Diary

Marco Rubio's Path to the Presidency Should be Deferred

In the interest of full disclosure,  in 2009, during the Senate campaign, my wife and I saw [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] speak at a private fundraiser at someone’s home. We were new to politics, but after the 2008 election of Barack Hussein O. we knew we had to look out for the future of our children and our country.  We were very impressed at the fundraiser. (Our Rubio 2010 bumper sticker is still on our Odyssey.) Marco spoke clearly and from his heart about the American Dream. This is a guy that can articulate conservative principles, like Rush and [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]. The free market is utmost to him.

This might get me some bad feedback, but I am willing to accept a change in his views from the Gang of Eight bill (which did not hurt anyone, since House would not vote for it anyways) to a more conservative view of enforcement first, then action. If this is his sole weak issue, he deserves our support. He has acknowledged his error (or simply is naiveté ).

However, given the Florida political calendar, I would rather see Marco run for Florida Governor in 2018 (current Gov. Scott terms out in 2018), and prove his administrative talents as a strong conservative governor.  Marco is still young and has  a long bright future in serving our country. He expresses the theme of the American Dream better than many leading conservative politicians.

Now perhaps [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] is figuring:  “I’ll run for POTUS, and if that does not work out, I’ll take 2 years at home with my family and run for Florida Governor, and show the world what a conservative governor can do (unlike Jeb).” Then he can deliver Florida to conservatism when running for POTUS at the next opportunity. If this is his thought process, I am all for it.

I beg everyone to have an open mind on Rubio. I know many conservatives feel betrayed after the Gang of Eight bill,  but we need to look at the big picture and the totality of the person’s beliefs. (Even [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]’ Heritage rating is not 100%.)  And I  have many doubts that Rubio would do his own DACA (ala Obama) against the wishes of Congress. My next decision is that I have to decide whether to drive 3+ hours to Miami for his announcement on April 13th. After seeing him on “The Five” Monday, there is little doubt as to its contents.

Your thoughts?

PS: Honesty again. [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] has me very excited.  Then again, I thought Fred Thompson was the man in 2008 (he was the most conservative in the race, anyways). His weakness was the absence of a “fire in the belly.” That is not true of either Rubio or Cruz.