Romney endorses Rubio…
Mitt endorses Rubio, finally! :0) I want pics…
NRO Corner has good interview and discussion of what MiM considers his imminent announcement of an Indy run:
…In recent days, rumors have swirled in Florida over whether Crist will abandon his primary campaign against Rubio, either to drop out or to run as an independent. Polls show Crist potentially beating Rubio as an independent candidate in a three-way race — so does Rubio want Crist to stay in the GOP primary? “I actually, to be quite frank, really don’t even think a lot about it in those terms,” Rubio says. “To me, the race is about going to Washington, D.C., standing up to Obama’s agenda, and offering an alternative. As far as I’m concerned, I’m the only one in this race that will do that. That’s why I got in it when no one thought I could win. Whether it’s Charlie Crist or Kendrick Meek (the probable Democratic nominee), both have been supporters of the Obama agenda, so the race doesn’t really change from my perspective. It’s still about the same things, and still I’m the only one in the race that will stand up to the Obama agenda and offer a clear alternative.”
Does Crist still have a place in the GOP? Romney says he does. “He has a place in the party, because he’s still in the primary,” he says. “I hope that he either continues in the primary, or, if he concludes that he does not want to remain in the primary, steps aside and helps to unite the party behind Marco Rubio.” And if Crist plays his cards right, Romney believes he will have a future in Republican politics. “Down the road, or in other spots, he may well find a place where he can make a real contribution. He helped to build the Republican party in Florida, and he certainly wouldn’t want to be one of those who want to detract from it.”..
Emphasis mine, I think that is Romney offering a nice spot to Charlie in ’12 or on his ’12 campaign staff if he will drop his Indy run…code for, hey if I get the primary spot in ’12 you won’t be on my coattails if you screw the party..but Crist is one of those with no loyalty whatsoever or he wouldn’t have pulled a ‘Bill Judas Richardson aka Arlen Benedict Specter’ on Rudy when he flipped his backing to MAC with no notice now would he?
Hotline reports that Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) called Gov. Charlie Crist to urge him not to run as an independent in the Florida Republican Senate primary. Crist did not answer the phone, and has reportedly not returned the call.
Gov. Charlie Crist is making two appearances in the Tampa Bay area Monday, including a stop at his high school alma mater.
Crist, praised by teachers for vetoing a controversial bill last week that sought to tie teacher pay to student performance, stops at St. Petersburg High at 12:30 p.m. The governor will address the school in the auditorium and may take questions from the audience, which will include students.
And here Rubio demonstrates how to handle the fact that Romney helped implement a UHC system in Mass, it is very simple and I do not understand all the flustered GOP speak about Romney not able to ‘defend’ it in ’12, don’t let Dems frame the topic, sheesh:
…Rubio has spent much of his campaign focused on health care. Is he a fan of Romney’s Massachusetts health-care plan? “It’s a work in progress,” Rubio says, speaking of the Bay State program.
“There are major distinctions between that and what Obama is trying to do in Washington. For one, it didn’t raise any taxes. Number two, it is not adding to our deficit. That is my biggest objection to Obamacare, although there are many others. My number-one objection to Obamacare is that we can’t afford it, even if it was the greatest idea in the world.”
“Florida and Massachusetts are very different places,” Rubio continues. “All I would say to you is that states were designed to be laboratories for creative thoughts and ideas. That’s what the Framers of our great republic intended. They wanted the states to be the places that came up with innovation and competition. And I’ll tell you what, if Massachusetts gets it wrong and Florida gets it right, people will move to Florida, and businesses will move to Florida, and vice versa. There are just major distinctions between what’s happening in Washington and what I hope states will do. Like I said, what I’m not in favor of is what Barack Obama has done, which is to raise taxes and add to the federal deficit in exchange of taking a step toward a single-payer system in America.”
Free and Strong America, Romney’s PAC, is contributing the maximum $5,000 allowed to Rubio’s campaign. In 2006, Romney, then head of the Republican Governors Association, traveled to Florida to support Crist’s gubernatorial candidacy with a $1 million check. In light of that history, Rubio says, Romney’s endorsement is “another boost” for his campaign….
Since people are all ‘wee weed up’ about how to handle MASS UHC in ’12 if Romney wins the primary, can I add I would like to vote for the Romney/Rubio ticket? Of course I am a recovering Dem without a voice in the GOP primary, but hey I am all on board with Mitt-Marco. The business saavy of Mitt, with his slightly squishy center on some social issues to keep we moderates, plus the rock solid fiscal conservatism of Marco and all he brings on social issues to the ticket for those on the right.
Win/Win AFAIAC, easy on the eyes too *cough cough* fundraising calendar GOP where is it? !