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  •  So how do we defang Rubio? He's the GOP's biggest (2+ / 0-)
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    MattTX, MichaelNY

    advocate/future asset in FL, and if he can be contained...

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:50:23 AM PST

    •  One way is to identify and assist FL Latino dems (11+ / 0-)

      who can take Rubio down, rhetorically, among their own demographic -- arguing persuasively that Rubio's stances on the issues are hurtful to most Florida citizens including "you and your family."  I know my family members are more persuaded by an in-state voice they know and trust, than by external ad campaigns.

      Another is to nominate Hillary Clinton 2016.  She is HUGELY popular among Latino-Americans.

    •  Rubio's positions - anti-immigrant extremist (8+ / 0-)

      As recently as 2010 Rubio supported English Only legislation, supported the Arizona law, he opposed any path to citizenship for Dream Act kids, their kids, and all undocumented immigrants down to future generations.

      We can expect a flip flop on his extreme position on immigration reform so he can pander given what just happened on Nov. 6.   But his history shows his heart isn't in it.

      Regarding his positions on Cuba, right now he's on a big campaign to oppose Obama policies which loosen requirements on people to people travel to Cuba for cultural and academic interchange and to restrict Florida from doing any business whatsoever with any company big or small that does business in Cuba.  That may gain him points with the older generation of Cubans who left in the 60's, but it looses points with the younger generation of Cubans who want to pursue entrepreneurial trade and small business initiatives on the island.  Neither the Miami old-guard nor the Cuban government get any love from them for continually throwing barriers and red tape at their aspirations and desire to help their families survive economically.

    •  non-Cuban Latinos (3+ / 0-)
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      polecat, Zack from the SFV, MichaelNY

      largely dislike Cubans. I learned that shortly after moving down here two decades ago. People are quick to tell you their country of origin AND that they are not Cuban.

      Let the goopers stick Marco on a ticket. I'll have my popcorn ready.

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