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Orford, NH - Rubio: Donald Trump Won't Be Republican Nominee

Published on: August 26, 2015 10:00 PM
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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with voters during a campaign stop at the VFW, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Littleton, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with voters during a campaign stop at the VFW, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Littleton, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Orford, NH - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says Donald Trump will not be the Republican presidential nominee because his message is not an optimistic one.

Rubio has largely shied away from taking on Trump, the billionaire businessman sitting atop polls of the Republican rivals.

In recent weeks, candidates such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have started to go head-to-head with Trump. Rubio’s criticisms Wednesday were measured, even when asked about Trump’s comment that Rubio is “disloyal” and “disrespectful” for running against Bush, who was Rubio’s mentor in Florida politics.

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“I think our nominee is going to be someone that embraces the future, that understands the opportunities before us, that’s optimistic but realistic about the challenges before us,” Rubio told reporters after a meet-and-greet event in New Hampshire’s North Country.

“I’m running for president, I’m not running against anybody,” Rubio said. “I’ll continue to talk about my message.”

Speaking to a small crowd outside an auto body shop in a town of roughly 1,200, Rubio focused largely on his message of ushering in a new era of prosperity. He also drew a contrast between his message and Trump’s, which centers on the slogan Make America Great Again.

“I understand what he’s trying to say,” Rubio said, “but I would remind him that America is great, and you know why I know America is great? Because ask yourself this question: Who would you trade places with?”

Rubio said: “The issue’s not that America isn’t great, the issue is that America has the chance to be greater.”

Trump’s rhetoric on immigration in particular has some Republicans worried about the party’s ability to attract support from Hispanic voters, pivotal in the general election. Rubio didn’t answer when asked whether Trump’s comments are hurting that effort.

“Ultimately the Republican Party will reach out to all voters based on who our nominee is, and I don’t believe Donald Trump will be our nominee,” he said.



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 Aug 26, 2015 at 10:29 PM zoifunny Says:

Rubio you're wrong. I think Americans are sick and tired of positive political gibberish! People want a leader that calls it as it is. Enough of this political garbage!

I do understand you Mr Rubio, why you chose to run on this slogan. That's because it's your only chance. You have nothing else to offer but talk, as did all our presidents since Reagan.

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 Aug 26, 2015 at 10:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Obviously he won't be the nominee but in the interim he will so weaken the other candidates that the Democratic nominee is certain to win the White House.

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 12:24 AM mr613 Says:

Establishment politicians are about to get their overture medicine fed to them!

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 01:01 AM Nycnyc Says:

Today's poll shows Trump leading at 40 percent
Rubio at a mere 4 percent.

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 04:42 AM SG11224 Says:

Reply to #3  
mr613 Says:

Establishment politicians are about to get their overture medicine fed to them!

Please start with Jerrold "the szlub" Nadler.

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 07:54 AM Eli Says:

Reply to #4  
Nycnyc Says:

Today's poll shows Trump leading at 40 percent
Rubio at a mere 4 percent.

Excuse me, Trump' s poll numbers mean that in a 16-man GOP field, nearly 65 percent of those Republicans polled prefer candidates other than him. Once some of those candidates begin dropping out, their support will go to peope like Rubio or Bush or even Kasich -- NOT Trump. Menawhile, polls show Trump would lose to just about any Democrat. Early polls are notoriously inaccurate; just ask President Newt Gingrich.

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 08:49 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Nycnyc Says:

Today's poll shows Trump leading at 40 percent
Rubio at a mere 4 percent.

The guy looks, talks and acts like a bullvon. At some point in the near term the novelty will wear off and even the Repubican right wing nutcases will realize they don't want an egotistical, arrogant and name-calling clown on the ballot. The media are making him the subject of a non-stop reality show and he is reveling in the attention. Beware when he implodes because the collateral damage to the GOP will be ugly and assure Hillary or Joe B is our next President. Once again, we will squander an opportunity to retake the WH

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 10:15 AM Kohen Says:

To #6- Eli- You are wrong, wrong, wrong! When Trump first announced that he was running, he was ridiculed and mocked by the news media, including the NY Daily News with a headline "the clown is running". Others lambasted him by stating that "he is not a serious candidate, and will never reveal his financial information". Now, every news organization in the USA, with rare exception, can't wait to interview Trump. His leads in the polls continue, and if the present trend continues, Trump will be successful in the presidential primaries this coming winter and spring. At this point, the question is not if he will receive the Republican nomination. His staff must put together an effective political organization in every state, including professional campaign managers, to decisively take on and defeat the Clinton political machine. I don't think that Hillary would stand a chance against a team of Donald Trump, and Dr. Ben Carson.

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 11:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

The guy looks, talks and acts like a bullvon. At some point in the near term the novelty will wear off and even the Repubican right wing nutcases will realize they don't want an egotistical, arrogant and name-calling clown on the ballot. The media are making him the subject of a non-stop reality show and he is reveling in the attention. Beware when he implodes because the collateral damage to the GOP will be ugly and assure Hillary or Joe B is our next President. Once again, we will squander an opportunity to retake the WH

"At some point in the near term the novelty will wear off and even the Repubican right wing nutcases will realize they don't want an egotistical, arrogant and name-calling clown on the ballot."

Well, if 'Republican right wing nutcases' includes the racists and white supremacists, your remark is not accurate. America’s most popular neo-Nazi website, the 'Daily Stormer,' has officially announced its support for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. From former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke on down, the proudly racist fringe of the American electorate supports Trump.

Trump's idea of mass deportation of Latinos (and who's next?) is exactly what the intolerant racists and bigots in this country want to hear from a Presidential candidate. While you may be right that other 'Repubican right wing nutcases will realize they don't want an egotistical, arrogant and name-calling clown on the ballot,' the white supremacists and neo-Nazis, not to mention many who post here on VIN, will stick to him like glue.

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 11:19 AM Rachel W. Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

The guy looks, talks and acts like a bullvon. At some point in the near term the novelty will wear off and even the Repubican right wing nutcases will realize they don't want an egotistical, arrogant and name-calling clown on the ballot. The media are making him the subject of a non-stop reality show and he is reveling in the attention. Beware when he implodes because the collateral damage to the GOP will be ugly and assure Hillary or Joe B is our next President. Once again, we will squander an opportunity to retake the WH

Well said.

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 12:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

The guy looks, talks and acts like a bullvon. At some point in the near term the novelty will wear off and even the Repubican right wing nutcases will realize they don't want an egotistical, arrogant and name-calling clown on the ballot. The media are making him the subject of a non-stop reality show and he is reveling in the attention. Beware when he implodes because the collateral damage to the GOP will be ugly and assure Hillary or Joe B is our next President. Once again, we will squander an opportunity to retake the WH

Are the selling odds for this in Las Vegas? I want to get in on it. I say Trump stays in the race as an independent and Hillary wins by default. You heard it hear first folks!

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 11:34 AM Eli Says:

Reply to #8  
Kohen Says:

To #6- Eli- You are wrong, wrong, wrong! When Trump first announced that he was running, he was ridiculed and mocked by the news media, including the NY Daily News with a headline "the clown is running". Others lambasted him by stating that "he is not a serious candidate, and will never reveal his financial information". Now, every news organization in the USA, with rare exception, can't wait to interview Trump. His leads in the polls continue, and if the present trend continues, Trump will be successful in the presidential primaries this coming winter and spring. At this point, the question is not if he will receive the Republican nomination. His staff must put together an effective political organization in every state, including professional campaign managers, to decisively take on and defeat the Clinton political machine. I don't think that Hillary would stand a chance against a team of Donald Trump, and Dr. Ben Carson.

You really don't know what you're talking about. The media cover him because they know he's a bovan who can say anything at any time and they don't want to miss it. Even now most Republicans say they'd never vote for Trump. Back in 2011 a large chunk of the GOP base was in love with Gingrich and Santorum and Perry (and even Herman Cain for a while!) and they were so sure one of them was on the way to the presidency. And your reference to Ben Carson shows how utterly unrealistic you're being. Ben Carson will never be on a Republican ticket, either as presidential or vice presidential candidate. His views on the issues are the right of most Americans (and way to the right of the phony Republican Trump) and Carson has no political savvy whatsoever. Just as I wouldn't want a politician to do surgery on me, I wouldn't want a physician who's never been elected anything in his life as president.

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM Chaim Says:

Reply to #6  
Eli Says:

Excuse me, Trump' s poll numbers mean that in a 16-man GOP field, nearly 65 percent of those Republicans polled prefer candidates other than him. Once some of those candidates begin dropping out, their support will go to peope like Rubio or Bush or even Kasich -- NOT Trump. Menawhile, polls show Trump would lose to just about any Democrat. Early polls are notoriously inaccurate; just ask President Newt Gingrich.

At last a voice of sanity. And to add to your point about "President Gingrich" and the unreliability of early polls: At exactly this time in 2011, late August, 15 months before the presidential election, the Republican front-runner in a 10-man field was Rick Perry, with 29 percent! How did that work out for President Perry, all you Trump dittoheads who think these early polls mean anything? It's ironic and just a little distressing that many of the same people who've accused Obama of acting like a dictator or lacking the class a president should have are now so enthusiastic about this overgrown ignoramus named Trump who thinks insulting people and blurting out whatever comes into his head is somehow presidential.

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 05:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

The guy looks, talks and acts like a bullvon. At some point in the near term the novelty will wear off and even the Repubican right wing nutcases will realize they don't want an egotistical, arrogant and name-calling clown on the ballot. The media are making him the subject of a non-stop reality show and he is reveling in the attention. Beware when he implodes because the collateral damage to the GOP will be ugly and assure Hillary or Joe B is our next President. Once again, we will squander an opportunity to retake the WH

"Egotistical, arrogant, name calling," you say? Re-read your post; sounds like you're describing yourself!

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 05:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Eli Says:

You really don't know what you're talking about. The media cover him because they know he's a bovan who can say anything at any time and they don't want to miss it. Even now most Republicans say they'd never vote for Trump. Back in 2011 a large chunk of the GOP base was in love with Gingrich and Santorum and Perry (and even Herman Cain for a while!) and they were so sure one of them was on the way to the presidency. And your reference to Ben Carson shows how utterly unrealistic you're being. Ben Carson will never be on a Republican ticket, either as presidential or vice presidential candidate. His views on the issues are the right of most Americans (and way to the right of the phony Republican Trump) and Carson has no political savvy whatsoever. Just as I wouldn't want a politician to do surgery on me, I wouldn't want a physician who's never been elected anything in his life as president.

Oh but I'm sure you were just fine with the inexperience, do nothing (except harm the U.S. And Israel terribly) empty suit Obama! Liberals are the stupidest idiots on earth.

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 Aug 27, 2015 at 05:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Chaim Says:

At last a voice of sanity. And to add to your point about "President Gingrich" and the unreliability of early polls: At exactly this time in 2011, late August, 15 months before the presidential election, the Republican front-runner in a 10-man field was Rick Perry, with 29 percent! How did that work out for President Perry, all you Trump dittoheads who think these early polls mean anything? It's ironic and just a little distressing that many of the same people who've accused Obama of acting like a dictator or lacking the class a president should have are now so enthusiastic about this overgrown ignoramus named Trump who thinks insulting people and blurting out whatever comes into his head is somehow presidential.

You pathetic libs (and I'm sure all of you hiding behind the various names, ie. Chaim, Eli, anonymous, etc. are all one (very stupid) person. The rEason you're so angry and demeaning about Trump is because you're terrified, since you know he's going to win!

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