Rubio phones into campaign event after plane makes emergency landing
July 28th, 2012
06:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Rubio phones into campaign event after plane makes emergency landing

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio delivered a speech by telephone Saturday after his plane made an "emergency landing" in Albuquerque, New Mexico, preventing him from physically making it to a Mitt Romney rally in Des Moines, Iowa.

"Not one, but two planes I was on today had malfunctions," Rubio tweeted. "Second one forced to make emergency landing in New Mexico. I know how to take a hint!"

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Rubio also said he was looking forward to the rally, but the replacement plane would not arrive in time for him to make it.

A spokesman for the Albuquerque International Sunport told CNN that the plane may have had an electrical issue.

"We did have a private plane land here at about 3:58 local and they had a sensor that indicated that it could be an electrical problem," spokesman Daniel Jiron said. "They went to Atlantic Aviation to make a determination on the issue."

Rachel Sandoval with Atlantic Aviation said four passengers were aboard the jet, and that passengers thought the battery was overheating and believed they saw smoke.

Rubio is a high-profile surrogate for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and was scheduled to hold a campaign event for Romney in Iowa at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday. Earlier in the day, he attended an event in Las Vegas.

- CNN's Steve Brusk and Elwyn Lopez contributed to this report

Filed under: Marco Rubio
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. I Like to tiE My doG To the rooF Of tHE famILY Car for FUN

    I wouldn't miss you

    July 29, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  2. Cortanis

    Jeeze.... two planes in one day with issues. We seriously need to take a look at the airline industry in major ways again. Delta would make one pause on that alone.

    July 29, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Be careful you don't cross over into Arizona, Marco; you might get pulled over for Driving While Hispanic.

    July 29, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  4. 100 % ETHIO

    Election-ical issue might cause the plane to rest in the Liberal area, where his opponents are.

    July 29, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  5. Dave A

    He's got big greedy looking hands.

    July 29, 2012 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  6. MrManhattan

    I hope he had his original birth certificate on him when he landed. Otherwise, he should be deported.

    July 29, 2012 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  7. Roy

    Romney's for President of Lies, Distortion and Hate. The President of no details, just hate Obama...No spine, just hate Obama. This man is a worthless robot of the Tea Party...When is he ever going to tell the truth about anything, His taxes, His business, when was governor , his faith and his detailed vision for America. Instead he lies and distort others, like he did in the primary. I deal with many republicans who say he has no spine and that he is worse than John Kerry (And they cannot stand or trust him) . MITT STOP LYING TO AMERICA. GIVE AMERICA YOU DETAILED PLAN IF YOU HAVE ONE TO STICK TO.

    July 29, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  8. canadacan

    Take care of yourself RUBIO We need you

    July 29, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  9. Madmatt

    Better luck to us all next time....if you could arrange to crash on top of the GOP convention we would be grateful.

    July 29, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  10. Marie MD

    Hey beefcake (LOL), maybe somebody is trying to tell you something.
    Stay in Florida and forget about being nominated for VP. Even if mitt the twit (I love the Brits) chooses you your career will be over faster than another lie about how your family made it to the US!

    July 29, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  11. Bob Olson

    Not one but two planes he was on had malfunctions. Are the liberals that afraid of him st stoop to sabotage? (sarcasm) Actually, he adapted well to the situation, was pragmatic about the events unfolding in real time and still managed to complete his mission. Would have made a good Marine and probably won't be too bad at representing the public. What's next Marco, get buried alive in an earthquake and deliver a speech to the full Senate? Wait a minute, he probably would.

    July 29, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  12. Name

    Quit overstating it. It wasn't an emergency. Procedures state that a landing should be executed as soon as possible, and the controller would have given them priority, but at is not an emergency event

    July 29, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  13. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Brieghtbart, chick- fil-A PR man, now ruboneoutio. Don't mess with chicago they will snuff you out, just ask bin ladin.

    July 29, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. grahame rhodes

    God Will Get Ya

    July 29, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. FedUp

    Smart man. I wouldn't have gotten on the 2nd one. Actually, I probably wouldn't have gotten on the 1st.

    July 29, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. enuff

    Why is he flying around campaigning for Romney when he should be in Washington working for the people who hired him?

    July 29, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Thinkergal

    No doubt a nefarious liberal plot.

    July 29, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Jon

    "I wouldn't miss you"

    Really? Is that an approprite reaction? Grow up. Certainly understand that you disagree with his opinions, but not caring if someone dies is a bit much. We ALL need to dial back the political hate speak to forge a path forward for our nation.

    July 29, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I just don't understand Mitt Romney at all. First he travels around the country for two years telling the American people that he is best equipped to fix the economy because of his business and entrepreneural experience and success. Then he says people with business experience and success understands the economy better than anyone else. Then if so Mr. Romney, why aren't you selecting successful businessman and entrepreneur Donald Trump as your running mate? I sense hypocrisy and lies here once more.

    July 29, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Has Mittens "RETROACTIVELY RETIRED" as the GOVERNOR of MA back to before he signed ROMNEYCARE???

    Just be glad it was not in AZ, brown skin, downed private plane, you must be a drug smuggler, "show us your papers"!

    July 29, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Larry L

    Why on earth would people in new Mexico want to hear from Rubio? Is simply pretending to have something with all Hispanic people enough? This right-wing, Teavangelical anchor-baby has nothing in common with working-class Latinos who are tired of Republican's blocking all progress and only defending the interests of the ultra-rich.

    July 29, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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