Will Jeb Push Rubio Aside?
ORLANDO — Soon to be the nation’s third largest state, Florida has never fielded a serious White House contender, unless you count Andy Jackson’s brief appointment as governor before eventually becoming president.
But now there are two Florida possibilities. Both are potential rivals for the 2016 Republican nomination. (But I’d say expect Jeb’s gang to crowd out Marco if Bush decides to run.)
Sen. Marco Rubio once spearheaded comprehensive immigration reform. Now he’s advocating a piecemeal approach because “if we stick to the position of all or nothing, we’re going to end up with nothing. … Rubio’s changing tactics reflect strenuous efforts to keep a foot in each of the warring camps of his party as he weighs a presidential bid. Is he an Obamacare-bashing tea-party hero who won’t budge from conservative principles, like his possible 2016 rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas? Or is he the pragmatic Republican legislator open to compromise with Democrats to chart public policy, a la New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie?” — National Journal’s Beth Reinhard
USA Today: Rubio’s switch on immigration not winning fans
National Post: “Jeb Bush talks education reform, the Tea Party, and his political future in Toronto speech … a speech that confirmed he is mulling a 2016 Republican presidential run. … More than most mooted presidential candidates, he was frank about his ambition to be Bush 45, a redeeming Holy Spirit to follow Father and Son.”
Jeb Bush (Jack Kemp Award Dinner, Washington DC, 10/28/2013):
We’re a center-right country, but conservatives won’t govern again soon unless we … get outside our comfort zones to listen. … We have strayed away from the politics of winning, from the politics of opportunity, and from achieving the governing needed to accomplish big things.” — Washington Examiner