How Rubio’s Campaign failed: Problems From the Start

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Mar 172016
 

If you read below it is clear Rubio is a man of little character .
Marco Rubio had all that you need in a Republican presidential candidate: fluency on the issues, a conservative outlook, crossover appeal as a Cuban-American, and youthful good looks. But in an election year when anyone associated with the Republican establishment is seen as tainted, Rubio ended his campaign after New York real estate mogul Donald Trump won the coveted primary, or nominating contest, in Rubio’s home state of Florida on Tuesday. “This may not have been the year for a hopeful and optimistic message about our future,” Rubio told supporters as he announced his decision.
How the 44-year-old U.S. senator got to this point is a story of miscalculations and missed opportunities, according to interviews with more than a dozen campaign officials, financial donors and Republican strategists.
Rubio attempted to position himself as a new-age Republican, the son of Cuban immigrants who was able to connect with everyday voters with tales of his hard-luck upbringing. He also tried to appeal to America’s growing Hispanic population to help boost his party’s chances of claiming victory in the Nov. 8 election.
He got off to a difficult start.
His advisers wanted to run a campaign where it made more sense to be on Fox News, a channel popular with Republicans, or on other cable networks and local broadcasters whose clips can go viral on social media, rather than spend a lot of time in small towns in Iowa and New Hampshire. The early nominating contests there often shape the narrative and direction of presidential elections.
So Rubio made a strategic gamble. He would try a different approach in those two states, strategists familiar with his campaign said. He would try to save time and money by making strategic stops in those states rather than carpet-bomb them with multiple visits.
‘HE COULD HAVE DONE IT’
It would be a break from the usual playbook of White House hopefuls that says candidates should saturate Iowa and New Hampshire with town halls and other events and aim for early wins to garner media coverage and campaign donations and build momentum.
Rubio’s gamble backfired. Republican activists in Iowa complained he was largely absent from the state for long stretches, not spending the face-to-face time necessary to sell himself. He only made an all-out push in the late stages of the race.
Throughout the campaign, Rubio has battled perceptions that he does not work hard enough. For other candidates running for president, a voting record in the Senate would be a minor issue. But for Rubio, missing votes on the Senate floor dovetailed with the narrative that was building on the trail. If he was not in the Senate and was not on the trail, where was he?
Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said Rubio faced more than $50 million in attacks ads. “Obviously that had a massive impact. I think we could have won Iowa had it not been for the more than $25 million in attacks spent on us in Iowa alone.”
Republican rival and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas tried to visit every Iowa county on a bus. Rubio tended to fly in and fly out. Polls showed he typically did better in metropolitan areas, not the hamlets than can often make or break candidates in early states.
Cruz won Iowa’s caucuses on Feb. 1 with Trump second. Rubio’s third-place finish was seen as something of a victory by his camp, but Republicans in the state were not so sure.
“He had a chance to win Iowa, said Jamie Johnson, a Republican activist in Iowa. As Johnson traveled the state ahead of the caucuses, voters often asked him when Rubio would visit their area, he said.
Iowans like being visited in their home county, he explained. If a presidential candidate wants to win in Iowa, then he must put in the shoe leather.
Rubio’s team said he had tended to campaign in major population centers in Iowa in order to get the most impact from the news media.
“I was very pleased with the campaign that we ran here and I thought the national team did a very good job and I had no complaints,” said Iowa state Senator Jack Whitver, who was the head of Rubio’s Iowa campaign.
NO-SHOW AT DINNERS
Rubio heard similar complaints in New Hampshire. He spent just 28 days campaigning there, about half as much as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and a fraction of the some 70 days that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich were there.
Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the state Republican Party, sought to hold meet-and-greet events at his home for each candidate. Candidates such as Bush and Kasich took him up on it. Rubio did not. Cullen eventually aligned himself with Kasich, who went on to finish second to Trump in the state.
There were a lot of opinion leaders – key endorsers who end up on a candidates delegate list – who were interested in Rubio but never got to meet him or have those small-group, private meetings that result in commitments,” Cullen said.
Renee Plummer, a real-estate developer and an influential conservative activist in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, who hosted more than 10 Republican candidates for intimate dinners with local leaders, said she tried to schedule Rubio three separate times to no avail. She eventually threw her support behind Christie.
‘LACK OF STATURE’
Rubio faced another problem: a perception that he could only muster well-worn talking points.
At a July 6, 2015, dinner at a Chicago steakhouse with reporters, he appeared relaxed and knowledgeable. But as the campaign intensified, that Rubio appeared less and less frequently, replaced by a candidate who seemed able only to deliver canned lines and talking points.
Christies campaign noticed. Days before the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary, Christie caught Rubio in repeat mode during a debate, calling him robotic and scripted. It affirmed some voters doubts that he lacked depth. Rubio never quite recovered.
“What happened to Marco in New Hampshire struck a responsive chord,” said John “Mac” Stipanovich, a prominent Florida lobbyist who first supported Bush and then switched to Rubio. “It crystallized that lack of stature.”
Trumps unrelenting dominance of the media spotlight made it hard for rivals to shine. But Rubio’s decision, starting with a debate in Houston on Feb. 25, to try to match Trump insult for insult was cited by voters as another wrong move. Rubio has since said he regretted the negative turn.
A campaign source said it was Rubio who made the ultimate decision to switch gears and attack Trump personally, motivated in part by a desire to win more media coverage. It worked. At a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday, he ruefully noted that when he was engaged in his war of insults with Trump, CNN and other networks carried his events live, something they had not done before.
That was, in a nutshell, the problem. Months of wall-to- wall news coverage of Trump decimated Rubio’s strategy of using free-media avenues.
“You can’t out-Trump Trump,” said Rubio supporter Jim Bundstein in Florida.
‘NOTHING BUT AMNESTY’
For some, the roots of Rubio‘s problems can be traced back further to an icy afternoon in Washington on Jan. 28, 2013. That is when he held a news conference with three Democratic senators and a Republican on Capitol Hill to launch immigration reforms.
The legislation, sponsored by what became known as a bipartisan Gang of Eight senators, would have created a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, but only if steps were taken to secure the U.S. southern border with Mexico and strengthen visa tracking.
Rubio had already faced conservative anger when flirting with immigration reform a year earlier, when he proposed a path to citizenship for young people who came to the country illegally but would join the military.
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter derided those ideas as “nothing but amnesty” for lawbreakers.
The Gang of Eight bill ran into similar resistance. As Rubio distanced himself from it, Hispanic groups faulted him for giving up.
In a Republican primary race where Trump has thrilled many conservatives by vowing to deport immigrants and build a wall on the Mexican border, Rubio’s involvement in the legislation and sudden abandonment of it haunted his 2016 campaign.
It was the centerpiece of attack ads by his rivals and the independent fundraising groups supporting them.
At a rally in Tampa, Florida, on Monday, Trump said of the senator: He’s weak on immigration. He’s very weak on amnesty. I don‘t know how he got elected.

Check Out What The Idiot Has Done.

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Mar 062016
 

I don’t care if you are Republican or Democrat, all red-blooded Americans should be concerned
Think we don’t have a problem?

MOSQUES IN FLORIDA………
Mosque Name Address City State Zip Contact
Al-Iman Mosque 500 Se 9th St . Belle Glade FL 33430 561-996-6411 g
Masjid Al-Hidaya 320 Charley E. Johns St . Blountstown FL 32424
Islamic Center of Boca Raton 3100 NW 5th Ave. Boca Raton FL 33431 561-395-7221
Alhuda Islamic Center
Florida Islamic Educational Center 831 E. Palmetto Park Rd. BocaRaton FL 33432 561-361-7033
American Islamic Center of Florida 807 N. Federal Hwy Boca Raton FL 33432 561-900-4330
Assalam Center of Boca Raton 1499 NW 4th Ave. Boca Raton FL 33432 561-391-8285
Bonita Springs Islamic Center 25221 Bernwood Dr. Unit 8 Bonita Springs FL 34135 239-821-3969
Al-Amin Center of Florida 8101 South Military Trail Boynton Beach FL 33436 551-859-2296
Islamic Center of Brandon 613 E. Morgan St . Brandon FL 33510 321-243-0693
Albanian Islamic Cultural Center 225 N. Fort Harrison Ave. Clearwater FL 33755
Bosnian Muslim Association 120 N. Main Ave. Clearwater FL 33765 727-466-6215
Islamic Center of Clermont 15128 Lost Lake Rd. Clermont FL 34711 407-267-8320
Islamic Center of South Lake County 1208 Bowman St. Sunnyside Plaza Clermont FL 34711
Nur Ul Islam Masjid
Nur Ul Islam of South Florida 10600 SW 59th St . Cooper City FL 33328 954-434-3855
Islamic Center of Daytona 347 S. Keach St . Daytona Beach FL 32114 386-252-3501
Masjid Al-Hakim
Islamic Society of Central Florida 1350 Gilpin Ct. Deltona FL 32725 386-860-9663
Masjid Al Salam 1218 New York Ave. Dunedin FL 34698 727-733-5090
Dar-E-Panjetan Center 5541 N. State Rd. 7 Fort Lauderdale FL 33319 954-328-3841
Musallah Assultan Salahuddin
Association of Islamic Charitable Projects 2820 Griffin Rd. Fort Lauderdale FL 33312 954-986-1373
Masjid Al Iman 2542 Franklin Park Dr. Nw Fort Lauderdale FL 33311 954-581-6295
Islamic Center of Broward 8658 Nw 44th St . Fort Lauderdale FL 33351 954-741-4214
Islamic Center for Peace 2056 Linhart Ave. Fort Myers FL 33901 239-671-1761
Masjid Ibrahim
Islamic Center of SW Florida 3337 Broadway St Fort Myers FL 33901 239-939-0292
Center for Islamic Culture Awareness 2371 Crawford St . Fort Myers FL 33901 941-332-7833
Islamic Center of Fort Pierce 1104 West Midway Rd Fort Pierce FL 34982 772-465-9200
Islamic Center of Fort Walton Beach 6-A Hollywood Blvd. Sw Fort Walton Beach FL 32548 850-664-0373
Masjid Tawhid 1557 Nw 5th St . Ft. Lauderdale FL 33311
Islamic Center of Muslim Friends
Muslim Friends of Florida 2181 N. Bridge Plaza Ft. Pierce FL 34950 772-462-0242
Hoda Center 5220 SW 13th St. Gainesville FL 32608 352-377-8080
Islamic Center of Gainesville 1010 W. University Ave Gainesville FL 32601 352-372-1980
Islamic Jaffaria Association 10554 Nw 132Nd St . Hialeah Gardens FL 33018 305-557-6835
Islamic Movement of Florida 3201 Nw 74th Ave. Hollywood FL 33024 954-894-9110
Masjid Al-Muttaqeen 1010 Sw 196 Ave. Hollywood FL 33029
Masjid Ul Mumineen 12850 Sw 268 St. Homestead FL 33032 305-246-5814
Islamic Community of Bosniak 2131 Art Museum Dr . Jacksonville FL 32207 904-683-8427
Masjid Al-Ansar 9801 Old Baymeadows Rd. Bldg 2 Apt. 17 Jacksonville FL 32256 904-997-9487
Masjid Al-Salaam 1625 N Pearl St . Jacksonville FL 32206 904-359-0980
Islamic Center of Ne Florida 2333 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S Jacksonville FL 32211 904-646-3462
Jacksonville Masjid of Al-Islam 2242 Commonwealth Ave Jacksonville FL 32209 904-387-6910
Masjid Al-Maalik 800 Emma St . Key West FL 33040 305-295-8350
Masjid Al Noor
Al Bir Islamic Association 3496 Polynesian Isle Blvd Kissimmee FL 34746 407-879-0807
Masjid Taqwa
Islamic Center of Osceola County 2417 N. Central Ave. Kissimmee FL 34741 407-944-4353
Masjid Assunah 1535 Pleasant Hill Rd. Kissimmee FL 34746 407-935-0337
Jaffaria Islamic Center 1500 Old Vineland Rd. Kissimmee FL 34746
Masjid Al-Bir
Al-Bir Islamic Association 4870 Old Tampa Hwy Kissimmee FL 34758 407-879-0807
Masjid Darul Uloom
Islamic Center of Kissimmee 2350 Old Vineland Rd Kissimmee FL 34746 407-390-1100
Masjid Aysha
Islamic Center of Lakeland 1161 Blossom Cir S Lakeland FL 33805 863-686-4713
Masjid Al-Hamza
Clearwater Dawah Center 560 Clearwater Largo Rd. N Largo FL 33770 727-585-9737
Leesburg Islamic Center 2201 Montclair St . Leesburg FL 34748 352-255-4708
Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen 3222 Holiday Springs Blvd Margate FL 33063 954-575-3872
Islamic Society of Brevard County 550 East Florida Ave. Melbourne FL 32901 321-984-4129
Masjid Al-Furqan
Islamic Center of Central Brevard 190 Grant Rd. Merritt Island FL 32953
Masjid Al-Ansar 5245 Nw 7th Ave Miami FL 33127 305-757-8741
Nigerian Islamic Society 2410 Nw 93Rd St . Miami FL 33147
American Muslim Assoc of North America 183 Ne 166th St. Miami FL 33162 305-945-0414
Ershad Center 6669 SW 59Th Place Miami FL 33025 305-661-2822
Masjid Al-Fayza 36 NE 3Rd Ave. Miami FL 33132 305-358-1268
Masjid An-Nour 11699 SW 147th Ave. Miami FL 33196 305-408-0400
Masjid Al-Ihsaan 10180 SW 168th St . Miami FL 33157 305-259-0042
Masjid Ibrahim 6301 NW 6th Ave. Miami FL 33150
Shamsuddin Masjid And Library 365 NE 167th St. Miami FL 33162 786-428-0005
Masjid Miami
Muslim Communities Assoc of South Florida 7350 NW 3Rd St Miami FL 33126 305-261-7622
Ummah of Miami 7904 West Dr. Unit 6 Miami Beach FL 33141
Masjid Al-Hijrah
Caribbean-American Islamic Association 6128 SW 27th St . Miramar FL 33023
Islamic Center of Naples 2520 Davel Blvd. 2Nd Fl. Unit E Naples FL 34104 239-732-7136
Islamic Center of New Port Richey 4715 Grand Blvd New Port Richey FL 34652 727-834-9200
Isalmic Center of Palm Beach 101 Castlewood Dr . North Palm Beach FL 33408 561-630-6899
Masjid Darul-Islam of Ocala 6915 Sr 40 Ocala FL 34482 352-873-9959
Masjidu Tazkiah
Foundation of Lights 120 Floral St. Ocoee FL 34761 407-592-5457
Miami Gardens Masjid
Muslim Communities Association of S. Florida 4305 Nw 183Rd St. Opa Locka FL 33055 305-624-5555
Islamic Center of Orange Park 116 Foxridge Rd. Orange Park FL 32065
Masjid Al-Quddus
Islamic Society of Central Florida 312 S. Paramore Ave Orlando FL 32807
Jama Masjid
Islamic Center of Orlando 11543 Ruby Lake Rd. Orlando FL 32836 407-238-2700
Masjid Al-Rahim
Islamic Society of Central Florida 4962 Old Winter Garden Rd. Orlando FL 32811 407-523-7882
Masjid Malik
Islamic Society of Central Florida 2018 Rouse Rd. Orlando FL 32817 407-277-0133
Islamic Education Center of Florida 2221 Harrell Rd. Orlando FL 32817 407-325-3647
Masjid Al-Rahman
Islamic Society of Central Florida 1089 N. Goldenrod Road Orlando FL 32807 407-273-7750
Masjid Al-HaqIslamic Society of Central Florida 545 W. Central Blvd. Orlando FL 32801 407-835-9600
Masjid Al-Aziz
Islamic Society of Central Florida 9501 Satellite Blvd. Suite 110 Orlando FL 32837
Bay County Islamic Society 3312 Token Rd. Panama City FL 32405 850-785-8085
Darul Uloom Masjid 7050 Pines Blvd Pembroke Pines FL 33024 954-963-9514
Al-Islam Dawah Center 1550 W. Barrancas Ave. Pensacola FL 32504 850-435-7238
Islamic Center of Northwest Florida 3445 E. Johnson Ave. Pensacola FL 32514
American Islamic Center 7400 62Nd Terrace North Pinellas Park FL 33781 727-520-6615
Bosnian Islamic Center 4255 73Rd Ave. N Pinellas Park FL 33781
Masjid Ebad Ar-Rahman
Islamic Society of Pinellas 9400 67th St. N Pinellas Park FL 33782 727-546-3162
Musala Asalam Islamic
Center of South Florida 507 NE 6th St . Pompano Beach FL 33030 954-946-2723
Islamic Community of SW Florida 25148 Harborview Rd. Port Charlotte FL 33980 941-625-8855
Masjid Al-Salam
Islamic Society of Central Florida 2917 S. Orlando Dr . Sanford FL 32773
Husseini Islamic Center 5211 Hester Ave. Sanford FL 32773
Islamic Society of Sarasota & Bradenton 4350 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd. Sarasota FL 34234 941-351-3393
Masjid Al-Jabbar
Islamic Society of Central Florida 5186 Shumacher Rd. Sebring FL 33872 386-860-9663
Islamic Center of Hernando County 6307 Barclay Ave. Spring Hill FL 34609
Islamic Center of St. Augustine 1760 Sr-207 St. Augustine FL 32084 904-826-1991
Masjid Al-Muminin 3762 18th Ave. South St. Petersburg FL 33707 727-327-8483
Masjid Al Sunnah
Islamic Society of St. Petersburg 2401 6th St. S St. Petersburg FL 33705
Stuart Masjid 2981 Se Dominica Terrace Stuart FL 34997
Islamic Foundation of South Florida 5457 Nw 108th Ave. Sunrise FL 33351 954-741-8130
Masjid Al Nahal 115 Bragg Dr .
This is just Florida !!

ALL OF A SUDDEN.
MESSAGE FROM A CONCERNED CITIZEN:

“Has everyone lost their ability to see what is happening in the USA? Think America! Before Obama, there was virtually no visible presence of Islam in America.
All of a sudden, Islam is taught in schools. All of a sudden, we must allow prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islamic prayer in schools and businesses.
All of a sudden, we must stop serving pork in public places and institutions.
All of a sudden, we are inundated with law suits by Muslims who are offended by America. (For God’s sake, they are IN America)
All of a sudden, we must allow burkas to be worn everywhere even though you have no idea who is covered up under them.
All of a sudden,Muslim training compounds are popping up throughout the USA.
All of a sudden, Muslims are suing employers for being expected to do their jobs.
All of a sudden, all of our aircraft carriers are recalled for maintenance by Obama rendering the Atlantic unsupported.
All of a sudden, our troops are withdrawn from the middle east.
All of a sudden, there is no money for American poor, disabled veterans, jobless Americans, hungry Americans, or displaced Americans, but there is endless money for Obama’s refugee programs.
All of a sudden, Obama fills the Federal Government with Muslims in key positions.
All of a sudden, there is an ammunition shortage in the USA.
All of a sudden, Americans are threatened by the Federal government for complaining about Muslims.
All of a sudden, the most important thing for Obama to do is disarm American Citizens.

Now, why is it so important for Obama to disarm America? Why?
Because a disarmed country is ripe for takeover by the Muslim Army that Obama has imported into the United States.
Nikita Krueschev, the Russian Dictator who visited the USA in the 1950s said the USA could never be occupied by any army because of it’s citizen Army.
Obama knows this fact and is doing everything within his power to disarm our Citizen Army.
If Obama can’t do it legally, he will abuse his power and take every gun from Americans because he knows he must do that to turn the USA over to Islam.
Be wary and watchful. Obama’s actions speak far beyond his words. Obama won’t even say the words “Islamic Terrorist”, WHY?”..

PLEASE POST ON YOUR PAGES AND PASS THIS MESSAGE TO FRIENDS AND FAMILIES.
GOD BLESS AMERICA. LET’S SEE WHAT WE ARE TRULY MADE OF.

Maureen Arrigale, Nature Coast 912 Group

Election Update

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Mar 052016
 

Trump’s rivals, who’ve tried just about everything to disrupt his juggernaut, can take comfort in one thing: The rules for Saturday’s round of voting make it easier for candidates to claim a share of the delegates than was true in some Super Tuesday states, when Trump rolled up seven wins to three for Cruz and one for Rubio.

Some states require candidates to get at least 20 percent of the vote to claim any delegates, but candidates in Kentucky must get just 5 percent of the statewide vote to get delegates, and in Kansas and Maine the bar is 10 percent. In Louisiana’s primary, there is no threshold to earn a portion of the delegates.

While that may offer some encouragement to the also-rans, it also probably doesn’t help to quickly clarify the race overall.

With the GOP race in chaos, establishment figures are frantically looking for any way to stop Trump, perhaps at a contested convention if none of the candidates can roll up the 1,237 delegates needed to snag the nomination. Going into Saturday’s voting, Trump led the field with 329 delegates. Cruz had 231, Rubio 110 and Kasich 25. In all, 155 GOP delegates are at stake in Saturday’s races.

On the Democratic side, Clinton is farther along than Trump on the march to her party’s nomination, outpacing Sanders with 1,066 delegates to his 432, including pledged superdelegates. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination. There are 109 at stake on Saturday.

In Louisiana, Clinton was hoping that strong support from the state’s sizable black population will give her a boost. Both Democrats have campaigned heavily in Nebraska and saturated the state with ads. In Kansas, Clinton has the backing of its former governor and onetime Health and Human Services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. Sanders held a pre-caucus rally in Kansas’ liberal bastion of Lawrence hoping to attract voters.

On the Republican side, Kentucky’s caucuses were tailor-made — and paid for — by a candidate who’s no longer in the race: home-state Sen. Rand Paul. The early March presidential caucus was created so Paul could run for president and re-election to the Senate without violating a state law banning candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in one day. Even though Paul is long gone from the presidential race, he’s still on the hook to pay $250,000 plus other expenses for a caucus that will choose between four people not named Paul.

Trump is the only one of the four to visit Kentucky, promising during a Louisville appearance that he’d lead a comeback for the state’s struggling coal industry.

All four candidates have spent time in Louisiana, where Cruz hopes for strong support from born-again Christians, but so far Trump has been siphoning a considerable share of evangelicals.

Trump’s “tapped into a level of frustration that transcends religiosity,” said Ed Chervenak, who heads the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center.

Trump and Cruz both campaigned in Maine in the past week, but Rubio skipped the state.