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  •  There is an elephant in the room (9+ / 0-)

    here in Florida & across the US.  And it is a gigantic issue.  Rubio is Cuban-American. There is resentment by  other Latinos (Puerto Ricans excepted, of course) about the truly "special" treatment Cuban-Americans have received since the early Castro years (toes on the sand = citizenship, an easy path to automatic citizenship & no hoops). Additionality, there is a sort of, so-called "pecking order" among the Latino population (a Cuban American friend's words - not mine) with Cuban-Americans self-identifying as being at the top (elite) both financially and achievement-oriented.  So, the Republican party seems to not understand this phenomenon/problem with Rubio.

    •  While that is true, if Romney would (1+ / 0-)
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      have put Rubio on his ticket it would have sent a message to all Hispanics that the GOP is tolerant of them. That, and the likelihood that Rubio would have moved Florida into Mitt's column may have made enough of a difference.

    •  Forgot to mention (9+ / 0-)

      Rubio has a multitude of other problems with regard to his personal ethics and integrity - using the FL Republican Party credit card for convenient store food purchases and to pay for "manscaping/backwaxing, among other treats, while he was enmeshed with some FL Republican Congresspersons who are now in prison/indicted/being investigated/charged with crimes.

      His day is coming with regard to the above issues.

      Additionally, Rubio actually lied about his parents immigration from Cuba (when & exactly why). He portrayed them as "political refugees" escaping from Castro's Communist dictatorship (something admirable for Cuban-American bona fides).  Trouble is they emigrated to the US prior to Castro taking power in Cuba.  There may have been a couple of years involved with this lie.  It is well known in Florida.  One would think the RNC would have red-flagged this as a major issue - this great lie.

      Rubio is very flawed and not a strong candidate.

    •  Cruz, Menendez and Rubio (2+ / 0-)
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      are all of Cuban descent. And in the case of Rubio and Cruz, it colors (or uncolors) their experience. I heard Rubio give a speech on immigration and he was trying too hard. He sounded like a red neck scold with no empathy to the plight of others. I don't think he will draw the kind of Hispanic support that Obama drew from blacks. If he keeps talking like he's Steve King, he'll be lucky to get 10% of the Hispanic vote.

      Keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.---Molly Ivins

      by never forget 2000 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 04:25:14 PM PDT

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