April 29th, 2010
06:44 PM ET
13 years ago

Rubio on Crist decision: it won't change my election strategy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/29/art.rubio1.gi.jpg caption="Marco Rubio reacted Thursday to Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to leave the GOP senate primary and run as an independent."]Washington (CNN) - Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio reacted Thursday to Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to leave the GOP senate primary and run as an independent.

"This is a great opportunity to see our republic at work," Rubio said Thursday in Miami. The former Florida House Speaker spoke from a baseball field ahead of his son's championship tee ball game.

Rubio will now face-off against Crist and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek in a three-way race.

While Rubio called Crist and Meek "good people," he accused the governor and congressman of being wrong on the issues.

"I remain the only candidate that will stand up to this agenda," Rubio said, an apparent slam against the Obama administration's policies.
Rubio said that heading into the race he did not think he would have to run in a general election against two candidates. But Rubio said that is the nature of American democracy.

Rubio said the new reality of a three-man race will not change his election strategy, saying he'll continue to run "an ideas based, issues based campaign."

"2010 is a decision and a referendum on the future of America," added Rubio.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Jimmy

    Rubio remains the only candidate who will pander to the lunatic fringe. Good luck with that Rubio.

    April 29, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. JR

    Has anyone asked this clown how he would feel about a law like Arizona's for Florida? Show me your papers Rubio and show me every member of your families papers while your at it!

    April 29, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Who cares...You lose now to either a Democrat or an Ind. You might have stood a chance against just one other candidate in the general election. You can't win in a 3 way spit of votes.

    April 29, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Voter

    Rubio has to be worried now. Before his plan was to whip up the right-wing extremists to get through the primary and then expect moderate Republicans to vote for him out of party loyalty alone. Now when November arrives, Rubio will still have the far right, but Crist gives those moderate Republicans and independents a place to go. With Rubio's comments about wanting to abolish Social Security sure to echo across the state for months to come from both of his opponents, plus the federal investigation of Rubio for his fraudulent credit card usage, he's in for a rough campaign season. This may well turn into 2006 Connecticut all over again – an unelectable Republican taking home the automatic straight-ticket voters, and leaving the real battle to the Democratic nominee and the party-rejected independent.

    April 29, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rubio might as well just jump in the Atlantic Ocean, he's swimming with sharks that eat their own. You'd think he'd be smarter than that, they will never embrace him and he will lose whatever voice he has because Senator Brown of Massachusettes is their man and Rubio is no more than a yes man.

    April 29, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Moderate

    It doesn't matter, he just took down the I-4 corridor and left you with North Florida only. Good luck with that

    April 29, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Jim in San Mateo

    Will be interesting to see what percentage of Republicans (the moderates, anyway) go with Crist and if he ends up drawing any Democrats. If he splits the Republicans and the Democrat wins, it will be a good lesson for the GOP, not to bite the candidates that they feed.

    April 29, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Dennis

    What agenda? You mean only seeking what is best for the American people, instead of what is best for Halliburton, Exxon and all the corrupt and greedy Wall Street gamblers that took this country to the edge of extinction while paying themselves HUGE BONUSES? Sorry, but I am for all Americans.

    April 29, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. George of the jungle

    Rubio it the token hispanic to pick up the Cuban vote. Repos will dump him when they are done just like they will with Steele.

    April 29, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. carlos

    let us go and beat this repulsive CONservative by contributing to the other two, after marquito has the credit cards without spendinglimits from the repugnants

    April 29, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. gregorykaran

    Charlie Crist is a Great Governor, a TRUE Floridian and true polition who has and will stand up for what he believes, especially in these difficult times. I voted for our Governor before and will support him on whatever platform he chooses.
    Many great politicians in our Government today chose to run and be Indepentens so they can make their stand and get the job done.
    I am sure we can all name many independants.
    Charile Crist you have my support over Mr. Rubbio any day, especially since Mr. Rubbio has done nothing for the Great State of Florida fespecially or small business and to help our economy.

    April 29, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. one voice

    Rubios election strategy is to continue to use teaparty talking points which are 100% lies.

    April 29, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Givemeabreak!!!

    Rubio is a LOSER...He will NEVER beat Gov Crist.

    April 29, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |