December 21, 2015

IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF HE'D AT LEAST BEEN A MAYOR:

Will Rubio work hard enough to become president? Some backers are worried. (Sean Sullivan and Karen Tumulty December 20, 2015, wASHINGTON pOST)

Marco ­Rubio no doubt wants to sit behind the big desk in the Oval Office. What is not so clear is how hard he is willing to work to get there.

Republican activists -- including many who appreciate Rubio's formidable political gifts and view him as the party's best hope for beating Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton -- say they are alarmed at his seeming disdain for the day-to-day grind of retail politics. Even some staunch supporters are anxious.

"Rubio has not put in the face time that he really needs to have, I don't think," said Al Phillips, an influential South Carolina pastor who backs Rubio. "I think that's been somewhat to his detriment." [...]

Though Rubio has lately stepped up his schedule in Iowa, for instance, he has usually stayed close to the Des Moines metropolitan area. Republicans joke that he is running for "mayor of Ankeny," the suburb where his state headquarters is located.

Posted by at December 21, 2015 8:12 PM

  

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