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. harry Baxter

    Marco, I watched your career closely when you were in the Florida Legislature, and believe me, based on your lack of accomplishment, you aren't ANYONE's Savior!

    February 7, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine


    President Bush and his policies are what lead to the location of Bin Laden – and his demise. You don't have your facts straight – you just hate Bush. And, you have been brainwashed by the Obama adminsitration. He never would have found him without Bush's efforts leading up to that day. Mission accomplished.
    Sorry, no sale. Bush cut the funding needed to get Bin Laden, and shut down the office trying to track him: how can you operate without funds, Junior? If your analogy is correct, than Harry Truman deserves sole credit for ending the Cold War, since it was his efforts to contain Communism that ultimately led it to collapse from within. Do you see how idiotic your reasoning is, especially when you have no proof to back it up? By the way, where are the WMDs? You still have not answered that question.

    February 7, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. kayla

    you got that right, you are NO SAVIOR

    February 7, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Ben

    Those on the far right see illegal immigration as a serious crime, akin to murder, armed robbery and rape. Others (the far left?) see illegal immigration as nothing more serious than a parking ticket. As a society, we need to acknowledge this and make a collective decision as to how we view such immigration - felony or minor violation. When phrased in these extremes, perhaps we can all see some appropriate middle ground and support the senate compromise.

    February 7, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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
    Absolutely correct.

    February 7, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. IvotedforObama

    You are right. You are just a token being used to garner Hispanic votes in 2016 and that is all you are.

    February 7, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. MRHD

    I agree, Rubio is no savior; he is actually a younger and more visually appealing version of Todd Akin.

    February 7, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. The Lichtie

    "A modest man with much to be modest about" (Churchill)

    February 7, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Ah, a Cuban.....the only Hispanics the GOP truly loves, because they fulfill a need the GOP has: power and the perception of righteousness.

    February 7, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Joe

    Rubio, you'll get no arguments here. AGW denier, "not sure" about the age of the Earth, yet somehow holding a seat on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. You're an embarrassment to rational-thinking citizens, and certainly no savior.

    February 7, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota


    @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.

    I have to credit my friend Dominican mama. She knows me so well. I truly enjoy our little back and forth "talks".
    And, thank you. If we didn't have the right wing to [ shudder ] humor us with their babbling brook nonsense ... just think: we could actually point to the truth (and without hesitation whatsoever) of living in the greatest nation of unity ever founded.

    February 7, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "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 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. tc

    Savior? LOL-Liar-When it comes to how his family came to the US-Pants on Fire! I think he will be a one term Senator! That is if the folks in Florida wake up!

    February 7, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. BinFL

    In other words, he doesn't want that heavy burden on his shoulders!

    February 7, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. tony

    Conservatives, are the ones who will bring America down, hypocrits anyone? because hispanics came out in record number and voted for Obama they look to Rubio for the answer, they still do not have a clue. if you are republikkklans we do not trust you, so you are just wasting your time with Rubio

    February 7, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Sandman

    Do it the right way, just like my grand parents did.

    February 7, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. ray

    rubio is another right wing moron.

    February 7, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Larry L


    ". . . 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
    ============================================================================================= Can you tell us what the Republicans proposed to fix the healthcare crisis? Costs are rising 7-9% per year and many families bankrupted by medical events. "Obamacare" was a conserative Heritage Foundation proposal used successfully by Romney. You folks only started hating the idea when the President offered it as an option. It was actually better before Republicans whittled away at the programs. What would you propose?

    February 7, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thank you yogi! Very kind of you to say.

    February 7, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. ray

    obama got bin laden. plain and simple. all you right wing morons who think bush policies got osama you should have your head examine

    February 7, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Marco Rubio / Louie Gohmert

    Walk on Water 2016

    February 7, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. boyamidumb

    You are certainly right about that Rubio. No savior. No nothing. Wait... you are nothing.

    From a family of Cuban facists trying to bring the same thing to America.

    You have to feel at home today. But watch and wait. We still have the will to express our second amendment rights.

    February 7, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. beevee

    Time Magazine may be in a different world when they said it about Marco Cubio. the reality is he is in a wrong party where he has no chance of becoming the president. He may have become a senator from an area where Cuban immigrants are in the majority. He is also dreaming.

    February 7, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. rino

    In a bizarre way we have to thanks the tea party, the party of hate finally show the GOP how bad they can loose, not the must embrace what they hate. But Rubio is no savior.

    February 7, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Lisa

    Wow it's refreshing to see a politician who doesn't think he is Savior and Lord. If only our politician in Chief felt this way....

    February 7, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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