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Senator Marco Rubio Rides for Cancer, Addresses UM Football Scandal

by Javier Manjarres

Senator Marco Rubio took some time out of his August vacation to lend his support to the 2nd annual Dolphin Cycling Challenge at SunLife Stadium, a fundraising event that benefits the University of Miami/Sylvester Cancer Center.  The event featured a number of retired Dolphin players, and Rubio was looking very comfortable in the Dolphins jersey he wore at the event- Rubio is a huge Dolphin fan with a wonk-like memory of the team’s players, victories, and defeats.  Rubio played football in his youth and aspired to play in the NFL, but since he “lacked both size and speed”, a gig in the NFL was more of a pipe dream than a serious career alternative for our freshman senator.  These days, Rubio’s football exploits include showcasing his ‘golden arm’ at home when he hurls pillows at the TV whenever the Fins fumble the ball 😉

But what he lacks in physical ability he more than makes up for with his enthusiasm- will the Dolphins win more than 5 games this year, Senator?  :)

In all seriousness, the fight against Cancer is something Rubio can relate to, as he lost his father to the disease last year and also has a nephew who has recently contracted cancer.

After the event, Rubio fielded several questions, including ones that asked about Ron Paul’s recent statements about Cuba as well the current University of Miami football/Nevin Shapiro scandal that has cast a dark cloud over the school and its football program.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Lorena

    Senator Rubio is the best! He’s the most articulate person in the Senate and he makes a lot of sense. Floridians should be proud of him.

  • Bill Rayburn

    You damn right we are proud of our Junior Senator, soon to be President. He is just the right one, at just the right time. That is, if the current guy does not completely ruin the country, which he is trying hard to do. And lets make Marco, the Senior Senator from Florida by throwing the liberal Bill Nelson out.

  • George Blumel

    Marco is sensible and articulate as expressed here but also in most matters before him in the Senate. He is to be congratulated for becoming a co-sponsor with Jim DeMint on the proposed Constitutional Amendment to limit the terms of Congress. It is the entrenched professional politicians who have brought this nation to the verge of bankruptcy and it is the new guys like our Sen. Rubio who are our best hope for change –and I don’t mean Obama hope and change– I mean real change for the better like quit heaping debt on our children. Go Marco!

  • Pam

    That’s our Marco Rubio. I just hope I’m alive to see him as our President. He really stands up for us and certainly can relate to the people. Go Marco.

  • Paulus

    With only a 1/3 term as Junior Senator, he will soon be the Senior Senator!!!

  • Interloper

    Those commies are always trying to tear him down! Oops I got an e-mail from Victioia Secret I gotta go!

  • John Lage

    I agree, he’s got a wealth of common sense of which we need greatly in Washington.

    Gracias Compadre!!

  • Sally

    Marco is just AWESOME! Please run for President!

  • joan mcfadden

    Mr. Rubio is presidential. Maybe not right now, but soon. Our country needs him. I am thinking that he will not be corrupted. I think his parents brought him up to possess a great character. Of course, he could totally disappoint as other “conservatives” have; I just don’t think that he will and I pray for him every day. I actually think that Mr. Rubio is “the one we’ve been waiting for”, sorry for borrowing a line from the leftists who are destroying America now.

  • Lightweight

    Marco Rubio up to this point has not been asked real questions. This is what happens when the GOP and the GOP Media markets a person on their potential and not their record.

    Marco Rubio has never demanded the Immigration Laws be enforced. He speaks the code of Amnesty,”comprehensive immigration reform.” Not one part of the immigration laws are enforced,but needs to be completely over-hauled? Marco Rubio reflects the GOP’s policy agenda of Amnesty.

    Marco Rubio was under investigation for $600.oo hair cuts and other illegal spending with the People’s Money and it dropped off the radar screen. We heard no conclussions to the investigation.It just got silent and media and politicians gets quite when the issue comes up.

    Marco Rubio committed a treasonous acy by endorsement of Obama’s bombing and overthrowing efforts of Lybia’s Kadaffi. Obama is criticized by the same people who will not ask Rubio questions about Moral,Constitional and Lawful violations ?

    Truth is; Marco Rubio is specifically pick as the Tool of the GOP to reach a certain block of voters. Rubio is Mel Martinez replacement that the GOP was not able to accomplished because Mel Martinez was not warmly accepted by a large amount of the People.

    Mel Martinez was the head of HUD during the time the gremlims were destroying the housing market.The as a senator Martinez was pushing forward the Amnesty issue in 2006 and 2007,but splips quitely out and is out of site and out of mind.Sound fimilar ?

    As the saying goes “we get the leaders we deserve.” We got the leaders that are regflection of many people’s emotions. The politician will always rach the people hearts rather than their minds.I guess the GOP are smarter politicicans than the People.

  • gabe

    Marco for President! But the RPOF isn’t doing Marco any favors by promoting the corrupt David Rivera lackey, JC “loyalty above ethics” Hernandez. We need to purge these turkeys now — and erase all memory of Rubio’s undesirable friends from the past.

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  • Rene

    Lightweight and Gabe you are great and savy…Marco Rubio is nothing more than a little Mel Martinez in the senate …but there is people
    that think he is qualified to run as VP of USA,…please don’t start
    more problems ,Rubio’s parents are foreigners ….read the US Constitution..Ok?