A Florida newspaper has just published an editorial on March 8 claiming that Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is not ready for the Presidency. The Tampa Bay Times editorial board holds that Rubio does not have the experience or skills necessary for the office.
The Times criticized Rubio’s campaign as an appeal to Republicans who seek to nominate someone other than current front-runner Donald J. Trump, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The editors called Rubio’s anti-Trump message a “weak argument from a weak candidate who is not prepared to be president.”
The article published in the Senator’s home state slams Rubio’s track record as inconsistent, and paints the presidential candidate as opportunistic and unfit to be commander-in-chief.
“Relying on a charming personality and a smooth speaking style, he has been more talk than action, more gimmick than substance, more opportunist than committed public servant. The result is a thin resume, a reputation for failing to pay attention to detail, and a tendency to bend when the political winds shift,” reads the editorial.
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The editorial being published in Rubio’s home state is particularly damaging to the presidential candidate, as he likely needs to win Florida to have a chance at the GOP nomination, reports Bustle.
The Florida senator has scored only 2 victories in the primaries so far, in Minnesota and Puerto Rico. Rubio did not win any states or delegates in the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries.
Despite the tall odds that Rubio faces going forward, the senator says that he remains optimistic and will stay in the race for now.
“We’re an underdog, there’s no doubt about it. And you know what? America is a nation of underdogs. I’ve always been an underdog,” said Rubio on ABC News.
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If Rubio is victorious in the winner-take-all Florida primary on March 15, then the Republican primary contest could move to a contested convention, reports the Washington Times.
“... when we win Florida, then no candidate will be on the trajectory to securing the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination,” said Rubio spokesperson Alex Conant.