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Newt-Rubio 2012? How Newt can beat Obama for the White House

Written on Thursday, January 26, 2012 by

Marco Rubio

I just finished watching the latest GOP debate in Jacksonville, Florida, moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Instead of picking apart the performance of the remaining four candidates–something that would be easy to do–I wanted to focus on something positive I saw in each one of them tonight.

Let’s start with Rick Santorum. When asked why his wife would make the best first lady, I found Rick’s answer to be the most authentic and the most compelling. Perhaps it is because I also have seven children and my wife is also my hero. Rick is unquestionably the most pro-life and pro-family candidate on stage. He lives and breathes family.

While Newt Gingrich has had better debates, I found his unofficial announcement of Florida Senator Marco Rubio as a running-mate to be very strategic. Republicans, as a whole, have not been very effective at courting the Hispanic vote. This is unfortunate as Hispanics are very Christian and pro-family and would make great Republicans if they were allowed to legally immigrate to our nation and become productive citizens (something the Left does not want them to do).

Should Newt become the Republican nominee, picking Marco Rubio as Vice President would secure the Hispanic vote and propel him to victory over Barack Obama. I can’t help but point out that Newt also had the best answer as to how specifically his faith would affect his Presidency.

Romney, for the first time, appeared truly Presidential. Despite attacks by the other three candidates, he seemed to rise above them at several points in the debate with ease. That’s all that I will say about Mitt.

Ron Paul, as usual, remained charming and independent. But it was his pledge to cut one trillion dollars in federal spending and reduce the power of the federal government that makes his campaign so attractive. The government has so over-stepped its Constitutional bounds, that it will take something this drastic to get our country back on track economically.

In conclusion, I want to encourage my fellow Republicans not to give up hope. Picking a nominee is a bloody but necessary process. Lord willing, we will eventually unify behind one of these men to defeat Barack Obama in November.

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  • RoBoTech

    Rubio isn’t Constitutionally eligible.
    NEITHER of his parents were Citizens when he was born.
    They were not naturalized until four years later.
    And I hope the Judge and Secretary of State in GA finally puts that meme to bed as of today.

    • Sapient



      Thomas Jefferson, “Follow the core principles of the Constitution and the knot will always untie itself.”

      “We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land nor, perhaps, the sun and stars. But there is a chart and a compass for us to study, to consult, and to obey. The chart is the Constitution.” — Daniel Webster

      Hmmm….seems to be a message there.
      God bless

    • June

      I agree with Daniel Webster that the knot will untie itself if we stay with the constituion. We have strayed away so far it needs a leader to bring it back.

    • Sapient


      Guess that’s why the wrote it down so there is no mistaking what it says. :)

      The rock solid plain words of the document are anathema to the lawless and tyrants.

      “How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!” –Samuel Adams, Father of the American Revolution. Letter to John Pitts (21 January 1776)

      Beware those who do so, not matter what their guise.

      God bless

    • daves

      Newt Gingrich says he is going to ignore court decisions that he doesn’t agree with.

    • BUD


    • Donald DeHoff

      Yes, June it is going to take a strong leader but even a stronger and more aware and outspoken citizenry. The Constitution needs some “tweeking”, mostly of a clarificaion type. Our Amendment procss is slow and clumsy but was so designed to prevent spontanious and spur of the moment “willy-nilly” changes. We also have to be very alert to prevent the overall tenor not be changed. Every differing group out there will be attmpting to change or Republic, Constitutional and freedon way of life. True, our form of government has some problems, but the “U.S.-of-A” has been the most successful social and politcal experiment in the history of the entire world. Our pressing problem is how to control the greed, graft, corruption and power issues that plague us, probably starting with single-term limits for both houses and the President. That alone would reduce those problems by about 80 percent and would also bring big business, unions and the wealthy into line. We also must get back to where the “people elect our leaders and not big money”. Yes, there is much more.

    • Carol

      I agree with Donald. Term limits are needed to cut down on the corruption in DC. Apparently the longer one is there, the less ethical they become. I would say 2 terms and you’re out, just so everyone there is not a newbie. Also, no paycheck, health care for life. They get those benefits only during the time they are in office – like the rest of us.

    • R.Cook

      James Madison warned us.
      “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”

    • awakenow

      RoBoTech, you beat me to it!

    • ZagoZana

      NEWT Greenwitch is one of the most flawed presidential candidates to ever run for office in more than 100 years! The next in line is RobMe. They are from a world more different from our than those you call the Hollywood elite.In Hollywood they can only make believe that they have magical powers. Your candidates can really take us into a game we shouldn’t be playing in a world that sees us as an imperial empire. Bush created and nurtured more enemies than any other president in history. Now CORPORATIONS ARE people? ROBME’S own owrds…
      BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID, of these misfits.

    • KM

      Bravo to RoBoTech,
      Finally someone else knows what I have been saying on many sites for months. Rubio is NOT ELIGIBLE! Being a member of Congress is as far as he can go.
      I agree with Sharon because I too have been folloeing his career for a few years and he does seem to be from a good family and have good prospects.However because on party put in someone ineligible does not mean that this is a right precedent the other party can follow.

    • Joe

      Marco Antonio Rubio was born in Miami, Florida on May 28, 1971, the second son and third child of Mario Rubio (1927–2010) and Oria Garcia (born 1931). His parents were Cubans who had emigrated to the United States in 1956 and were later naturalized as U.S. citizens in 1975.

    • daz

      You are wrong, the Supreme court in 1875 in Minor V Happersett defined “natural born citizen” as some one whose parent’S’ were citizens at the time of their birth. They based this on the founders meaning of Natural Born. It is a standing precedent. Rubio’s parents were cuban citizens when he was born. He is a native born but not ‘natural born’, thus ineligible because he cannot be president. The Ga. judge ruled today that Obama isnt eligible based on this precedent and he will not be on the ballot in Ga. BTW Before you say he could be VP but not pres., the V.P. used to be the 2nd place finisher for President and thus the opposite party to the president.

    • Capt RCG

      Then why is the smoke still in the WH – if he is inelligible what is he doing there illegally – he is no different than a river swimmer from Mexico

    • V. Tomas

      I’m from Indiana and wish that Indiana would follow Georgia’s ruling that Obama is not elgible to be put on the ballot.

    • daves

      It is not based on what the founders meant because James Madison In a speech before the House of Representatives in May 1789 said:

      It is an established maxim, that birth is a criterion of allegiance. Birth, however, derives its force sometimes from place, and sometimes from parentage; but, in general place is the most certain criterion; it is what applies in the United States.

    • Johnnygard

      daz, “minor vs happersett” did not “define” natural born citizen as being from two American citizens. The ruling didn’t establish anything about two U.S. citizen parents being the ONLY way to be a natural born citizen. The court just said they agreed the woman was a NBC because they conceded that her parents were citizens. EXAMPLE: Not all of the people at an event have a ticket. The ticket means they are eligible to be at the event, but there are other legal ways to be there – security, TV crew, reporters etc. If a court said “Yes, he was at the event legally because he had a ticket”, that wouldn’t mean that only people with tickets were legally there.

    • Sonja

      Rubio is an ANCHOR BABY, no way would I ever trust him, he is just like obama a CON-ARTIST.

    • Benton Bain

      Rubio’s parents were not US citizens at the time of his birth, therefore he is not a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN as required by the Constitution.

    • still moral

      It doesn’t matter that Marco Rubio was born here. His parents were not. That makes him ineligible. That was decided by the Supreme Court many years ago. Natural born means your parents must also be born here.

    • Noble Owney

      The parents must both be US citizens, not necessarily natural born, for the child to be natural born. Had Rubio’s parents been naturalized prior to his birth, he would qualify.

    • Texas001

      Isn’t it ironic that we are discussing Rubio’s eligibility when the current POTUS was not and is not eligible? I guess we (conservatives) still believe in what the US Constitution says. On the other hand nobama don’t care.

    • Padremike

      It seems that the majority of people that care about the Constitution are “the conservative folks,” One thing we can say about the spirit of compromise is that the Progressives will compromise the Constitution in the blink of an eye to push their evil agenda. Finally, if Rubio is ineligible for VP then so is Obama and no one has yet to kick that crazy and evil man out of office.

    • http://yahoo Goatie

      The good state of Georgia is trying to take ovomit off of their ballot. He was supposed to be present in the Atlanta court yesterday, but didn’t show up. The rest of us need to do the same and he’ll be gone. Contact your state Attorney Generals about the matter and let’s get this done!

    • Christine

      Mitt Romney’s father was born in Mexico, are you saying he is ineligible?

    • Sapient

      THIS is precisely the reason the GOP will not challenge Obama’s eligibility. They have their own ineligible candidate.

      Thanks to all of you for standing up for the Constitution. The Supreme Law of the Land is the only way to combat lawlessness and dishonesty.

      Take the spirit of this from Martin Luther:

      “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” –Martin Luther.

    • Faith Martin

      It is not that Marco’s parents were not born here, it is that they were not citizens at the time of his birth. Any two citizen parents are fine whether they be naturalized or natural born, but they have to be citizens. To further the argument/discussion, they have to be born on US soil or to parents under the juridiction of the United States Government as in Sen McCain’s being born in Panama. Both of his parents were citizens stationed in Panama under the jurisdiction of the US Government.

    • Sapient

      Still Moral

      Love the handle. Check this out from Thomas Jefferson:

      “Where the principle of difference [between political parties] is as substantial and as strongly pronounced as between the republicans and the monocrats of our country, I hold it as honorable to take a firm and decided part and as immoral to pursue a middle line, as between the parties of honest men and rogues, into which every country is divided.” –Thomas Jefferson to William Branch Giles, 1795. ME 9:317

    • Greg B

      There is a Supreme Court Ruling of 1893 that says your parents MUST be Born American citizens to qualify to be President. Natural born is NOT enough!! Until that ruling, both Obama and, yes, Rubio DO NOT QUALIFY TO BE PRESIDENT. End of story!!

    • Jenny

      I agree with the Newt & Rubio ticket. I also agree with term limits for both Congress and the Senate and especially the President after the one we have now (which I did not vote for)! We all need to be praying for this election and for the USA. God bless us all.

    • Gail

      Rubio is not eligible as he is not natural born. He’s a great guy, but ineligible for the VP or presidency. His parents were not citizens when he was born, therefore he is not natural born.

    • Justwhistlingdixie

      For the love of God man,read the constitution or have someone read it and explain it to you, and also have someone who can communicate with you in your language explain what “a natural born citizen” means, maybe then you will undestand why Rubio and Obama are not eligible to be president or vice president of the United States. You must know that Cuba is not an American state. I’m not sure but I doubt that Rubio is even eligible to run for president of Cuba.

      Besides Rubio is not really a conservative, he proved that by voting for the NDAA bill, before he caught so much hell ,he backed away from it, but even then he was very wishy washy and merely said, someof it was too harsh and required changing before he would support it. He is a phony, but that is exactly who most of you self described conservatives vote for, the phoniest candidate on the ticket, and you do it over and over and over again.

    • Sonja

      You are correct, Rubio is an ANCHOR BABY, his parent WITH NOT citizens of America when he was born. I do not trust Rubio, he is another CON-ARTIST just like Obama. Appears people in our Country have not learned a lesson from their voting for Obama, they are being “brain washed” again. Rubio will always be for his “own” race over others.

    • Riverdweller

      His parents were not naturalized until he was about 4 years old.
      That means (probably)that he, as their child, was naturalized with them.
      He is considered as native born only. NOT natural born and NOT eligible to be in line for the Presidency..

    • Doris Carman

      Dont worry.If Rubio is not eligible the dems will be sure to start pointing it oput.

    • cheryl

      When they come to that conclusion they will have to conclude that Obama isn’t eligible either.

    • Justwhistlingdixie

      Are you serious. Why would the democrat communistwant to bring up the subject of eligibility requirements to become president or vice president. They are not as stupid as that, or not even as stupid as some of the self proclaimed conservativs on this site.
      Of couse maybe they are really European NeoConservatives, meaning they are not conservatives at all, they are socialistic liberals.

    • scarroll

      Rubio is awesome, but do not believe he meets the Natural Borne requirement…thus a cabinet position is all he could fill.

    • helocast

      You need to check your facts. Constitutionally and factually Senator Rubio is a citizen of the United States. The 14 Amendment states at Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. The Senator’s parents were NATURALIZED in the 1970s and he was BORN in the United States. Ergo…he is a citizen and eligible for any office in the Country!

    • Sapient

      That’s the rub isn’t it?
      The father was naturalized AFTER the son’s birth…hence, the son, born here is a citizen, but not a natural born citizen which requires two citizen parent.

      Anything less and the child of anyone who sneaks across our border is eligible.

      The point is divided loyalty. That loyalty takes time to develop for one’s home here, rather the “home” where they are not even a generation removed.

      The Constitution is the key. It can be changed, but ONLY by the processes it outlines, which takes a genuine move of the whole people, not whim or subterfuge.

      God bless

      “The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes – rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments. Alexander Hamilton letter to James Bayard, April, 1802

    • Sapient

      That’s the rub isn’t it?
      The father was naturalized AFTER the son’s birth…hence, the son, born here is a citizen, but not a natural born citizen which requires two citizen parent.

      Anything less and the child of anyone who sneaks across our border is eligible.

      The point is divided loyalty. That loyalty takes time to develop for one’s home here, rather the “home” where they are not even a generation removed.

      The Constitution is the key. It can be changed, but ONLY by the processes it outlines, which takes a genuine move of the whole people, not whim or subterfuge.

      God bless

      “The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes – rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.” Alexander Hamilton letter to James Bayard, April, 1802

    • Donald DeHoff

      “helocast”: Sir, you know not of what you speak. The correct response has been stated umpteen times thoughout the postings. This is the one of the exact problems we are having with our President—I sense you either have been “asleep at the switch” or you are “one of them”. I find no middle ground.

    • http://conservativebyte. Major

      RoBoTech you said before i had the chance Romney was a Jimmy Carter supporter so much for his conservatism,he should be on the bottom of the list he is already sounding like John McCain with his statement about the economy and Obama as McCain told during his campaign what a good guy Obama is.

    • Noble Owney

      It would be total folly at this time, when Obama is being proven not to be a natural born citizen, for the Republicans to pick another one to be Veep.

    • RoBoTech

      And that is the best answer today.
      And for ANY GOP POTUS candidate to actually say in public he wants Rubio as VP, is a kiss of death.
      REAL Conservatives do believe that the Constitution is the Rule of Law.
      Under the Constitution, Rubio is ineligible.
      And that statement about the 14th Amendment is hogwash. Sounds like someone needs to go back to school. T
      he 14th Amendment had NOTHING to do with the Constitution requirements for POTUS.
      I had another MOron say there were no NBC requirements for VP. There doesn’t have to be. Read the duties of the VP in the Constitution. One is to be 2nd in line for POTUS. If the VP had to do that, and has on several occasions in our History, if he is not eligible, then he cannot fulfill his duties. Simple as that.
      Also, Speaker of the House is 3rd. That means the Speaker MUST be eligible, too, or it goes to 4th in line, and so on.
      But VP is especially spelled out what the duties are.

    • Keith Sharp

      Rick Santorum’s father born in Italy, Mitt Romney’s father born in Mexico, Bobby Jindahl’s Parents both born in India. NONE OF THESE MEET THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS TO BE POTUS

    • Ann in Nebraska

      Keith, we must be especially careful in who the vice-presidential nominee is. There cannot be any more attempted violations of our Constitution. I don’t know who the nominee(s) will be, but we must be careful, very careful.

    • http://yahoo Goatie

      Santorum’s father became a citizen before he was born. Therefore, he is a natural born citizen.

    • Riverdweller

      Both of Romney’s parents were U.S.Citizens at the time of his birth and under the jurisdiction of/to the U.S..
      They were residing in Mexico but DID NOT give up their U.S.Citizenship.
      That makes him natural born.

    • Gail

      Santorum’s father became a US citizen before Rick was born, thus making Rick a natural born citizen.

      Romney’s father was born in Mexico, but he moved back to the US and was a US citizen LONG before Mitt was born, thus making Mitt a natural born citizen.

      Bobby Jindal is not a natural born citizen, as his parents had just arrived in the US from India right before he was born. They were still citizens of India, and Bobby was born on US soil. Therefore Bobby is native-born, but not natural born. His parents were not citizens.

      Just like Rubio……… Not natural born.

    • JAGGER

      How many times does it have to be said? The partents have to be CITIZENS at the time of childbirth…………they do not have to be BORN in the US. They DO have to be citizens, and the CHILD has to be born in the US.

    • Southern Bell

      We have to wait until February 5th now until the Georgia Lawyers get their briefs together and give them to the Judge. The lawyers brought up the forged birth certificate as well as the illegal social security number, of course Obamables’s lawyer was denying everything. I hope everything comes out and we CAN drop his name from the ballot, hopefully every other state will too!!

    • Capt RCG

      Why is he not being arrested – a bench warrant should be issued( should already have been issued) for failure to appear – if the average person were to disregard a subpoena he or she would immediately be in jail – obama cannot defend himself by stating it would be because he was working at the time – he was in campaign mode in Vegas

    • Bruce

      Failure to appear in a civil suit is not an “arrestable” offense, you just lose your case. And what is it you want?

    • Anne

      Finally, someone other than me realize Rubio is not eligible to be president! The vice president has to be able to become president if the elected president dies or not able to fulfill his obligations.

    • Southern Bell

      We now have to wait until February 5th for the Georgia Lawyers to get their Briefs together to give to the Judge. The lawyers did bring up Obamables fake birth certificate and false social security number, but of course Obamable’s lawyer was denying everything. Time can’t come soon enough to get rid of this fake. Hope WHEN Georgia wins the case, all of the other states will pull his name off their ballots TOO!!

    • Aristophanes

      all you people who are so worried about Rubio not being a natural born citizen – WHAT ABOUT OBOZO? Seems to me that obozo has been given a free ride for ineligibility; but, the possibility of a GOOD man being ineligible is making all of you apoplectic!!!
      obozo’s dad NEVER became a US citizen – h*ll I still doubt obozo was born in the U.S.!! And you people are going nuts because Rubio’s parents became citizens 4 years after he was born?!!! Why the double standards?
      wow – this is why I have serious qualms about my country. People like all of you.

    • Riverdweller

      It is not a double standard.
      The reason so many are going “nuts” is because they wish Rubio was Natural Born so that he could advance politically to V.P. or POTUS.
      However, he is doing ok as a Senator and Congress is the highest position he can be elected to.
      If/when he does not get re-elected to the Senate he will probably have quite a fine future politically in his home State.

    • Gail

      Obama has not been given a free ride. I’ve been protesting his lack of natural born status since before he was elected. He is not eligible to be president!!

      But neither is Rubio. I love Rubio, but he’s not a natural born citizen because his parents were not American citizens when he was born. The definition of natural born is a person born in the US to two citizen parents.

      Obama is not natural born and ineligible to be president, but Rubio is not eligible either.

      Just because the Democrats broke the law doesn’t mean it’s OK for Republicans to break the law.

      I think Democrats would LOVE for us to nominate Rubio because it would justify their election of Obama. But we’re not going to do it. We’re going to nominate only natural born citizens and we’re going to keep fighting to have Obama removed from the ballots as ineligible.

    • Sonja

      You are correct. I have seen Rubio on the O’Reilly show, really disgusted me as Bill O asked Rubio several times if he would accept being Vice President, Rubio just smiled & stated NO several times instead of stating NO, I can’t because I am an ANCHOR BABY, LMOA.

    • budman

      It sure didn’t stop the Democrats from vetting someone who may not even be a U.S. Citizen and one parent not a U.S. Citizen. So, it is okay for the Democrats but not the Republicans because they obey the law.
      They have someone in Florida who is just as popular with both the Latino and Black communities and that is Allen West who would most certainly win Florida for the Republicans.

    • Riverdweller

      NO, it is not ok for the Dems..But, they got away with putting their fraud candidate in our White House.
      Alan West would be a very good choice.

    • lew

      Rubio is a citizen because of his birth here. I believe that our current president had a father who never became a citizen.

    • Gail

      Rubio is a native-born citizen, but not a natural born citizen.

      Natural born means born in the US to two citizen parents. Rubio’s parents were not citizens when he was born, and therefore he is not natural born. He is not eligible to be president.

      Obama isn’t eligible either, and many of us have been fighting him since before he won the nomination. We were defeated in 2008 and our lawsuits were tossed out while this fraud has been president, but we are fighting to have him removed from the 2012 ballot.

      We cannot nominate an ineligible person like Rubio because it’s illegal. Plus the Democrats would love it because then they would be able to claim that if we think Rubio is eligible then that proves Obama is.

    • Victoria

      Barack Obama’s father wasn’t a citizen of the US but he was elected President.

    • Gail

      Yes, and it was illegal. Obama was NOT “Natural born,” which is a requirement for president. “Natural born” means born in the US to two citizen parents.

      the parents don’t have to be born in the US. THey merely have to become US citizens before the candidates is born. But the candidate must be born in the US.

      Natural born: born on the US to two citizen parents.

      Obama is not natural born, even if he was born in Hawaii, because his father was Kenyan. His father was never a US citizen. So Obama is an American, but is NOT a “natural born” American, and thus ineligible for president.

      Unfortunately, in 2008, people were so enamored with the notion of electing the first black president that they refused to listen to those of us who protested that Obama was not eligible. People even tried to sue in court that Obama couldn’t be on the ballot, but judges threw out the cases saying that the plaintiffs had no standing. One plaintiff was told by a judge that until Obama was elected, then there was no case. OK, so the plaintiff waited until after the election and then sued again. And the court told him that because the Chief Justice swore Obama in, that proves Obama was eligible, and he threw out the case!

      Obama is not natural born. A judge in Georgia is finally hearing the case. Now we need every state to take his name off the ballot.

    • cmvbih

      The real shame is that this guy won as a Tea Party candidate yet refuses to come out and declare he is unable to hold either prez or vp office because he is NOT a natural born citizen. And, of course, he voted FOR the NDAA.
      If he REALLY loved and respected America’s Law of the Land, he would say he is ineligible.

    • Donald DeHoff

      RoBoTRech. You are on he right track. The requirement for the parents also to be born in American was to reduce the possibility that a candidate for President would not have any allegience to any foreign country or to parents that might have an allegience to a foreign country. That not only makes sense, but it also should be applied to any position wherein an elected person could “evolve” into the presidency via the succession rules. It should also apply to all Senators, and Federal Judges. I also believe the rule should be expanded to reuire a candidate to be the born of both parents and grandparents also born in the U.S. The reason for this is some of the New World Order groups and the Muslim/islamic factions have very long-range goals and are willing to wait out these restrictions. Islam spokespersons have said, “next year or a hundred years from now”, they are going to take over this country and then the rest of the world—so we must be forever alert.

    • Donald DeHoff

      Unless Newt can vwey quickly come up with some clarification of his preference for Rubio as VP, it well could be his undoing. He is advocating a running mate that has the same disqualificaion issues that are facing our President—that is one large albatross to be hung around his neck.

    • Justwhistlingdixie

      I hope I am not alone in noticing just how many of these articles are being posted on the national tea party sites by the self proclaimed conservative authors, consant harping about Rubio or some other neocon either running for vice president or even president. They know they are not eligible to run, and that is exactly why they are doing it. It is how these communist swine get the public conditioned to accept lie’s for truth. They do the same thing on every tv news channel, and in every news paper in America.
      The author of the article knew that he was lying, and distributing lies as truth, but, that was his only objective. It was a lousy and absolutely useless piece of drivel as a story but, it allowedhim to put forth “the big lie” and let the idiots swallow it as being logical.

    • Larry Swicegood

      Neither was barak Obama eligible to be president, but some how he came up with a very questionable birth certificate. One might wonder why it took so long for him to put his certificate of birth out to the public. I would say when the truth finally comes out, and it will, Barak Obama will be the illegitimate American he always was. So for you to say Mark Rubio is not eligible to be Vice President when he was born in this country is like saying Barak Obama is a natural citizen of this country, when in essence he wasn’t even born here. So if being born in America makes you eligible, then Rubio is and Obama is not. If you’re going to use false information to keep Rubio out of the running to be Vice President, then you may want to forget about Rubio and go after Obama, unless of course it’s Obama you’re trying to protect. A true conservative would know the real truth. Rubio has not hid his heritage. Obama has.

    • Gail

      OBama is not eligible, and neither is Rubio.

      It doesn’t matter WHERE Obama was born. Even if he was born in Hawaii (which I doubt), his father was Kenyan. That means Obama is not natural born, which is the requirement for POTUS.

      Natural born: born in the US to two citizen parents.

      Obama’s father was Kenyan; he was never a citizen. So no matter where Obama was born, he is not eligible.

      Rubio is a great guy, but he’s not eligible either. He was born in the US, but his parents were not citizens. Yes, they did later gain citizenship, but they were not citizens when he was born and therefore he is not a Natural Born citizen of the US.

      We cannot select Rubio as our candidate for VP if we are going to pursue Obama’s ineligibility. We can’t say it’s OK for Rubio’s parents to be non-citizens but it’s not OK that OBama’s dad was a Kenyan. Can’t have it both ways.

      I with Rubio’s parents had become citizens before he was born, because then he would be eligible, and I’d be thrilled to vote for him.

    • BUD


    • Critterlady

      Go back and read the Constitution again. It does not say that the President or Vice President has to be born of two American Citizens. It states:”No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be elegible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.” Found in Article II, Section 1. of The Constitution of the United States.

      That is what all of the uproar is about Anchor Babies. Imagrants ( legal or illegal) can come into our country and have their babies and the babies are automatic Citizens of the US, even though their parents are not Citizens. They are still Natural Born Citizens.

      I am a Natural Born citizen of the USA and PROUD OF IT! My parents were both born in British Columbia, Canada. My father had dual citizenship for years as his Father and Mother were both born in the US and later on my Grandfather became a Canadian Citizen. My Mother was still a Canadian when I was born but was a Legal Imagrant to the US. Every Year she had to reapply for her Visa to remain in the States until she became a Naturalized Citizen of the USA. My brother, sister and I were ALL lucky enough to be able to witness her taking the Oath of Naturalization to become an American Citizen by CHOICE and not by birth.

      I’m PROUD to be an American Citizen and I AM A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN! I was born here, I did not imigrate here!

    • Riverdweller

      You are NOT a natural born Citizen.
      You are Native born because your mother was a citizen of another Country at the time of your birth.
      You need to get someone to explain to you the part of the Constitution that you referenced as it is quite clear that you do not understand it.

    • Gail

      Sorry ma’am, but you do not know what “natural born” means.

      When the Constitution was written, everyone knew that natural born meant that you were born in the US to two American citizen parents. If you read the records of the debates held when the Constitution was being ratified, you will find that actually, the Constitution originally said that to be president, one merely had to be a “citizen,” just like the requirement for senator and representative.

      But during the debates, it was pointed out that it was important for the president, the leader of the country, to be completely devoted to America. No divided loyalties! So the constitution was changed to its current wording: the president must be natural born, not merely a citizen, of the US. The reason? If the president was born in the US but his parents were citizens of some other country, then the president could easily have divided loyalties.

      Again, at the time our Constitution was written, everyone knew that “natural born” meant born in the US to two citizen parents.

      CritterLady, YOU are not natural born. If you were born in the US to Canadian parents, the you are merely NATIVE born, not NATURAL born. You are not eligible to become president.

      Rubio was born in the US to Cuban parents, This makes him native born, but not natural born. His parents later became citizens, but too late for Rubio to be eligible for the presidency. JUST LIKE YOU. You are merely native-born, not natural born, and you are 100% ineligible to be president.

    • ngoodnite

      If he is in fact not eligible, someone needs to be talking about it right now. Someone should be shouting to the rooftops that a Georgia court ruled Obama ineligible to be on the ballot for President. WHY is no one reporting this?

    • IllegalAlienPOTUS

      I will not vote for an ILLEGAL President.. My beliefs WILL NOT let me… Period.. I don’t care who it is are what the consequences. Because doing the right thing under God is way more important than doing the right thing for man….and these days, those lines are too blurred so I choose God and heaven!!!

  • Sapient

    Rubio is a great guy.

    Unfortunately, he is not Constitutionally eligible for either office, VPOTUS or POTUS.

    • Martin Ridens

      I can understand the writer of this article being oblivious to the simple fact that Rubio is not constitutionally elligible, but Newt Gingrich. Newt knows and he just doesn’t care wether Rubio is elligible or not and that speaks volumes about the kind of president he would be.

    • Ann in Nebraska

      Maybe so, Martin. Newt had better care or he’ll be shot down before he even gets to the starting gate. Rubio is a great guy. I have no problem with him at all. But he is not Constitutionally eligible to serve as either President or Vice-President. We cannot change what the Constitution says.

    • Aristophanes

      ann – THE CONSTITUTION HAS ALREADY BEEN IGNORED!! Obozo is president!! Double standards are the norm here!!! Personally, I think Rubio is eligible – far more than our current prez!! He is a natural born citizen (unlike obozo) and his parents did become citizens (and I do not see where them becoming citizens 4 years after his birth is relevant)- unlike obozo!! Quit criticizing conservatives and acting like you understand what the Constitution implies. You and I don’t; but, at least I admit it!!

    • Sapient

      Great Points…sort of.

      Unfortunately, Law is not relative…its absolute. A lessor wrong does not make it right, but only two wrongs.

      We will either be a nation of laws, including the Constitution, or we will be a nation of corruption. Pure and simple.

      “This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.” –Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

    • Gail

      Aristophanes, you may not see why it’s relevant that Rubio’s parents were not citizens when he was born, but our Founding Fathers certainly did.

      When the Constitution was written, the definition of “natural born” was a child born in the US to two citizen parents.

      The founders were very specific about this requirement for president because they did not want the president to have divided loyalties. If a president’s parents were citizens of some other country, how could the president be loyal only to the United States?

      Marco Rubio is a great guy, but his parents were not citizens when he was born, and therefore he is not natural born. It’s too bad, because I like Rubio. But he’s not eligible.

      Obama isn’t eligible either. His father was Kenyan, which means he was not natural born (even if he was born in Hawaii, which I doubt). Hopefully we can get his name removed from the 2012 ballot. They are working on it in Georgia and Arizona. It would be awesome if he is found ineligible.

    • Joe


      Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution sets the principal qualifications one must meet to be eligible to the office of president. A president must:

      be a natural born citizen of the United States;
      be at least thirty-five years old;
      have been a permanent resident in the United States for at least fourteen years.

      A person who meets the above qualifications is still disqualified from holding the office of president under any of the following conditions:

      Under the Twenty-second Amendment, no person can be elected president more than twice. The amendment also specifies that if any eligible person who serves as president or acting president for more than two years of a term for which some other eligible person was elected president, the former can only be elected president once. Scholars disagree whether anyone no longer eligible to be elected president could be elected vice president, pursuant to the qualifications set out under the Twelfth Amendment.

      Under Article I, Section 3, Clause 7, upon conviction in impeachment cases, the Senate has the option of disqualifying convicted individuals from holding other federal offices, including the presidency.

      Under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Constitution prohibits a person from becoming president who swore an oath to support the Constitution and later rebelled against the United States. However, the Congress, by a two-thirds vote of each house, can remove the disqualification.

    • Martin Ridens

      Ummm, I think it’s the natural born citizen thing that’s giving Rubio trouble.

    • Johnnygard

      We only have two kinds of citizens, Naturalized and Natural Born. If you were born in the U.S.A. and don’t owe allegiance to another country and you are “subject to the jurisdiction thereof”, you are eligible to become president.
      US Code Title 8 Section 1401
      Nationals and Citizens of the United States at birth.
      “The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:
      (a) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof;

    • Korean Vet

      Johnnygard–You still don’t understand the
      “Safe-guards” that the Forefathers placed in
      the Constitution-! Examples–If Hitler would
      have had an “American-Born” Mother & he’d
      been born in New York City-! (Don’t you see
      the Problem-!? It’s his German Father, who
      owes his ‘Allegiance’ to Germany-! This will
      void his Son from running for President-!(A
      “Conflict of Interest’ from either ‘Foreign-
      Born’ Parent-1) Another good example–It was
      well-known that General Cornwallis was a
      “woman-chaser” during the Revolutionary War
      (In Philadelphia’s British Occupation) Let’s
      pretend that he’d had an affair & that his
      Son was born in PA, & wanted to run for
      President later-! Again–what’s the problem-?
      Again–it’s his Father, who’s “Loyality” is
      “Pledged to England”–not the USA-! This is
      exactly the problem, the Colonial Fathers
      were trying to prevent–by having a “Triple
      Qualification” for Presidents to run for
      election-! You had 2 parents, ‘Legally-
      Married’–that both are U.S. Citizens & they
      have a Legal “Natural-Born Heir”–who is
      “Legally” qualified to “Inherit” their U.S.
      “Citizenship-Rights” from them & you’re born
      within U.S. Lands–then, (This is a “Natural-
      Born Citizen”-!) These Parents have ‘every-
      right’ to pass their “Citizenship-Rights” to
      their Children–without Further Questions-!
      “Inheritance Laws” were ‘very strong’ in those days-! “But you ‘Only’ get–what You
      are ‘Legally’ Given”-!

    • Anne

      Your parents are required to be citizens at the time of birth. This is the reason Obama is not eligible. Only his mother was a citizen.

    • Johnnygard

      Korean Vet, If Rubio’s parents were escaping Cuba, they sure weren’t giving Cuba their allegiance. He was born here and “subject to the jurisdiction thereof”, and one thing I can guarantee is, if Rubio wanted to run for Pres or VP and someone claimed he wasn’t eligible, it would make it to the Supreme Court. Nothing that you or I or anyone else points out would end the case, only the Supreme Court.
      Anne, where is it written that both of your parents have to be American citizens?

  • awakenow

    Marco Rubio is not qualified to be the president due to the fact that his parents were born in Cuba.

    In addition, even though Marco Rubio was born in Miami, he had both Cuban and U.S. citizenship because his parents were still not U.S. citizens at the time of their son’s birth in 1971.

    Rubio Sr. did not apply for naturalization until his son was 4-years-old … in 1975, four years after Marco Rubio was born.

    In order to be eligible for the presidency, that person must be a “natural born” citizen of parents who are also “natural born” … meaning born on U.S. soil and having only U.S. citizenship at birth.

    Marco Rubio, at birth, had dual citizenship … Cuban and U.S.

    Therefore, as Vice President, Rubio would not be eligible to assume the presidency should the President be unfit or unable to perform his/her duties.

    Article 1, Section 8 … United States Constitution.

    • Devil Dog, USMC DAV




    • KM

      A great fraud was perpetrated on the American electorate with Obama. Do you and others think that it is then okay to foist another ineligible candidate on the voters again? Two wrongs do not make a right. That is common sense; not “they did it so we can too”.

    • scarroll

      Sharon, We have been fighting over Obama not meeting the Natural Borne criteria, we can’t profess the Constitution only when it suits us. the Rule of Law applies to all of us; we would be no better than the left if we try to elect someone who does not meet our legal requirements, just because we like his views. Secretary of State, or another position is wide open for him.

    • FreeGeezer

      It does apply to the Imposter in Chief in the White House. I have said it until I’m blue in the face. No one seems to be listening. Most people are so focused on whether BHO was born in Hawaii or Kenya. I say, it doesn’t make any difference. Even if he was born in Hawaii, his father was not a citizen of the United States.

      In the plain and simple words of Article II Section 1 and Amendment XII of the Constitution of the United States.

    • daz

      It does today as a Ga. judge just ruled the Obama wont be on the ballot in Ga because he isnt natural born, please try and be better informed.

    • Ann in Nebraska

      daz, is that the ruling from Judge Malihi? That Obama will NOT be on the ballot in Georgia? If so, GREAT GREAT news! But we know this will absolutely be challenged in the SCOTUS, and they’re likely to rule for Obama.

    • Anne

      Thank You !!!!

    • Riverdweller

      Two people (from Georgia, the way their posts read) posted that the Judge’s ruling is due on FEBRUARY 5th.
      Let’s not jump the gun here. There has been nothing about a ruling on any of the sites that i have read so far today.

    • Ann in Nebraska

      Devil Dog, the great state of Georgia has/had three separate cases pending before Judge Mahili (I don’t know if I spelled his name right, but I’m close). California has at least one case pending. These cases all challenge Obama’s eligibility to be on the ballot because he has not proven that he is a natural born citizen of the United States of America. There were three hearings all scheduled for yesterday (Thursday) morning in the Judge’s Courtroom. Obama did not show up because he was doing an “interview” with Diane Sawyer of ABC News. daz (a fellow poster, see below) says that the Judge has ruled that Obama cannot be on the ballot in Georgia because he didn’t show up and present the required documentation. I have called the Secretary of State’s office in Nebraska with the intent of challenging Obama’s eligibility to appear on the Nebraska ballot when we have our primary in May. The man I am to talk with was “out of the office”, but is supposed to call me back on Tuesday. I intend to do whatever I need to do to challenge Obama’s eligibility in Nebraska. Certainly there are other states where his eligibility is or has been challenged. I don’t know how many or which states have cases currently pending, but I’m sure there’s more than just Georgia and California. Perhaps if more citizens in all the other states would challenge his eligibility, we could get his name removed from the ballot totally!

    • http://yahoo Goatie

      There is no sense to it. Ovomit is legally the president of the US. He was not vetted. That’s why we need to contact our state Attorney Generals and get him off of our state ballots.

    • http://yahoo Goatie

      Sorry…NOT legally the president.

    • D Alexander

      It doesn’t matter if Rubio would be the best qualified for the job. (I would vote for him!)What matters is that he IS constitutionally ineligible. Gingrich knows this. His sly announcement that he would court Rubio for VP was disingenuous at best. Do we want ANOTHER lying career politician in the WH, just because he claims to be conservative?

      He preaches the gospel of conservatism. His record screams the truth.

    • Lonnie W. Lynch

      It does apply, we just have a Congress that does not have the guts to enforce it !! either that or they themselves are so full of guilt of other things that they dare not try to enfore it !!!

    • Hornman2

      Therein lies the problem; It most definitely does apply to the current illegitimate President. Millions of us have been saying this for over 3 years; no one wanted to do anything about it. Simple answer; he’s black. Everyone looks at any criticism of any black as raciest. Nothing could be further from the truth; at least not since the late 60’s or early 70’s. I am a 67 year old white male that lived through all of the “hell” that was there during the days ending segregation. I can state unequivocally that I don’t give a damn what color a person is. If they are qualified to do the job, let them do it. The operative word here is qualified. My generation has seen, first hand, the many mistakes that were made during those times. The real travesty is the fraud that was perpetrated on a race of people that had been abused for many years simply because that were born black. They had their families destroyed, their dependency on the Government shoved down their throat, and last but not least; affirmative action pushed on them because they were told by the Party that they continue to keep in power; without us you can achieve nothing on your own. What a crock of shit. Most of us failed to think for ourselves and believed what we were told by our Parents and Grandparents; if your not white, you’re inferior.

    • Daniel from TN

      Corection!!! The parents do NOT have to be natural born for their child to be natural born. The Vattel Doctrine states that parents only have to be citizens at the time of the child’s birth. Its use as the definition of natural born is stated in the Happersett v Minor decision. In the mid-1800s Congress modified the definition of natural born to include one citizen parent and one non-citizen parent IF the non-citizen parent has already renounced citizenship in other countries AND officially started the naturalization process to become a US citizen at the time of the child’s birth: This situation also avoids dual citizenship on the part of the child. Little has been heard of this because there have been no court cases involving this definition.

    • Joe

      Chester A. Arthur (1829–1886), 21st president of the United States, was rumored to have been born in Canada

      Barry Goldwater (1909–1998) was born in Phoenix, in what was then the incorporated Arizona Territory of the United States

      George Romney (1907–1995), who ran for the Republican party presidential nomination in 1968, was born in Mexico to U.S. parents

      Lowell Weicker (born 1931), the former Connecticut senator, representative, and governor, entered the race for the Republican party nomination of 1980 but dropped out before voting in the primaries began. He was born in Paris, France to parents who were U.S. citizens

      John McCain (born 1936), who ran for the Republican party nomination in 2000 and was the Republican nominee in 2008, was born at Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama

    • Joe

      If you want to get technical, Al Gore was not born in the United States, he was born in Washington D.C which IS NOT a state. There was a question at one time as to whether he was eligible to serve in the senate

    • Critterlady

      Article I. 8. of the Constitution does NOT say that! READ IT! It is talking about what Congress shall have the Power to do and control. It says:” To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the SUBJECT OF BANKRUPTCIES THROUGHOUT THE UNTITES STATES.”!

  • mickey2

    That’s fine for you and Santorum but an awful lot are empty nesters, 60% divorce rate, so that sort of leaves a lot of sinners to Santorum. some leader of a diverse populace.

    Ron Paul with his that’s the churches, states, and individuals to decide, the fed has no business in it is the winner to me.

    Newt, didn’t he already commit a felony (?) by naming another name for VP?? And is Rubio Constitutionally qualified for VP???

    Are we just throwing the Constitution away with eligibility requirements for Prez and VP??? GA has a default decision on this today, I believe, over obama. Now the GOP just throws caution to the wind when it comes their time? What about Santorum and Romney, are they not to be vetted? They both state they are sons of immigrants.

    Newt, without much research, speaks a good game. Research, proves him to be exactly what he stated: Progressive.

    All the candiates from the 1st debate through today’s have come to lean, use his words, and now, finally, are giving credit to Ron Paul.

    Ron Paul won this debate, hands down. He connected with the audience.

    Immitation has its virtues, but having candidates come around to your way of thinking is a leader. It’s time this leader is recognized. This time we have it right.

    • Devil Dog, USMC DAV


    • Johnnygard

      “Newt, didn’t he already commit a felony (?) by naming another name for VP??” WOW!!! I’d love to see your explaination for that statement!

    • Johnnygard

      “Newt, didn’t he already commit a felony (?) by naming another name for VP??” What are you talking about?

    • Texas001

      I don’t even know what Ron Paul said in his answers. Today some of his “people” will translate it and say “what he meant was” and “he left out part”. I like some of his ideas but some are too far out.

    • Sapient

      Ron Paul is a real danger to our nation.

      Google “Ron Paul Voluntaryist” and see what you find.

      To say “I embrace voluntaryism” as he does, is to embrace a world view and political philosophy such as Republicanism, Socialism, etc. He embraces voluntaryism–the anarchist branch of the Libertarian Party.

      They outed him over at the Mises Institute. Caption to the video “Ron Paul is a Voluntaryist” reads:
      “In this video, using Ron Paul’s own words from his books and interviews, it is shown that Ron Paul’s goal is voluntaryism. He adopts limited-government positions and appeals to the U.S. Constitution as part of a long-term strategy for achieving a completely free society, absent any State.”

      So what? Take it from George Washington:

      “There is a natural and necessary progression from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of tyranny; and that arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness.” — George Washington Maxims

  • Jonathan Sampson

    Ron Paul is, in my sincere judgment, the only real hope we have. Newt and Mitt are both so unbelievably inconsistent. I’m fearful what else might come out in their futures.

    Santorum is far better than those two, but he has presented no plan to actual cut spending. In fact, the only “cuts” these guys have suggested are on spending increases. So they plan to cut 20% from our increases, that doesn’t actually provide us a net benefit.

    The other thing that worries me about Santorum is his desire to flex the American muscle. In a townhall meeting he called dead Iranian scientists a “wonderful thing.” This type of rhetoric is troubling.

    Ron Paul is consistent, conservative, Constitutional, and far more in touch with the message of Liberty than any of the other three. The only excuse I see for not voting Ron Paul is that “his foreign policy is dangerous,” but this shows a misunderstanding on their part.

    • Devil Dog, USMC DAV


    • Sapient

      Devil Dog
      See my comment above re Ron Paul the voluntaryist.

      Most people have never heard of that, but the had better start to find out what RP means when he says “I embrace voluntaryism.”

      That is a political philosophy just like Republicanism, socialism, etc. This one is the anarchist branch of the Libertarians. Its core beliefs come from anarcho capitalism, and a guy named Murray Rothbard–not the Founders, but anarchists.

      Just Google it and you’ll find more than you want.

      This is the Rosetta Stone for understanding what RP is talking about.

      He is more than strange.

      “In this video, using Ron Paul’s own words from his books and interviews, it is shown that Ron Paul’s goal is voluntaryism. He adopts limited-government positions and appeals to the U.S. Constitution as part of a long-term strategy for achieving a completely free society, absent any State.” –Graham Wright, Ron Paul is a Voluntaryist.

    • Daniel from TN

      Ron Paul is too old and his age is already affecting him mentally. Some of his beliefs and statements are evidence of this. We need a president who will have full mental faculties throughout his/her term(s) of office. We simply cannot be 100% certain this will be the case with Ron Paul.

    • Sapient

      Ron Paul lost it a long time ago. See below.

    • Sapient


      Reckon what those guys over at Mises Institute, founded by Ron Paul’s ex chief of staff Lew Rockwell, meant when they said of Ron Paul, in the caption to the video “Ron Paul is a Voluntaryist:”

      “In this video, using Ron Paul’s own words from his books and interviews, it is shown that Ron Paul’s goal is voluntaryism. He adopts limited-government positions and appeals to the U.S. Constitution as part of a long-term strategy for achieving a completely free society, absent any State.” –Graham Wright, Ron Paul is a Voluntaryist.

      These are his friends.

      Now that you know there is no need to call him a “Constitutionalist” any more, just stick to an-cap (anarcho capitalism) which is his real vision huh?

  • Babci Cathy

    I was so pleased to see that I am not alone in my appreciation of Senator Rubio and my absolute conviction that he is not eligible. Change the law if you like, but today, he is not eligible. The word needs to get out there. So many conservatives are screaming for him as VP…Rubio needs to say it out loud to put this to rest.

    • Daniel from TN

      Rubio has already stated several times he is not interested in being VP.

  • N N

    Doesn’t this also apply to Mitt???
    Shouldn’t this be a open book for Mitt?
    If there is any question shouldn’t it be cleared up?
    Or again the people who want him, will just not talk about it.
    And then the Pot Can’t call the Kettle Black?
    And then there is Nothing we can say any thing about OB Birth?

    How about Donald Trump for VP?
    How about Allen Keys for VP?



    • http://yahoo Goatie

      Allen West would be fantastic as Vp, as would be Michele Bachmann, or Herman Cain.

    • Sapient

      How about Allen West as a surprise, “in-your-face-GOP Elite,” election day, T Party, write in candidate.

      Can you imagine the convulsions?

    • Are you Serious

      Great !!!!

    • Gail

      No, this does not apply to Mitt Romney, because he was born in the United States to two citizen parents.

      Though his father was born in Mexico, he moved back to the US and was a US citizen when Mitt was born. And Mitt’s mother was a US citizen when he was born.

      This makes Mitt a Natural Born citizen.

      Mitt’s father, by the way, did run for president many years ago, and he was not eligible because he was born in Mexico.

    • Johnnygard

      Gail, I agreed with everything you said except the last sentence abou Mitt’s dad. He was born in Mexico to two American Citizens, and if he was the Gov of Michigan, he (by Mich. law) had to be a Natural Born American citizen. The State vetted him and said he was. But I wouldn’t bet much money that I’m right, so feel free to correct me – I’m not thin-skinned like Obummer.

  • Sharon

    Why the great concern over Rubio’s citizen-ship? Pres Obama is not a citizen as defined by the constitution as everyone knows but keep dancing around it! Even if Rubio could not become Pres if the event the President was unable to fulfill his duties, I am sure a strong Speaker could. I’ve had my eye on Rubio for quite sometime now and he is an outstanding young man and a very proud American. I would vote for a Rep ticket that includes him with no hesitation. I am a 71 y/o Conservation Evangelical Christian who strongly believes in and supports our Constitution. But, folks we are running out of options and hope for this great country. Newt knows very well now Rubio would enhance his run for the Pres. It is called POLITICS.

    • auntvick

      Ya’ll need to leave Rubio where he is. Where he can do some good. He needs some help in the Senate and let us see what he can do. He’s only been there for a year. We don’t need inexperienced people at this critical time,even if they are smooth talkers, Let’s see how he shakes out where he is. IMO Lt.Col. Allen West would be a much better choice. He is alot tougher and more mature. Or Newt could pick one of the other guys on the stage with him tonight. I know that doesn’t = hispanic votes. If the Ga. case against oblame ya’s eligibility to be on their ballot, keeps him off, it would also keep Newt/Rubio off,no?

    • Ann in Nebraska

      auntvick, I’d like very much to see Allen West’s name on the ballot, too! All around good guy. He’s got the brains and the mental toughness it will take to help get us out of the mess we’re in right now. I would absolutely support Allen West.

    • Smith

      Sharon, I too am very impressed with Rubio for many reasons. But….if we are to keep with the constitution he is not eligible to be Pres. therefore cannot be VP. I wish it weren’t so. But if Obama isnt eligible then Rubio can’t be eligible either. And Obama isn’t eligible! (as much as i would like to see him as VP)

    • Sapient


      Of course its called “Politics.” Its also called lawlessness, dishonest, etc.

      We are either going to be a nation where honest people would want to live and raise their families, or not.

      You simply do not do that by ignoring the law.

      Its one or the other.

      “Where the principle of difference [between political parties] is as substantial and as strongly pronounced as between the republicans and the monocrats of our country, I hold it as honorable to take a firm and decided part and as immoral to pursue a middle line, as between the parties of honest men and rogues, into which every country is divided.” –Thomas Jefferson to William Branch Giles, 1795. ME 9:317

    • Gail

      Sharon, I love Rubio, but the “great concern” over his citizenship is because WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS!! Rubio is not a natural born citizen and therefore ineligible to run for VP or for president.

      Just because we like him doesn’t mean we can break the supreme law of the land, the Constitution.


  • Molly

    I believe God is a God of second chances and I believe Newt, under God’s leadership, is the one we need right now to get our nation’s economy going strong again. He knows what to do and I believe he will turn it around much quicker than any of the other candidates.

  • Justwonderingwhy!

    Your right Sharon, we are running out of options. However, Rubio should stay in the Senate or even be placed into Speaker of the House. However, maybe Santorum, Palin, or even Allen West would be great as a VP! Newt, will be the best idea for President this election. He will keep America the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. However, he will need a great VP on the ticket and that will draw all others to the republican vote! Sometimes I think that Ron Paul my do well has the VP, too, just because he would help balance out Newt and help fight for a freer America!

    • Martin Ridens

      Newt wouldn’t want Ron Paul anywhere near the White House he plans to run.

  • James

    Of course Rubio is, under the constitution, not eligible to be president and thus is not eligible to be either vice president or speaker of the house. However, Newt is famous for ignoring the constitution. Like most leftist progressives, Newt simply can’t be bothered with constitutionality.

    • Johnnygard

      Not “under the Constitution”, only under some interpretations of the meaning of “natural born”.
      And if a person was born to two U.S. citizens, in the United States, but the mother had a Cesarean Section, would that be UN-natural and therefore make the baby ineligible for President? JUST KIDDING!!

    • Korean Vet

      Johnnygard–That’s a good thought–but not
      quite as accurate as this other Example-!
      –“It’s been rumored that certain ‘Human-
      Beings’ were ‘Hatched’ from extra-special American ‘Ostrich-Eggs’–But Scientists have
      ‘spooked’ this idea–by saying “Different-
      Species” cannot tolerate Being ‘Birds of the
      Same Feather’-like Crows & American Eagles”-!

  • SantaFeSteve

    Newt may well be nominated and be soundly trounced by Obama no matter how badly the economy is doing. The only difference between Obama and Newt is that Newt is a more clever scoundrel. Many who do not like Obama will find Newt even more repugnant.

    Perhaps after this defeat the Republican Party will think about governing all of the US not just the Right Wing but I doubt it. Face it, when it comes to politics, Republicans are not very bright.

  • Ruth

    NO!!! We DO NOT want the illegals to be given citizenship!! And the Hispanics are darn sure NOT going to vote for Republicans, when it is the left that is enabling them to be here!! That is totally backwards!!! They sick together and do not want to assimilate to us or become Americans, they want us to change for them and they will do as they please getting their own people in the government as fast as they can…NO AMNESTY for illegals!! You need to live in AZ…they are all over the place and DO NOT try to join in or help at all. All they do is make nasty statements about how poorly they are treated…what do they expect; they do not belong here, are not wanted here and are criminals…as far as Rubio and Newt, sounds like a good team!

  • daz

    Conservative my eye! People are pathetic, you talk about throwing Obama out in 2012 yet many are supporting Gingrich who cosponsored the Fairness doctrine, supports Amnesty by his own words recently, believes in manmade global warming, supports cap and trade. Supported TARP bailout, defended Romneycare and the mandate. He is a big govt globalist who said in his own book that the constitution served us well but the time has come for it to be replaced. He supported The Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. That law placed additional restrictions on our 2nd Amendment Right to possess a firearm. By the polls so many idiots have jumped on board to our demise. You started out with the only conservative , Bachmann, then jumped ship to Perry, then Cain, now Gingrich, now Santorum! Bachmann who proved for the last few years who side she is on as she has worked tirelessly for conservative causes in Congress, you rejected! If you really want to know what Newt stands for read this, it is well documented. I dont like any of them but am starting to lean toward Paul. At least i know he will cut govt down to size and get rid of the Fed, though he’s terrible on immigration.
    One of the main bulwarks of the Progressive Establishment is the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). For over twenty years since 1990, Newt Gingrich has been a member of the powerful Council on Foreign Relations. Since 1921 the CFR has been single mindedly dedicated to the goal of undermining our National Sovereignty in order to promote a One World Government.

    • Johnnygard

      daz, So many lies in the first few sentences, but I’ll address a couple. “Fairness doctrine (GIVE US THE EVIDENCE), supports Amnesty by his own words recently(HIS OWN WORDS WERE THAT HE WOULD NOT GIVE THEM AMNESTY), believes in manmade global warming(YOU ADDED THE WORD “MANMADE”).

  • Patrioticnut

    These comments are sort of funny, all of you are getting so riled about something that Newt didn’t say. Newt never said VP, he just said something more prestigious than a cabinet member, what he may have in mind is anyone’s guess. It is an interesting discussion but was all caused by the article writer’s ASSumption.

    • Lonnie W. Lynch

      You are so right !! seems that people do a lot of that sort of stuff…assuming things that is…

    • Johnnygard

      Patrioticnut, Currently there are about 161 comments here, and if everyone had read your statement before responding, we could have eliminated about 151 of those comments.

  • Windworker

    Brandon Vallorani,
    You are so far off the mark in pushing the notion of the esteemed Senator Rubio as a VPOTUS that you should give up journalism!

    • Bree

      Windworker your remarks are totally uncalled for. Brandon Vallorani is an excellent journalist coming from a family of esteemed writers. He has written a very unbiased and fair account of all the candidates and is not pushing anyone including Senator Marco Rubio. But even if he was, he has every right to do so as have all the other commentators on this blog from time to time. Brandon has intended to write a very positive reporting of each Candidate as he viewed the debates. Good job Brandon, well done! It’s such a shame that there are still those who will continue to bash anything or anyone who is not to their liking even if its positive and from our own side. Shame on them.

    • Bree

      My comment to you is in moderation but I hope it’s released soon.

  • Zeb Blanchard

    Judge Malihi entered a default judgement against Obama for not showing up in court or actually being represented in court as his attorneys didn’t show either. This will be issued on February 5th as a recommendation to the Secretary of State to remove Obama from the ballot. The SOS has indicated that he will comply with the recommendation. This will establish the precedent for other states to remove Obama from their ballot, as well.
    Leo Donefiro filed a 209 page amicus brief for this hearing in support of the natural born citizen mandate of the Constitution. The precedent and case law are clear that neither Obama nor Rubio are natural born citizens.
    Chester Arthur was not but was not found out until after he served.
    McCain is and was “validated” by S511 which affirmed that fact and that a president must be a natural born citizen. The bill was cosponsored by Senators Obama and Clinton.

    • Ann in Nebraska

      Zeb, I thank you very much and most sincerely for the great update on the case(s) in Georgia! I hadn’t heard anything – nothing – about what happened yesterday morning in Judge Malihi’s Courtroom. As I’m sure you’ve already read, I posted here earlier that I have called the Secretary of State’s office and the man I am to talk to is to call me back next Tuesday. I intend to ask him what I need to do to challenge Obama’s eligibility to be on the ballot in Nebraska. I hope other folks in other states are also challenging his eligibility.

    • Gail

      Thrilled about what’s giong on in Georgia, but not convinced that McCain was eligible either.

      He was eligible only if the territory in Panama belonged to the US. If it was considered US soil, then he was eligible. If it was Panamanian, then he was not technically Natural Born.

      I realize that a law was passed declaring McCain natural born, but that doesn’t mean it was true.

    • Johnnygard

      Gail, You may be wrong again. The parents were American Citizens, not Panamanian, so if John wasn’t an American Citizen, was he a man without a country?

    • Critterlady

      McCain was born to two American Citizens on a US Military Base that was located in Panama. That is why is was concidered Natural Born Citizen.

    • Riverdweller

      Well, someone who gets it.
      I find it ironic thought that obama cosponsered the bill the McCain was natural born because “both his parents are citizens”. And then he gets to be POTUS with a foreigner for a father which means he himself is NOT natural born.

  • Alessandro

    If Marco Rubio is ineligible to be VP or POTUS, then the Constitution should either be amended to allow him to serve in those offices, or whoever is the GOP nominee must choose another VP: Paul Ryan? John Thune? Who else do you think could help us defeat Obama?

  • tncdel

    Author Brandon Vallorani, like many others claiming to be Conservatives as I am, needs to set aside his personal likes for the best of America. Perhaps I’m making a wrong assumption as to why he cites Rubio, but could it possibly be, as going by Vallorani’s last [Hispanic-looking] name, that his real reason for mentioning Rubio [wrongly] as the best VP choice was because they share the same ethnic origins?

    No, Mr. Vallorani, NOT Rubio. In fact, NOT GINGRICH EITHER. Although Gingrich in the past has made overtures to ALLEN WEST to be his VP…and West is who the VP should be, not Rubio, Romney is our best choice among the lousy choices now running for president.

    I wish Gingrich would just fade away like Perry did. He has no chance of beating Obama.

    • bevad

      Newt does not have the foggiest idea of who he would pick for VP running mate that little comment was just political posturing. It is yet another example of him saying whatever the people of the state he is in want to hear. The election is still months away and if he is the nominee his political crony hacks will help him decide who he would best have as a running mate calculated on what the polls at that time show is the mood of likely voters. No one in their right mind would pick a Hispanic to be their vice president running mate just to attract the Hispanic vote, there are way too many other issues present in other voter blocs to select a person for such a high office based on trying to attract just one bloc. That is not to say that Rubio is not a great person. From all I have seen and heard of him he is. But for right now this is just Newt trying to get the Hispanic vote in Florida.

    • Bree

      You are very wrong tncdel with your insults and insinuations towards Brandon Vallorani, the writer of this article. Brandon Vallorani is Italian and not Hispanic as your predjuice implies and why in heavens name does he have to “set aside his personal likes for the best of America”?? We all have our “personal likes” and that is our God given right as an American with freedom to express any personal opinion, which is what this blog is for. If it happens to differ from yours that is his right too. Brandon is a very conservative Christian writer and accomplished analysist that we can be proud of and that isn’t even the half of great things that can be said of him and his esteemed family. We need his voice and light in a dark place more than ever before. God bless you Brandon.

    • Are you Serious

      You are 100% correct Bree. Very good post.

    • Are you Serious

      Moderator, hello, are you there? Bree would like to see my response. Please tell me/ us why the moderation and why does it take so long.

  • Joblo

    When in doubt, go to the source, the constitution says “must be a natural born citizen” it makes NO mention of the parents, if the founding fathers thought it was important that the parents were both citizens then they would have specified that. The supreme court 100 years later was just as flawed as it is today making up what they believed the founding fathers meant.. to me and most sane Americans, natural born means you were born in the country..

    • Gail

      The founders didn’t use the word “parent” when they wrote the Constitution, but that’s because they didn’t think it was necessary. That’s because everyone back then knew that “natural born” meant that you were born in the country to two citizen parents.

      If you read the Federalist papers and other writings of the day (includind the debates over the wording of the COnstitution), you will discover that originally, the COnstitution said that to be president, you had to be a citizen (just like the requirement for senator and representative). But during the debates they discussed their concern that the president must not have divided loyalties. Thus simply being a citizen was not enough: a president needed to be a “Natural born citizen” in order to insure that he was loyal only to the US.

      Natural born was defined as born in the US to two citizen parents. If a person was born in the US but his parents were citizens of some other country, then his loyalties would be divided. He would feel loyalty to the US and also to the country of his parents. You don’t think so? Well, I grew up on the border surrounded by peers who were born on US soil to Mexican citizen parents. My peers often seemed way more loyal to Mexico than to the US, the country of their birth. And I have no doubt that if one of those peers grew up to run for president, they would have a fierce loyalty to Mexico, their parents’ country.

      Marco Rubio is not eligible because his parents were Cuban citizens when he was born. He was born in the US, but his parents were not citizens, and therefore Rubio is not natural born. Yes, his parents became citizens later, but that doesn’t meet the qualifications for “natural born” status.

      Obama isn’t eligible either, as his father was Kenyan at the time of his birth (and death, actually). Even if Obama turns out to be born in Hawaii, he is not natural born because his father was Kenyan.

      So you see, while the Constitution doesn’t mention the word “parent,” it was the definition of Natural Born when the Constitution was written.

      This was reinforced later by the Supreme Court in Minor vs Happersett. This case defined Natural Born as being born in the US to two citizen parents.

    • Johnnygard

      Gail, You may still be wrong. I don’t have time for the first part, but I’ll address the “minor vs happersett”. The ruling didn’t establish anything about two U.S. citizen parents being the ONLY way to be a natural born citizen. The court just said they agreed the woman was a NBC because they conceded that her parents were citizens. EXAMPLE: Not all of the people at an event have ticket. The ticket means they are eligible to be at the event, but there are other legal ways to be there – security, TV crew, reporters etc. If a court said “Yes, he was at the event legally because he had a ticket”, that wouldn’t mean that only people with tickets were legally there.

  • Zeb Blanchard

    Judge Mal-a -hi will enter a default judgement on February 5th that Obama is not qualified. The SOS will, more than likely, honor the judges recommendation.
    Obama will be in a bad position to enter an appeal since he is in contempt of court for the hearing that he is appealing. However, if he is granted an appeal he will have to produce documentation to counter the testimony and documents entered into record during the hearing.
    Should he loose on appeal it would be a disaster in the making because the effects of the decision would be retroactive.
    And no one is speculating that yesterdays decision won’t be retroactive, either. Certainly if he is not qualified today he wasn’t qualified in 2008. Or based on his record and acts of treason he is less qualified.

  • Mead Carlson

    Sir, The Hispanics CAN be legal if they want to. Many of us on the right also do not approve of all the illegals. And 65% Latinos who voted in 08 went for Obama. Why won’t they again? Republicans are perceived as anti illegal while Democrats vote the welfare and other benefits they receive.

  • ALV

    Your column buys into the conventional wisdom that Rubio would secure the so-called Hispanic vote. You are simply wrong.I am Cuban-American and it is true that a large majority of us are conservative. Cuban-Americans refuse to inhabit the liberal/communist plantation. It would be erroneous to extrapolate from that. Latin Americans are not a single voting block.

  • Linda Pompo

    Newt is the most expierience candadate for he has seen it all. He also knows the right people to surround himself with. A lot of congress doesn’t like them for if elected there would be no more free ride for them, it will be work hard or get out.
    Marco Rubio is wonderful. I would LOVE to see him as Vice President and who better to learn from than Newt. Please let this happen so our wonderful FREE America will grow and our people will prosper.

    • Gail

      I love Rubio, but he’s not eligible, because he is not natural born.

      Neither is Obama, by the way.



    • Skycamsnonna

      I agree. Let the libers try to call Rubio out.
      Don’t you think that Hillery would have brought all this up. She is not exactly the type to bail out gracefully.

  • MLC

    Rubio is too volatile for Newt.
    Allan West has the right temperament and discipline to balance out Newt.

  • Moose

    Not a good idea until the court cases in Georgia are completed that will determine if Barack Obama will be allowed on the ballot. The cases will determine whether or not a non-natural born citizen can be President.

  • wonderbard

    Give Newt the benefit of the doubt, people! Was he not the man who brought the Republican party back to power? Was he not Speaker of the House?
    He knows as well as anyone where the power is; and you all can believe me when I say the American public hasn’t got a clue who holds the reins of the Presidency.
    Newt brought Rubio into the mix to rub salt into Obama’s wounds! Let the man alone! He knows what he’s doing! That’s the bait to drag the Dems into the argument to perjure themselves!

  • Henry Muller

    Every combination is good if it helps to get rid from this Godless, anti American, anti Israeli President, called Barack Hussein Obama.

  • http://Lkpassion Czarina S.

    I do not understand this people, how hard it can be to understand the constitution, it was written in English unless it written in different language.I came over here as a immigrant and when I apply for my citizenship I had to study the history of the U.S.First of all both parents has to be born U.S. citizen therefore the child will be “natural born citizen”and in Marco Rubio case he is citizen of U.S.but he is not a “natural born citizen because as Mr. Joe say his parents came over here in 1956 and Marco Rubio was born May 28, 1971 and his parent become a U.S. citizen in 1975. When I study the history of U.S.A. you are allowed to hold lower office but not the higher office like the president of the U.S.I like Mr Rubio and I think he is a honest person and love this country but he is not eligible to take a higher office I’m sorry to dis appoint you but it is in the history and the constitution plain English.

  • Brit Capitalist
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  • http://Lkpassion Czarina S.

    That’s the problem , the Supreme Court should know it and the people behind Obama should know it too ,that he is not eligible to take a higher office but they ignore it and by past the meaning or misunderstood what is the “natural born citizen’. You see if you had lot of money you can bought your way and no matter what it cause you will do everything to get what you wanted.In Obama case he had Soros and the rest of the media to covered his personal record, you see money speak louder than honest people and that’s why they call money is the second God of the human being, he can destroyed a person in a blink of the eye and greedy and power is the second nature of the human being from the begging of time.

  • Arfisher

    Newt is too unorganized. I don’t think even Rubio could step in now and make it go. Seems to me I heard Marco Rubio criticize Gingrich twice this week for not telling the truth. The democrats would have a heyday if gingrich were the nominee.

  • Earle Belle

    Study: On Spending Cuts, Most GOP Candidates Light On Details; Who Isn’t?:

    Another great place for information on the candidates is The Conservative Scorecard, which is an easy-to-read description on the strength of the candidates on key conservative positions. The ratings are based on their prior statements and positions over their political careers. It can be found here:

    Newt Gingrich? Really?

    Newt Gingrich: Serial Hypocrisy?

    Gingrich would be worse than Obama on Foreign Policy:

    National Debt Grew by $1 Trillion When Gingrich was Speaker of the House: From Treasury
    · In 1994, the year before Gingrich become Speaker the National Debt was $4, 693 trillion
    · In 1995, the year he become speaker the debt was $4,974 trillion
    · In 1996 the debt was $ 5,225 trillion
    · In 1997 the debt was $5,413 trillion
    · In 1998– the last year of his speakership– the debt was $5,526 trillion

    Gingrich Supported Goldwater? Newt Helped Reagan End the Cold War? Said Newt Gingrich in the Tampa Debate: “I went to a Goldwater organizing session in 1964. I met with Ronald Reagan for the first time in 1974. I worked with Jack Kemp, and Art Laffer and others to develop supply side economics in the late ’70s. I helped Governor Reagan become President Reagan. I helped pass the Reagan economic program and worked with the National Security Council on issues including the collapse of the Soviet Empire…” Said Gingrich before: On Reagan’s decision to meet with Mikhail Gorbachev, Salon’s Glenn Greenwald notes: “Newt Gingrich… denounced President Reagan’s rapprochement with Gorbachev in 1985 as potentially “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Chamberlain in 1938 at Munich.”

    Shockingly Massive Evidence That Newt Gingrich is Far From Being A Conservative!

    Gingrich Condemned How Reagan Ended the Cold War: Newt says he helped Reagan defeat the Soviet Union. Was that before or after he said this? Reports BBC: In 1985… Mr. Gingrich referred to a meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev as “the most dangerous summit for the West since Adolf Hitler met with Chamberlain in 1938 at Munich”.

  • tncdel

    Newt can’t beat Obama, only Romney can of those running, unless Allen West decides to run as a dark horse candidate.
    If Romney was savvy, he would choose West as his VP. Unlike Rubio, both West’s parents are natural born citizens, and he has a lot more support than Rubio. Further, West, unlike Rubio, would neutralize many of the 12 million black votes Obama will otherwise get.

    Allen West would TROUNCE Obama for PRESIDENT, not merely as a VP.

    • Are you Serious

      Dark horse? Are you racist? Lol

  • suzi

    In the meantime, all my fellow conservatives,
    get a pocket sized edition of THE DECLARATION
    UNITED STATES from the Colonial Williamsburg
    Foundation, for
    referral to misquotes. We need to support Newt and then select an eligible running mate!

  • http://none Carlos J. Negron

    It is ridiculous to assume that by having Marco Rubio on the ticket would secure the Hispanic vote, as is also, assuming that the Hispanic vote hinges on the immigration issue.

    That nonsense played out many moons ago and for those who have not yet gotten up to date, I suggest they do.

  • Ann Wilson Kingsley

    It isn’t kind to entice someone to consider the vice-presidency who cannot be vice-president because he can never assume the presidency. Rubio, as great as he may be, is not a Natural born citizen.

  • Jose

    To RoBoTech and all others questioning the citizenship of our candidates.- Let put this nonsense to bed.
    A person born in the U.S.A. is a Natural born citizen. Rubio was born in the State of Florida.
    The problem I have with the Obama case is that when he was born Hawaii WAS NOT A STATE. Hawaii became a U.S. State after Obama was born. That to me is NOT a natural born citizen.

    • John Bowman

      I don’t like Obama either, but you need to check your dates, Hawaii became a state in 1959, Obama was born in 1961.

  • Delite Gaddie

    First, Marco Rubio would be great as VP. So far he has said, NO.

    Newt’s wife would be a disgrace in the White House. She lied and cheated with Newt for over six years while he ran around on his wife. What is wrong with divorce. At least, it is honest.

    I don’t trust cheaters and I don’t want them in the White House!!!!

  • Eugenie Thrapp

    Question: If ones mother was born in another country and she married a man born in the USA, is she or is she not a citizen of the USA????? And how about children of that union???

    • John Bowman

      You cannot become an American simply by marrying an American. It’s a little complicated regarding the children of that union, the laws have changed over the years.

  • John Bowman

    What’s the point, Gingrich is a Globalist traitor just like Obama:
    Gingrich opens door for illegal immigrants.

  • John Bowman

    The Dems want Gingrich to be the nominee, which is why they are pouring money into his campaign!

  • http://Lkpassion Chai K.

    I came over here many years ago as Immigrant
    and after a few years I apply for my citizen
    ship.Before I become citizen they will give you a card and they call these “green card” this is your identification that you are allowed to work, to vote and indicate that this country was your permanent resident,
    however, you are still citizen of your own country and carried the foreign passport.Once
    you become a citizenship they will then revoke your “green card” and handed you a piece of paper and you will then sign your name and pledge your Allegiance or recite with your right hand in your heart.To apply for a citizenship was not easy you must study the constitution, the law,and the history of the U.S.A. and not to mention a big amount of money for fees. If you fail you will start all over again.The history never mention about the black people or “African American’ for all those one hundred
    question and one hundred answer.It’s about the beginning of our forefathers and to the end.So in Marco Rubio case he is not eligible to be a president because by the time he was born his parents are not citizen yet therefore he is not a natural born citizen but he is a citizen of the United State of America.However, the only thing he is allowed to hold office is to be a Senator that’s the highest he can go.I like Marco Rubio and I think he is honest person and love this country and I wish him he will continue to serve to the American people.