First on CNN: Rubio helps raise north of $200K for McConnell
March 26th, 2013
04:33 PM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Rubio helps raise north of $200K for McConnell

(CNN) – The election is still more than a year away, but Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign coffers got a boost Monday when fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio helped rake in more than $230,000 at a fundraiser in Kentucky.

At the event, Rubio praised McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, for his drive in pushing forward the GOP agenda in the upper chamber.

"Mitch McConnell's quiet, principled leadership is key to everything we accomplish on Capitol Hill," Rubio said at the fundraising event. "The way he fought Obamacare, tooth and nail, and forced the Democrats to use extraordinary measures to pass it was a critical catalyst in electing my entire class of Senate conservatives in 2010. Without Mitch, I don't know that we'd have Senator Rubio, Senator Johnson, Senator Paul or Senator Lee."

Those names were all elected to the Senate with support from the tea party, whose members have sometimes viewed McConnell skeptically. No Republican candidate has emerged thus far that would challenge McConnell in a primary contest in 2014.

One potential Democratic rival is actress Ashley Judd, though she has yet to formally jump in the race. McConnell's team has already gone after her in a web video for living in Tennessee rather than Kentucky.

In all, McConnell's campaign had $7.3 million cash on hand as of their last filing with the Federal Election Commission.

Earlier, Rubio spoke at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center, named after the senator. Introducing Rubio, McConnell joked about the Florida Republican's own political future.

"He's starting to look at vacation homes in Iowa and New Hampshire," McConnell quipped.


Filed under: Kentucky • Marco Rubio • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "Mitch McConnell's quiet, principled leadership is key to everything we accomplish on Capitol Hill,"
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    What?!?!? That's some malarkey. Sen. "One Term" McConnell is what's wrong with the Senate. From his obstruction on everything to his abuse of the filibuster. He's got to go.

    March 26, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. kayla

    anchor baby, it's all about the benjamins

    March 26, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    "At the event, Rubio praised McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, for his drive in pushing forward the GOP agenda in the upper chamber."

    What agenda? Since making Obama a one-term president has not exactly worked out the way they thought it would, what sort of grand, strategic vision does Senator Beaker have?

    Anyone? That's what I thought. Vision and Mitch McConnell are two mutually exclusive concepts

    March 26, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. thepowernapper

    I thought Ashley Judd lived in Ireland and Tennessee, right?

    March 26, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "merit based??? highly doubful. pandering??? highly likely."

    Pierson has been a secret agent for 30 years, was in charge of protection operations for almost a decade and was chief of staff to the head of the Secret Serrvice for 5 years and the best you can come up with is to ring the GOP/Teatrolls' affirmative action alarm bell? And you wonder why the GOP/Teatrolls are looking into the black, hungry maw of oblivion?

    March 26, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. just sayin

    good job.... the money will be needed to go after the democrat opponents early and often just like obama did with romney.

    March 26, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. RomneyWho

    Because they are his masters and he's one of their house dogs, Rubio the fat head, no matter how questionable McConnell character is, Rubio will back him as long as the unseen hand of the republican party tells him to. Rubio just loves "kibbles and Bits" . . . :(

    March 26, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. aCriticalEye

    "Mitch McConnell's quiet, principled leadership is key to everything we accomplish on Capitol Hill," Rubio said

    Oh, that absolutely makes me sick. Obstructionism is all they have accomplished and the Tea Party golden boy praises him for it. NEWS FLASH, I will NEVER forget the quote. "We will do everything in our power to ensure Mr Obama is a one term president", Sen Mitch McConnel (Tea Nut Republican).

    March 26, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Without Mitch, I don't know that we'd have Senator Rubio, Senator Johnson, Senator Paul or Senator Lee.""

    Sounds like something the Dems could and should quote in their own advertisements. I hardly think blaming Beaker for those 4 buffoons appearing in the Senate works in Beaker's favor with anyone but the radicalized right wing nut jobs.

    March 26, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    ""Mitch McConnell's quiet, principled leadership is key to everything we accomplish on Capitol Hill," Rubio said "

    Newsflash: If your only "accomplishment" is preventing anything from being accomplished, you've got serious election year problems.

    March 26, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Pete

    Rubio should keep his mouth shut because his inaccuracies about McConnells behavior is far from the truth and even republicans here dispute it and it could come back at Rubio as well down the line..McConnell better start campaigning tommorrow because if AshleyJudd does run his days are over..This Citizens United is the financial nails in his coffin because Ms Judds husband a famous granprix racer as well as her an actress can get contributions world wide you nitwits and they'll show him how...McConnell is toast and after him making that assenine statement saying his main agenda was making Pres.Obama a one termer failed it'll most likely be the quote that took out a senator and McConnell maybe your Asianamerican wife can take you back to China where both of you belong..She created enough jobs there for them didn't she under Bush!!

    March 26, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Bill

    McConnell is toast in 2014. Period.

    March 26, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. lottie

    and they complain that the president spends to much time campaigning. Hum double standard as usual. Maybe they should be in Washington helping the people they keep screwing.

    March 26, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Former GOPer

    Things aren't looking to well for the old closet Queen. Might be looking for a new job soon!

    March 26, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Obstruction to the needs of the country comes at a high price, and the current day republican party will do anything in their power to block what is best for the people and the economy.

    March 26, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. sAm

    Democraps cant stand marco rubio cause he can really hurt democraps guess what u bring out ure big gun with obama then we are bringing ours thats how it works republicans r on the rise

    March 26, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. sandra maloney

    I sure wish we.had a couple of senators & congress men/women that would stand up to the sorry mess we have in the white house & work on our economy. Obama & his family need to.stop with all these vacations. Quit spending our tax dollars on themselves.

    March 26, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Mitch McConnell / Marco Rubio 2016

    so much wisdom , unstoppable !

    March 26, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Rubio is buying support for his 2016 presidential campaign. He will collect as many IOUs as possible between now and 2016.

    March 26, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Worm

    It not going to be enough. He's toast and he knows it.

    March 26, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And you wonder why the GOP/Teatrolls are looking into the black, hungry maw of oblivion?
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    Assessments grounded in reality with an almost poetic quality about them brought to you courtesy of Sniffit.
    Love it.

    March 27, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |