I know a lot of candidates run knowing they won't win. I'm sure Rubio knows he won't win. I'm sure Ron Paul knew he wouldn't win BUT Ron Paul had a message and point to get across that I think actually permeated across all Americans. My granddaddy ran for South Carolina state senate twice as a Republican. As a poor old chicken farmer, he didn't have much money, and if I remember right he won Lexington County and nothing more (Outside of Columbia). I don't specifically remember everything he was running for and he has since passed away, but my mom and grandma broke it down like this "In debates he would promise things that then the guys with more money and stature had to promise, things that dealt with agriculture, and being more fair to black workers." My granddad actually employed quite a few black folks for help on the farm and they all said they liked working more for him because he was nicer, fed them better, and paid better. I actually think they got paid about $150 a day vs. my granddad buying me a N64 game a week for the same amount of work lol. So my granddad yeah, didn't really think he would win, gained nothing financially, he just gained the respect of other farmers and people as well as maybe a few more customers to his tax business, and above all he was able to get other politicians to at least think about or promise things like Ron Paul was able to.
So what is Rubio's game? He doesn't strike me as a guy that is running to get the bigger guys to adopt his ideas, he strikes me as a guy running to maybe get a show on Fox News in the future.
"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan
Bush vs. Obama on the Economy, In 3 Simple Charts [UPDATED]
The problem with people like you, Con is that you refuse to see the facts. You want to live in the reality that you have created in your own mind and you will spin and dance around the facts until you shuffle away. Any rational American will tell you that we are without a doubt better off today under Obama than we were under GWB ( the Herbert Hoover of the 21st Century ). The only real question is whether we should be better off than we are. Obama has definitely made some mistakes. But to try to pass GWB as the economic genius that you believe he is....is just downright laughable.