yes indeed Lynda, right you are.
    Did you read the Time magazine cover article where Rubio's immigrant mother referred to immigrants as "them" instead of including herself and saying "us"? That article revealing the fact that Rubio and his parents do not think that they should be lumped in with immigrants did Rubio, his family, and the GOP a HUGE disservice.
    My family in NYC is off-the-wall about it, as well as the Latinos/Hispanics that I associate with here in the DC area.
    Talk about a bunch of deluded IMMIGRANT wannabes..... GOP score: still ZERO.

    February 7, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Tinaj

    Thank God her knows who the real savior is.

    February 7, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. njbchicago

    Really, the Democrats are making this out to be a racist issue. TIME magazine is a liberal rag. Yes, liberal rag. That's why their readership numbers are in the tank. Marco Rubio is one smart guy but he understands that neither he nor President Obama should be put on a pedestal because they represent minorities. He understands they need to represent Americans, something that President O and the liberal media do not understand.

    February 7, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. AEJ

    Make no mistakes – this guy is very self-centered. He is sooooo happy to have his name out there floating for a 2016 presidency. It makes him feel imprtant. Is he? wow!!!! I hope the other news channel will start calling him "JESUS" as did FAUX NEWS did to President Obama. These flaws at FOX called BO "SAVIOUR" for years. What is good for the goose is good for the gander!!! Jesus Rubio!!!!

    February 7, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. tony

    @Libparrot wrote the conservative message is one of reality.

    Like giveing huge tax breaks to the rich will creat jobs, unilaterally invade countries based on lies(Iraq), and causing the biggest recession in America's history is that the message of reality you are talking about?

    February 7, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. No No No, wouldn't be prudent

    MR is Just another right wing repub, throwing whatever he can at the wall to see what sticks and make him popular and keep him in office. His families "heritage" and journey to America has changed over time as each version was debunked. If the right wing is looking for a Hero, they should keep looking.

    February 7, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Did you read the Time magazine cover article where Rubio's immigrant mother referred to immigrants as "them" instead of including herself and saying "us"? That article revealing the fact that Rubio and his parents do not think that they should be lumped in with immigrants did Rubio, his family, and the GOP a HUGE disservice.

    No, I didn't read the article, but certainly I will now. Thanks for the heads up. And also thanks for your comments about the PBS special you mentioned yesterday. I am sick to death of the GOP deluding themselves time and again with their talking points and their condescension towards others. Do I agree that Rubio and his parents think they are one step above ALL of us? Absolutely. He is headed for a well deserved comeuppance. As is the GOP ... again!

    February 7, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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