Miami 6/26/2012 10:12:25 PM
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Marco Rubio’s bipartisan Senate support subject to politics

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In a Miami Herald article, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry complimented Rubio for being willing to “buckle down and learn the ropes.” In the same piece, Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman said the freshman from Florida has his priorities right. “He’s not a show horse,” Lieberman said. “He’s a workhorse.”



Rubio is a member of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee appointment gave him immediate political stature. It ensured him of having a high media profile in official visits to foreign countries. Since winning the office in 2010, Rubio has traveled to Europe, Central America, and Cuba, as well as hotspots Pakistan and Libya.


Furthermore, Kerry and Lieberman voice confidence that the 40-year-old Miami native of Cuban heritage can function well as a senator and simultaneously carry the weight of being a vice presidential candidate, should that come about. Their views are significant because each has been there, Kerry as the Democratic presidential candidate in 2004 and Lieberman on the Democratic ticket four years earlier as the vice presidential candidate.


Kerry’s positive comments are apt to grow scarce, however, should Rubio actually become the VP nominee. While Lieberman might still be openly supportive of his Florida colleague if Rubio ends up in the number two spot, Kerry will be more chary about speaking well of Rubio. That is the nature of politics in a two-party system and Kerry instead will find things to complain about.


He might question if a man two years removed from the Florida House of Representatives has the experience necessary to be the next in line to the presidency, though the man at the head of the Democratic ticket was similarly without experience four years ago. Kerry also could be expected to downplay the Spanish-speaking Rubio’s connections to the Hispanic community, a voting bloc Democrats are keen to call their own.



Marco Rubio is in the spotlight for all the right reasons as a politician—as an up-and-comer, as a possible VP candidate, as an eloquent spokesman for conservative positions. Barring a scandal or a horrendous faux pas, his public standing is not apt to decrease much between now and November.