Monday, December 28, 2009

Video: Marco Rubio on Cuba,Freedom, and the Founding Principles

When Marco Rubio spoke at the U.S.-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee gathering,  he used his time to focus on the importance of freedom and the founding principles of our nation.

Towards the end of the speech you can tell that these subjects mean more to him than just words. Passionate beliefs and passionate priciples define Marco Rubio.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Marco Rubio Blasts Senate vote on Health Care


RUBIO COMMENTS ON SENATE HEALTH CARE VOTE

Miami, FL – U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio issued the following statement regarding this morning’s Senate approval of health care legislation:

“2009 will long be remembered as the year when President Obama, congressional Democrats and their allies condemned future generations of Americans to crippling debt and a more heavy-handed government. This year began with the $787 billion stimulus and now ends with the Senate ramming through a disastrous 2700-page health care bill that our nation cannot afford. The fact that this bill was passed on Christmas Eve, when people are focused on the holidays, is a telling sign of how empty the promises of a so-called new era of politics were all along.

“What transpired in Washington this year and especially during this health care debate is nothing short of big government run amok. In their quest to pass a bill by any means necessary, Democrats have relied on the worst elements of the legislative process and proven there is no price they aren’t willing to pay. In their push to ram through these misguided policies, President Obama, Senate Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have shown no regard for the unexceptional future they are threatening to leave our children and grandchildren.

“At a time when families are gathering to celebrate the holidays, today’s disturbing vote is a sobering reminder of why Florida needs a voice in the U.S. Senate that will stand up to policies like this health care nightmare-in-the-making. We simply cannot afford the Obama agenda to be pushed through without a fight now and in the coming years.”

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Did Crist's support for Greer cause the Diaz-Balart Brothers to withdraw their endorsement?

Florida's Crist loses support of 2 key GOP congressmen

WASHINGTON — Miami Republican Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart have pulled their endorsement of Gov. Charlie Crist for the U.S. Senate, dealing his campaign a significant blow in South Florida.


Lincoln Diaz-Balart in a phone interview Tuesday offered few details, just that Crist had "left us no alternative and he knows why.'' ...


During the past month or so several stories have been written about the fact that many in the RPOF have called for Jim Greer to resign because of his bias for Gov Charlie Crist...


Earlier this week RPOF chairman Greer said that Charlie Crist told him not to resign.

Perhaps emboldened by Crist's support, Greer fired his detractors and sent out an odd letter justifying his actions.

Perhaps the Diaz-Balart brothers told Crist they would withdraw their support if he did not tell RPOF chairman Jim Greer to resign!
Developing...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Again: Rubio Demands a Debate with Crist




Charlie Crist does not deserve a chance to represent Florida in the US senate if he does not debate challenger Marco Rubio.

Crist started the race above 50% in the polls and Rubio started in single digits. Now that the race is tied 43-43 its time for Crist to give Rubio the respect he deserves.

If he doesn't, it proves he has something to hide. Rubio has repeatedly called for debates and Crist is running out of reasons to say no.

Here is the latest release from the Rubio camp on debates:
RUBIO COMMENTS ON CAMPAIGN'S GROWING MOMENTUM

Miami, FL – U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio today issued the following statement regarding the campaign’s growing momentum:

“While our campaign’s growing momentum and progress is encouraging, I recognize we still have a lot of work and a long road ahead as an underdog running against a sitting governor. I’m encouraged that our campaign, which is built around mainstream Republican values and a positive vision for America, is beginning to receive support from so many Floridians. I also believe voters are starting to realize that there are vast differences between me and Charlie Crist on a number of important issues.

“Throughout this campaign, I have asked Governor Crist to join me in a real debate of ideas. I strongly believe this campaign should be a debate about the best way forward for our party, our state and our nation on the issues Floridians care about most. Instead, Governor Crist has mostly chosen to ignore me or attack me. Lately, Governor Crist’s attacks on me have grown increasingly personal and removed from reality. Our campaign’s growing momentum helps explain why.

“Now that this race seems to be tightening, Governor Crist has a decision to make. He can choose to join me on stage to showcase the differing views that exist within the Republican Party, speak honestly about our records, and allow voters to choose between two sincere yet different visions for the future. Or Governor Crist can try to turn this into every other campaign he’s ever run by going negative and dismissing an honest debate in favor of smears, sound bites and slick advertising.

“Politics is at its worst when politicians place all their faith in money and negative advertising, instead of placing faith in the voters. But politics is at its best when individuals argue and debate ideas and let voters make an informed choice. I remain hopeful that Governor Crist will make the correct choice and join me in a positive debate of ideas.”

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Shocker: Marco Rubio tied with Crist in Florida Senate Race



It was just a matter of time before Florida's former House Speaker Marco Rubio proved that Floridians are tired of the same old RINO politics of the past and would stand behind a truly prinicpled conservative.

According to the latest Rasmussen poll released tonight. Rubio and Crist are tied.  This has got to put the Crist camp in a tizzy. There are still 8 months to go before the primary election but I am positve that Crist NEVER expected such a tremendous challenge.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely GOP Primary voters finds Crist and Rubio each with 43% of the vote. Five percent (5%) prefer another candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided.

The next poll will show Rubio ahead of Crist in my opinion.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Video: Erick Erickson Promotes Marco Rubio during interview

During this interview in the St. Pete Times,  Redstate.com  Editor Erick Erickson explains his support for Florida senatorial candidate Marco Rubio.  Erickson also explains why he thinks Rubio's rival in the primary, current Florida Gov Charlie Crist, is not a conservative.



Erick did a great job and you should check out Redstate.com. Erick has posted numerous articles on Rubio and the Florida senate race. Use this link for the Rubio specific info that Erick has penned.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Marco Rubio releases awesome new campaign ad "Changes"

Today the Rubio campaign launched a new web ad that highlights Charlie Crist's ever changing positions on the major issues facing America.

The timing could not have been more perfect as even the Associated Press released a similar story about Barack Obama today.  I guess they are like peas in a pod!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Video: Marco Rubio's Inspirational Message of Common Destiny

This clip was posted in March of this year. I have seen many many clips of Rubio but not this one. I felt obligated to post it because of it's powerful message in relation to family, taxes, and Government.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Marco Rubio to Visit Capital Hill




Marco Rubio will be rubbing elbows with congressional supporters this month in Washington DC. Maybe he can use the time to scope out his new office! :)


From CQPolitics

...Florida Reps. Ginny Brown-Waite and Jeff Miller, who have both endorsed Rubio,are headlining a meet and greet event on Dec. 15 to introduce Rubio around the Capitol Hill Community. That event isn't a fundraiser, but Rubio's gathering later that night with Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.) will be...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Need a Job? Marco Rubio Gets It


Florida senatorial candidate Marco Rubio released a statement today commenting on Barack Obama's "Job Summit".

Rubio blasted the Obama administration,democrats and current Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Crist is challenging Rubio in the 2010 senate primary in Florida.

Rubio Comments on President Obama’s Jobs Summit

Miami, FL – U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s Jobs Summit:


“With America’s unemployment at 10.2 percent and Florida’s at a 34-year high, it’s clear the $787 billion stimulus has failed to get Americans back to work as President Obama, the Democrat Congress and Governor Crist promised. Their failed policies have had devastating consequences for the millions of Americans who are out of work.

“Today’s jobs summit reminds us that governing by photo-op and showmanship is no substitute for sound policy. True economic development and job creation begins by empowering small businessmen and women, cutting government red tape, reducing the anxiety Americans feel about runaway Washington spending, and pursuing bold and far-reaching tax reform. Growing government through the stimulus and other liberal initiatives simply cannot replace or compete with the private sector’s limitless potential to create jobs and prosperity.

“If the President, congressional Democrats and their allies are serious about job creation, they should abandon their current path of job-killing government takeovers of health care, cap-and-trade and even another round of wasteful stimulus spending. Instead, they should enact tax policies that encourage private sector investment, work to open new markets for American goods, and salvage what’s left of unused stimulus funds by redirecting them towards the entrepreneurs and risk-takers who built our economy in the first place.”

Marco Rubio Weighs In on Health Care Debate


Current Florida senatorial candidate and former Speaker of the House Marco Rubio has penned an article in Orlando Sentinel regarding health care.

Here's a better way to reform health care

When the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed its health-care bill, it brought America one step closer to merging our nation's health system with an intrusive, heavy-handed government.


Although Democrats hailed this bill as health-care reform, it is really just the architecture for what will one day become a government-run, single-payer system. With a price tag estimated to be more than $1 trillion, it also shows Washington Democrats have no plans to curb their runaway spending.

As the debate shifts to the Senate, the prospects of an improved bill don't appear likely. The $849 billion bill currently being considered is equally alarming with its unhealthy prescription of higher taxes on the middle class and small businesses, higher premiums and fees, increased regulation through individual mandates and penalties, and more government-run bureaucracy that will undermine the patient-doctor relationship.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Audio: Rush Limbaugh Likes Marco Rubio

This audio speaks for itself. Rush obviously is leaning towards Rubio.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Huckabee: Marco Rubio could be a Presidential Contender some day

During an interview with Katie Couric, former Gov. Mike Huckabee mentions Marco Rubio as an "up-and-coming" conservative and says that he may be a contender for the  presidency some day. The remark comes just after the 1:30 mark of the video.

I say, "Huck! Let's get him elected Senator first." He is well on his way.... :)



Watch CBS News Videos Online

Monday, November 23, 2009

Crist Blasts fellow Republicans while citing Reagans 11th Commandment


 Somehow Charlie Crist manages to insult the base of the Florida Republican Party and Ronald Reagan during the same interview. All the while reinforcing the support of his opponent Marco Rubio.
Crist: "Campaigns thank God are an educational opportunity. During the course of the next nine months or so we will strive to lay out a very good education...I believe in Reagan's 11th Commandment- thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican - but I also think you need to be honest and truthful and make sure that before people go to the ballot box they have a good opportunity to be well-informed."
Notice that Crist said "...we will strive to lay out a very good education...(for voters).Here is what Marco Rubio thinks abouth the fact that Crist thinks voters are stupid and unimformed.

CRIST:"There are a lot of Republicans that don't have the inclination to go to executive committee meetings,'' he said.
That is an obvious reference to the FACT that he has lost 14 straw polls in a row by HUGE margins.

Crist:"There is wide swath of republican voters out there that don't necessarily listen to cable tv all the time."
That is an obvious swipe at Fox news and the Tea Party movement.
Want proof that Charlie does not get it yet? You have it right in front of you in his own words.

Crist does not seem to understand that grassroots supporters and committee members are Republicans too. It's easy for him to ignore that because he is NOT a Republican.  He just does NOT get it.

You Sir are a RINO!!!

Source: The Buzz

UPDATE: Today the Rubio campaign has responded to Crist's attack on republicans/conservatives.

RUBIO CAMPAIGN STATEMENT

“Charlie Crist is demonstrating an alarming contempt for the very Republican voters whose support he seeks. Governor Crist is clearly frustrated about his self-made credibility crisis and his endorsement of a stimulus policy that has failed to create the jobs he promised, but these are not acceptable excuses for him to lash out at Republicans. Charlie Crist is out of touch with Republicans who believe in less spending and lower taxes, but he’s increasingly in sync with Democrats who dismiss Republicans as angry Americans.” – Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Burgos

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Video: Chris Chocola on FNS Discusses Florida Senate Race

In the FSN "Power Player of the Week" segment, Chris Wallace talks to Club for Growth Pres. Chris Chocala about the reasons for the Clubs support in certain elections for the upcoming election season. The Florida senate race between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist is highlighted briefly.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Marco Rubio Cuts Crist lead to 10 Points



It's official! Marco Rubio is a viable and strong conservative candidate for the US senate race in Florida.  Crist now leads by only 10 points. A 46 point negative differential for Crist since January. That is a HUGE number in what is becoming a close race with another 9 months to go.

Rubio has consistently gained ground against his moderate rival Charlie Crist.

Without a doubt,  this race is shaping up to be a contest between the "GOP Establishment" and conservative base. So far the base is not backing down.

Rubio has defeated Charlie Crist 14 to 0 in straw polls held throughout the state this year.

How long will it be before he beats Crist in statewide polls?

UPDATE:
Hotair.com weighs in. Shock poll: Rubio within 10 points of Crist in Florida

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Here is why Charlie Crist Refuses to Debate Marco Rubio

Once again current Florida Governor Charlie Crist refuses Marco Rubio's invitation for debates.

Crist is obviously afraid to confront either Rubio or the electorate with his positions on key issues?
Why you ask? Because he does not know himself what he believes in. Is THIS who we need as the next senator of the Great State of Florida. I think not...

Check it out for yourself:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rubio Calls Crist's Bluff-Debate Me Then!


Marco Rubio wasted no time in "calling-out" Charlie Crist after Crist vowed to fight back against Rubio's successful and accurate attempts to paint him as a RINO.

Rubio's answer to Crist's promise to fight back? DEBATE ME!

Very smart on Rubio's part. Here is the press release issued by the Rubio camp:
“Let the buyer beware of anything Charlie Crist is selling. If Governor Crist can’t be honest about his own record of endorsing the stimulus, he shouldn’t be trusted to talk about other people’s records truthfully and accurately. While his history of running false, misleading and negative campaigns says otherwise, we nonetheless hope this signals a new phase in this campaign where Governor Crist will actually step up and directly engage Marco Rubio in a series of debates. Floridians deserve better than candidates hiding behind ‘anonymous’ websites and lobbyist hatchet men.” ---Alex Burgos

UPDATE!
Rubio campaign sends a letter and direct challenge to Crist to debate the issues.

Eric Eikenberg

Campaign Manager
Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate
P.O. Box 1694
Tallahassee, FL 32302

Dear Eric:
As you are probably aware, on June 22 of this year, Marco Rubio invited Governor Crist to participate in a series of at least 10 U.S. Senate debates, beginning this fall. Organized by GOP organizations in each of Florida’s media markets, these unprecedented debates would cover a full range of state and national issues, while showcasing Florida as a national leader in promoting the very best political discourse the Republican Party has to offer.

At that time, Marco acknowledged the differences that exist between him and Governor Crist on issues like wasteful stimulus spending that has failed to create jobs, cap-and-trade, property tax reform, judicial appointments, property insurance and a struggling Florida economy that has seen unemployment rise to a 34-year high. Marco expressed his belief that several debates would help bring these and other differences to light.

Unfortunately, Governor Crist has shown no interest in debating Marco thus far.

Instead, the media has widely reported on behind-the-scenes maneuvering by your campaign to attack Marco and his record. Today, the National Journal’s On Call reports that, “FL Gov. Charlie Crist will step up his direct engagements with his opponent. … Crist will attack former FL House Speaker Marco Rubio.”

Marco welcomes the challenge and invites Governor Crist to reconsider his reluctance to directly engage in face-to-face debates. In light of Governor Crist’s “governing” commitments, we would be happy to work with you to formalize a debate schedule that will help our campaigns rise above the typical 30-second commercials, slick slogans and bumper stickers that define too many of our country’s political contests.

For example, we hope you will consider the December 17 debate being sponsored by the Biscayne Bay Young Republicans and the FIU College Republicans, which will be moderated by Michael Putney from Miami’s WPLG-TV. There is also a January debate sponsored by the Tampa Republican Club, which will be moderated by the St. Petersburg Times’ political editor Adam Smith.

I look forward to your reply and the contest ahead.
Respectfully,
Pat Shortridge
Senior Advisor
Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate

Sunday, November 15, 2009

When will Charlie Crist Quit his Senate Race


There is a strange lack of miscues on the part of  the Crist campaign over the past week and an equally strange lack of  valid criticism  of Crist from the Rubio campaign.

Something is up!! We just dont know what it is yet...

As of today, I think Crist will quit his senate bid and claim that he is doing it for the "good of the party" and will run for Gov again. (Which he will win)

Crist has lost 14 state straw polls in a row (by huge margins) and Marco Rubio has gained the support of the base.

Rubio agreed to the invitation to be the keynote speaker of CPAC in Feb.


Crist hasn't been asked to speak, though he did get some attention at last year's convention that came just a couple weeks after the governor embraced President Barack Obama and his stimulus package during a Florida rally. People booed the mention of Crist's name, and in a 10-person straw poll of potential presidential candidates, he came in dead last.
Marco Rubio has received some major endorsements from the core of the conservative movement.
Club for Growth
CPAC
Jim DeMint
Mike Huckabee
Laura Ingraham
Jeb Bush Jr.
Dick Armey
Mark Levin
George Will
Karl Rove


With the growing support for Marco Rubio and falling poll numbers for Charlie Crist, it is just a matter of time before Crist decides that he should remain as Governor and not risk losing power all together. After all, he is a "pragmatist" (RINO).

Crist's run for senate is hurting the GOP establishment in Florida. I think he may finally  get it!

As a political junky, I can smell the failure that the Crist camp has tried to endure. They are floundering. I expect a huge announcement within the next 10 days if not sooner. I also expect Crist to endorse Rubio which will be followed by an endorsement of Rubio by Former Governor Jeb Bush. ( I can dream can't I?)

Note: Along with the support of the base, Rubio will enjoy a huge increase in contributions from the Club for Growth and CPAC endorsements.

Update 9:00pm--Just a thought. Smells like negotiations between Rubio and the Crist camp are going on...
The Rubio campaign's charlieandobama site has been down since the day after it was launched. That is almost when both campaigns started to "make nice.  Greer is getting a lot of heat along with the other "establishment" types in Florida. Charlie the "pragmatist" may be playing the role of a Lindsey Graham just to save his own bacon and run for Gov...(just a thought)

UPDATE: 11-17-09
With state Republican leaders gathering for a closed-door meeting this week – that could include a few calls for Chairman Jim Greer’s ouster -- a maverick county chairman weighed in Tuesday with a list of what he called GOP problems, and potential solutions...
...Steele said the standard would ease bitterness flooding through the GOP, spawned by the Charlie Crist-Marco Rubio U.S. Senate race ...




Now does any of this sound anything like what I posted above? It should....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Marco Rubio to be Keynote Speaker at CPAC 2010 Conference


Developing....

CPAC News tweets the following:
We've just announced that we've invited Marco Rubio to be our #cpac10 keynote speaker.

CPAC has just announced that Marco Rubio has accepted the invitation and WILL be the keynote speaker for CPAC 2010..

That is Fantastic!!!

UPDATE:
From TPM:

A Star is Born

...It's official: Marco Rubio is The Next Big Thing for conservatives. Earlier today, Lisa De Pasquale, the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference, announced that Rubio will be the keynote speaker for next year's CPAC conference.


It's hard to overstate the importance of a CPAC appearance for a conservative politician. The annual conference draws thousands of right-wing activists and media outlets, offering the keynote speaker a national platform to address the Republican party's conservative base..."


"...With the CPAC announcement, Rubio just became one of the most prominent conservatives in the country.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Video: 30 Minutes with Marco Rubio on WSRE

If you want to find out a little more about Marco Rubio and his positions on key issues, you need to spend the time to watch this interview by Jeff Weeks of  WSRE.

Taxes
War on Terror
Energy independence
And many more including a little football talk at the end.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thirteen Straw Polls in a Row for Marco Rubio


Rubio in front of Crist AGAIN!

From The Buzz
Okaloosa straw poll goes for Rubio, McCollum, Putnam:

Chalk up another straw poll victory for Marco Rubio. He garnered 86 votes to Gov. Charlie Crist's 4 votes during a straw poll today hosted by the Okaloosa Republican Exec Committee.
This makes 13 in a row by huge margins for Marco Rubio. To call it a trend would be an understatement. It is a movement at this point.

Conservatives are rallying around Marco Rubio in huge numbers. That, combined with the fact that Independents are moving towards the Right is a positive for Rubio and conservatism.
Gollop:
Independents Inch to the Right


Changes among political independents appear to be the main reason the percentage of conservatives has increased nationally over the past year: the 35% of independents describing their views as conservative in 2009 is up from 29% in 2008. By contrast, among Republicans and Democrats, the percentage who are "conservative" has increased by one point each.
There are still 9 months left until the primary election in August. A few key endorsents could put Rubio over the top and I believe that will happen.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Video: BBC America Profiles Marco Rubio

Here is the video of BBC America following conservative Florida senatorial candidate Marco Rubio.The title sort of jumps out at you in a good way:

BBC America: Marco Rubio, The Great Right Hope

Crist voted FOR the stimulus before he voted AGAINST It

From National Journal

Gov. Charlie Crist (R) appeared via satellite on the "Situation Room" 11/4 p.m.


Crist, on whether he regrets endorsing the economic stimulus package: "I didn't endorse it. I didn't even have a vote on the darned thing. But I understood that it was going to pass and I wanted to be able to utilize it for the benefit of my fellow Floridians. ... Frankly, I kind of look at it like Florida taxpayers' dollars coming back to the state to benefit them. ... We've go to fight for Florida first. That's all we did here."

Crist, on the picture of himself and Pres. Obama hugging that Ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio's (R) has on his website: "I think it's important to understand where we were at that time. That was back in February, less than a month after the president was sworn into office, the first time he visits our state. And I was pragmatic, I think, about what we needed to do. Everybody knew the bill was going to pass. I, like all other Republican governors, utilized that money for the benefit of the people in my state. And that's what a pragmatic conservative does. ... And I think it's important to understand that you need to fight for jobs, you need to fight for the economy, do what you think is right for the people."
This is one of those stories that just makes you wonder how stupid politicians think the people are. Hey Charlie!!!!! Ever hear of youtube????

You not only endorsed it, you praised it!!!! You said it is important to pass the stimulus package ... in a bipartisan way..




And just as expected, Marco Rubio responds quickly with his own version of the events. Classic just Classic.



UPDATE: Even Beltway Bob at the Whitehouse knows Crist supported the Stimulus Bill:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NRSC Dumps Crist for Now


The NRSC  dumps Florida senatorial candidate Charlie Crist until after the primary?

It seems that the NRSC can not seem to make up it's mind about the Florida senatorial race between current Gov. Charlie Crist and his challenger conservative republican Marco Rubio.

On May 7th, 2009 NRSC Chairman Cornyn told the Politico:

“All the signals I’ve been getting is that he probably will [get into the race], but I don’t want to make any announcements for him, because he’s the one who will ultimately decide whether to pull the trigger or not,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.


But Cornyn added that he will not intervene in a contested primary, in which Crist would be facing former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio. Rubio, a conservative Republican, announced his candidacy Tuesday and has been critical of Crist for supporting President Barack Obama’s stimulus proposal.

That turned out to be a flat out lie. Five days later the NRSC endorsed Crist even though Rubio was already in the race for senate.

National Republican Senatorial Committee will be endorsing Crist, according to a senior Hill operative, marking the first time it has taken sides (for a non-incumbent) in a competitive GOP primary this election cycle.


NRSC chairman John Cornyn made the endorsement official this morning, casting Crist as the most electable candidate to hold the seat for the GOP.

"While I believe Marco Rubio has a very bright future within the Republican Party, Charlie Crist is the best candidate in 2010 to ensure that we maintain the checks and balances that Floridians deserve in the United States Senate," Cornyn said in a statement.

Today the Politico reports that the NRSC will not give Crist any money until after the Primary.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Tex.) says he won't channel cash into any primary pitting Republican vs. Republican -- including the heated Florida Senate primary between Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist.


"As far as what's happening in specifically Florida -- we made a decision to endorse Gov. Crist at his request. But we'e really not involved in the primary," Cornyn told Manu. "That's up to the voters in Florida."

When he asked Cornyn, "But you are at least raising and spending money for Crist?" Cornyn shot back --

"No, we won't be doing any of that until after the nomination. Our job is to elect Republicans so voters in Florida will have a chance to sort that out."
It would seem that NRSC has learned a lesson or two from the Tea Party  people and last nights elections in NY,NJ, and Va.

BTW- I did not know that you could request an endorsement from the NRSC...

Update 10:15 pm- 
I just read this quote from Cornyn:

Cornyn said the NRSC is only endorsing in races where — like in Crist’s case — the candidate specifically requests its stamp of approval. He said that — notwithstanding any endorsements — his group would even offer advice on hiring and strategy to GOP challengers, like Rubio, who haven’t been endorsed.

Does this mean that if Rubio "asks" for an endorsement from the NRSC that he would actually get it?

If I were the Rubio campaign I would request an endorsement and see what actually happens.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Rubio Campaign to Launch most Powerful Fundraising site in Fl History.

The Rubio campaign intends to launch a new fundraising site that they describe as the "MOST POWERFUL ONLINE FUNDRAISING SITE IN FLORIDA HISTORY"

Developing! Here is the press release:

Miami, FL – Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate today announced its plan to launch what will be the most powerful online fundraising website in Florida’s political history. The site will go live on Tuesday, November 3 to coincide with elections across the country, including the hotly contested special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district.


“A major part of our fundraising success has been and will continue to be from online donors,” said Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Burgos. “This new site will help us continue expanding our online fundraising network in ways that were unimaginable just a year ago.”


Additonal details to follow

Sunday, November 1, 2009

George Will: Rubio WILL Win 2010 Fl Senate Primary

On "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos, conservative writer and commentator George Will said of Florida's conservative senatorial candidate  Marco Rubio, "ABSOLUTELY, HE WILL WIN GOINGAWAY."


He also said that Independents are moving to the right in droves.




This follows a story written by Rubio for the National Review in regard to the NY23 race. It's easy  to understand that Rubio gets it and that he has continued to stick to his message of "conservative principles". It seems to be working.

Here is what Rubio wrote:

Today's developments in New York's 23rd Congressional District should send an encouraging message to conservatives everywhere. It is not only right and necessary to stand up for our principles, it is also an appealing strategy to Americans yearning for less government and more fiscal restraint in Washington.


While there are still four grueling days of work left, it is clear candidates willing to stand up for conservative beliefs will not face a lonely journey on the campaign trail.

For conservatives who still don't believe we can be true to our principles and win elections, I hope NY-23 serves as a wake-up call. It's time for them to join their fellow Republicans on the front lines to deliver a victory on Tuesday.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Top Crist Political Advisor admits to Collaboration in anti Rubio Website


The Crist campaign may have a little more explaining to do after a top political adviser to Crist admitted that he helped develop an anti-Rubio website.

Heffley originally denied that he was involved.
"...That's insane, Heffley told Buzz. Someone forwarded him that Hitler YouTube video the other day, Heffley said, and he was so offended and annoyed about that and the barrage of one-sided attacks on Crist lately that he sent out a bunch of news articles to people who were putting together a Web site. He didn't create truthaboutrubio.com, but he was happy to feed it with factual news accounts in the public record..."

But this today from the Palm Beach Post


"...— TALLAHASSEE — An anonymous Web site aimed at embarrassing Republican Gov. Charlie Crist's political rival appears to have backfired after one of Crist's top political advisers admitted that he helped develop the site.


This latest twist in a suddenly sizzling primary race is at least the second time Rich Heffley, a powerful Republican political operative, has assisted a shadowy political group on behalf of Crist.

"This was me going off half-cocked and I'll never do it again," said Heffley, an influential Tallahassee lobbyist who has billed Florida Republicans nearly $6 million for campaign work in the past decade.

But the campaign for Republican Marco Rubio — a former state House speaker hoping to become the first Floridian in modern state politics to hand a primary defeat to a sitting governor - is questioning whether Heffley would have inserted himself into the U.S. Senate race without consent from Crist's campaign or the Republican Party of Florida.

"Certainly this doesn't pass the smell test," Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Burgos said..."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rubio Campaign Strikes back against Crist for Bogus Website


In an email sent out tonight, Marco Rubio's campaign excoriates the Crist machine over a bogus website designed to try to denigrate the former Speaker.

Here is the text of the email:
Yesterday, we told you about a new wave of attacks that are being launched at Marco. Since then, it’s become clearer why these desperate attacks are taking place and who is responsible for them.


Several news reports have indicated a close advisor to Charlie Crist is behind the effort to go after Marco. Even Crist himself has acknowledged being aware of the effort.

Marco’s surge, combined with Governor Crist’s freefall, has the Crist campaign desperate. Their pitiful, error-filled, up again, down again, “anonymous” website is only the latest example.

Is this the kind of campaign you want to see? Marco, for one, believes you deserve better. He entered this race looking forward to a serious, idea-driven campaign about the future of our country and which direction we should go. That’s what he has talked to you about for the past five months.

This is the same website that was brought to everyones attention by Erick Erickson at Redstate.

Video: Marco Rubio on Your World with Neil Cavuto

Here is a video of  Marco Rubio's appearance on Fox' "Your World" with Neil Cavuto.

Rubio corrects Cavuto's info on current polling data and states that the Republican Party should be the home of  conservatism.

Rubio says, "Republicans are tired of being told that they have to somehow be more like democrats in order to win elections. And I think that this campaign is going to prove that that is not true."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Marco Rubio: Crist is not a Conservative

I decided to repost this audio after listening to it again with emphasis on Rubio's declaration that Crist is not a conservative.
I agree! I think it is about time that conservatives had a candidate that is not afraid to tell it like it is.

Listen to the audio of Rubio on the Joe Scarborough  radio show and what he says during the 7:35 mark in response to Joe's question about whether Crist is conservative.

Rubio says, "No I don't think you can call him a conservative..."

Marco Rubio on 'The Joe Scarborough Radio Show' 10-27-09


After he appeared on MSNBS's "Morning Joe" Marco Rubio appeared on  Scarborough's radio show to continue the interview.

He was allowed much more time to give his opinion and it is well worth a listen. 

Rubio: "Crist is not a conservative."

Video: Marco Rubio Interview on MSNBC Morning Joe

Florida conservative candidate Marco Rubio appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe today. There were some interesting exchanges between the "hosts" and Rubio.

Dan Senor: All of the Washington Republicans are supporting Crist and I think it is going to blow up in their faces!

Rubio: I think what is going on is that people are tired of apologizing for their principles.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rush Limbaugh: It has Begun


In six short minutes, Rush Limbaugh summed up exactly what I have been thinking for months now.

Although he did not mention Florida's Senatorial candidate Marco Rubio (R) by name, he did mention the race in Florida in which "conservatism is on the rise". Is that an endorsement of Marco Rubio? Rubio is the only conservative in the race for US senate in Florida for 2010. His rival, Gov Charlie Crist, is widely considered a moderate at best.

This coupled with fact that Rush was in attendance during a Marco Rubio Fundraiser at the West Palm Beach restaurant Pistache  in September may be a big hint as to where Limbaugh's instincts have taken him. I am not saying that Rush has endorsed Rubio (yet). But I am saying that it is easy to deduce his thought process in regards to his hopes for the outcome of the Florida senate race based on what he is saying.

Here is a partial transcript of Rush' remarks. The full transcript is available at the link below.

Conservatism on the Ascendency

RUSH: ... In the first hour today we had this from Rasmussen Reports: "73% of Republican voters say congressional Republicans have lost touch with their base. Just 15% of Republicans who plan to vote in 2012 state primaries say the primary's representatives in Congress have done a good job representing Republican values," and that would be conservative values. So you're not alone. You're among 73%. Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum have now thrown down in the New York election. They have endorsed Doug Hoffman. Talk radio has thrown down, ditto Florida. Conservatism is in the ascendancy. Conservatives are ascending, money is flowing and we're turning a corner...
These "Republicans first" and these Republicans-in-name-only, these people who claim that they want to be moderate Republicans, "That's the only way we're ever going to be win the broad-based election," are just missing the point. I don't know what's so hard to figure out about going back to 1980 and 1984 and looking at the results. Sarah Palin is defying the party. Rick Santorum is defying the party. Forty-nine percent say no health care reform better than the current plan. This also from Rasmussen. Slowly we creep, my friends, to getting a majority of people who understand. "Forty-nine percent of voters nationwide say that passing no health care reform bill this year would be better than passing the plan currently working its way through Congress." I think it has begun.

Click here for the entire transcipt.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Charlie Crist Loses Cato's Grade A Tax Rating


Current Florida Governor and US Senate candidate Charlie Crist has been touting his "A" grade on tax policy from the Cato Intsitute in his latest radio ads.

Cato Institute's Tax Policy Director Chris Edwards is now having second thoughts about that rating.

In an email sent out by Edwards he rescinds his original evaluation of Crist's tax record and points out that the evaluation was made much earlier and before Crist decided to raise taxes on Floridians.
From an Edwards email:

According to the Herald’s Naked Politics (October 16), Gov. Charlie Crist is trumpeting his grade of “A” on Cato’s “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors.” The governor earned the grade in last year’s report based mainly on his property tax cuts and moderate spending approach.

I am pleased that Crist values Cato’s ratings because we work hard to make them accurate and nonpartisan. But as the report’s author, I am concerned that the governor has fallen off the fiscal responsibility horse since the report was written in mid-2008.
In particular, Crist approved a huge $2.2 billion tax increase for the fiscal 2010 budget, even though he had promised that $12 billion in federal “stimulus” money showered on Florida over three years would obviate the need for tax increases.

About $1 billion of the tax increases are on cigarette consumers, which will particularly harm moderate-income families. The rest of the increases are in the form of higher costs for often mandatory services, such as automobile registration, which is really just a sneaky form of tax increases.

These tax increases will be particularly painful to Floridians in the short-term because of the recession. But Crist has also jeopardized the state’s long-term finances with his expanded subsidies for hurricane insurance. Hurricanes are a major challenge in Florida, but giving big subsidies to coastal property owners, driving private insurers out of the state, and guaranteeing a massive state bailout when the next hurricane hits strikes me as the height of fiscally irresponsibility.
Sincerely,
Chris Edwards
Director of Tax Policy
Cato Institute
Washington, D.C.
Crist is in a tough battle with former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio for the chance to compete against the Democrat challenger Kendrick Meek. Crist's lead in the polls was cut in half by Rubio this week and Rubio is gaining grassroots conservative support along with an impressive number of contributions to his campaign in the last quarter of over a million dollars.

The momentum is clearly in Rubio's favor at this point and Crist has reason to worry about his bid for senate.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Video:Marco Rubio Attends "Happy Hour"

Marco Rubio appeared on Fox News' "Happy Hour" program today.

His interview was very informative in the short time he was allowed. It is refreshing to hear a person who knows what he believes in and does not avoid the answer by trying to change the subject.

It's easy for Rubio because he believes in the principles that represents and he is not willing to change them based on popular opinion at the time.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Crist Drops Below 50% in Florida Senate Race


The latest Rasmussen poll for the Florida republican senate primary race has current Gov. Charlie Crist dropping below 50%.

Crist has 49% vs Marco Rubio having 35%. This is the first time that Crist has been below 50% against Rubio and Rubio has been able to cut Crist's lead in half since August.

Rubio is favored among the conservative base and Crist is seen as a moderate...or maybe even a little left of center. Crist has been called a RINO and nick-named "Wind-Sock" Charlie for his changing positions.

Marco Rubio Campaign Launches Two new Web Ads

Take a look and enjoy these awsome new Marco Rubio web ads:

"Higher and Higher"


"Free Fallin"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Marco Rubio: Crist does not respect informed voters

In this short audio clip from 92.5 FM Fox News with Mandy Connell, Marco Rubio says that Charlie Crist does not respect the intelligence of the electorate.

His answer was in response to a question about Charlie Crist's radio ads which came out last week.

Crist's ads were deceptive at best and downright misleading when it comes to his record.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Marco Rubio Speaks at the Sarasota Republican Club


(Photo courtesy of Republican Party of Sarasota-
Marco Rubio with the President of the Sarasota Republican Club, Chuck Volker)

Jeremey Wallace of Harold Tribune has the hightlights of Marco Rubio's appearance at the Sarasota Republican Club today.

Here are some excerpts of the story:
...Rubio said he feels he’s the only candidate in the race for Senate committed to fighting the Democratic agenda: “I’m running for U.S. Senate because I disagree with them. I’m running for U.S. Senate because I believe the majority of Americans disagree with them. I’m running for U.S. Senate because I believe that the majority of Americans deserves a voice in Washington that will stand up to this agenda and offer an alternative — a voice that will stand up and say that America in this century can be greater, more exceptional, more prosperous, more upwardly mobile than the one of the 20th. And I’m running for U.S. Senate because I do not believe that there is a single other person running in this state for this position who believes these things, will fight against these things and will offer a clear alternative.”

That alternative, Rubio said, includes fighting for a balanced budget amendment, for a simpler federal tax code and against attempts to create a single-payer health care system...

Rubio Campaign Responds to new Crist Radio Ad

The Crist campaign decided to spend a little of it's huge war chest by releasing a radio spot today which is airing on conservative talk radio shows. Here is the text of the Crist campaign ad. I will add the audio when I can get it. Read the Rubio campaign Response below!

Udpate: Here is the link to the audio of the Crist ad.

Washington is out of control, yet the president has the same tired answer for every problem – to spend more of your money.
I’m Charlie Crist. I’m running for the U.S. Senate because Washington needs a dose of Florida common sense.
In the last two years, federal government spending has grown by over 25 percent.
Here in Florida, I’ve slashed government by 10 percent. That’s $7 billion.
And we’ve passed the biggest tax cuts in Florida history.
Last fall, the conservative Cato Institute graded all 50 governors with a fiscal report card.
I’m proud to say that I was ranked #1 in America.
Less government, less taxes. It’s more than a slogan. It’s my commitment and the record I’ll bring from Tallahassee to Washington.
We can’t spend our way into prosperity or tax our way into growth.
Let’s cut the size of the federal government and return your family’s money so you can decide how to best spend it.
I’m Charlie Crist and I approved this message.
The Rubio campaign quickly responded with a countering fact check of the ad and released the following statement.

“Just like government can’t tax and spend its way to prosperity, Charlie Crist can’t fundraise and spend his way into being a conservative. By hitting the airwaves this early in the campaign, it’s clear he’s concerned that his abysmal economic record, embrace of Obama spending policies and Marco Rubio’s rise are a recipe for his defeat. Despite his best efforts to sell himself as a conservative, Charlie Crist can’t fool Floridians who are feeling the pain of the Crist economy and know his record of embracing wasteful stimulus spending, raising taxes and supporting cap-and-trade." -- Alex Burgos, Rubio campaign spokesman

The Sun Sintenal has a Great breakdown of the ad and tears it apart.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Update: 11-15-09: Marco Rubio Wins 14th Straw Poll in a Row


Last night Marco Rubio succeeded in winning his 14th straw poll in a row against Charlie Crist. Rubio has not lost a straw poll yet and has won all of them by impressive margins.

Some political aficionados are trying to downplay the significance of the Rubio wins but it is clear that there is an underlying current of true conservative enthusiasm within the conservative base.

Former Governor Jeb Bush practically endorsed Marco Rubio during an interview.


Bush said national party leaders should not be trying to push Crist as aggressively as they have. He said Rubio deserved a fair shot against Crist in a primary.

"I think he should be given a chance. I think that the idea that the national party would pick a winner a year and a half before an election is the wrong way to go."

If Jeb Bush is right and my instincts are correct I think that Charlie Crist may not be as confident in 2010 as he seems to be now. Money can buy you air time but it can not buy you character. That is a lesson that Charlie Crist could learn From Marco Rubio.

Here is the running total of straw polls held to date.


Marion County GOP: Rubio 40, Crist 8, abstain 4

Hernando County GOP: Rubio 46, Crist 0

Gilchrist County GOP: Rubio 11, Crist 1

Republican Women's Club of Duval Federated: Rubio 65, Crist 4

Northwest Orange Republican Women Federated: Rubio 49, Crist 3

Jefferson County GOP: Rubio 30, Crist 6

Highlands County GOP: Rubio 75, Crist 1

Pasco County GOP: Rubio 73, Crist 9

Lee County GOP: Rubio 60, Crist 9

Florida Federation of College Republicans: Rubio 19, Crist 6.

Bay County GOP: Rubio 23, Crist 2

Palm Beach County: Rubio 90, Crist 17  (10-14-09)

Okaloosa County: Rubio 86, Crist 4 (11-08-09)

Orange County : Rubio 211, Crist 27 (11-13-09)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Marco Rubio vs Crist in Palm Bch Co. Straw Poll Oct. 14th



The Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee will hold the next straw poll in Florida's Senatorial race bewteen former House Speaker Marco Rubio and current Governor Charlie Crist on Wednesday October 14th.

Thus far, Rubio has crushed Crist in local straw polls. Rubio has skunked Crist 11-0 in polls across state. Rubio has won by HUGE margins.

Crist may be sensing the heat. He decided to make an unannounced visit to the Pinellas County Republican Party meeting Monday night.  This visit may illustrate that Crist is starting to understand that he is not held in great favor amongst many Florida conservatives and so he is scrambling to the right to stop the bleeding.

Crist's contributions dropped by half last quarter while Marco Rubio's contributions nearly tripled to 1 million dollars.

The Palm Beach Post printed the following on Oct. 11th:

Palm Beach County's Republican Executive Committee, which split 65-65 on an August motion to "censure" Gov. Charlie Crist for embracing President Obama's stimulus package and other departures from Republicanism, will conduct a straw poll Wednesday on the Republican U.S. Senate race between Crist, former House Speaker Marco Rubio and six other Republicans.

Udate: Rubio won the straw poll 90 to 17 over Crist. Click here for list of all straw polls held thus far.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Video: Marco Rubio at Candidate Fest explains why he is running

Marco Rubio answers the question, "Why are you running?"
"Because I think America is the single greatest civilization in human history. I believe that everthing that has made this country great is being threatened by the direction that this leadership would take our country..."

Monday, October 5, 2009

Karl Rove Endorses Marco Rubio-Snubs Charlie Crist




Former Presidential advisor to George W Bush ,Karl Rove, has endorsed former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio for US Senate.

Rove chose Rubio over moderate republican and current Florida Governor Charlies Crist.

Rove joins a list conservative big shots in supporting Rubio.
Rubio has been endorsed by:
Senator Jim DeMint
Ginny Brown-Waite
Mike Huckabee
Laura Ingraham
Mark Levin
Dick Army
Newt Gengrich
and many other well know conservative.....

Read the entire story at MSNBC.

While Crist has financially overwhelmed Rubio to date, there are many Republicans -- particularly those in Flordia that are close to former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush -- who have publicly become more comfortable airing their skepticism about Crist in public. One of those Republicans with close ties to the Bush family, Karl Rove, has signaled his preference with his wallet. Rove confirms to NBC News that he has contributed a $1000 to Rubio's campaign, the donation will be made public when Rubio files his next FEC report (due Oct. 15).

Audio:Marco Rubio on the Martha Zoller Radio Show

This is the audio from today's Martha Zollar Radio show. During the interview Marco Rubio discusses several issues and takes a , well deserved, swipe at Charlie Crist.

Rubio: "Charlie Crist is no Jeb Bush Republican!"

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Marco Rubio Hits Back Twice as Hard

In a letter to supporters, the Marco Rubio campaign sent out this email in response to Charlie Crist's newest attacks against rival Rubio.

The Rubio team does not seem intimidated by the tactics. In fact, they hit back twice as hard asking for Crist to debate the issues.  Crist has continued to hide from any debates.

Here is the letter(with links):
Supporter-


We all knew this day would eventually come. After months of negative headlines about his stewardship of Florida, pretending he is unopposed in the GOP primary and refusing to debate Marco Rubio on the issues affecting Florida’s and America’s future, Charlie Crist has finally acknowledged he has a real fight on his hands and is reverting to his tried and tested approach of smearing whoever stands in his way.

Faced with Marco’s growing momentum and a public growing increasingly sour about his own record of supporting tax increases, the wasteful Obama stimulus package and cap-and-trade, Crist and his allies are lashing out with misleading, negative and personal attacks. As the Miami Herald reports today, “Crist allies are starting to push back at the notion that Rubio is a conservative’s dream candidate.”

Unfortunately for Crist and his allies, they are running up against a wall of respected conservatives who have seen Marco up close and can vouch for his credentials:

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich: “… has pegged Rubio as a rising national political figure and calls 100 Ideas ‘a work of genius.’”

Former Gov. Jeb Bush: “He’s got all the tools. He’s charismatic and has the right principles.”

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey: “Marco Rubio is a champion of freedom and an inspiring leader for the next generation of the conservative movement. His track record and conservative convictions are a breath of fresh air in a party looking for new leaders to advance the principles of limited government, lower taxes and economic liberty.”

Sen. Jim DeMint: “There is no question Marco Rubio will be a big part of the Republican Party’s future, but I believe if we are to defeat the forces of Big Government now controlling Washington, Marco Rubio needs to be a big part of the Republican Party’s present. He has the skills and ideas we need to rebuild our party, reform our government, and renew our nation.”

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist: Rubio is “the most pro-taxpayer legislative leader in the country.”

Syndicated Columnist George Will: “His preventive medicine includes limited government, tax reform, spending restraint and removal of all impediments to the entrepreneurship that makes America a place ‘where poor people can put billionaires out of business.’”

National Radio Host Laura Ingraham: “He's not the favorite in this race, but he's the best one running. I'm all about supporting true conservatives.”

You see, Marco has the truth on his side and the conservative credentials to back it up. But he needs your help to get the word out and fight the smears, which is why we’re asking you to help today in two ways:

First, help make sure Marco has the resources to set the record straight by donating to his campaign. Your support will help ensure Marco’s message reaches all Floridians.

Second, urge Charlie Crist to accept Marco’s Debate Challenge. As voters, you deserve to see candidates go face-to-face on the issues of greatest concern to you. So far in 2009, Governor Crist has shown more interest in standing on stage with President Obama at a pro-stimulus rally than he has in standing on stage with Marco debating ideas. That’s not the kind of campaign you deserve.

Thanks for your support,
Team Rubio

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mark Levin Endorses Marco Rubio for US Senate


Conservative talk show radio host and best selling author Mark Levin endorsed Florida senate candidate Marco Rubio for US senate tonight.

The endorsement was made during an interview with conservative senator Jim DeMint.
Senator DeMint endorsed Rubio earlier this year.

Levin said to SEND HIM MONEY and vote for him!



I will post the audio of  Levin's endorsement when it becomes avaialble.

UPDATE: 10:50 PM
Here is a rough transcript  of Levin's endorsement:
This comes at about the 50 minute mark of the audio. The audio is available here .It's the 10/01 show audio.

...Rubio Florida and Toomey PA. These are two SOLID solid conservatives who believe in the Declaration of Indepencence........

Mark Levin: ...These are two solid conservatives (Rubio and Toomey) who are running against the system. Running against really their own republican establishment and running against the democrats. Mark, what can I do? Well in these states you can do something very direct and very specific. You can send these candidates money! You can make sure you are registered to vote.....It's that simple.... We need these men NOW!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Should Marco Rubio Debate Kendrick Meek?


If Charlie Crist will not debate Marco Rubio then maybe Rubio should invite Democratic primary candidate Kendrick Meek to a debate.

I'm sure it would draw a lot of media attention for both candidates and illustrate the fact that Charlie Crist has ignored Rubio's call for debates.

Perhaps this event would force Charlie Crist to acknowledge even the existstence of opposition to his NRSC coronation.

It would also give everyone a chance to see Marco Rubio in action to promote his conservative beliefs and to compare himself  to Crist even if Crist refuses to attend.


Charlie Crist Sheepishly Avoids Health Care Debate


Exit stage right. That is exactly what Florida Governor and current senatorial candidate Charlie Crist does when he is pressed to answer a simple question regarding health care.

The health care debate has become an issue that is front and center in the national political dialogue  and Crist may have exposed himself a little more than he had hoped.

Crist was asked by a Herald/Times reporter about the fact that Florida's kids are not covered under the "Cover Florida" plan but rather by a program called "Kid Care".

Reporter:The confusion is, then, your criticism over government run healthcare when KidCare is government run healthcare, which is what they were asking you about this morning.


Crist: It’s for kids, I like it.
Here is the video of the exchange:


Crist did not mention that the"Cover Florida" plan that he defended so effusively  on the cable news (video) shows did not cover children and costs the elderly far more than those that ,on average, need less health care coverage. Those who are 0 to 18 years of age are not covered.





If kids were so important to Crist it seems funny how the kids were left out of the negotiations with the private insurance companies at the time....

I posted this quote from Charlie Crist from his appearance with Barack Obama to support the stimulous bill.
"It's important that we pass a stimulus package. It's important. It is important to do so to help education, to help our infrastructure, and to help HEALTH CARE for those that need it the most. The most vulnerable among us.
Later crist called Obama's Health Care Plan "cockamamie"

I understand that the insurance companies have to weigh the risks when providing policies to all age groups. It's called capitalism.

The obvious solution is tort reform and eliminating massive fraud.

Wind-sock" Charlie strikes again......

FYI-On the day of Obama's health care speech before a joint session of congress, Marco Rubio released the following video.
 

Monday, September 28, 2009

Charlie Crist having Trouble with the Facts in Michigan


Florida Governor Charlie Crist seems to have trouble with some of the facts as he addresses the 28th biennial Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island Michigan.

Click here for the full story. ( "Charlie Crist looks to be dissing Jeb Bush's legacy in speech" )The story above gives the TRUE details of Crist's claims.


The office of Crist's republican rival for the 2010 US senate seat, Marco Rubio, quickly responded.Here is their statement:

"Unfortunately for Charlie Crist, what happened in Michigan this weekend, didn't stay in Michigan. If the beleaguered citizens of Michigan are looking for answers to their economic problems, they can do better than listening to Charlie Crist. Michiganders should ignore Charlie Crist's suggestion that they copy his prescription of historic tax increases, bigger government, more wasteful spending and no jobs to show for it. As Floridians can attest, the pain of the Charlie Crist Economy is nothing to brag about.

"In an effort to hide his own economic record, Charlie Crist even appears to have taken a page out of the Obama playbook by blaming a Bush for what he inherited. Charlie Crist needs to own up to the fact that he inherited a state with 3.3 percent unemployment that has now soared to 10.7 percent on his watch."

Friday, September 25, 2009

George Will: Marco Rubio Will Probably Win


In January 2011, one Floridian will leave for the U.S. Senate. He is unlikely to be a former governor at odds with his party's nominating electorate, or the probable Democratic nominee, Kendrick Meek, a hyper-liberal congressman. Rubio intends to prove that "in the most important swing state, you can run successfully as a principled conservative." He probably will. --- George Will full story...