What Do People In Cuba Think Of Marco Rubio?


In the mornings, elderly women gather in an empty lot alongside crumbling 19th century mansions for an exercise class. Restless men sit on stoops and smoke cigarettes.  A corner market displays a slaughtered pig, but only a few women line up to purchase pork, an expensive treat for Cubans.

It is the neighborhood where Marco Rubio’s family lived before they fled for better economic opportunities, Calle Maloja.  Cubans there said they had never heard of the politician, according to the International Business Times.

The IB Times claims that many Cubans are pretty sure they wouldn’t vote for him if they had the chance.  Why?

Nearly 60 years after the Rubio family fled Calle Maloja, residents make the most of their humble surroundings, writes the IB Times.  When told about Rubio’s presidential aspirations, many residents of Calle Maloja, who otherwise had never heard of the Miami lawmaker, expressed pride.

However, when told of Rubio’s position on keeping the Cuban embargo in place, many grew sour about the idea that he could become the leader of the United States.

“You like to hear that one of your own is going to be president,” said Yuniel Salazar, 41, who has lived here all his life. “But if he thinks that way, he shouldn’t be president. Haven’t we had enough of that?”

The Rubio family was one of many in the neighborhood.  Father Mario Rubio sold coffee to earn money here after his mother died when he was nine years old, according to his son’s many campaign speeches.

Naturalization papers and other official records revealed Mario and Oriales Rubio arrived in the United States in 1956, prior to the Castro revolution in ’59, but returned to Cuba several times after Castro came to power.

Also, Rubio will be in Ames, Iowa, Saturday morning for a “meet and greet,” and later will attend U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s “Roast & Ride” fundraiser in Boone, Iowa, writes the Des Moines Register.


Ouch: Will Rubio Be The Guy The Republican Party ‘Talks About’ But Never Elects?

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Recently, U.S. Senator from Florida Marco Rubio announced that he will run for U.S. President.

Ouch: The Majority Report discusses Rubio’s decision, and they claim he will be the guy “talked about” to entice the Latino community and put the party in a good light, but the right-wing will just choose two white guys anyway.

How GOP 2016ers Responded To Giuliani’s Comments That Obama Doesn’t Love America

Here is how the different Republican 2016 candidates responded to Giuliani’s assertion that Barack Obama doesn’t love his country, according to NBC News.

Bush: “Governor Bush doesn’t question President Obama’s motives. He does question President Obama’s disastrous policies.” – per Bush’s spokeswoman

Graham: “I have no doubt that he loves his country. I have no doubt that he’s a patriot. But his primary job as president of the United States is to defend this country and he’s failing miserably.” – to ABC

Jindal: “The gist of what Mayor Giuliani said — that the President has shown himself to be completely unable to speak the truth about the nature of the threats from these terrorists – is true,” Jindal said in a statement. “If you are looking for someone to condemn the mayor, look elsewhere.”

Paul: “I think it’s a mistake to question people’s motives. It’s one thing to disagree on policy.”

Rubio: “Democrats aren’t asked to answer every time Joe Biden says something embarrassing. So I don’t know why I should answer every time a Republican does. I will suffice it to say that I believe the president loves America. I just think his ideas are bad.

Walker: “Yeah, I mean, the mayor can speak for himself. I’m not going to comment on whether — what the president thinks or not. He can speak for himself as well. I’ll tell you, I love America.” – to CNBC.

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GOP Warns Iranian Nukes May Hit US Cities: Are They Serious?

A week ago, three presidential candidates talked to a roomful of wealthy donors at the Koch Brothers’ American Recovery Policy Forum in Palm Springs, California. The discussion underscored disagreement within the GOP over global affairs and national security.

Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul took part in a largely friendly, but occasionally fiery, panel at the event sponsored by Charles and David Koch.

The event was moderated by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, and marked the first time potential GOP contenders gathered on the same stage at the same time to talk about policy in 2015, a year that’s expected to see several candidates compete for the Republican nomination.

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The Koch Brothers’ American Recovery Policy Forum In Palm Springs

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According to Politico, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida offered an early glimpse of the GOP presidential primary debates at a forum Sunday in front of hundreds of donors affiliated with the Koch network.

They mainly focused their economic attacks on President Barack Obama while showcasing their own differences on foreign policy.

The three 2016 Republican presidential contenders laid out their arguments on issues such as the minimum wage, income inequality, tax reform and relations with Cuba at a resort in Palm Springs, California during the American Recovery Policy Forum, which was organized by Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce.

The group oversees the political operation created by the billionaire industrialist megadonors Charles and David Koch.

The forum was moderated by ABC’s Jonathan Karl and was part of the annual winter meeting of the Kochs’ political operation. It was live-streamed to the media, giving the public a first-time peek into the usually secretive event.

Chron.com:  “Cruz and his rivals, seated in couches and free from the clamor of a presidential debate, discussed Cuba policy, the need for a minimum wage and the successes and failures of Mitt Romney in a low-key back-and-forth in California. The trio sparred a bit over the need for the GOP to address income inequality, with Cruz saying it remained obvious that the widening gap demanded attention.”

The Washington Post:  “The panel, moderated by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, took place at a private meeting of wealthy donors hosted by Freedom Partners, a tax-exempt group that serves as the hub of a political network supported by Charles and David Koch and other conservative financiers. In a first, the organization shared a live Web stream of the event with news organizations.”

Oddly, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell seemed to shut down the debate on the Keystone XL and wrap up business in order to make time for the Koch meeting in California.


Sources: Marco Rubio Makes Moves Toward 2016 Presidential Run

Could the 2016 Republican presidential primary turn into a Florida fight?

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a potential GOP presidential candidate, responded to the announcement by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that Bush would “actively explore” running for president by saying, “Bush is someone I admire greatly,” he told ABC’s Jeff Zeleny.

“I think he’d be a very formidable candidate.”

Rubio declined to say whether he has spoken to Bush since his 2016 exploratory announcement, but said his decision wouldn’t be influenced by Bush’s.

“If you decide to run for President you do so because you want to be President, not you want to be president unless someone else wants to be president first,” Rubio said.

“I want to make my decision on the basis of where’s the best place for me to achieve our agenda to restore the American dream and that’s a decision we’re going to make.”

“We’ll make a decision in due course,” Rubio added.

However, ABC claims that a senior aide told ABC’s Jon Karl that his team has been instructed to move forward and he is moving closer to a presidential run in 2016

“He has told us to proceed as if he is running for president,” the aide said told Karl.

A Rubio aide confirmed to Breitbart News that the ABC News report was accurate, although the sunshine state senator has not made a final decision.

Already, Rubio has hired Anna Rogers, the current finance director for American Crossroads, to join his political action committee.  She is supposed to start on February 1.

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