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New York - Influential Jewish Billionaire, Throws Support To Marco Rubio For President

Published on: October 31, 2015 11:49 PM
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FILE -  A handout picture by the World Economic Forum (WEF) made available on 31 July 2014 shows Paul Singer, CEO of Elliott Management Corporation,  during the session 'Forum Debate. EPAFILE -  A handout picture by the World Economic Forum (WEF) made available on 31 July 2014 shows Paul Singer, CEO of Elliott Management Corporation,  during the session 'Forum Debate. EPA

New York - One of the wealthiest and most influential Republican donors is throwing his support behind the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the New York Times reported on Friday.

Billionaire New York investor Paul Singer sent a letter to dozens of other donors on Friday declaring his support for Rubio in a major blow to the struggling campaign of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the newspaper said. They are among the candidates seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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Asked by reporters in Iowa about Singer’s support, Rubio said: “When people donate to us, they buy into our agenda, and I’m glad that he has and it will help us with resources.” Rubio added: “Resources alone are not enough ... but we’re grateful to have his help, obviously.”

Rubio, Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and several other Republican candidates had eagerly sought Singer’s support, the Times said.

In the letter, Singer described Rubio as the only candidate who can “navigate this complex primary process, and still be in a position to defeat” Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in the November 2016 general election.

Singer gave more money to Republican candidates and causes last year than any donor in the country, the Times said, citing the Center for Responsive Politics.

He is courted by Republicans both for his willingness to give and for his network of fellow conservative donors, the newspaper reported.

The Times did not say how much Singer intended to donate to Rubio, who is coming off a strong debate performance on Wednesday night in Colorado.

Rubio is third behind businessman Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in a Real Clear Politics average of national opinion polls for the Republican race.

Bush, who is in fifth place in the polling and recently downsized his campaign staff, gave what is widely viewed as a lackluster performance in the debate.‎



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 Nov 01, 2015 at 01:48 AM Anonymous Says:

Jed Bush is just not making it.
He was very foolish to attack Rubio.
at first I liked Trump .. then I didn't and now I am once again liking him a lot.
He really says what he believes and that is truly refreshing.
Carson is a good man, a G-d fearing man and very bright.
Rubio is a good guy too and so is Cruz. What Cruz did last week at the debate earned him many points and it was truly refreshing to see these moderators get a tiny bit of what they deserved.

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 Nov 01, 2015 at 10:46 AM charliehall Says:

Rubio has very serious ethical problems. His personal finances have been such a disaster that he would not be given a security clearance for a low level job with a defense contractor. His response to questions regarding these issues is to deny that they exist.

And he got bored with being a US Senator. How do we know that he won't get bored with being US President?

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 Nov 01, 2015 at 08:21 PM bennyt Says:

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charliehall Says:

Rubio has very serious ethical problems. His personal finances have been such a disaster that he would not be given a security clearance for a low level job with a defense contractor. His response to questions regarding these issues is to deny that they exist.

And he got bored with being a US Senator. How do we know that he won't get bored with being US President?

If he does get bored, he can always play some golf with Obummer.

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 Nov 02, 2015 at 03:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Ah, yes, Paul "The Vulture" Singer. A man of the highest Jewish values. Singer runs a vulture fund, which buys distressed assets from impoverished nations and then sues to extract all of the money from them. How can one not appreciate the true Republican values of a man who makes sure that a debt is paid, even if it means that several million people don't get clean water or sufficient food as a result? I'm quite sure the Torah has an exception to allow Singer to keep the poor from eating from the corner of his field. After all, life is just not fun unless you own absolutely everything.

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