Marco Rubio did a pretty good job in the Republican debate last week. He didn’t hurt himself in any way and when he had a chance to speak, he sounded strong and got applause.

Since then, two liberals have expressed fear of Rubio as a candidate and it seems real, not the type of fear liberals express for a weak candidate they secretly want to get the nomination.

First up is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews who claims that Rubio “terrifies” him.

Here’s what he says in the video below:

I’m sorry, I see this race going to Marco Rubio and it terrifies me. He’s the biggest hawk running, he’s a beautiful speaker, a very attractive young candidate who really knows how to spellbind. He’s the young new breath, he’s an Obama!

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Next up is CNN Democratic strategist Bakari Sellers who calls Rubio dangerous.

About a minute into this video, S.E. Cupp notes that Rubio had a good night at the debate. Sellers responds:

Marco Rubio scares me, he is a dangerous general election candidate. I mean dangerous as in, he could be the 45th president of the United States.

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Now that Scott Walker has exited the race, there’s been speculation about where his supporters will go. Marco Rubio is a likely destination.

Allahpundit of Hot Air:

I doubt Walker will endorse anytime soon — like his donors, he’s now in a position of needing to pick a winner too — but given all the nice things he’s had to say about Rubio, I’d assume he’s leaning that way. Or maybe he just won’t endorse at all and will wait for his inevitable appointment as Labor secretary by whoever the next Republican president is.

And Erick Erickson:

His donors were really, really unhappy with Walker’s staff and Walker’s performance and wanted something done.

I spent that night and the next day talking to some of Walker’s more prominent supporters. To a person, they were all for Rubio second and many of them were headed that way after Walker’s debate performance.

I suspect that will hold and many, though not all, of Walker’s donors will go with Marco Rubio next.

As Rubio said during the debate, he’s not running to retain his senate seat. Obviously, he’s in this race for the long haul.