Mar
17
2016

Marco Rubio reportedly close to endorsing Ted Cruz.

Even if true, there are apparently a bunch of details that still need to be worked out, but honestly: if Marco Rubio is serious about doing everything he can to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the nominee, it’s Ted Cruz or nobody.  It’s not even really a stretch for Rubio: him and Cruz are actually fairly close to each other in opinions, and the trash-talk between the two was never going to be particularly problematic in the long term.  There’s also the issue of Rubio’s delegates: he doesn’t have control over where they all go, but he has some control over where some of them go, and of course his opinion would carry weight with those of Rubio’s delegates that can freely go elsewhere.

One other note: Marco Rubio has, at this point, gotten one-sixth of the votes cast thus far in the Republican primaries. Contra some of the people quoted in that Politico article, Rubio’s endorsement and support is something that Ted Cruz would rather like to have. Particularly if it comes with some stumping in various critical primary states.

Moe Lane

3 Comments

  • Catseyes says:

    I’ve been thinking for a while that the Trump threat would force the Establishment and the conservative movement to band together to stop him, if they could overcome their differences long enough to do it. It might even leave a stronger Republican party in the aftermath. But I always wrote it off as wishful thinking on my part.
    Something one of the Powerline writers said makes sense, “Trump isn’t interested in the Presidency he just wants to be President”. I guess his candidacy can be seen as a logical attempt to push his “Brand” to a new level. Of course it would be at the expense of the country.

  • Mikey NTH says:

    Rubio endorsing Cruz should be pretty much a “Well Duh!” thing as you are going to find.
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    If anyone is serious about “anti-Trump” then every candidate who has washed out this cycle has to come in and endorse the one guy who is not Trump.
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    No, sorry Gov. Kasich. It is time to park the old postal jeep, put the third class mail in the recycle bin, and breathe deep the air of the real world.
    Get out of this, endorse Cruz.
    Just so that we can see, going into the stretch, what it is going to be.
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    All prior candidates (and I am looking at you, Gov. Kasich) need to endorse Ted Cruz if you want to stop Trump. Any type of arcane rules-bending maneuvers at teh convention will be resented by everyone in the GOP – okay, maybe some desiccated string-puller or weird pundit may want movie dramas on the convention floor, but no one else needs it.
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    Let’s have it Trump and anti-Trump* one on one, all the way to the end.
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    *It says a lot – and nothing good – that the other standard bearer is to be the anti-Trump and not the pro-some name.
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    I think the GOP and its candidates have to learn a lot about how to use and media and when to launch attacks – which seems to be “all the time” and “constantly; and when hit keep pounding away; and when you have beaten one down shift fire and keep pounding away.”

  • Feste says:

    I’m torn about Rubio helping Cruz much other than giving him whatever delegates he can, as I feel like he’s poisoned the voter well for this cycle.
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    Rubio is certainly viable for 2020, however 2024 might be his best shot after Cruz leaves office. That would give him time to remake his image and rebuild his conservative cred after the Gang of Eight debacle, not necessarily because of the policy per se, but because he was so easily duped/used by Schumer and tone deaf to the party base.
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    Whomever has been advising Rubio utterly failed him.
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    Rubio has so many positives; his life story, great personal charm, photogenic family, and ethnicity. He could reach out to a burgeoning voter demographic with whom we’re having difficulty communicating. Rubio should regroup and seek out ways to rebuild his personal brand and the political will follow. A non-political, inspirational keynote speech at the convention might be helpful and the party establishment owes him that much for taking on Trump.
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    @Micky re Kasich, I agree, he’s now a Cruz spoiler.
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    Any ideas about a Cruz VP?

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