Casino-owning billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who gave 20 million in support of Newt Gingrich in the last presidential election, is getting close to endorsing [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] for president, reports Politico:
Rubio and Adelson have grown increasingly close, with the senator phoning the billionaire several times a month to provide in-depth updates on the state of his campaign. The two men also have detailed policy discussions, especially about international affairs and Israel — the latter a cause near and dear to the mogul. Adelson has long looked favorably on Rubio, a fellow son of immigrants. Two people familiar with his thinking said he has become increasingly confident in the senator’s political skills and believes he is the kind of fresh face the Republican Party needs in 2016. (An Adelson spokesman declined to comment.)
Adelson is just one of several GOP megadonors visited in recent days and weeks by Rubio, whose months-long courtship of deep-pocketed benefactors is taking on a new intensity.
(Note: Politico goes on to mention Paul Singer, Charles Schwab, the Ricketts, the Kochs, and Doug Deason as the other megadonors. Now we know why Rubio has the most missed votes in the Senate. He is too busy raising money.)
This comes as no surprise. As the article notes, Adelson is one of several big donors getting cozy with Rubio, all at a time when Jeb Bush is fading fast.
But Adelson’s support is heavily conditioned on his main priorities: a warmongering foreign policy, amnesty, and outlawing internet gambling.
Where does Rubio stand on those issues?
On the foreign policy front, Rubio has been eager to continued the failed policies of regime change in the Middle East. He got his wish in Libya and Egypt and now wants to continue the pattern in Syria. This is the guy who said of Iraq that: “Well, it’s not nation-building. We are assisting them in building their nation.” For good measure, Rubio recently stated his openness to shooting down Russian jets, a major plus for those who feel we haven’t had a world war recently enough.
On the immigration front, Rubio helped craft the Gang of 8 bill which offered citizenship to illegals, which he later recanted. However, in 2015 he again came out in favor of a pathway to citizenship. Rubio also supports Obama’s executive amnesty. Oh, and he says different things to Hispanic audiences.
Finally, Rubio signed onto a bill to outlaw internet gambling. Of course, Adelson opposes internet gambling because it competes with his brick-and-mortar casino business. It’s particularly pathetic that the “conservative” Rubio would override the right of states to make gambling rules in order to please a fat-cat donor.
(On a somewhat related note, Adelson casino competitor and fellow crony-capitalist Donald Trump is still leading the polls.)
Conservatives cannot support [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] for president if they want to change the status quo. Candidates do the bidding of their donors, whether or not it contravenes the people or the Constitution, and Rubio is no exception.