Sen. John McCain told his hometown newspaper, The Arizona Republic, that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would be a strong Republican presidential candidate should he run in 2016.
At the beginning of the year, tMcCain's comments would have been self-evident.But, now that Rubio and McCain helped pass an immigration-reform plan through the Senate, many conservative commentators have trashed the "amnesty" and, to a slightly lesser extent, Rubio. Some in Washington have begun writing Rubio off.
“I think it’s just foolish,” McCain told The Republic on Friday. “I’m not endorsing anyone, but I can tell you Marco Rubio is an articulate spokesperson for what conservatives believe in, in principle. And if we pass immigration reform, which is certainly not clear, he would get enormous credit for it.”