For the “first time since Marco Rubio was elected in November, the junior U.S. Senator from Florida has been receiving national political buzz, and it seems to be spreading,” Fox News reports.
First, the so-called king of talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, declared this week that he wanted Marco Rubio to run for president, after his conservative push in the Senate to battle continuing resolutions as short-term answers to the budget battle.
“Marco Rubio says what is this continuing resolution crap?” Limbaugh said on his show. “I wish the guy would run for president.”
In Dr. Larry Sabato’s newly-released, and respected analysis of 2012 presidential prospects, the University of Virginia political science professor included Rubio into his report, placing the 39 year old in the second tier among possible GOP candidates, and in the same category as Newt Gingrich.
“[Rubio] is more likely to end up on the 2012 GOP ticket as vice president. It will be a shock if he is not on the eventual nominee’s shortlist. He’s got it all: high office from one of the premier swing mega-states, good looks and rhetorical flourish, and ethnic membership in arguably the most significant political group of the 21st century, Hispanics,” Sabato adds.
“He bristles at that stuff. A typical politician would believe all that hype, and start angling, but Marco sees it for what it is, if he doesn’t do job as a senator, he’s not gonna get re-elected,” The Rubio insider said to FOX News. “I have never seen anyone less fazed. It has zero impact.”