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5 Dubious Claims From the GOP Debate

Fact-checkers say welders don't make more than philosophers

(Newser) - As long as politicians keep speaking, fact-checkers will have work to do—and Tuesday night's Republican debate kept them as busy as ever. Some of the more dubious claims from the candidates, via the AP , the Washington Post , and the New York Times :
  1. Marco Rubio: "Welders make more
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Fact Checker: Rubio Critics Off Base Over Credit Card

'Washington Post' blog: 'So far, a mountain's been made out of molehill'

(Newser) - Marco Rubio is facing new scrutiny over his use of a corporate credit card issued by the Republican Party when he was a legislator in Florida, but he receives some good news on the matter today via the Fact Checker blog at the Washington Post . "Rubio's carefully worded... More »

Critics Hammer Marco Rubio on His Troubles With Money

For one, he apparently used GOP money to treat himself to a movie

(Newser) - Does Marco Rubio have the financial discipline to handle the US budget? That's the question critics from both parties are asking this week as the GOP presidential candidate's past financial decisions continue to make headlines. The Tampa Bay Times reports Rubio "routinely" made personal charges on a... More »

GOP Mega-Donor Picks Rubio

(Newser) - An ominous sign for the Jeb Bush campaign: Paul Singer, one of the Republican Party's key donors, has decided to support Marco Rubio instead. Singer—who was the GOP's biggest donor last year and raised $3 million for Mitt Romney in 2012—praised Rubio in a message to... More »

Leaked Bush Document Says Rubio Is 'Risky Bet'

It also cryptically refers to some skeletons in Rubio's closet

(Newser) - The Jeb Bush campaign threw some major shade at opponent Marco Rubio in a PowerPoint presentation for donors obtained by US News & World Report . The campaign met with donors Monday in Houston hoping to reassure them that Bush isn't as doomed as he may appear. (That perception got... More »

2 Good, Young Leaders May Save the GOP

This is the 'Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio moment,' says David Brooks

(Newser) - The last few years haven't been kind to the Republican party, writes David Brooks in the New York Times , but he thinks the rise of two 40-something leaders is poised to change that. In a column headlined the "Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio Moment," Brooks labels Rubio... More »

Trump Trolls Rubio With Gift for His 'Sweating'

Rubio's response: 'I only sweat when it's hot'

(Newser) - You probably remember Marco Rubio's infamous water break during the Republican State of the Union response a few years back. So, apparently, does Donald Trump. Continuing his favorite pastime of picking on Rubio for his supposed frequent and heavy perspiration, Trump sent the fellow presidential candidate a care package... More »

Trump's Latest Target Is Fighting Back

Attack on Rubio earned boos from conservative crowd

(Newser) - At a summit yesterday, Donald Trump discovered a big difference between Marco Rubio and some of the other people he has bad-mouthed: A lot of conservatives like him. The crowd at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit booed after Trump called the senator as a "clown,"... More »

Why Jeb Bush Should Be the Next to Quit

Then Marco Rubio could take over, writes Matthew Yglesias

(Newser) - Now that Scott Walker has called it quits in the 2016 race, it's time Jeb Bush follows suit, writes Matthew Yglesias at Vox . Wait, isn't Bush a frontrunner with money coming out his ears? Yes, which is why you'd be more likely to see a unicorn than... More »

11 Candidates, 11 Lines: Debate's Standout Remarks

Including one about turning the TV off

(Newser) - Eleven candidates and three hours of debate: Which lines made an impression? A standout statement from each of tonight's GOP hopefuls, via CNN , the New York Times , and the Washington Post :
  • Donald Trump: "I would get along with [Assad]. I would get along with a lot of the
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Why Kasich-Rubio Is a Dream Ticket

National Review writer applies the 'Buckley rule'

(Newser) - If Republicans want to win the White House next year, they should root for a ticket with John Kasich as president and Marco Rubio as his running mate, writes Myra Adams at the National Review . Adams knows that Kasich will take a hit on the right for not being "... More »

NYT Thinks Rubio Is Lousy at Managing His Money

Says concerns over spending and debt came up in VP vetting with Romney

(Newser) - Last week, the New York Times dinged Marco Rubio over the 17 traffic tickets he and his wife have racked up over the years. Today, the paper takes a deeper dive into how the senator and would-be president manages his personal finances—and is not impressed. "Among the serious... More »

Rubios' Traffic Ticket Total: 17

Wife Jeannette has most of them

(Newser) - The Rubios have lead feet, apparently: The New York Times reports that Marco and his wife, Jeanette, have racked up a total of 17 driving infractions since 1997. In fairness to the senator, Jeanette has most of them, 13. The tickets cover everything from reckless driving to speeding to blowing... More »

Marco Rubio: I'm Running

Florida senator makes US presidential bid official

(Newser) - Marco Rubio officially announced his run for US president tonight before a crowd of hundreds at Miami's iconic Freedom Tower, the Miami Herald reports. "In many countries, the highest office in the land is reserved for the rich and powerful," said the 43-year-old son of Cuban immigrants.... More »

2 Names Rising on 2016 List: John Kerry, Marco Rubio

But Larry Sabato's 'Crystal Ball' still thinks it's Hillary vs. Jeb, for now

(Newser) - Political prognosticator Larry Sabato is out with an update of his Crystal Ball rankings of 2016 presidential candidates, and the top names remain Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush. But perhaps the most notable change is Sabato's addition of John Kerry to the Democratic mix. The secretary of state is... More »

Scott Walker a Big Hit at CPAC

And Jeb Bush holds his own

(Newser) - Today saw the conclusion of the Conservative Political Action Conference, a gathering which a GOP strategist calls "the starting gun of the Republican primary campaign," the Los Angeles Times reports. The event saw a number of possible candidates offer their pitches, and Scott Walker was among its stars:... More »

The 'Conservative Woodstock' Kicks Off

What to watch for at CPAC

(Newser) - The Conservative Political Action Conference—which Politico calls "the conservative Woodstock" and the Christian Science Monitor calls "the Super Bowl of conservative activism"—is currently under way in National Harbor, Md. What to watch for during the 41st annual CPAC—this one, Politico notes, is "the... More »

Rubio Won't Say Whether He Inhaled

Says it's a darned-if-you-say-you-did-darned-if-you-say-you-didn't question

(Newser) - Did Marco Rubio ever smoke pot? The Florida senator has an answer for that one, and it is a decided non-answer, reports Politico : "Here’s the problem with that question in American politics: If you say you did, suddenly there are all these people saying ‘Well, it’s... More »

Rubio Flip-Flops on Climate Change

He's taken plenty of positions in recent years: Ruth Marcus

(Newser) - Just what does Marco Rubio think about climate change? It's tough to tell, given the array of stances he's taken over the years, writes Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post . On Sunday, he said he didn't "believe that human activity is causing ... dramatic changes" to our... More »

Rubio: Climate Change Not Our Fault

Senator says he's ready for presidency

(Newser) - Humankind isn't to blame for climate change, according to Marco Rubio: "Climate is always evolving, and natural disasters have always existed," the senator said on ABC's This Week today. "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the... More »

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