Rubio: I'm no savior
February 7th, 2013
10:32 AM ET
2 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. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    He'll go up in flames just like the last GOP "Savior".

    February 7, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. n222s

    Dominican mama,

    First, full disclosure. I didn't read the article. However, do you ever think there could be some resentment on the part of those who came here legally towards those they may be granted amnesty in a much shorter time frame?

    I'm realistic. The illegals are going to receive citizenship afte a very short period of time. There is no question. I won't resent them on an individual basis because I won't ask an individual the whens, and hows they became a citizen.

    However, we should question the logic used for amnesty. "You don't want to separate families". Nope. But how many single parents are in our jails for non-violent crimes? Why is it okay to separate their families? I'm not advocating leniency for crimes of any sort. I'm just pointing out the hypocrisy.

    As a nation we have a right to decide who becomes a citizen and who enters our country. I may not agree with all the decisions but let us stop pretending that anyone who decides, for themselves, to break our immigration laws are somehow on an even par with those who spent thousands of dollars and years of waiting to become citizens the legal way.

    February 7, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Laverne

    Marco Rubio will fizzle out before the end of this year, let alone talking 2016! He has no substance and is rather clueless and what is up with him continuing to talk about Tupac and others?? He seems so disingenuous!

    February 7, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Mashed Potato Bulletin

    Savior? Because he's Hispanic?

    Wasn't that the GOP's thinking about Michael Steele?

    February 7, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. SMJ

    As a native Floridian, I'm working to get his butt kicked OUT of Congress in 2014. He is a poser and a tool. He has done NOTHING for our state...and he is so full of himself. And I'm a white, straight, Republican (if we're throwing around labels).

    February 7, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Really, the Democrats are making this out to be a racist issue
    -------------------------------------------------
    How are they doing that? A RACIST issue? I did not perceive that at all.
    I see the GOP bumbling blindly along throwing anything that might stick to a "minority" vote.
    I see them using a so-called minority to achieve that goal.
    I've seen them do this before.
    They failed then and they are failing, miserably, at it now.
    But racist? No. Just stupid.

    February 7, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. LibParrots

    When those of you professing your minority status as some badge of honor that deserves a certain entitlement stop the nonsense and simply consider yourselves Americans first, many of the perceived issues are actually non-existent. If you think your ethnicity or the color of your skin should drive U.S. policy and take precedent over your American nationality I recommend you move to that place which you hold so dear to your existence/being.

    February 7, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. kurtinco

    This is the first thing Rubio has said that I agree with, he ain't no savior. besides, let's try to get one thing perfectly clear. Terms like hispanic and latino are very broad. I doubt the average Mexican cares much what the son of Cuban immigrants thinks especially when you consider all Rubio's parents had to do to get here legally was step foot on our soil. Tell me, what did Rubio's parents do that was any different than any Mexican migrant seeking a better life for their families? The answer is: nothing except being Cuban.

    February 7, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    The GOP is anti middle class, anti poor, anti women, anti minority, anti gays and lesbians, anti unions, anti equal pay for equal work, anti healthcare, anti financial regulation, anti country, anti we the people, anti one nation under God, anti a united America but they're pro guns and pro war. That party is history.

    February 7, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. yanni

    Remember Rudi Giuliani, Herman Ken, Rick Santorum, Sara Palin, and Rick Perry they were popular and considered as a savior before they become a laughing matter. Early favorite Rubio wouldn’t stand scrutiny for the next 6 month. Call me then and after that on the early GOP primary. We will see how the “Tea party patriots” reacts after Rubio campaigned for amnesty.

    February 7, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Rogue351

    Savior, I think NOT. As long as the GOP have people amidst their ranks that believe nonsense such as the universe is only 6000 years old. Woman cannot get pregnant from rape and 47% percent of the population does not matter. They will have no savior in the political arena. The GOP has backed themselves into the corner of extremism. Emerging from it while still staying a separate entity staying from the democrats will be difficult if not impossible.

    February 7, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. tarura

    ". . . there is only one savior and it's not me . . ." – Rubio said

    That's right, Senator. the one is in the White house, according to way too many liberals.
    They will soon be awaken from their dream and very, very disappointed.
    As soon as Obamacare kicks in in full swing

    February 7, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I was at President Obama's inauguration two weeks ago and what was amazing to me as I ventured onto the capitol mall on inauguration weekend and met with scores of people, was how many of these people said that they were republicans or conservatives who decided to switch parties and vote democrat this time around. No, they didn't look like republicans or conservatives, they looked like Americans and that was gratifying to me. Yes, the republican party is dying a slow death.

    February 7, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Conservatives realistic? Please. The Right has lived in a fantasy world, where tax cuts pay for themeselves ( something Rubio has now admitted is false), where debt only occurs under Obama, and where the intelligence gathered for Neo-Con goals is always flawless AND was obtained legally and without putting CIA operatives in danger. The Right is now so driven by ideology that they can't admit their own mistakes ( Karl Rove, anyone?) without committing career suicide ( Saxby Chambliss). Rubio is a perfect example of what the Right values, a token to dispel any criticism that they are hostile to minorities: in other words, he's a fig leaf to cover the obscene effects their policies have had on this country for over 30 years.

    February 7, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. SkepticalOne

    There is only one savior and he is Rubio's imaginary friend...
    When is the GOP going to understand that most of us don't want a religious zealot in the White House?

    February 7, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Tom

    Rubio: Im no savior. Finally, a conservative speaks truthfully.

    February 7, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    I think my 4 year-old great-grandson is smarter than Rubio.

    February 7, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda
    You're welcome. Enjoy the documentary and the article. I smell comeuppance as well for both Rubio and the GOP.

    February 7, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @tarura

    No, President Obama is not a savior but what he has done after inheriting two deadly and costly wars and an economic crisis, is save America from total ruin after 8 years of republican decay.

    February 7, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. vboni

    Rubio better wake up very soon and realize the Republican party is using him as a tool a puppet and only that. Republicans don't like Hispanics, latin or any minority, he is just a token they have to let in so as not to look bad, " Hey we are not racist you see we have one of those what you ma call it's." Wake up Rubio.

    February 7, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. cedar rapids

    'tarura
    ". . . there is only one savior and it's not me . . ." – Rubio said
    That's right, Senator. the one is in the White house, according to way too many liberals.'

    funny but the only ones who refer to Obama in that manner are repubs. They do insist on deifying the man.

    February 7, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -tarura

    ". . . there is only one savior and it's not me . . ." – Rubio said

    That's right, Senator. the one is in the White house, according to way too many liberals.
    They will soon be awaken from their dream and very, very disappointed.
    As soon as Obamacare kicks in in full swing
    ***********************
    The GOP had their chance to address this, and they blew it. Btw, wasn't the Universal Mandate a GOP idea? You should be gratified your ideas were finally implemented.

    February 7, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. yogi

    @Dominican mama and Lynda Minnesota
    Great posts, love your analysis and sense of humor. It is refreshing to read your comments, and they beautifully counteract the stupidity from the right we have to endure on a daily basis.

    February 7, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Pete

    Rubio,influential as Pres.Obama ,where's the punchline to this joke because if anything its politically pathedic, wouldn't most intelligent posters write!!

    February 7, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Senator Rubio then walked across Miami Bay after answering the reporter's questions, healing lepers and causing fish to jump into people's boats on the way home.

    February 7, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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