Seeking to expand GOP appeal, Marco Rubio takes campaign to Nevada

grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
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LAS VEGAS — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) kicked off his first presidential campaign visit to the key early nominating state of Nevada on Thursday with a promise: You’re going to be seeing a lot of me.

After touring the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop with Rick Harrison, star of the TV show “Pawn Stars,” Rubio told reporters he plans to be back “quite often” as he sought to localize his “New American Century” campaign theme.

“Nevada is a state that in many ways embodies some of the challenges we have in the 21st century,” Rubio said.


Rubio is in the midst of a two-day swing through a battleground he once called home. Among the four early states, Nevada is perhaps the best test case for Rubio’s emerging strategy to present himself as a new kind of Republican.

“Nevada — especially Las Vegas — is much more representative of the rest of the country than Iowa and New Hampshire in many different ways,” said longtime Nevada political expert Jon Ralston. “Las Vegas is a melting pot, a strong union town in a right-to-work state. It has a burgeoning Asian and Hispanic population.”

Nevada is also the kind of purple state that Republicans desperately want to contest in 2016 but which they have struggled with in recent elections. Many see Rubio as the best hope of turning the tide in that terrain. At the same time, he faces challenges, including his decision to disavow comprehensive immigration reform that he once championed.

Rubio’s youth — he turned 44 on Thursday — and his Cuban American heritage, plus his talent for public speaking, stand out in a mostly older, white Republican Party that has been accused of being tone-deaf to centrist and left-leaning voters, of which there are many in the Las Vegas area.

In his remarks at the pawnshop, Rubio emphasized his personal ties to the area, where he lived for a few years as a child and spent a period in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — better known as the Mormon Church — before returning to Catholicism.

“Nevada is going to be an important state for us,” Rubio said. “Obviously, Las Vegas is a place where I have some roots and still a lot of family.”

Thursday’s campaign stop came ahead of a planned evening fundraiser hosted by Harrison. On Friday, Rubio plans to participate in a technology start-up roundtable discussion before heading north to Reno to meet with GOP activists.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/seeking-to-expand-gop-appeal-marco-rubio-takes-campaign-to-nevada/2015/05/28/81b6d64a-0547-11e5-a428-c984eb077d4e_story.html
Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016

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  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,679 AG
    Population of Nevada? 2.5M?
    Vote for the other candidate
  • dragon baitdragon bait Posts: 6,938 Admiral
    Looks like he needs a loan, wonder what he has left to pawn?
  • Ron@.38 Special[email protected] Special Posts: 6,907 Admiral
    6 electoral votes there, better than a poke in the eye!
  • phlatsphilphlatsphil Posts: 14,632 AG
    6 electoral votes there, better than a poke in the eye!

    It was 5 electoral votes in 2012. How did they pick up the 6th vote? Just curious, I don't recall reading that the electoral college had changed in any states.
  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    The winner of Nevada has won the last 5 presidential elections.
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    2010 Census Reapportionment: Nevada saw the largest percentage growth in population over the past decade (about 35%). The state gained one electoral vote, giving it 6 through the 2020 presidential election.

    http://www.270towin.com/states/Nevada
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • chubascochubasco Posts: 18,390 Officer
    grady30wa wrote: »
    The winner of Nevada has won the last 5 presidential elections.


    Yea and didn't you tell us that no president in history has been re-elected with less than a 50% popularity rating.


    As for Nevada, the state has just shifted recently to blue leaning as the minority service workers have outnumbered the Mormons.
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  • Bimini TwistedBimini Twisted Posts: 11,309 AG
    grady30wa wrote: »
    2010 Census Reapportionment: Nevada saw the largest percentage growth in population over the past decade (about 35%). The state gained one electoral vote, giving it 6 through the 2020 presidential election.

    http://www.270towin.com/states/Nevada

    Dollars to donuts most of that growth is Hispanics, no?
  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    Dollars to donuts most of that growth is Hispanics, no?

    I'm sure. And Asians.
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • Bimini TwistedBimini Twisted Posts: 11,309 AG
    grady30wa wrote: »
    I'm sure. And Asians.

    How does the GOP, Marco, and their immigration plans poll with them?
  • chubascochubasco Posts: 18,390 Officer
    grady30wa wrote: »
    2010 Census Reapportionment: Nevada saw the largest percentage growth in population over the past decade (about 35%). The state gained one electoral vote, giving it 6 through the 2020 presidential election.

    http://www.270towin.com/states/Nevada
    Dollars to donuts most of that growth is Hispanics, no?


    Si, that's why Obama won it the last two times.

    But then, Grady still thinks Hispanics will vote for Rubio cuase he speaks spanish and was not born in the USA.
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  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    What are you talking about? Rubio was born in Miami.

    He also lived in Las Vegas, where his immigrant Hispanic dad worked as a bartender, and his immigrant Hispanic mom worked as a housekeeper.

    Hillary lived in Chicago with her Anglo-saxon, wealthy Republican parents, and her dad owned his own company, while the mom stayed at home.


    Which bio do you think will sell better in Las Vegas?
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • Bimini TwistedBimini Twisted Posts: 11,309 AG
    grady30wa wrote: »
    What are you talking about? Rubio was born in Miami.

    He also lived in Las Vegas, where his immigrant Hispanic dad worked as a bartender, and his immigrant Hispanic mom worked as a housekeeper.

    Hillary lived in Chicago with her Anglo-saxon, wealthy Republican parents, and her dad owned his own company, while the mom stayed at home.


    Which bio do you think will sell better in Las Vegas?

    So cute to see the GOP hope to get Hispanic votes. Kind of like Coronal Sanders hoping for the chicken vote.
  • chubascochubasco Posts: 18,390 Officer
    grady30wa wrote: »
    What are you talking about? Rubio was born in Miami.

    He also lived in Las Vegas, where his immigrant Hispanic dad worked as a bartender, and his immigrant Hispanic mom worked as a housekeeper.

    Hillary lived in Chicago with her Anglo-saxon, wealthy Republican parents, and her dad owned his own company, while the mom stayed at home.


    Which bio do you think will sell better in Las Vegas?


    Rubio needs to post up his birth certificate.


    Hillary will easily win Nevada.
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  • FinfinderFinfinder Posts: 9,862 Admiral
    So cute to see the GOP hope to get Hispanic votes. Kind of like Coronal Sanders hoping for the chicken vote.


    you must be Castro Cuban
  • Conchy CrackerConchy Cracker Posts: 10,454 Officer
  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    chubasco wrote: »
    Rubio needs to post up his birth certificate.


    Maybe you should sue him while Obama still controls the justice department
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • chubascochubasco Posts: 18,390 Officer
    Marco won't even win his party's nomination. The guy has never been able to even support himself without handout charity jobs and the government ****. Even Trump will be a better candidate.
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  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    You keep clinging to that hope that he won't win...just like Crist thought in 2010.

    I'm extremely grateful to Marco for the fact that he is personally responsible for removing Charlie Crist from not only the Republican Party, but political office in general.
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • navigator2navigator2 Posts: 22,444 AG
    chubasco wrote: »
    Marco won't even win his party's nomination. The guy has never been able to even support himself without handout charity jobs and the government ****. Even Trump will be a better candidate.

    I don't know who I am voting for yet, but this post ^ smacks of fear. :grin
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • grady30wagrady30wa Posts: 10,161 AG
    navigator2 wrote: »
    I don't know who I am voting for yet, but this post ^ smacks of fear. :grin


    Jeb is supposed to be the frontrunner, but it is Marco who the left is waging an all-out smear campaign against. That should tell you all you need to know
    Schadenfreude. November 8, 2016
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,679 AG
    grady30wa wrote: »
    Jeb is supposed to be the frontrunner, but it is Marco who the left is waging an all-out smear campaign against. That should tell you all you need to know

    Marco couldn't spit shine Jeb's shoes. Or Hillary's flats.
    Vote for the other candidate
  • Plan SeaPlan Sea Posts: 5,453 Officer
    How does the GOP, Marco, and their immigration plans poll with them?

    Great but will cost him the primary voters.

    Rubio said the immigration issue can’t be solved with one piece of legislation. Instead, his plan is a multi-step system that gives citizenship first to undocumented workers who don’t have a criminal history

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/05/29/pawn-stars-help-marco-rubio-celebrate-birthday/
    they make missiles not bombs...

    Raytheon does indeed make bombs.

    Since Ratheon doesnt make bombs, retract this lie.

    Conservative math- A Prius pays $7.84 per mile traveled, a truck $15.20. The Prius is paying proportionately more, period! over an equal amount of distance.
  • chubascochubasco Posts: 18,390 Officer
    Plan Sea wrote: »
    Great but will cost him the primary voters.

    Rubio said the immigration issue can’t be solved with one piece of legislation. Instead, his plan is a multi-step system that gives citizenship first to undocumented workers who don’t have a criminal history

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/05/29/pawn-stars-help-marco-rubio-celebrate-birthday/



    That was supposed to be one of those what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas stories. The RWNJ's are sure not going to be happy with Rubio's "give them citizenship first" plan.


    Grady, your boy needs you. He's losing control of his mouth again.
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  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,415 AG
    chubasco wrote: »
    As for Nevada, the state has just shifted recently to blue leaning as the minority service workers have outnumbered the Mormons.

    Perhaps, but wetbacks don't vote.

    Rubio in NV is more about poking Ol' Dirty Harry, in his one good eye, one last time.
  • dragon baitdragon bait Posts: 6,938 Admiral
    Perhaps, but wetbacks don't vote.

    Rubio in NV is more about poking Ol' Dirty Harry, in his one good eye, one last time.

    A few do, And they will not support a Cuban as they see them getting a easy path to the U.S. with the wet foot dry foot policy. At least the ones that I know
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