Senator Marco Rubio, young as he is, is the right candidate to win the White House in 2012 and I’ll tell you why:

Rubio can unite establishment Republicans, Conservative Republicans and Tea-Partiers.  While the first category is taken aback by his conservatism, they recognize the power of his person.  And they are willing to tolerate his positions if they are convinced he can win.  Conservatives, on the other hand, are a tougher bunch.  They require their candidate to have character…not simply to have cast good votes on core issues, but to hold their positions with passion.  Marco Rubio passes this test. 

Tea Partiers are purportedly concerned with financial issues only.  No one articulates the current crisis like Rubio.  And underneath the Tea Party platform veneer are a strong majority of participants whose hearts also beat fast at the notion of a champion on the moral issues of our day.  Rubio is that.

Rubio has the combination of elements Republican voters so long for:  character, passion, conviction, and the ability to communicate clearly with all three.  He would be a powerful opponent.  He could take on Barack Obama in debates with style, grace and chutzpah.  He has that infamous “Q Factor” want-to-be media types long for but can’t acquire by sheer determination.   It is innate.  It allows him to take the room with confidence…to command attention…and most importantly…respect.

Marco Rubio understands the threat of socialism and government control through the personal story of his exiled parents.  Although a few presidential candidates have tried to articulate the danger, Rubio has tasted, felt and experienced it through the lives of his Cuban family.

Unlike Candidate John McCain, Rubio will fight for American freedom with a passion that can only come from a closer glimpse of what it means to be with out it.

Marco Rubio can win in the general election.  Shallow American female voters will vote for him based on his handsome good looks.   The first Hispanic candidate who is also “cool” will win the young vote as powerfully as did the first “cool” black one in 2008.  Hispanics will vote for him because he is Hispanic; those that are informed, because he represents strong families.  Blacks will consider voting for him because he is NOT White establishment. And because if they stop and think about it, he more nearly represents their values than Barack Obama, the “post-racial” President who turns out to care more about the Left than the Black Community.

Yes.  I would prefer an elder statesman…someone with the resume of a George Herbert Walker Bush.  But these are not ordinary times and elder statesmen don’t appeal to a population hooked on American Idol. 

American voters, thanks to our educational system, can’t handle long explanation…erudite delivery…nor do they have the respect to recognize and appreciate gravitas.

Charles Krauthammer would bore them.  So would John Bolton or Andrew McCarthy.  They don’t appreciate brilliance.  And by the way, the American President needs to be longer on leadership skills than erudition.

It isn’t possible for one man or woman to know all that needs to be known to lead this great country.  We need someone who will command respect and possess the wisdom to select people like Paul Ryan, Bolton and McCarthy to school him, then unleash them to do all they are capable of doing.

Rubio has proven his leadership already.  At forty, he has led one of the largest legislatures in the country as Speaker of the House in Florida.  He is more qualified already than was Barack Obama in 2008. 

Rubio will unite Republican voters.  He can win the primary and he can win the general election.  And the country needs him…now…at the age of forty.  We may lose the Republic if we wait.

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  1. June Irvine says:

    Fantastic article again Sandy. It is all so true and he is a genuinely remarkable young man. Many of us would be thrilled if he changed his mind but I just don’t see him doing that.

  2. Skip says:

    You lost me when you stated George HW Bush was the type of “Elder Statesman” you were look for. I can not get his words “Read My Lips” or his connection with the Sadi King. I agree he has a good record but the more I read about the whole Bush family leaves me with alot of questions.

  3. Larry Reams says:

    Good Article Sandy (Why Marco Rubio is the Right Candidate…Now) But, you haven’t done your homework. Marco Rubio is NOT Constitutionally qualified to hold the office of President or Vice President for the very same reason Barack Obama isn’t. Neither one is a “Natural Born Citizen” and both admit to it. A “natural born citizen” by definition is someone born of parents who are US citizens at the time of the child’s birth. The operative word is “parents” (plural). Obama Sr. was not a US citizen when Junior was born and Marco’s parents weren’t either when he was born. If you really want to know what conservatives and tea party people want (I’m both), it’s to follow the US Constitution in all matters. Not doing so makes America a Nation of Men and not a Nation of Laws. Why not become the exceptional journalist (none of the rest in the whole of the US qualify) and do the research on Natural Born Citizen. Start with Senate Resolution 511 during the 2008 campaign where the US Senate investigated John McCain’s qualifications (completely overlooking Obama’s) and gave us a definition. Senator Obama even signed the resolution. You can also Google Vattle and “Natures Laws.” If you’re not willing to do the research to get to the facts / truth, you’re just another journalist. Nothing special. You’re right, Character counts big-time. So does our Constitution regardless of the magnatism of any one person.

  4. While I share your enthusiasm for Senator Rubio, there is one problem that you (and a number of others that should know better) seem to have missed.

    It is easy to understand why folks tout Senator Rubio for President/Vice-president. He appears to be a very capable individual with sound ideas who could and should serve in many roles within the various branches of Government — with one exception. He can never become Vice-president or President of the United States unless there is a drastic amendment to the Constitution. He is not qualified under Article II of the US Constitution because he is clearly not a “natural born citizen”. (Neither is Obama, for that matter, but that is another subject relating more to the lack of courage of members of the House.)

    Rubio’s parents were not citizens at the time of his birth — even though they became citizens shortly thereafter. The clear (and court sustained) definition of “natural born” is that the individual must be the issue of a man and woman who are BOTH citizens of the United States AT THE TIME OF THE BIRTH. Therefore, when conservatives continue to laud Senator Rubio for President/Vice-president, they are engaging in exactly the same fraudulent act as did Democrats when they nominated Obama.

    In my opinion, both the conservative movement and Senator Rubio deserve better.

  5. Dave Marshall says:


    As much as any of us may want Marco Rubio to be the Republican candidate for vice president in 2012, if his parents were not yet US citizens when he was born, he is NOT eligible:

    1. US Constitution, Art II, § 1, Cl 5:
    “…no person except a natural born citizen…shall be eligible to the office of President…”

    2. “Natural born” is not defined in the Constitution. However, the US Supreme Court did define the term in Minor v Happersett, 88 US 162, at 167 (1875):
    “…it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens….”

    I am not aware that this definition ever has been modified since 1875. Therefore, to be a natural-born citizen, both parents must be citizens at the time of the child’s birth.

  6. Kim Hall says:


    I’d love to hear your thoughts on Herman Cain? Your passion is encouraging and convicting.

    Thanks for all you do,


  7. Bonne Foulds says:

    Larry Reams said it correctly…check earlier blog. The Tea Party wants the Constitution to be adhered to, no question.
    Why is the press not doing any reporting on the Natural Born citizen issue?
    There are so many issue in this one article, I don’t know where to begin.

  8. Isa Pluschke says:

    I miss your daily program on WYLL. You did a great job, digging up the stuff on
    Chicago area politics. I’m sure you made more than a few people uncomfortable
    when their names and activies where aired on your show. HA-HA
    I like your style.
    My best wishes to you and your family, from our Lord Jesus.

    Isa Pluschke

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