Marco Rubio

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    March 14, 2014

    Venezuela's Maduro Blames Marco Rubio and the "Miami Lobby" for Protests

    Protests have rumbled through President Nicolas Maduro's Venezuela for the past month, but in a televised press conference today, Hugo Chavez's successor seemed more concerned with what was going on in Miami and Washington, D.C. Maduro singled out Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinene ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014

    Chris Christie Gone in Florida. Rubio Rising.

    Big news today is that New jersey Gov. Chris Christie fulfilled everyone's political expectations and killed his own candidacy for the Republican nomination for presidency in 2016. A top aide, it seems, pushed for "traffic problems" in the city of Fort Lee as retribution against a mayor who wouldn ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Marco Rubio Officially Killed All Hope of First Openly Gay, Black Federal Judge

    Despite widespread local approval in the legal community and a surprising show of support from leaders of faith, Miami-Dade Judge William Thomas will not get a promotion to the federal level with a spot in U.S. District Court for the Southern District. Thomas would have been the first openly gay, bl ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Baptist Preacher to Protest Marco Rubio's Opposition to Confirmation of Openly Gay Judge

    If President Obama's nomination of William Thomas is confirmed, Thomas would become the first openly gay, black man to serve as a federal judge. Senator Marco Rubio, the man who first recommended Thomas to Obama, however, is now blocking the nomination over his concerns with Thomas's "temperament." ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Marco Rubio Plans a Bill to Extend Health Care Deadline in Wake of Glitchy Website

    It's been almost a month since the Health Care Exchange opened, and it's still extremely difficult to create an account. Although the primary issue on October 1st seemed to be a glitch with some drop-down menus, that technical difficulty has been smoothed over. It's the very next part -- the actual ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Is Marco Rubio Anti-Gay?

    Yesterday Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced his intention to nix the nomination of openly gay judge William Thomas to the federal judiciary, citing questions about the judges"judicial temperament." Rubio's flack, Brooke Sammon, told the Daily Business Review Thursday Rubio has "questions about ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    David Rivera and Allen West Finish Final Day as Congressmen (But It's Not The Last You'll Hear of Either)

    Whether you're a Democrat, independent, or the apparently small number of Republicans left who realized that their party is still in control of the body and is probably better off in the long run without these two controversial South Florida schmucks creating distraction, can we all come together an ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    2010 Election Results Live Blog

    ​Will Florida gets its first female Governor? Will the country's first female Speaker of the House be forced to turn in her gavel? Will Kendrick Meek somehow shock the world by winning? Did anyone bother to get to know enough about the CFO race to bother voting? Join us tonight as we live blog the ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Rubio Crist Meek = Worst Ménage à Trois in History of Florida Politics

    ​Perhaps it's just Riptide's over-familiarity with the adult film industry, but the race for senate is quickly becoming as tired and flaccid as the twelfth take of a Palm Beach porno flick.Take last night's debate between Governor Charlie Crist, Tea Party boy wonder Marco Rubio, and Kendrick "yes- ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp Will Endorse Marco Rubio, Hasn't Spoken to Charlie Crist in Months

    Kottkamp (right) and Crist (left) in happier times with some old guy, we think Sarah Palin's grandpa.​Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp will betray the man who helped raise the former Ft. Myers-area state rep from political obscurity to, um, political semi-obscurity by announcing he's endorsing Marco Rubio f ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Marco Rubio and David Rivera's Tallahassee House Faces Foreclosure

    Long before Marco Rubio and David Rivera became two of the highest profile Republican candidates in Florida, the Miami politicos shared a nice shady suburban house in Tallahassee, a few miles from the state capitol, just off the Apalachee Parkway.via New York Times MagazinePresumably, the scene insi ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Only 1.69 of 10,000 Miamians Are Tea Party Members

    ​PBS's Patchwork Nation project recently put together a county-by-county map comparing the concentration of residents who have registered as members of a Tea Party-affiliated group. Surprisingly, given Marco Rubio's success, Florida had only three counties (Gilchrist, Flagler, and S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Keith Olbermann Rips Marco Rubio: "You Have Long Behaved Like a Teenager Who Borrowed His Father's Suit"

    Marco Rubio borrowed a thought he credited to Glenn Beck at a rally Wednesday and had this to say about immigration: "There are millions of people in America that hate our country, so why can't we just do a trade? We'll send you Sean Penn, Janeane Garofalo, and Keith Olbermann, and you can send us p ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Charlie Crist Airs First Attack Ad Against Marco Rubio

    Charlie Crist keeps free-falling in the Republican Senate primary, but he's not going down without a fight. He has a sizable war chest, and the campaign's first attack ad against Marco Rubio is set to air with a "sizable buy" of air time. If you can't wait to see it dozens of times during the commer ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio In War of the Man Hugs

    Because Floridians honor the age old tradition of democracy so-so much, the current race for the state's open Senate seat now revolves around pictures of embarrassing man hugs. This truly was our founding fathers' dream.​On your left you'll find a picture Florida Governor Charlie Crist embracing t ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    New Poll: Marco Rubio Leading Charlie Crist by Double Digits

    ​Last week, Quinnipiac delivered the stunning news that Marco Rubio was now leading Gov. Charlie Crist by three points in the Republican Senate Primary. Today's Rasmussen poll shows the formerly little known Rubio with a mind-blowing 12-point lead over the popular Governor.Forty-nine percent go fo ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    New Poll: Marco Rubio Now Leads Charlie Crist

    ​Tea Bag-approved Marco Rubio leads Gov. Charlie Crist in the Republican Senate primary for the first time, according to a recently released Quinnipiac poll. Forty-seven percent of registered Republicans now prefer Rubio, compared to only 44 percent who are still in the Crist camp. That's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Marco Rubio: Who You Calling a Tea Bagger?

    ​This weekend The New York Times magazine asked if Marco Rubio is "The First Senator from the Tea Party?"Rubios Answer: apparently, "Umm, no, not really." Rubio, at the end of the day, is much more interested in being the 35th Senator from Florida than being the First Senator of Tea Baggers.These ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Florida Circus: NY Times Dives Into the Crist-Rubio Race

    ​The New York Times Magazine's massive piece about the Marco Rubio vs. Charlie Crist race just went online. If you've been keeping a close eye on the race, and reading our nearly obsessive coverage, there's not a lot new to learn besides some interesting color here and there. If you haven't, it's ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Crist Looking to Bolster Conservative Credentials: Maybe Should Concentrate on Being a Good Governor Instead

    In an interview with Time, Charlie Crist and his senate campaign manager Eric Eikenberg say that in the face of Marco Rubio's right-wing threat, the Governor new tactic will be to bolster his conservative credentials while casting doubts on Rubio's. [Crist and Eikenberg] described a counterattack fo ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Marco Rubio May Not Have Hugged Obama, but He Would Have Taken His Stimulus Money

    The most effective and frequent bit in Marco Rubio's senate campaign ads: that picture of Republican rival Charlie Crist embracing Barack Obama at a rally for the president's stimulus plan. Of course, every Republican Governor ended up accepting money from the stimulus plan, including your mor ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    New Daily Kos Poll: Rubio Narrows Crist's GOP Lead Thanks to Birthers, Still Can't Beat Meek in General

    Daily Kos/Research 2000 just released their latest Florida poll, and there are a lot of interesting little poll number factoids to be pulled. Riptide tends to have some smart readers, so we won't recap the entire poll, but instead let's mine some of our favorite nuggets. The Senate Race:Republ ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Rubio Says Reagan Was Wrong on Immigration

    ​You know a candidate is really serious about painting himself as a hardcore conservative when he tries to place himself to the right of Right Wing Deity Ronald Reagan. But that's exactly what Marco Rubio did today, by declaring that the Gipper's support of the Immigration Reform and Control ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Crist Gets Slammed for Playing the 'Race Card' by Rubio-friendly Bloggers

    In regards to the stupid YouTube video we talked about Wednesday, popular conservative Blogger Erik Erikson of declares that Charlie Crist is playing the race card. Here's the Headline: "Charlie Crist Finally Pulls Race Card. Jealous of Rubio's Better Tan.""The video shows Marco Ru ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Why Do Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio Continue To Hide Their Love?

    via Dem Underground​All of Florida is wondering when Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio will come out and make it official. They are totally in political love, but why won't Jeb put a ring on it by endorsing Rubio over Gov. Charlie Crist in the Senate primary? Years ago, things weren't so hush-hush. Du ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    News Roundup

    Hurricane Ida is heading for the Gulf of Mexico. [CBS4]A pilot is dead after crashing his small plane in the Everglades last night. [NBCMiami]PoliticsMarco Rubio's record in the State House isn't nearly as conservative as he'd have you believe. It's almost like it's difficult to be a true conservati ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    News Roundup

    GeneralBoston-area investor Dennis Stackhouse has been arrested and charged with bilking almost $1 million from a county-supported plan to build a biotech business park in Liberty City. [Herald]After a large amount of cases of swine flu this past spring, there haven't been many cases reported in Mia ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Poll: Rubio Inching Closer to Crist in Primary, but Can He Beat Meek?

    The big news in the latest Quinnipiac poll is that conservative wonder boy Marco Rubio has cut Charlie Crist's lead in the Republican primary in half. But the poll also has the first theoretical head-to-head matchup of Democrat Kendrick Meek against Rubio in the general election, and Meek wins. ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    Rubio Web Ad Takes Crist out of Context

    Hey, look, it's another Marco Rubio web ad. This one starts out well, listing all the problems Florida's economy faces and prepares to point the finger squarely at the governor, who's Goliath to Rubio's David in the Florida Republican Senate primary. But then the Rubio team relies on a bit of dirty ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Will Marco Rubio Lead The March of Conservatives out of the GOP?

    ​If there's one point Riptide has been consistently making about Marco Rubio is that his values and policies are more in line with the right-wing, super-conservative blogosphere then they are with Florida voters. He pretty much hammered that point home this weekend by speaking at the RedState Gath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Marco Rubio Without a Campaign Manager

    Marco Rubio's valiant fight to reclaim the GOP for people who refresh the Free Republic website all day and attend tea parties with "Obama Is a Socialist" signs isn't going so well financialy. So much so he's been forced to drop his campaign manager, Brian Seitchik, and top fundraiser, Ann Herberger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    News Roundup

    County Mayor Carlos Alvarez is now proposing sweeping pay cuts for municipal workers. [Herald]Marco Rubio finds it just hurtful and disrespectful when you whisper things about him behind is back that he may drop out of the senate race and run for AG. [NakedPolitics]West 8 has officially been ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Diaz-Balart Brothers Endorse Crist over Rubio

    Marco Rubio can collect all the endorsements of the Mike Huckabees and Jim DeMints of the world he wants, but Charlie Crist seems to be wracking up support from politicians who have been actually voted into office the Florida electorate. Today, Crist's campaign announced the backing of Mia ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Daily Kos Has Wet Dream About Charlie Crist Coming Out as a Democrat

    Markos 'Kos' Moulitsas of The Daily Kos has a dream that one day Charlie Crist will do some soul searching, look deep inside himself, and finally come out a Democrat. And it will all be Marco Rubio's fault. See, Marco Rubio is calling upon the dark forces of the right wing --the wingnut ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Marco Rubio Gets Key Sky Diver Support

    The Buzz posted this photo of some guy who jumped out of a plane in support of Marco Rubio that they found on Facebook. We often call some of Rubio's more fervent supporters wingnuts, but this guy has taken it quite literally taping Rubio bumper sticker to his "wings," in nutty fashion. Amazing j ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Bold Names Line Up Behind Rubio, a.k.a. "The GOP's Barack Obama"

    Warning to anyone who wants to believe MSNBC reporter Carlos Watson's recent profile of Marco Rubio, in which the former House Speaker is praised as the "GOP's Barack Obama": It's a trap!  Watson, a Miami native, proclaims, "He's young. He's attractive. He easily c ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Anitere Flores in the Mix as Potential Lt. Gov.

    via AnitereFlores.orgFlores with a voter. We figured the best solution to the Marco Rubio "situation" was for the GOP to tack him on as Bill McCollum's running mate to quell any anger amongst the conservative wing for the party bending over backwards for Charlie Crist in the senate primary.&nbs ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    Marco Rubio is the "Cuban Newt Gingrich"

    via "Adam Guillette was raised to believe in limited government. When other parents were telling their children stories of Hansel and Gretel, Adam's father would tell him stories about the great achievements of Reagan and Churchill."I am not kidding -- that is the first paragraph of Mr. Guillet ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    Former Newt Gingrich Staffer: Rubio's Run is Just Stupid

    via MyFloridaHouse.govSo today, some guy, literally some random conservative person, calls Marco Rubio the "Cuban Newt Gingrich." And then someone who used to actually work with Gingrich calls Rubio's uphill battle against Charlie Crist "stupid." Matt Towery used to be a political str ... More >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    Marco Rubio Takes a Swipe at Sonia Sotomayor

    Wing-nut Cuban-American criticizes first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

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    May 26, 2009

    Rubio on Sotomayor Appointment: Right Wing Echo Chamber

    Marco Rubio's modus operandi during his long-shot Senate bid seems to be to turn to the hard right any chance he gets. So, it wasn't much of a surprise when he was one of the first wonks in Florida to get up on a shout box and paint President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor with a bit of ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    News Roundup

    Local It is official. Marco Rubio is running for Senate. [CBS4] The preservation board will vote on whether or not to protect the Bacardi buildings today. [CBS4] The jury in the Liberty City Six trial is at a standstill. [Herald] The St. Stephen's Episcopal Chruch in Coconut G ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Marco Rubio Enters a Race He Will Never Win

      So, former Speaker of the House Marco Rubio has decided to officially enter the Senate race, whether or not Charlie Crist runs. He announced his candidacy on YouTube (how charmingly 2005), and if it wasn't already clear, he's painting himself as the conservative underdog. He talks about how "fam ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Connie Mack IV Will Not Run for Senate in State He Barely Lives In

    If Charlie Crist does not run for Senate, Marco Rubio is officially the luckiest man on Earth. Rep. Connie Mack IV (né Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV), who pulled in decent numbers during early polling mainly because he shares a name with his father, former Sen. Connie Mack III, has decided not t ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Conservatives May Want Rubio To Challenge Crist in Senate Primary

    You would think the Republican party would start trying to find ways to be a more inclusive group. Instead, operating under the assumption that when the democrats make one major screw up, voters will have only one choice to turn to: a newly, ideologically pure Republican party. Now, The Tampa Tribun ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    Oh, By The Way, Marco Rubio is Officially Running for Senate

    Sick and tired of the rumor that Charlie Crist is considering jumping into the Senate race in May, one Republican who's not destined to be a fringe candidate, has jumped into the race. It's our own Marco Rubio. Maybe he got restless, considering he's had a pretty campaign website since late last yea ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    The Crystal Ball Says Rubio for Governor or AG, but Not Senate

    The 2010 election in Florida is shaping up to be insane -- actually it's already insane -- and only two people of any consequence have announced their candidacy for either governor or senator. Former Speaker of the House Marco Rubio has this nice campaign website all set up and ready to go. Problem ... More >>

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    July 26, 2007

    Miami: Screwed Again

    The legislature helped taxpayers, but not in the Magic City

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    April 20, 2007
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    August 19, 2004

    Nixon Rewound

    As Florida's GOP delegates head for New York, it's time to recall Miami Beach, 1972

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