"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rubio Blasts Gingrich TV Ad as "Inflammatory" and "Inaccurate"

You want dumb?  Go into Florida and make Senator Rubio mad who is probably the most popular Senator in Florida in years.  Senator Rubio is correct about the ad.  It is also time to lower the rhetoric.  TV ads like this are being run by a SUPER PAC IMHO.  These SUPER PACs supporting various candidates are out of control as they put ads on the air with no fact checking at all.  The ads are to severely damage the other candidate but they are ending up damaging their own candidate when they don't check facts.

It looks like the two leading contenders for the nomination didn't learn one thing from the Rubio campaign for Senate in 2010.  He had some of the most positive ads and speeches I have seen in a campaign in years.  One of very best speeches was this one on American Exceptionalism during his campaign on August 17, 2010.  Rubio is class all the way -- shame it hasn't rubbed off on our two leading candidates Presidential candidates.   Decided to repost Senator Rubio's speech from the 2010 campaign trail so people can see what a candidate who truly appreciates America has to say.  It is a pleasant change from what we have been subjected to in this primary.  This is why he was such a good candidate and now a Senator who actually listens to his constituents.

Rubio Blasts Gingrich TV Ad as "Inflammatory" and "Inaccurate"
2:05 PM, Jan 25, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK

The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo reports:
Sen. Marco Rubio scolded Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign over a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses rival Mitt Romney of being “anti-immigrant.”
“This kind of language is more than just unfortunate. It’s inaccurate, inflammatory, and doesn’t belong in this campaign,” Rubio told The Miami Herald when asked about the ad.
“The truth is that neither of these two men is anti-immigrant,” Rubio said. “Both are pro-legal immigration and both have positive messages that play well in the Hispanic community.”
Rubio's comments here, along with his statement yesterday that Mitt Romney is "no Charlie Crist" and a "conservative," have fueled some speculation that Rubio is really pulling for Romney while officially remaining neutral. That could be--there are plenty of pro-Romney folks in Rubio world. But Rubio takes a strong position against illegal immigration. And for Gingrich to call Romney "anti-immigrant" is to call Rubio "anti-immigrant" as well. Rubio was defending himself today as much as he was defending Romney. Yesterday, he was simply responding to Gingrich's claim that Romney is just another Charlie Crist. Romney endorsed Rubio before Gingrich did, so Rubio must have felt obliged to speak up.

Note:  Former Governor Crist left the Republican Party when he couldn't win the nomination for Senate -- didn't do well in the general either.  As an independent and former Republican, he has connections all over Florida but his staffers from the past would be Republican.  Going after Charlie Crist in Florida is not the way to win this election.  I think Newt has some of the dumbest advisers or he is not listening.  I am not sure which but his strategy in Florida is a mess.  Pandering to Hispanic voters on amnesty is stupid when you don't have a plan.  Promising some citizenship when joining the military is already a path to citizenship which obviously he didn't know.

The problem I see in this election is that the two leading candidates are as arrogant as they come and they think voters are stupid.  Newt took the wrong message from SC IMHO -- voters didn't want to be told who the nominee was going to be after three primaries so they decided to put a log in the road of Romney.  If we had better candidates, I would be willing to be the outcome of SC would have been different.

How did the Republican Party end up here?  That is a question that is being asked all over with many different answers.  What we really have is a group of former and current office holders who didn't want to run this time for a variety of reasons so we are stuck unless some miracle happens and we get an Open Convention or someone else gets in the race who many voters would welcome in the Republican Party both of which have pretty slim chances of happening.

Republicans are in the process of shooting themselves in the foot once again.  It is utterly amazing how many times the Republican Party has done this and frankly we need new leadership to keep from happening again.

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