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. namryan

    Well, if he were to fly like us, poor middle class people... he would have been stuck for hours!

    July 28, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Bob

    As if Rubio-cito would matter to most people up here in Iowa.

    July 28, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Larry L

    He may be lucky. The folks in New Mexico don't resemble the bigoted, right-wing population of gullible red-necks he relies upon in Florida.

    July 28, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Sen. Marco Rubio will not attend a Saturday campaign event in Iowa after his plane made an "emergency landing" in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sunday, the Florida Republican tweeted.

    I didn't know it was Sunday in NM...

    July 28, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Glad everyone is okay. Other than that, mom told me," Don't say anything if I can't say anything nice."

    July 28, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. ourjungle

    Not in the stars for you Rubio....and I know this is not the thread to broach the subject, but there may be something wrong with Obama...his birth date 8/04/61,gives him the astrological sign of Leo (July 23-Aug 22).....Obama's real life behavior is out of sync with his sign....Obama needs help. That is what is in the tea leafs.....are there any astrological sign readers out there that "sees" something else....Obama is way,way out of his path?? Yes, he is leading our Nation to hell in a hand basket with his "engineered" recession....his future will rip and tear at the very existence of your family unity.....but, not to fret...the demise of Mankind is written in the southern hemisphere of the Orion Constillation....we are almost there....Earth's magnetic field strength has now decreased down to 50% of maximum strength...when it gets close to 0% strength...hug all your Democrates, and Republicans is over.....for Mankind..

    July 28, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. notagain

    Oh no. What is the conspiracy? If it is near election time, and you are either a liberal with losing poll numbers or a conservtive with winning poll numbers, you better stay off the planes.

    July 28, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rubio sounds like a "drama queen", just get on another plane and be done with it, I'm sure there are commercial flights available to accomodate him, that is if he doesn't think he's too good to fly with the general public.

    July 28, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Oh right !

    Anything to avoid going to Iowa , how was the hotel in Albuquerque ?

    By the way , It'a Saturday !

    July 28, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Roger Tempus

    With this guys policies, there will be many more emergency landings to come.

    July 28, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Shane Botwin

    Bad kharma Marc. Sure, you're cute and young and Republican and from Florida, but so was Phillip P. Bush. Say goodnite Marc.

    July 28, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. Shane Botwin

    Hitching your star to the Romney juggernaut?

    July 28, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Was Rubio picking up drugs, or dropping them off?

    July 28, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. Crismn

    I sure hOpe he wasn't flying using taxpayers money! However, he wouldn't have had all those problems if he flew like the rest of us, poor commoners!

    July 28, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. Sheriff JOE

    You can run but you cant hide marco

    July 28, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. 2020

    Not your time yet. Stay away, stay safe.

    July 28, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. MaryM

    Rubio, Hispanics know exactly who you are. You are a fake, an "Impostor"

    July 28, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. tct

    Don't you hate it when the spare private jet won't get there in time?

    July 28, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. bruce

    why is an elected official of florida traveling around the country for mitt romney, you might want to get your butt back to florida and do the job you were elected to do by the people of florida.(i didnt vote for him) who is paying for these airplanes,the florida tax payers???

    July 28, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. Ashley from Ohio

    God is trying to tell ya to go back home and MYOB, Marco. Nuff said.

    July 28, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. Drew

    "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." – That is impossible. The batteries are in the back of the aircraft in a completely seperated exterior compartment. It would have been impossible for the passengers to see or even smell smoke from an overheating aircraft battery. How would the passengers diagnose an overheating battery anyways? CNN very much needs to fact check their sources before posting reports like this.

    July 28, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  22. enuff

    So try and catch a commercial plane! Why wait... if you want it bad enough, work for it.

    July 28, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  23. Jane

    They have commercial flights out of Alberqueque – – is he too snooty to fly with the peons???

    July 28, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Af

    As a Senator of USA, you cannot write like that: 2 get us 2 #des moines etc... Romney was looking 2 it. where you get these cripy words

    July 29, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  25. stevenfbrackett

    I guess flying commercial and laying over for a little while in Denver is beneath him now.

    July 29, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
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