National Politics - 2016

Marco Rubio Wanted Florida To Be “First In the South,” Not South Carolina

SENATOR SUPPORTED IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE’S EARLY-VOTING STATUS … BUT DISSED PALMETTO STATE In case you missed it, South Carolina is on the verge of losing its “First in the South” presidential status … which would obviously be a major blow to a state that (prior to 2012) had correctly picked…


In case you missed it, South Carolina is on the verge of losing its “First in the South” presidential status … which would obviously be a major blow to a state that (prior to 2012) had correctly picked the “Republican” presidential nominee in every election dating back to 1980.

And while several candidates are working overtime to exploit the Palmetto State’s early voting position in 2016 (before it’s gone), one of those candidates has a history of actively opposing South Carolina’s spot on the GOP calendar …

We’re referring of course to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who led the charge to have the Sunshine State leapfrog the Palmetto State in the GOP primary schedule.

“I haven’t met anyone in Florida who is against the idea,” Rubio said back in 2006.

What makes Rubio’s opposition to South Carolina’s primary so ironic?  The extent to which he has made the Palmetto State his “go-to” in the 2016 primary battle.

“In the six years since launching his Florida Senate campaign, Rubio has become an adopted prince of South Carolina’s political royalty,” Tim Alberta of National Journal reported this spring.  “And not by chance. Rubio, whose national ambitions became apparent even before he was sworn into the Senate, quickly identified South Carolina as the home base for his eventual presidential effort, seeing this early-primary state as a more natural fit – culturally, ideologically, geographically – than either Iowa orNew Hampshire.”

“He has acted accordingly in the years since,” Alberta continued, “snatching up the state’s top talent for his political operation, cultivating personal relationships with influential people on the ground, and making repeated trips to keep tabs on his burgeoning circuit of supporters in the state.”

In other words Rubio was against “First in the South” status for South Carolina before he was for it … (and before he hired some of its most notorious political assassins).

South Carolina isn’t the only early primary Rubio has dissed, either.

“With all due respect to New Hampshire and Iowa, nowhere are you going to be on a national stage like Florida,” Rubio told theTampa Bay Times in 2007. “You’re going to get questions about Israel, Latin America, immigration.  It’s the old South, it’s Latin, it’s Midwestern, it’s rural and urban.”

Of course Rubio never sought to leapfrog those states …

South Carolina, though, always had a bulls-eye on its back – at least until Rubio needed its voters.  Even after the GOP vowed to strip Florida of half of its delegates for its efforts to climb the calendar, Rubio was still targeting the Palmetto State’s early-voting status.

Iowa and New Hampshire’s primary dates?  He respected those … but …

“After that it’s fair game,” he told the St. Petersburg Times.

Ouch …

Rubio is currently in third place in the Palmetto State – drawing eight percent of primary voters, according to the latest aggregate polling data from Real Clear Politics.


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jimlewisowb October 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Rubio – drawing eight percent of primary voters

Big deal, the homeless guy working the Hospital exit off I-26 is pulling 10%

TroubleBaby October 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm

The homeless guy is also more principled.

Bible Thumper October 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Next you’ll be telling us he roots for the University of Florida against South Carolina.

Jackie Chiles October 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Or that he eats peaches grown in Florida instead of South Carolina. Well I never!

The Buzzman October 27, 2015 at 2:59 pm

I think he once said that SC peaches look like giant butts.

Rocky Verdad October 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm

I think he’s a U of Miami guy, so more like wanted Miami over Clemson, but probably will show up Upstate wearing a Clemson jersey and throwing an orange football and some kids head.

Bible Thumper October 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Looked it up. From Miami, but attended/graduated both. My vote hangs on the jersey he wears.

Rocky Verdad October 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm

He has many. Depends on the crowd. We might want to change his nickname to chameleon.

Bible Thumper October 27, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Great! Everyone is happy.

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lol exactly. Rubio 2016

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Tazmaniac October 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Based on my many experiences with good, conservative, hard working Cuban families, I had hoped this guy was the real deal. Disappointed is an understatement.

Rocky Verdad October 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

He’s not even two faced. His cinco faced. He changes his direction more than a wind sock at Miami International. Ya know he famously created a “health insurance” exchange as House Speaker in Florida. 60 people signed up in over three years.

Elfego October 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm

A great mind once said.”Stupid is as Stupid Does”–DUH!

Elfego October 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm

What an argument. If he were from South Carolina he would have probably said the same about South Carolina. If this is the best you can find to write about get another job!

Trump 2016 October 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm

How about this. He is an anchor baby who lied about why his parents came to this country, and how they got here. He supported immigration reform, a path to citizenship, and the Dream Act, before he decided to run for President. He will support all those things again if he is elected.

Elfego October 27, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Write one now about if you tell a lie or change your opinion you are disqualified from being President! Are you folks really as stupid as you sound?

nitrat October 28, 2015 at 10:25 am

We need to develop a compressed regional primary system for both parties.

18+ month long presidential campaigns are killing the country.

Canada had a lengthy for Canada campaign before their election last week – 78 DAYS.

Plus, to have states like Iowa, SC and New Hampshire, with such freakish voters, anointing presidential candidates of any party is insane. Insane.

TyroneSayFuckDaCollardsHadEnuf October 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Is it me or is he a little gay looking ? Maybe a thong under that growing beer belly?? His hair too perfect. He’s soft and sweet.


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