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In the first CPAC conference since the 2012 Presidential election, Kentucky’s junior Senator, Rand Paul, took the honors as the winner of the annual straw poll. On the heels of his epic filibuster, Rand Paul addressed the group earlier in the week. Sen. Marco Rubio, like Paul, is being touted as a potential candidate for POTUS in 2016, took second in the straw poll.
Sen. Paul is showing a “principled” approach, as evidenced by his filibuster. Perhaps it is time for principle over party politics.
Ok, we all saw Senator Marco Rubio take the now famous sip of water during his response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Rubio even poked fun at himself by tweeting a picture of the bottle of water he drank out of. But now in true Rubio comedic form, (he thinks he is a comedian- let him think that, because some of us who know him know better) Rubio answered my email request for a statement on his sip of water from last night.
Here’s the text he just sent moments ag0-
“I don’t always respond to the president but, when I do, I drink water. Stay thirsty my friends.”-Senator Marco Rubio
Will someone please tell Rubio to stop using other people’s material? But then again, Rubio is “the most interesting man” in politics, so I guess he gets a pass.
The Rubio team is offering “water bottles” in exchange for “political contributions”!
Meanwhile, somewhere in Liberalville:
Well, well, well, it appears the Democrat party is beginning to lay the groundwork for their ‘great brown hope’ to possibly counter a Senator Marco Rubio 2016 presidential candidacy- this ‘hope’ rests in none other than San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Democrats featured Castro prominently at the 2012 Democratic National Convention to introduce him to the broader party in hopes that he would attract more Hispanics to the party.
After President Obama carried over 70% of Latino in the 2012 Presidential election, Castro would be a logical choice on the ticket to maintain that advantage. But it’s not been widely disclosed that Castro is only now learning Spanish, and his mentor in this venture is non other than my ex-girlfriend’s look-alike, Eva Longoria.
Longoria is reported to have sent Castro some ‘Se Habla Espanol’ tapes to help Castro learn Spanish. Yes, Julian Castro, who spoke ‘un poquito’ (a little) Spanish during his DNC convention address doesn’t speak Spanish- at least not yet. (Washington Free Beacon)
Thanks to the SHARK-TANK team!
Mitt Romney may be tight-lipped about his vice presidential short list, warning that only he and longtime aide Beth Myers know who is on it, but a close examination of the campaign’s activity suggests four contenders have risen through the ranks: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may be considered wild cards, and Romney has said he’s thoroughly vetting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, though the first-term lawmaker’s status appears unchanged.
I will expect that our frequent commentor, Historian Dude, will state that Senator Marco Rubio meets the Constitutional eligibility requirements to serve this great Nation as a Vice President , and ultimately, as the Nation’s first President of Hispanic heritage. After all, the Historian Dude has argued that Barack Obama, born in Hawaii to a British subject, and thus having dual-citizenship, is entitled to be POTUS.
But from American Thinker, the Rubio eligibility is a bit muddied:
Marco Rubio is on most short lists for the Republican vice presidential nomination. The principal objection many conservatives have is whether Rubio is constitutionally eligible. How should we view this issue? At the outset, we need to dispose of the idea that the Constitution contemplates political parties nominating candidates to run for president or vice president. It does not.
In a discussion with the smarter part of the JAMES family, despite our support of Sen. Rubio, it was argued that though he was born here, his parents were not yet citizens (same applies to Gov. Jindal), and thus Rubio is not eligible to be President based on prior interpretations, and the application of Vittal’s Law of Nations. As a underscoring point to this, it was stated to JAMES that the Muslim cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, was born here in the United States to Yemeni parents attending school here. Do we want to say that he is eligible to be the POTUS?
So, as we clarify the Constitution for a balanced-budget amendment, and put the election of the Senators back into the hands of the State, should we also clarify the exact wording needed to fulfill the intent of our forefathers in prescribing that the POTUS be a natural-born citizen of this great country?