August 23rd, 2010
06:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Rubio: Top conservatives 'absolutely' welcome on the stump

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio said Monday that prominent Republicans are welcome alongside him on the stump."]Orlando, Florida (CNN) - No longer a conservative insurgent struggling for money and attention, Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio is working hard to win over the independent voters so crucial to Florida elections.

But Rubio says he'll still welcome some of the conservative luminaries who endorsed him in the early days of his candidacy as he hits the general election campaign trail this fall.

Asked Monday at a campaign stop in Orlando if he'd campaign alongside prominent Republicans like Jim DeMint, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, Rubio said: "Absolutely."

"Anyone who wants to work with us to accomplish the things we believe in, we're going to work with them," Rubio told CNN, outlining his firm opposition to President Obama's fiscal agenda.

Rubio said he is the same candidate he was when he entered the race in 2009 as an under-funded long-shot primary opponent to Gov. Charlie Crist, then the choice of national Republicans to replace Mel Martinez in the Senate.

"I can tell you the speech I gave here today and the speech I gave on the stump is indistinguishable from the one we gave 18 months ago, and I would challenge anyone out there to prove otherwise," he said.

"Our message is the same one was it was in the beginning," he added. "It's not a personal message. I'm not angry at anyone. I just think Washington is taking our country in the wrong direction, and we need more people in Washington who will stand up to it and offer an alternative."

In the November election, Rubio will face Crist, now running as an independent, and the winner of Tuesday's Democratic primary between Rep. Kendrick Meek and billionaire investor Jeff Greene.

Crist leads Rubio and Meek by a 39-32-16 margin, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released last week. If Greene is the Democratic nominee, Crist leads the pack 40-32-15.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. grrace

    Except Rubio offers no "alternative" to GOP blather. ""Anyone who wants to work with us to accomplish the things we believe in, we're going to work with them," Rubio told CNN..."

    Rubio stands with Palin, who shoots my dog from a helicopter, Huckabee, who eats squirrels, and Demint, who's only mission is to Waterloo Americans into voting 'NO' to any fix.

    In addition, Rubio looks and sounds like he's still in his daddy's suit. An empty suit at that.

    Who wants to vote for people who torture animals and want to bankrupt this country by supporting crooked bankers and killing people abroad?

    Not me. Vote Democratic.

    August 23, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Yes, good idea to get Sarah Palin to 'help' him out. That ought to do something to his odds of winning.

    August 23, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. barry

    Crist is no different than Arlen Specter. They are both turn coats and everyone knows you can't trust a turn coat.

    August 23, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Shirley in California

    "Anyone who wants to work with us to accomplish the things we believe in, we're going to work with them," Rubio told CNN, outlining his firm opposition to President Obama's fiscal agenda.

    Translation: I'm down in the polls and I'm desperate.

    August 23, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Shannon

    Did anyone see this man on the Sunday talk shows, he's a bigot, and obviously has no understanding of the Constitution, but then what Republican does. Even Joe Scarborough, a former Republican senator was appalled at the things he said about Muslims yesterday.

    August 23, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Senator

    you mean top "Christians" as if the GOP gets to determine who is christian and who is not: I bet these brainless bigots believe that Jesus was a Christian, which He wasnt. Nobody but God sets the criteria of Christianity, regardless of what he was born in order to be a Christian you must be born again! John 3. This is free, which you will need when you campaign and this is your only issue, the Presidents Faith!

    August 23, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. they call me "tater salad"

    This, going nowhere fast, clown needs all the help he can get....... He's even become desperate and low enough to welcome an endorsement from the likes of Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint........That just about sums up his political future in a nutshell..........Going nowhere fast!!!

    August 23, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Sounds like he's begging. They FORCED or rather KICKED Cristi out of the RepubliCAN'T party so he can win – NOW, he's begging for people to get behind him!!! Too Late!!

    August 23, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. tom7001

    Rubio is consistent, keep drilling in gulf [he was the largest recipient of big oil money in Florida] cut social security and privatize it, he is backed by wall street! Rubio's plan to stop stimulus money would increase the unemployment rate. His tax cuts for the rich, and cutting social security would also stall the economy!To create more jobs, our economy needs more economic demand. We need people who are willing to go out and buy products and services. Thanks to republicans, crying any money spent will add to the deficit, the current economic crisis will carry on! ROBio’s plans are to take from the poor and middle class, and give tax breaks to the rich!

    August 23, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. C Spurgeon

    Vote for Crist not this jerk....

    August 23, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. CanadaOne

    If this guy wins – Canadians will stop visiting Florida – that is a 3.5 billion dollar loss.

    After the Arizona BS – the Canadian Embassy has put out the following warning.


    "Non Americans in this State maybe jalied if the State is governed by Republicans"

    August 23, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Where'd they get that info? Is this just another Faux News nontroversy to stir up the stupid and gullible?"

    Chuck Grassley obtained an internal DoJ memo in which they brainstormed options. This is something frequently done as an attorney to determine what the viable alternatives are AND RULE OUT THINGS THAT EITHER MAKE NO SENSE OR DO NOT JIVE WITH THE LAW. What the 17 conservative groups are doing is protesting against options on the list in that memo that do NOT constitute official administration policy, pretending that they do constitute official administration policy...even though they were ruled out. They've got nothing to go on, so they have to use the old "accusation = conviction" trick to make it look like there's a conspiracy afoot to buck the immigration laws, when the reality is, it was just put in a memo as a potential idea so it could be addressed and understood whether it woudl work, whether it was legal, etc.

    August 23, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Proud member of Global Zero

    I will be voting in tomorrow's primary. I moved here as an independent. This is a closed primary state. I changed to democrat to vote for our president in the primary that did not count. I plan to stay a democrat and vote for the candidate that will stand for working American's. Rubio will not be getting my vote in November. I will still have to decide between Crist and Meeks. I am learning more about each. If we democrats can get out the vote Meeks wins. If we split, Crist wins.

    August 23, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |

    dis dufus is NOW running out of talking points for DeminTED!

    It's hard for him now to support Arizona immigration law, embrace hillybilly Sarah Palin with her rabid anti-American rhetorics, embrace the bogotted and racist Tea-baggers who hate decent working Americans!!!

    Sorry Rubio...enjoy that $300 hair cut & stipends u "stole" from the Florida RNC account!

    August 23, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Kenneth Close

    It is a shame the elections always come down to power, not the people of anyone district. Then when they get to congress the tell people they are voting for the common good of the nation and not as their representative.

    August 23, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Typical republican – bring your money and spread the hate. That's how we take control and finish destroying the constitution.


    August 23, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. rdepontb

    Who asked such a question? Mark, you don't have to answer everything thrown at you out there! Don't be such a rube!

    August 23, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Livin' the good life

    PS: Of COURSE he's going to allow anyone to "help" him. Just as long as they bend HIS way and not get "Outta Hand". Go ahead and let the minute famers crawl on YOUR bandwagon. They only want the publicity! They don't REALLY care about if you win or lose, it just keeps them in the spotlight! Lights-Camera-NO!...Beau Colby

    August 23, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. golinus

    Mr. Rubio and his top "fiscal" conservatives should be asked where were them when their party and the Bush Admin started 2 bloody and costly wars without funding them, approved a horrendously expensive medicare drug plan without funding it, and gave the upper 2% tax cuts without funding them? Yes, the Republicans are the party responsible for trillions in future debt. Yes, the republican party – the nations "fiscal conservatives" whose economic ideology nearly lead to our financial collapse. Why should we bring them back to office?
    Why would we listen to a word they have to say?

    August 23, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. carlos

    .....and Gov. Crist will trash you on Tuesday, corrupt and CONservative, all of them.....

    August 23, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Albo58

    Rubio or ANYBODY for that matter would be better than Charlie Crist! Here in Florida, we already have a mindless Obamabot in Bill Nelson so we darn sure don't need another!

    August 23, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. AF.

    Hey Rub yo! Florida will not forget the state's credit card that has been robbed. Rubio and Rob you are alike

    August 23, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |