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      The main premise was Rubio's ability to speak and hold an audience and that he could become a true concern in 2016.  The professor mentioned that the Latinos he has been involved with find Rubio appealing as well as the professor's own family (he is Hispanic) and that he felt Rubio's oration skills and youth/physical appeal was the main reason....and the professor, himself, found this issue quite concerning should Rubio be successful rallying support behind his policies.

    Cruz was also added as another example of a great speaker who has the ability to bring himself into favor with those who would normally, under any other circumstance, find his policies a turn off, if they were spoken by anyone else.  The fact of how much of the Hispanic vote Cruz received in Texas was brought up.

     It was then discussed that  considering that Cruz's lack of time and experience should make him less newsworthy, but the professor found it concerning that Cruz was given so much camera time, for someone so new to Congress. The professor felt that Rubio was also given this same camera time early on from the moment he came on the scene....since he was such a good speaker.  He felt that both are being "primed" and"vetted" in some regards to the public, and that since both Rubio and Cruz are have a natural ability to speak, that it could make a difference.

    Don't know if I agree completely....but I do think Rubio is not flawed in the presentation department.  He does know how to work an audience....even though his policies are abhorrent most of the time. However, how will low info voters see him?  I guess it remains to be seen.

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