Fox News on September 24, 2015, reported that things may be looking up for Marco Rubio in the race to become GOP presidential candidate. Though he’s struggled to break through the crowded, and loud, 2016 field after announcing his intention to run in April, there has been fresh buzz about his campaign since what many analysts saw as a stand-out performance at the Sept. 16 debate at the Reagan Library. Excerpts below:
A Fox News poll released late Wednesday showed Rubio and Carly Fiorina tied for third place on the GOP side, each with 9 percent, behind Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson.
…he seems to be benefiting the most from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to drop out of the race. The Wall Street Journal reported that Rubio will inherit about two-thirds of Walker’s big-donor fundraising apparatus, citing a member of Walker’s national finance committee.
A number of key staff, including Walker’s New Hampshire state co-chairman, already have joined Rubio’s campaign.
He is also beginning to pose a challenge to former front-runner and ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in their home state. A new Florida Atlantic University poll puts Rubio in second place, behind Donald Trump but in front of Bush.
However, so far, Rubio’s team has been cautious in getting carried away by recent good news.
“While it’s always nice to see people responding well to Marco, the truth is that polls at this stage of the race are not indicative of who will win,” Alex Conant, a spokesman for the Rubio campaign, told FoxNews.com, adding that there are still four months to go before the first primary contest.
However, as Rubio’s support and infrastructure expands, it seems unlikely he will be able to stay out of the spotlight for long. On Monday night, Trump took a shot at Rubio over his initial support and role in crafting the 2013 immigration reform bill, as well as his voting record in the Senate.
Trump also took a swing at Rubio’s alleged absenteeism in the Senate during the Reagan Library debate. And he’s still a target of Democrats.
It wasn’t the first time a critique of Rubio seemed to backfire. The New York Times was mocked in June for stories that reported on Rubio’s finances and speeding tickets.
Now, even some Democrats say Rubio could be a contender. “Presidential campaigns are — yes they’re about messaging and policy — but they’re also about symbolism, and what I think what Marco Rubio is doing is trying to present this positive image of an America that, in his belief we can all live in,” Basil Smikle Jr., executive director of the New York state Democratic Party told FoxNews.com LIVE.
While cautious, the Rubio camp is showing quiet optimism about their chances.
“We have a strategy to be first in February, and we’re on track to accomplishing that. Marco did very well in the first two debates, and it’s a good thing for our campaign that we have 10 more debates,” Conant said.
Comment: As a son of a Cuban immigrant Senator Rubio is very credible when he describes America as the land of opportunity. Rubio has also positioned himself as a foreign policy expert with a forward strategy for the United States. His warnings when it comes to the China threat and Obama’s mishandling of US China policy are important contributions.