The Miami Sun Sentinel Nailed It
Rubio’s Hometown Newspaper
“WILL NOT ENDORSE HIM!”
And this is a few, and only a few, reasons why!
Why we can’t endorse Trump, Rubio, Cruz or Kasich
Tuesday March 8th 2016
If you think Marco Rubio can unite the Republican Party under a winning banner, vote for him.
But remember that he has almost no experience and has done little but run for office.
Then, when he gets in office, he doesn’t go to work very much.
He holds the worst attendance record in the U.S. Senate.
Because Rubio has failed to do his job as a senator, broken the promises he made to Floridians and backed away from his lone signature piece of legislation on immigration, we cannot endorse him for president.
Without question, Rubio has a great personal story and tremendous political skills.
He is smart and knows the issues beyond the talking points, no matter that one rote debate performance.
But Rubio is not the new-age Republican he claims to be.
His positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, immigration, gun control, government surveillance and Cuba are those of yesteryear.
And unlike Trump, Rubio is reliant on big donors who will expect big favors down the road.
Rubio’s strongest suit appears to be foreign policy, but his neoconservative views should give voters pause.
In an October interview about ISIS, for example, he advocated a no-fly zone over Syria that would take down any Russian jets there, too.
Asked if he thought a military conflict with Russia would scare the American people, he said,
“Sure. But the consequences of not doing anything would scare them even more.”
Let us be clear: war with Russia is the last thing this war-weary nation wants and it was alarming to hear Rubio so cavalierly roll the dice.
Fortunately, more considered minds from the U.S., Russia and other powers last month negotiated a cessation of hostilities in Syria’s civil war.
We recognize that Rubio and Ted Cruz are the party’s best shot at stopping Trump.
If Rubio can secure Florida’s winner-take-all primary, and certain other cards play out, perhaps Trump won’t cross the finish line and another candidate can emerge at a brokered convention.
But a vote for Rubio should be more than a protest vote.
Rubio lacks the experience, work ethic and gravitas needed to be president.
He has not earned your vote.