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Poll: Rubio Closing Gap on Trump in NH

'What a difference a caucus makes'

(Newser) - After months of enjoying a commanding lead in New Hampshire, is Donald Trump starting to falter just when it's time to close the deal? The latest Boston Globe /Suffolk University poll puts Trump still in the lead with 29%, but Marco Rubio is in second place and closing in... More »

Santorum Struggles to Name Rubio Accomplishment

He gets grilled on TV after his endorsement

(Newser) - Ouch. New non-candidate Rick Santorum may have endorsed Marco Rubio , but he's apparently not well versed on Rubio's work. While on MSNBC 's Morning Joe Thursday, co-host Joe Scarborough asked Santorum to name Rubio's "top accomplishment" in the Senate, reports Politico . Santorum balked. "The... More »

Trump: Iowa Result 'Could Have Been a Little Bit Better'

He says he's going to win New Hampshire

(Newser) - If Donald Trump was devastated by being mocked as a loser on Tuesday, he managed to hide it pretty well: He was in his usual form at a raucous rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday night where he laid into his rivals and portrayed the loss to Ted Cruz as... More »

Who Won, Lost GOP Debate

This could be curtains for Carson, pundits say

(Newser) - Thursday night's GOP debate in South Carolina may have been the last good chance for low-polling candidates to shake things up a little—but while it was a feisty affair, it was short on surprises, with front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz dominating. Here's what the pundits are... More »

Hot Election Topic: Marco Rubio's Heels

At least they aren't as high as Carly Fiorina's

(Newser) - In 2008, the country was fixated on Hillary Clinton's pantsuits. In 2016, the fashion focus of the election is, apparently, Marco Rubio's footwear. Rubio was spotted during a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Monday sporting slick, heeled boots that have caught the attention of everyone from Carly... More »

Winners, Losers From the GOP Debate

Trump scared off almost all of the competition

(Newser) - Republican candidates held their final debate of the year in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, and while there was no shortage of big lines , one of the night's strongest performances may have been too little, too late from a struggling candidate. Here's what the pundits are saying:
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CNN's GOP Debate Lineup: Good News for 2 Candidates

Christie returns as Paul saves himself

(Newser) - CNN has released the lineup for its debate Tuesday night in Sin City, and it's good news for two Republicans aspiring to sit in the Oval Office. Chris Christie, who failed to qualify for the main stage at Fox Business' debate last month, will make a return to... More »

Little-Known Rubio Move Threatens ObamaCare

Welcome to the wonky world of 'risk corridors'

(Newser) - Sure, lots of Republicans talk a good game about the need to torpedo ObamaCare, but Robert Pear at the New York Times explains that Marco Rubio is the only one to have actually made progress on the pledge—thanks to a relatively obscure amendment in last year's spending law.... More »

The Presidential Candidates' Favorite TV Shows

Donald Trump answers pretty much as expected

(Newser) - People takes an in-depth look at the presidential candidates in its new issue—OK, fine, what it actually delves into is the candidates' favorite breakfast foods and what their grandchildren call them. Below, from those who participated, answers to the question, "What's your favorite guilty pleasure TV... More »

Inside Rubio's 'Water Tic'

Politico devotes nearly 1,800 words to the topic

(Newser) - Marco Rubio somewhat infamously interrupted his 2013 State of the Union response to take a swig of water. It wasn't the first such notable sip by the Florida senator, and it's far from the last, reports Ben Schreckinger in a nearly 1,800-word Politico piece solely on Rubio'... More »

'The Doctor Sinks' in New Quinnipiac Poll

Ben Carson falls 7 points to 3rd place, with 16% to Trump's 27%

(Newser) - While nothing seems to be able to topple Donald "Teflon Don" Trump, Ben Carson isn't enjoying the same kind of luck. The former neurosurgeon plummeted 7 percentage points in a newly released Quinnipiac University poll , falling to third place with 16%, Politico reports. Meanwhile, Trump absorbed 3 points,... More »

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 »

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