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Off the Dem reservation: Bill Richardson admits he's 'afraid' of Marco Rubio

Another Democrat's going off script.

This time, it's about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a vice-presidential shortlister who seemed to be fading from Mitt Romney's shorter list a few weeks ago. Since then, though, Romney's repeatedly invoked Rubio's story as the son of immigrants and now former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, has given Rubio what amounts to an endorsement by noting that the Cuban-American Republican would be a threat on a national ticket. That puts Richardson at odds with the liberal talking points, echoed by many in the northeast media, that Rubio isn't ready, etc.

Here's the Univision report:

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says that he is afraid of Marco Rubio’s ability to cut into President Obama’s Latino support. 

Richardson, a Mexican-American who ran against Obama in 2008 for the Democratic presidential nomination, said that the freshman Florida senator is one of the Republican Party’s fastest-rising stars who could make the GOP more appealing to Latino voters both in this election and in future ones.

“I like him. And yes, I’m afraid of him because I think he is an attractive politician, well prepared. And he is Cuban-American and to me that is positive,” Richardson said in an interview on Univision’s Al Punto. “Because I want all Hispanics in the Republican Party, in the Democratic Party, whether Latin Americans, Central Americans, Cubans, Mexicans, I want us to unite.”

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Tally Folly

Marco Rubio IS a scary politician spreading Backward Right Wing philosophies.

whasup

This is a Democratic Party subterfuge aimed to get Romney to choose Rubio for VP.

The Obama campaign already has the attack ads in the can against Rubio, and they know they can destroy him (and Romney) with them.

Those ads are more damaging than the ads the Dems can run against the other likely milquetoast VP candidates.

If Romney and the idiots running his campaign really are trying to lose the election, they'll take this bait.

Of course, Rubio being on the Romney ticket only has downsides for him, with no real upside, for his stronly rising political star.

Craig Quirolo

Hard liners like Rubio who are against opening up dialog and trade with Cuba had better heed the wake up call. When the #2 Castro announces that he is willing to sit down for discussions with us and within a week Russia announces plans for opening up navel facilities in Cuba, well, er, ummmmm..... how long does it take to add two and two? It's time for dialog, discussions, talk, gestures whatever you want to call it. Cuba should be our trade partner, friend, good neighbor and ally, not our enemy. Our so called political leaders in Washington ought to put their ideologies aside and actually think for a change. Rubio as VP would extend a cold war mentality toward Cuba and in essence insure that China and Russia set up shop 90 miles from our shore-line. War, fear and hardline thinking has been bankrupting us. Resolving issues, openness and trade creates prosperity. Hate costs us money peace makes us money.

pam

He's scared just as Obama was, as he blatantly showed it when FINALLY doing something immigration-related after Rubio's version of the DREAM Act gained attention
A Romney/Rubio ticket would get my vote.

mike

RUBIO ROMMNEY 2012

Louis Marchand

A Romney/Rubio ticket would get my vote and beat Obama.

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