Sunday, October 24, 2010

Miami Herald Endorses Marco Rubio

This from the Miami Herald:

Mr. Rubio is not a flawless candidate. He has refused to release all records involving a Republican Party credit card, which he used at times for personal expenses when he was House leader.

Nevertheless, at 39, Mr. Rubio has the potential to be the kind of statesman Floridians can be proud to call a native son -- much like another conservative, former Sen. Connie Mack, who became a defender of Haitian immigrants’ rights and led bipartisan initiatives that doubled federal spending on bio-medical research.

Like a lot of voters, we’ve struggled with the choices in this race, and our pick may surprise some readers. We do not agree with many of Mr. Rubio’s positions -- certainly not the far-right stance he has taken on immigration or his position against healthcare reform.

Yet his persistence in taking on a popular governor 18 months ago to run for the U.S. Senate says something about Mr. Rubio’s passion to fix what’s wrong in Washington. At this critical juncture in the nation’s economy, Mr. Rubio offers a welcome dose of fiscal restraint. He has exhibited common sense on Social Security, where he proposes raising the retirement age as a way of keeping the program solvent. Neither Mr. Crist nor Mr. Meek has dared to make take such a clear stand.

Mr. Rubio has been the driving force in this race. His leadership skills were evident as House Speaker, but in Washington he will need to work across the aisle -- a virtue not abundant in Tallahassee. Smart and committed, Mr. Rubio can grow into a consensus-seeker in the Senate, benefiting all Floridians.

For U.S. Senate, The Miami Herald recommends MARCO RUBIO.

Quite surprising from The Miami Herald, indeed. Not known for its support of conservative candidates or politicians in office, it is refreshing to read this endorsement.

I have to admit, when Marco Rubio entered this race I was not particularly impressed. At the time, Crist seemed an acceptable Republican to support as the next Senator from Florida. Then, as time passed, Crist showed his true colors. he is wishy-washy on his principles and beliefs, to say the least. Then, as sore loser when polling went against a victory against Rubio in the Republican primary, he decided to remain in the race as an Independent, instead of gracefully exiting.

Rubio continues to grow into the challenge. He is poised and articulate in expressing his political will to go to Washington and do the right thing. He is young and hungry for change. His personal story is compelling. He has exceeded expectations from those of us who doubted his readiness.

Marco Rubio will be a breath of fresh air from Florida in the U.S. Senate.

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