Rubio to make first 'early state' visit this cycle
March 25th, 2014
10:58 AM ET
6 months ago

Rubio to make first 'early state' visit this cycle

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio's heading to New Hampshire.

The May visit to the first-in-the-nation primary state by the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender is raising eyebrows among those who cover national politics.

The first-term GOP senator from Florida will make an appearance at the Rockingham County Republican Committee's annual "Freedom Founders" dinner, a source with knowledge of the gathering confirmed to CNN. The May 9 event, which will be held at the historic Wentworth-By-The-Sea hotel just outside of Portsmouth, was first reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader's John DiStaso.

Many of the other potential Republican White House hopefuls, such as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, 2012 GOP presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, have made numerous trips to all or some of the early primary and caucus states such as New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.

But Rubio has not. This is the senator's first trip to any of those three states since the last presidential election, other than an appearance at an event for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad soon after the 2012 election, which Rubio indicated he agreed to attend months earlier as a favor to Branstad.

Earlier this month Jindal and Santorum, as well as Rep. Peter King of New York, who's also flirting with a 2016 bid, addressed the crowd at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua. And early next month Paul, Cruz, 2008 GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who's considering a second White House run, speak at a "Freedom Summit" hosted by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United.

Early last year Rubio's name was near or at the top of public opinion polls of Republicans' choice for their party's 2016 presidential nomination. But Rubio's numbers slipped after his high-profile support for a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate last June. The measure, which stalled in the House, included an eventual pathway to citizenship for most undocumented immigrants, which is strongly opposed by many conservatives.

CNN Executive Producer Michelle Jaconi contributed to this report

 


Filed under: 2016 • Marco Rubio • New Hampshire
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The May visit to the first-in-the-nation primary state by the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender is raising eyebrows among those who cover national politics."

    As is the news coverage among those who cover national politics raising eyebrows with their viewers.

    March 25, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Gunderson

    Wha, Who, Hows That?,
    A first term Senator musing running for Prez? Now who thinks that's a good Idea? Perish the thought! The guy needs to get some experence! Who would ever think of running for Prez with no experence. Nobody I can think of..

    March 25, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. Warren

    Is he on vacation?? Is there nothing he can be doing at his JOB in Washington??

    March 25, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Hey Marco, what's up with that immigration bill of yours? Still support it?

    March 25, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. bobo

    FYI...... "NYT reporter: Obama administration ‘greatest enemy of press freedom’ in generation."

    March 25, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Is this Cuban dude vying for WH bid? Is that position so cheap, if that is the case why not I be vying? This guy talks no sense at all. So US president position is so cheap. USA, better get educated. God bless!!!!!

    March 25, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Is there some way Rubio can run for senate in NH? He sure doesn't represent Floridians.

    March 25, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What between a sudden bout of common sense when it comes to dealing with the immigration issue, the GOP's newest He's-Hispanic-enough-White- enough and crazy, er, Conservative enough two-fer, Turd Cruz, Rubio has been bounced off the Golden Child GOP pedestal.
    Like everything else that doesn't "look" like everyone else within the Republican Party, Rubio has outlasted his use. His comings and goings will concern no one of import within the Party unless he suddenly becomes a magnet for one of those groups that the GOP swears they're reaching out to, mainly gays, Latinos, Blacks, the young, women.
    Indeed had this not been a slow news morning we would've never heard about his jaunt up country.

    March 25, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I think there are going to be a lot of sad Presidential hopefuls... I bet they run Mitt a again. It's like they think he's the POTUS now. And he does too.

    March 25, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Pete

    Rubio will never make it past their primaries..He's a Cuban by birth and if you know anything about cultures ,ethnic groups the Cubans,Mexicans that cohabitat this country detest each other..He won't get out of Florida with his bag of lies because most people at one time or another have heard all the supposid hardships his family really didn't go through like immigrating to Florida because of Castro when in truth his family was here years before he ever came into power after being a revolutionary in the 50s..But than again republicans fall for that crap like Ryans struggling as a son of a millionair construction company owner who used his fathers SocialSecurity survivor benefits to go to college for free on the governments dole after lying to them right...Such hypocrites but that is the republican way, right!!!Do what I say,not as I do!!

    March 25, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Well, hopefully he falls into one of those galactic black holes CNN thinks can exist on our planet. As it is, he already fell into the black hole of ignorance that the GOP/Teatrolls champion.

    March 25, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Pete

    Rubio won't get out of Florida..His bag of lies everyone has heard before of his families struggles immigrating from Cuba from Castro when in fact they were here years before Castro came into power..And facts be told that Cubans,Mexicans detest each other and in voting booths that won't fly ..Hey republicans will fall for his crap anyway,ignorents always do!!!Like the lie of Ryan struggling to go to college when in fact as a son of a sucessful construction company owner making millions on government contracts he lied to use his dads SocialSecurity survivor benefits to go to college on the governments tab free...Nice try republicans,heard it all before!!

    March 25, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. ghostwriter

    RUBES! Man, I missed this guy! Between backtracking on his own legislation after getting an earful from the tea nutbags and being extremely thirsty, he's a laugh riot!

    March 25, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. bobo

    Rubio is a good man... do not believe any Liberal Media bashing!

    FYI.... "NYT reporter: Obama administration ‘greatest enemy of press freedom’ in generation."

    March 25, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Ol' Yeller

    This guy blew his opportunity to be anything of merit. He has twisted and contorted his views in effort to try and please the te abagg ers and the establishment; this has left him in a position where no one on the right really trusts him. Without the support of the Hispanic community, he is really worthless to either faction; and since they have no reall intention of trying to create support among the Hispanics, he is simply useless. Like every minority candidate within the republicant party he will eventually come to the sad conclusion he was used and discarded after he was no longer needed.
    That is, and always has been, the way it is in the rich old white guy's party... (there are no, and never have been, any long serving minorities within the gop... once you have served your purpose, they drop you like a three inch putt).

    March 25, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Sniffit:

    "Well, hopefully he falls into one of those galactic black holes CNN thinks can exist on our planet."

    Five minutes of coverage is all I have been able to take from the 24/7 news cycle on any given day. That being said, wasn't there also a segment where it was suggested God might have raputured that plane as well? The walk back of 15 days of coverage might be interesting. I assume it is all being blamed on the Malaysian government and not the countless CT's thrown out to the public these past 15 days via our American punditry experts?

    @ Dominican mama:

    As per your question from previous article, apparently the 50 / 50 make up in the Ethics Committee is unique to only this particular committee. One presumes our Representatives don't like "digging into" their own regardless of party affiliation, thus the even number of members.

    March 25, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Lizzie

    Gunderson
    Wha, Who, Hows That?,
    A first term Senator musing running for Prez? Now who thinks that's a good Idea? Perish the thought! The guy needs to get some experence! Who would ever think of running for Prez with no experence. Nobody I can think of..
    Did not Sen.Obama run for President being in he senate for 2 years.

    March 25, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Gunderson

    Holy Kaleidoscope!,
    Rumor has it the Democrats are so desperate for a good Candidate for next Presidential Election they are going to dig up Harry Truman and run him again! Rubio won't stand a chance!

    March 25, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Enough is Enough

    @Gunderson – I couldn't agree with you more – look at what happened the last time a first term Senator was elected President! Now we are facing the cold war again....

    March 25, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Enough is Enough

    Wow!! The comments here about his heritage! It's both funny and sad....if a conservative disagrees with Obama the left jumps up and screams "RACISTS!". Yet progressives stand up and disparage a man's heritage and other progressives stay silent. There is a word for that..."HYPOCRITE"....

    March 25, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    GOP candidates have a conundrum on their hands. In order to win primaries in their home states, they have to pander to the far right who get their misinformation from Rush and Faux "News". Once they go on the national stage, they are ridiculed by rational thinking people who see them as lunatics.

    March 25, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "wasn't there also a segment where it was suggested God might have raputured that plane as well?"

    If so, that's hilarious. The derp is strong with this network.

    March 25, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Ol' Yeller you are the man!!! Too bad those being used don't understand that.

    March 25, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Did not Sen.Obama run for President being in he senate for 2 years."

    Yep. And has not your side been screeching about it year after year? It'll be interesting watching the right jump through hoops explaining why America should once again vote for a one term senator as President of the United States. It'll also be interesting watching America decide whether or not they'd prefer a do-nothing "insider" from a long list of wannabee do-nothings now sitting in our Congress.

    March 25, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Lizzie

    Gunderson
    Wha, Who, Hows That?,
    A first term Senator musing running for Prez? Now who thinks that's a good Idea? Perish the thought! The guy needs to get some experence! Who would ever think of running for Prez with no experence. Nobody I can think of..
    Did not Sen.Obama run for President being in he senate for 2 years.

    Can't slip anything by you Lizzie. Ever hear of sarcasm?

    March 25, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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