I’ll give Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) credit for one thing: by simply announcing that he is running for President, rather than the traditional, half-coy-but-not-really “exploratory committee,” he has pushed everybody else to do the same thing. Today was Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) turn:
Marco Rubio Kicks Off 2016 Campaign With Miami Speech
Cuban-American candidate rejects ‘leaders and ideas of the past’
By Patrick O’Connor | Updated April 13, 2015 7:01 p.m. ET
MIAMI—Florida Sen. Marco Rubio launched his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday, seeking to position himself as a next-generation GOP leader who can bridge the divide between the tea party and establishment wings of the party.
Citing his roots as the son of Cuban immigrants, Mr. Rubio, 43 years old, is presenting himself to Republican primary voters as the candidate best-equipped to convince the country that conservative ideas will boost lower- and middle-income Americans struggling to get a foothold in the quickly evolving economy.
In a primary bound to draw more than a dozen candidates, Mr. Rubio stands out for his potential to draw voters from many segments of the party, someone who can unite the tea-party activists who helped elect him to the Senate and a party establishment that groomed him before and after that race.
His candidacy will test Republicans’ appetite to nominate an aspirational figure in the mold of President Barack Obama, a relatively new face in the party looking to leapfrog other likely candidates who boast more experience, among them his onetime ally, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Mr. Rubio has become a prolific fundraiser, raking in more than $30.5 million since 2009, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which suggests he can bring in the sums needed to last through what is expected to be a long nominating process. While he doesn’t have the same deep pool of large-dollar donors that Mr. Bush has already locked up, Mr. Rubio’s early financial backers say he will have the money to compete, and his campaign plans to run a much leaner operation than those of his rivals.
One of the youngest of the likely GOP candidates, Mr. Rubio is casting himself as the party’s next generation of leadership, focused on the future. Throughout his political career, he has pitched himself as the product of the American Dream, the son of a bartender and hotel maid who has had opportunities he wouldn’t have had if his parents had stayed in their native Cuba.
More at the link.
One thing disappoints me about the referenced article: parts of it sound like cheerleading, and that’s not something I expect from the writers at The Wall Street Journal. Nevertheless, it is a factual article. The full transcript of his announcement can be found here, and his campaign website is marcorubio.com.
Senator Rubio is yet another good candidate for the GOP, but, as is the case with the other announced candidates, Senator Cruz and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), has little executive experience beyond running his own office. It’s not a good thing when the only announced Democratic candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-Hell), has more executive experience than her opponents, even though it’s clearly failed experience. I want to see a Governor run! I want to see someone who has actually balanced a budget tell us how he’s going to balance the federal budget. (After steadily shrinking due to the sequester, budget deficits are creeping up again.)
I am certainly not opposed to Mr Rubio’s candidacy, and I will certainly support him if he winds up winning the nomination, but, as I noted previously with the candidacies of Messrs Cruz and Paul, I am making no endorsements at this stage.
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