August 23, 2010


Rubio Veers from Tea Party Script

With Gov. Charlie Crist running as an independent in Florida's U.S. senate race, one-time Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio (R) is "facing intense competition for the moderate Republicans and independents who could be the keys to victory in one of the nation's most evenly divided states." Rubio is now breaking with some Tea Party orthodoxy, in an effort to show he is more than just an "insurgent protest candidate," the New York Times reports.

"His course bears little resemblance to those of other insurgent candidates, many of whom hope to ride a combative streak -- and little else -- to Washington. Mr. Rubio is increasingly trying to turn his candidacy into one built more on ideas than outrage, which is why he delivered three detailed speeches in the past week alone on education, veterans' affairs and retiree issues."










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