So, his first challenge will have to be articulating exact what that "dream" is and how the Average Joe can turn it into reality. (Translation: Economic policy) If he's able to clearly define this dream, he would have at least gotten over one hurdle. His second: Open up that so-called "big tent" Republicans claim to possess. Right now, HIS party doesn't appear to embrace all comers.
"A fair exchange ain't no robbery." Tupac Shakur w/Digital Underground
Well, that's yet another candidate that is vastly more qualified than the clueless old bag the Democrats will put forth.
If he picks Kasich......he does.
The Rubio record: From tea party hero to immigration reformer and beyond.....
On Monday, Rubio will announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, using a brief Senate career that DeMint could not have imagined as his launching pad. And when he does, the one-time face of the tea party will be the most establishment candidate amid the already crowded field of sitting senators vying for the 2016 GOP nod.
Rubio and his colleagues-turned-opponents Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky all arrived at the Senate the same way — by staging primary upsets over establishment candidates — yet their political makeup and brief stints in Congress could not be more different. Cruz and Paul spent years tending to their grassroots bases, staging dramatic filibusters and dissenting from leadership when it proved personally expedient. For his part, Rubio has been treading the path of an establishment operator, but with an edge, thanks to his unique personal story.
Sixteen laws he cosponsored between 2011 and 2014 were signed into law, according to records kept by the Library of Congress . More of those laws — six — came out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee than from any other panel.....snip~
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
If he positions himself effectively and comes across with the kind of empowering and realistic message as described above, he will gain important campaign experience that could serve him well in the future and perhaps give him some VP consideration. The strategic problem he faces is that his mentor Governor Bush would probably have to choose someone outside of Florida to best utilize the VP slot (perhaps Ohio?). Nevertheless, Rubio could still gain an important role within a Bush Administration, were Bush to defeat Clinton or another Democratic Party nominee. Were another Republican to win the nomination, Rubio could have a good chance at the VP slot.
Fringe candidates e.g., Carson, or the more libertarian-oriented Paul would choose someone else. Moreover, Rubio would not benefit from affiliating with either of them were he considered given the fundamental differences between their positions and his without risking the credibility he would accumulate from mounting an effective run for the nomination.
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Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields