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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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    we could actually point to the truth (and without hesitation whatsoever) of living in the greatest nation of unity ever founded.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Hear! Hear Lynda!
    @Sniffit:
    BINGO
    We are in agreement with that perfect summarization of the Cuban immigrant experince. I just don't understand why the GOP doesn't get that.

    February 7, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Andrew

    What an utterly obtuse way to say you're interested in higher office.

    February 7, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. michael

    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
    *****************************************
    I guess you forgot that Bush disbanded the Bin Laden CIA taskforce in 2005, and when asked whether he was still thinking about getting Bin Laden, he had the audacity to say "I don't think about him much." So tell us again, how did Bush contribute to us getting Bin Laden?

    February 7, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. ED FL

    Rubio we florida residents are still waiting for all the money you questionably/illegally used while you were the speaker/ robber of the house.Your move to DC is a hopeless phoney you still are a supposed representative for the Florida Population and we are watching you closely.

    February 7, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    As long as the Republican party caters to the far right,tea party fringe, they will not get my vote on any individual candidate...let the far right/tea party start a 3rd party...and see how many votes they get....
    And the Republican party needs to see that those radicals do not get nominations...they need normal conservatives/moderates who are willing to compormise for the good of the electorate, whether the people voted for them or not...the last part of this statement is for the democrats too

    February 7, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. KCXPat

    Brilliant tweet. Humbly play yourself down while reminding everyone Jesus was a savior too.

    February 7, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    I just heard Rubio speak - again - and again I am grossly underwhelmed with his intelligence (or lack thereof). What a joke.

    February 7, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. mjw

    Rubio should speak to his fellow Cuban....Ted Cruz and tell him the same thing. They are both being used to garner Hispanic votes. It will not work....Cruz has damaged himself already ....will not go very far. He came into the Senate with a chip....will soon be taken down a notch. Someone got him fooled, maybe Sarah Palin. Where is she now?

    February 7, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Clear and Present Thinker

    You got that right, Marco! Losers are not saviors.

    February 7, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. George

    I think we should be careful about nominating someone for the presidency, chiefly for demographic reasons. Rubio IS hispanic. He IS from a crucial swing state. He IS a young man. But is he qualified? Does he have any serious agenda? Or is this just about winning for the GOP? I can't take another idiot like 43 again.

    February 7, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "We are in agreement with that perfect summarization of the Cuban immigrant experince. I just don't understand why the GOP doesn't get that."

    Oh, they "get it" all right. They get that half a century of pretending that Castro is evil while giving dictators like Musharef or the Saudi Arabian regime a sloppy glad-handing was good for their personal, self-serving politics. The people who fled Cuba were the plutocrats chased out by Castro. That they are now a solid voting bloc for the people who are promoting and institutionalizing plutocracy in America should come as absolutely no suprise to anyone.

    February 7, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Brilliant tweet. Humbly play yourself down while reminding everyone Jesus was a savior too."

    Grift is not a sign of intelligence.

    February 7, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Kathy0715

    George – Marco has all the bases covered, he's Cuban, lived in Nevada and Florida, was Catholic, Mormon, Catholic again, and now is Presbyterian. He says that Medicare and Social Security have made us soft, and people should take care of their own elderly family members, while at the same time, his parents are on Medicare and Social Security. He doesn't flip, he spins.

    February 7, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. FG

    It's the first truth Rubio has told.

    February 7, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Sane Person

    Well, no argument from FL voters, he is no savior.

    February 7, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Nothing At All

    In a flock of turkey's it doesn't take much to pretend to be an eagle.

    February 7, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit
    Copy that.
    The GOP must be in complete disarray, and totally upside down when even the Cuban voting bloc bid them adieu and turned their backs on them in the 2012 presidential election no matter how hard they waved Rubio in their faces.

    February 7, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. ca2011

    So this is GOP's strategy of reaching out to Latinos– have a proven liar and a demagogue give response to President's speech. I guess they are hoping Mexicans are dumb enough to vote GOP because they'll hear his message in Spanish. Nevermind the fact that its content won't change. Still the party of stupid.

    February 7, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. don in albuquerque

    Not sure how old the earth is, but Jebus many have ridden a dinosaur, doubts global warming, into rap, would love to dismantle Social Security and put ALL old people to eating cat food, but feels like an airline trampled all over his widdle feelings. Yep, he is GOP material. Lets start filling the clown car!

    February 7, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. Rennie

    Some ego to think anyone considered him a saviour. Must have been 1 of the 33% of the true believers out there...2 standard deviation to the left on the normal curve.

    February 7, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Facts don't Lie

    @ Lisa......

    PLEASE tell me when President Obama claimed he was the Lord and Savior or is this just another fantasyland quote from the right wing biosphere? Face it...you guys LOST deal with it and move on.

    February 7, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. jay

    only way GOP can win American people if agree to immigration reform. don't loose midterm election you guy's have to act now. otherwise you guy's will be out of business. no exception!

    February 7, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Squigman

    I doubt that I could eat, the amount of food it would take to allow me to puke, the amount I want to puke after reading this story. This cretin and his whole party are completely bat guano, if they think this is going to sway voters. Hopefully the people are smarter than the republicans give them credit for. We'll see.

    February 7, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Larry L

    @michael

    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
    *****************************************
    I guess you forgot that Bush disbanded the Bin Laden CIA taskforce in 2005, and when asked whether he was still thinking about getting Bin Laden, he had the audacity to say "I don't think about him much." So tell us again, how did Bush contribute to us getting Bin Laden?
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    Nobody revises reality better than a modern Republican!

    February 7, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Larry L

    @Larry L

    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
    ============================================================================================= 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?
    ============================================================================================

    I don't see you comment tarura? You've commented about Obamacare negatively in the past so surely you know what the GOP offered as a better plan. Please share!

    February 7, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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