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Marco Rubio at The Reagan Library

Marco Rubio at The Reagan Library

What a guy.  He not only saved Nancy Reagan when she was falling, he also gave a speech  on the role of government which should be remembered as the kick off of the Marco Rubio for President campaign, we just don’t know what year yet.

Update:  For what it’s worth, this is the 4000th post at Legal Insurrection.


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This guy is very impressive. I hope he ends up as the Republican VP, which will set him up for a presidential bid in 2020.

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Really appreciate the posting of the entire speech…had seen some clips but wanted to hear the entire context. Rubio comes across as very sincere and having arrived at his thoughts the old fashioned way…he actually had his own experiences, considered them and those around him…rather than sitting in a elitist college classroom and having them told to him.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | August 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

He’s tacking toward the center. His exceptional 2010 CPAC speech was similar to this one except that he focused exclusively on conservative principles: defense of the free enterprise system; need for smaller government; rejection of statism, strong national defense, need to reform the tax system, etc.

But at CPAC, he did not mention Social Security and Medicare. That’s new. It appears he is trying to broaden his appeal to be more attractive to moderates and independents.

You’re right. This is likely his presidential coming out speech.

Very impressive, as usual. I really like Marco Rubio; there is something about him that just screams “President.” I hope, however, that his repeated assertions that he will not be the VP nominee in 2012 come true. Why should he be consigned to that nothing job? Let him build an impressive track record in the Senate to match his impressive persona, and then let him run for the presidency, itself.

The guy is a phenom. All of his speeches are incredible. And if you didn’t get a bit choked up listening to this one last night – I’d be surprised. He expresses the way I feel about this country, something that had gotten lost in the last couple years. He says it clear, and proud and unafraid. I wish they’d included the Q&A at the end. His answer on the Tea Party was on the money.

I’d add that he is not the only one expressing this optimism and love of country – our Republican candidates, many of them also do – Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann… there is HOPE – it’s not a four letter word quite yet.

Marco Rubio is not a natural born citizen. Jeesh!

Just because THEY bent the rules does not mean we should. Come on, people!?!?! Are we a nations of laws or not?

OK, I understand under Obama we are not, but can’t we get back to what makes America great?

We have procedures to change the constitution, but ignoring it makes us no better than you know who!

I like Marco Rubio, too, and there’s lots of jobs he could do that do not call for NBC. The founding fathers put the requirement on President/Vice President for a reason.


    retire05 in reply to elspeth. | August 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Rubio was born in the U.S. and if the Democrats tried to question the legality of his “natural” birth, they would have to question the “natural” birth of every kid born to some “Aye, chihuahua” screaming illegal who managed to swim the Rio Grand just hours before dropping their offspring at an El Paso hospital.

Joan Of Argghh | August 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I owe you a double thanks today, Professor. First for your generous conference of the “Blog of the Day” honor, but second and mostly for posting this bit of awesomeness that is Marco Rubio.

I pray daily that God would raise up a Statesman for our national leadership. A true statesman. Sarah Palin might have seen the Chariot that took Reagan up to heaven, but Rubio grabbed the mantle and smote the waters with this speech with an allegorical, “Where is the Spirit of Reagan?”

How we feel ashamed when a leader comes along to remind us how far we’ve fallen! How we cry tears of relief when someone “finds us out” and reminds us who we were and can be again. What awful, wonderful joy we feel to be shaken back into the Real.

Truth is a lovely, lovely thing.

bob aka either orr | August 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Congratulations on reaching 4,000 posts, Professor. I’ve become a regular visitor and find your blogroll quite copacetic with my tendencies.
As for Sen. Rubio, God bless him. I would not be averse to drafting him for higher office, notwithstanding his relative inexperience. At least he had a track record of accomplishments in the Florida legislature, unlike the person currently holding 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue hostage.
Keep on, Mr. Jacobson. Keep on.

@Elspeth: I believe Rubio’s parents had “resident alien” status as refugees, making them “subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” when he was born. This would make him a “natural born” citizen under the 14th amendment. To be convinced otherwise, I would have to be shown they were not subject to US jurisdiction.

I truly do not understand the “Rubio for VP” talk.

Why would you delegate yourself to be a token Statesman when you’re the real deal?

If anyone had any doubt that the office of Vice President is a useless position, Biden is surely a stark reminder.

Cowboy Curtis | August 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I don’t want him as VP, now or later. Why sacrifice a top notch conservative senator in Florida in order to fill a non-critical post (hey, just because we got him doesn’t mean we’re going to get another to take his place)? I’d rather him be a TEA Party force in the Senate until he decides to run for president.

We’ve got lots of safe and bold choices to pick from for VP, why remove one of your best players from the game?

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall in reply to Cowboy Curtis. | August 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Because Florida is a swing state that has more electoral college votes (27) than every other state in the union except New York, Texas and California? And Rubio will help the GOP with hispanics, the fastest growing ethnic group in the country and whose support will be crucial for a GOP win? And if the GOP wins in 2012, then it sets Rubio up to be the front runner in 2020. If, god forbid, Obama gets re-elected, then Rubio still has his senate seat and will be well positioned to run for president in 2016.

    Strategically, Rubio for VP is a no brainer.

    Plus, Cheney proved that the VP does not have to be a ceremonial job if the president is willing to delegate and the VP is competent.

      Cowboy Curtis in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | August 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      I’m well aware of the demographics, I simply don’t think we need to play tokenism to win a state that leans right, and where Obama’s numbers continue to plummet. Hell, he only won the state by 3 points running against the worst candidate republicans have runs since Wendell Wilkie. Republicans have had super-majorities, or near super-majorities, in the legislature for over a decade. Every statewide office, save Nelson’s senate seat, is held by republicans, and a democrat hasn’t been in the Governor’s mansion since 1998. Everyone acts all snakebit about 2000, but the dems were running a continuation of the Clinton administration (who had north of 60% national approval ratings at the time) in what was still perceived as a roaring economy, back when democrats actually got elected to things here. Obama could only dream of such a scenario.

      Nor do I think hispanics are the monolithic group that black voters are. Mexicans and Dominicans aren’t going to shout “he’s one of us” in unison about a Cuban, and we’ve already got the Cuban vote.

      This guy is a White House bound rock star in the senate. Unless the party decides it simply cannot win without him, conservatives, and his presidential hopes, are all better off with him in the senate. He can still do all the ethnic outreach and what-all in the senate, but he’ll also be able to drive policy in the legislative house where conservative voices have long been sorely lacking.

Messes With Texas | August 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Congratulations on 4000 posts, Professor. Here’s to 40,000 more. These issues regading the meaning of natural born citizen keep coming up every generation. If I understand it correctly the Supreme Court has never directly addressed the issue in its entirety. Can Congress provide a remedy and define the term by legislation, or would there have to be a constitutional amendment defining the term?

My first awareness of Marco Rubio was a speech he gave in Atlanta, Georgia shortly after his senatorial announcement.

He was backed by Conservative warrior Sen Jim DeMint while the Establishment’s Ruling Class Republicans-who told Rubio that it wasn’t his time- were pushing ‘next-in-line’ Charlie Crist.

The most memorable line of his speech:

“I cannot believe I have to run as an insurgent Conservative in the Republican Party”

Sen Rubio, from the bottom of my American heart I thank you for ‘going rogue’, for taking on the Establishment Ruling Class Republicans who were determined to keep you out and many, many thanks for not selling out your Conservative principles after you won the seat.

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Becarefull what you wish for.Rubio is Jeb Bushe’s pet.

Does he speak Spanish?

He’s a candidate from central casting.

I like the frequent use of the term “sustainability.”

We need to use terms that the left can get their heads around … like “unsustainable.” They like to use sustainability/unsustainability only as a metric when the environment and natural resources are concerned. They need to see “sustainability” as a financial issue also.

Once that seeps into their consciousness … that many of these programs are on unsustainable trajectories … we then proceed to adopt another term they understand instinctively … and help them to understand many programs and much of government spending needs to be “aborted.”

Impressive! Both the 4000th post and Rubio. I do not see a teleprompter. Impressive!

BannedbytheGuardian | August 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Americans are still very impressed by speeches & monuments to speeches etc. I did the DC thing but remember the rather cute Ranger guy -as a 20 year old I thought -“oh yeah babe talk some more’ I did notice the grammar was good in them that speech things but mostly I thought how well the hat sat on the Ranger’s head.

Rubio. Pretty nice looking. A bit of Senatorial eye candy.

Florida is an important state especially when/if the USA collapses. Got to get rid of those retirees back to the NE.

Not VP but maybe a leader for Florida in the new world a coming.