Rubio: I'm no savior
February 7th, 2013
10:32 AM ET
10 years ago

Rubio: I'm no savior

(CNN) – Time Magazine may have named Sen. Marco Rubio "the Republican savior" on the cover of its latest issue, but the Florida Republican is a bit more modest.


While he may not be ready to declare himself the GOP's knight in shining armor, Rubio is enjoying a surge of attention – he's at the center of the renewed debate over comprehensive immigration reform, and has been tapped to deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address next week.

As Time's Michael Grunwald writes in the magazine's cover story, "Just two years after he arrived in Washington, the charismatic conservative often hailed as the Tea Party's answer to Barack Obama has emerged as the most influential voice in the national debate over immigration reform."

"He's also the key player in his party's efforts to make up to Hispanic voters after a disastrous 2012 campaign featuring Republican candidates who proposed electric fences and alligators along the southern border, as well as Mitt Romney's suggestion of 'self-deportation' for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants. GOP leaders know they have a demographic problem. They hope Rubio can help provide the solution."

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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Elliott Carlin

    yes Marco, keep that in mind.
    Rand Paul/2016

    February 7, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    What's that??? A joint in the guys hand getting passed to Rubio. I say congressional investigation !!!!

    February 7, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Another Satisfied Democrat

    No sir you certainly are not a savior. What you are is a front man for a party that is using your ethnicity to rake in Hispanic votes. Were you listening to Romney and the rest? I'd be willing to bet that someone you know is included in the 47% comment....

    February 7, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. bill.x

    The answer to Barack Obama. He's not smart enough to even find the President's shoes. And if per chance he were to bump into them, he would need a ladder to climb in.

    February 7, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Quixote

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Rubio finally got something right! Congrats marco....polo!

    But seriously, does having an ethnic name really make anyone think he is appealing to Hispanics? It is like clarence thomas, or mike steele, or herman cain. Repubs cannot figure out why black people dont like tham! The skin is the right color so why arent blacks loving those guys????

    A clue for you repubs, it is not the canidates race, it is their positions on issues IMPORTANT to minorities. As long as the repubs continue to bow deep and low to the country club elites, as long as their policies steal from 98% of us to give the products of our labor to the rich so they can squander it on greater luxury than Ceasar ever dreamed of.....welll.......they are gonna lose election and especially lose people who a struggling to work their way up to the American dream.

    February 7, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    "Just two years after he arrived in Washington, the charismatic conservative often hailed as the Tea Party's answer to Barack Obama has emerged as the most influential voice in the national debate over immigration reform."

    Can you say token?

    February 7, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Pete

    Hey Rubio what about the elections fine you had to pay for using campaign monies to buy things and fix your famililies car,nice ,honest Cuban right..That's why Florida,mainly Broward,Dade counties have more Medicare,Medicare and SocialSecurity fraud than all 50 states including the rest of Florida combined..And mine you most of it has Hispanic fingerprints all over it...Rubio with uncle Rick Scott have totally screwed up Florida and in midterms I hope to God he gets his butt kicked ,he certainly deserves it,typical republicans ,do what I say not what I do crap ,they're all the same hypocrites just different packaging!!

    February 7, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. MK

    Maybe he will do as good as Louisiana Gov Jindal.... he was the Repub "minority" shining star until he opened his mouth in the State of the Union response... now he's just a joke.

    February 7, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. Mm

    Rubio irks me to no end.

    Clearly, the Republican party enoys being the stupid party.

    February 7, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Ancient Texan

    Obama is sure that Rubio isn't the savior, because he's convinced the weak minded left that he is their messiah.

    February 7, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Concerned citizen

    Show us your birth certificate, Mr. Rubio!

    February 7, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. rgalinato

    Isn't that what the savior is supposed to say?

    February 7, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Smeagel4T

    Rubio will take a position that the right wing extremists would never support Obama taking, but the right wing extremists will adore Rubio for doing it.

    As for the State of the Union... Rubio will have an insignificant hurtle to clear after Jindal's performance. Jindal's performance was a total embarassment.

    February 7, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. Smeagel4T

    I'm finding it VERY amusing watching the GOP drift into supporting immigration reform details that FauxNews was completely attacking the Democrats over during Obama's first term, and FauxNews starting to call the GOP's new position forward thinking. What a total laugh. The GOP is going to end up betraying everything the right wing extremists stood for when it comes to immigration reform, and the right wing extremists are going to be standing around cheering about how the GOP did such a great job.

    February 7, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. Smeagel4T

    Is this guy really that much different than simply having Romney apply some spray tan for Spanish language TV interviews? Sure, at least Rubio isn't faking his complexion. But underneath, what's the diff?

    February 7, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. midgick

    As I remember Mr. Rubio's family left Cuba before Castro took over. His family had the money and the ability to get to America and start a new life.
    The BS from the GOP that he can bring the Hispanic votes to the GOP is absurd. If and when he tries to make himself the Holy Grail for the GOP. this will all come out. He coms from from an elitist GOP background and when he runs for the next elections, he will be open to all for the lies and BS he espouses. hen will ythe GOP learn that just because someone is Hispanic that they can capitalize on it.
    Lot's of luck. the GOP still doesn't get it!!!!!

    February 7, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. skytag

    Rubio is one of my Senators. As best I can tell his claim to fame is that he's a Latino who falls in line with Republican positions. He doesn't impress me at all.

    February 7, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. Jack33

    Rubio is no different than Romney or Bush; it's more of the same corrupt ideology over & over – The interests of the $4000/hr class, at the expense of all other Americans.

    February 8, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  19. WachetAuf

    When there is a vacuum created by a lack of leadership herds have a very bad habit of attracting malignant narcissists. It happened during the first stages of the Russian Revolution. Lenin warned his people that Stalin must not be given any authority. But, Lenin's death created the vacuum which allowed Stalin to gain power. Same thing in Germany. We must be very careful that the GOP does not fall into the same trap. A lot of demagogues have been knocking at the door. There is most certainly the kind of vacuum in the GOP which is ripe for the promotion of a malignant narcissistic demagogue. Rubio may or may not qualify as that kind of narcissist. But, the GOP is so hungry for a savior that even Rubio is warning that he is not savior. Rubio sees the handwriting on the wall.

    February 8, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  20. Evelyn Connaway

    Rubio isn't much of anything, but another mouthpiece lawyer, of which we are over loaded in congress. 80% of them are dishonest and I wouldn't trust them as far as I could through a bull by it's tail. They all head to Washington to work for the lobbyist as they pay better than We The People do with our taxpayer salaries for them. They can make more in a day working for the lobbyist than they do in a month working for the citizens. Sorry bunch of crooks! 20% of the good guys in congress need help – let's give them some help in 2014 and 2016. Wish we could before then – patience is a virtue. If I can hold off my deadly sin of wrath.

    February 8, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  21. Milton K. Wiah

    If the Republican party can silence the likes of Limbauch, Hannity, Imgrahn and others, this party will do well.

    February 8, 2013 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  22. Rick

    It's about being a conservative. It's not about being a Republican.

    February 8, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
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