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GOP's best shot: Marco Rubio

Some might believe that if Jeb Bush can’t do it no one can, rescue the Republican Party from itself that is. Someone who has much less baggage, and has potential affinity with a broader base is Marco Rubio. As analyzed before, Rubio is a lot like Barack Obama in that he lacks real world experience outside government. He doesn’t have as blue-chip academic credentials as Obama, but he has affinity with some Latinos, maybe. He has moments when he demonstrates more compassion for social needs than his compatriots. That is essential to expanding his base and for Republicans to become electable on a national scale. The odds are against all Republicans for winning national elections because they cannot garner a plurality. News from The Hill is that Rubio is getting donations.

Marco Rubio, rescuing the Republican Party
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“Rubio’s donor base grows

By Bernie Becker

Sen. Marco Rubio hauled in a load of cash from Washington business interests during the first three months of the year, building out a donor network that could propel a White House run in 2016.

The Florida Republican’s Rubio Victory America and Reclaim America raised a combined $1.1 million in 2014’s first quarter, including donations from heavyweight lobbying firms like Capitol Counsel and BGR Government Affairs.
Other potential 2016 candidates tallied larger fundraising totals during that same time span.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), for instance, raised $1.6 million during 2014’s first quarter.
But Rubio’s extensive fundraising support from Washington’s business class could give him a leg up in the shadow money primary that has long been central to the presidential process.
“Over the time he's been in town, he's established a network of folks in the downtown community who would consider themselves Team Rubio,” said one longtime GOP fundraiser.
Rubio’s donor rolls read like a who’s who of the business community. In the first three months of the year, the PACs of corporate heavyweights such as Microsoft, American Airlines and Verizon have chipped in a donation.

Donations also came from a political action committee linked to the Koch Brothers and the chief executive of the Palm Restaurant Group.

Despite the show of support from the business community, Rubio is in the middle of the pack when it comes to possible 2016 contenders.

Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who have both indicated White House ambitions, are more popular than Rubio among the conservative grassroots.”

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America needs a viable two-party system, but it may take one or more political cycle to break from the dysfunctional rut in which we are all trapped at the moment. Put Rubio in the hopper of pioneers to the rescue.

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