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2010 Election Night Jeb Bush Introduced Senator-Elect Marco Rubio

Potential 2016 Showdown Between Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush?

By Javier Manjarres


2010 Election Night Jeb Bush Introduced Senator-Elect Marco Rubio

2010 Election Night Jeb Bush Introduced Senator-Elect Marco Rubio

While many tuned-in politicos believe that Senator Marco Rubio is the current front-runner for the the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016, one not so small obstacle that the junior Senator from Florida may face would be if former Governor Jeb Bush also decides to run for President.

Bush was one of Rubio’s closest advisors and throughout his 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate and many anticipated an ‘end-game’ endorsement which never came, as Rubio had cruised by Crist months before he won the Republican primary. 

Bush has previously stated that Rubio is the “most gifted orator” he’s ever heard and he also endorsed a Rubio vice-presidential nomination last year.

While both of these men are very popular throughout the state, some polls show Bush leading Rubio in a head-to-head matchup among Republicans in Florida.

The American Conservative Union recently announced that it has booked Bush to speak at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March.  This will be Bush’s first appearance in front of CPAC, and many are speculating that his appearance at the event signals a potential 2016 presidential candidacy.  

Bush served as Florida governor for two terms and since leaving office in 2006 has been vocal about the Republican Party’s need to reach out to minorities. He’s also been critical of the Republican Party’s failure to embrace comprehensive immigration reform and made education policy a key priority during his time leading Florida. – Newsmax

In addition to Bush’s CPAC appearance, National Review is also reporting that Bush  in Washington with a number of cabinet members of former President George W. Bush. When asked to comment directly on the rumors the meeting was tied to a forthcoming run, Bush would only say that the meeting was about education policy.

On policy matters, Bush and Rubio have their differences on immigration reform.  Bush supports a one shot ‘blanket’ pathway to citizenship, aka amnesty; while Rubio believes that immigration reform needs to be accomplished incrementally to best address the different aspects of the complicated process.

Bush recently criticized Rubio’s bipartisan immigration reform proposal with Senator John McCain as being “shortsighted and self-defeating.”

While Bush remains popular in the state, it’s hard to deny that the “Bush” name in politics is not only too polarizing, it is also too closely associated Republican establishment.   Many observers believe that as a result of the relentless media bashing that his brother George endured throughout his two terms, enough people within the party are either weary of or hostile towards yet another member of the family seeking the presidency.  

Bush likely does see that the future of the GOP rests with the next generation of charismatic and likeable leaders who have the ability to effectively message the electorate, as does Rubio.  While the conservative “heavies” including Rush, Hannity, and Levin still respect Bush, they’ve already signaled that they would not be supportive of Bush were he to run in 2016.

 The 2016 Republican Presidential primary season will unofficially kick off sometime towards the end of next year.  Other likely contenders for the nomination include Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Paul Ryan who also are considered among the next generation of leaders within the Republican party.   Take the poll and share the story.

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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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  • Alan

    Since Rubio is not a natural born citizen since his parents were not American citizens when he was born make him ineligible to be President of the U.S.A?

    • Joe

      Alan, you are incorrect in your assumption that Marco Rubio is not a natural born citizen because his parents were not U.S. citizens. The law on qualifications to be eligible to become the U.S. president are quite simple. If the person is born in the U.S. or its territories, he/she is a natural born citizen and, consequently, eligible to be president. The nationality of his/her parents has no bearing on the person’s eligibility.

      • Patriot Lady

        Joe, you are incorrect. In order to be a natural born citizen, both parents must be U.S. citizens at the time of birth. Rubio’s parents were not citizens at the time Rubio was born. Rubio and all Republicans are well aware of his ineligibility but refuses to acknowledge it. As they continue to ignore Obama’s. Please read:

        Although this pertains to Obama, it also applies to Rubio and Bobby Jindal. Actually, Obama is a dual citizen which adds to his ineligibility.

      • Miriam

        You are correct and Allan is wrong. In addition, and even though J Bush may be popular in Florida, he is not a Conservative. J Bush is a MODERATE REPUBLICAN & in the past he agreed with his father’s idea of One World Order. People need to go back & check the records.

      • BoGo

        Nationality of the parents has no bearing, but their legal status certainly does.

        There are 3 “classes” of citizens:
        Native Born
        Natural Born

        All are entitled to the same rights and privileges of citizenship. The only difference is that ONLY a Natural born citizen may be POTUS.

        If Rubio truly has nothing to fear, he should petition the SCOTUS to rule on his eligibility.

        In the summer of ’16 when the campaign is red hot, do you honestly think the left won’t bring this issue up once they no Obama has had nearly 8 years to transform the US and is no longer at any risk?

    • Ape

      Barack Obama’s father was not an American Citizen and he is in his second term, why Obama can and Rubio CAN NOT?

    • Sandi Trusso

      This “natural born citizen” remains to be seen in a court of law. Personally, I believe that his opposition put this out because they’re scared to death of him. All of my life we were told that if a person is born here in the US, then they’re a citizen.

    • Cherieo3

      Wrong………how did Obama get into the White Hut? President set!

  • uselogic

    No Jeb. No way. Not completely sold on Marco yet but at least he mostly talks & walks conservative. And does it in a way that middle-of-the- road folks respond positively. Jeb USED to be able to do this. Now he sound like a cross between McCain, Rove & Gingrich. He’s morphed RINO for sure. OK, I apologize for comparing him to McCain.. Jeb IS intelligent.

    Worked for 3 of his campaigns. But no. Never again.

  • BoGo

    The establishment is setting up Rubio and Paul as strawmen to be destroyed during the primary process only to emerge on the other side with Jeb Bush as our candidate that’s “the most conservative with the best chance to win”.

    Likewise, Cuomo and Biden will be set up as the false choice against Hillary.

    Jeb vs Hillary = 3rd Republican Presidential loss in a row. This country’s memory isn’t so short that they’ll be able to stomach another Bush in the Oval Office.

    3 guesses as to who “king-maker” Turd Blossom Rove will support, and the first two don’t count.

    • Miriam

      The GOP establishment may have what you said in mind. However, there is NO way that we will choose J Bush over Senator Rubio or Rand Paul. Again, J Bush isn’t a conservative as a matter of fact, he is far from being one.

  • Wayne

    That didn’t stop Obama from getting elected.

    • Patriot Lady

      The reason Obama got elected is because of the Lame Stream Media and our corrupt officials, including the Supreme Court who refuse to hear cases against Obama. Personally, I will never vote again until we have Voter ID. Voter fraud is rampant and I’m not going to waste my time voting until this issue is addressed. Look at what happened to Alan West and he fought hard.

  • J F W

    I agree with “BoGo”, the establishment republicans will try to destroy the more conservative or tea party leaning candidate(s). Myself, I’m tired of having to vote for “moderate” republicans! And I too don’t think the country will accept another Bush.

    • SickAndTired

      I’m with you, JFW! The goal is not to “win,” the goal is to get a CONSERVATIVE IN OFFICE! If you win with a pansy, you actually haven’t won at all, have you? Also, I believe that conservative USA is just fed up with it. McCain lost, then Romney, just like the long conga line of Republican light weights in the past. But Reagan tore it up. I believe the country is starved for FREEDOM! If you don’t have a 100% FREEDOM oriented candidate, people will sit it out… that is except for the “popularity contest” oriented people who gave us Obama.

      So, establishment Republicans, either join us or lose. Your call. You can win the battle – the primaries – or you can win the war – the presidency.

      • Cherieo3

        Right on…Sick & Tired…Good Post. Your are correct!
        Marco & Rand will make a great team..and both can handle the lamestream media. More and more voters are sick and tired of the media and their dirty deals.

  • Carlos

    Nothing infuriated me more, during this past election, than to see Jeb Bush’s fat ass parked next to Marco & Romney at the rallies. If he were so concerned for the people of FL or the nation, why’d didn’t he run for Senate against, Yahoo Nelson?! He could have beat Nelson handily, given his 2 successful terms as Gov. Instead the Est. RINOs sent out Connie Mack, a total lightweight, who got trounced. Nelson’s a doddering old buffoon but we can’t seem to beat him, why? For the same reason we’ll never win the WH if we keep running RINOs. To see Jeb speaking at any conservative event is hilarious, he and his family have NEVER been conservatives. The Shark Tank poll shows Marco beating Jeb 3 to 1, no surprise. I think Bush is bored, too rich and looking to create an effect. His recent Marlins purchase attempt is a perfect example. Jeb needs to keep making $, remember that his brother’s legacy has only increased Bush Fatigue and leave the serious stuff to the big boys.

  • dean

    Both of these amnesty loving RINO’S did nothing to curtail the masses of Illegals that now occupy Florida.

    • Patriot Lady

      Dean, you are absolutely correct. Rubio was for full amnesty before he was against it. Remember, Rubio is Cuban and sympathetic to Hispanics. Jeb’s wife is Hispanic and thus, he too, sympathetic. I wouldn’t give either one of them the time of day. And both of his children have been arrested for one thing or another. I prefer Rand Paul.

  • Jacqueline L

    So far I have liked Rubio’s stance on just about everything. He answers his constituents quickly and in detail. He is eloquent, knowledgable and personable.
    That said he will face the whole Natural Born Citizen mess. However since no one honestly believes O has proven HIS right to this I don’t see that as a major problem!
    I would like to put forward for consideration Seanator Rand Paul. He has shown none of his fathers more extreme stances. HE has shown himself a strong believer in Conservative values. Including spending curbs, smaller government, refusal of Foriegn Aid to countries that have not proven themselves to be our allies etc. He was among the very few to face off with SOS Clinton for her role in BLOODY BENGHAZI!

    • Cherieo3

      Agree Jacqualine..MARCO & Rand…GREAT TEAM..
      Excellent post..

  • johno

    Of your two choices in your poll, I would vote for neither and sit that one, and any election they’re in, out. What’s the difference, they’r BOTH for illegal immigration no matter which way you say it.

  • teawithjill

    No More Bushs Please!!! Will the GOP ever learn!!!!!

  • Sandi Trusso

    I thought that Jeb was an amazing Governor of Florida, but I think people are sick to death of Bush’s, Kennedy’s and Clinton’s running our country. We, in Florida know him, and love him, but I don’t think the rest of the country will go for another Bush.

    Rubio has never been for “full amnesty”. His plan always includes (before anything else can be done at all) closing the borders. Then he proposes a plan for legal work, and after that application for citizenship, but AFTER GETTING IN LINE BEHIND THOSE WHO WAITED AND APPLIED WITHOUT COMING HERE ILLEGALLY.

    • Cherieo3

      Correct Sandi…so many people just DON’T LISTEN..or listen only to the liberal lamestream media..and don’t do ANY research on their own. So sad. As NOW..history is repeating itself and people still believe in the Messiah.

  • Kelsonus

    If I’m forced to choose at this point it would be Rubio
    Never will it be another Bush
    I also think it’s WAY TOO SOON for this BS

  • Florida Jim

    The time for Jeb Bush has passed he is no match for the Obama machine and doesn’t have the backbone to withstand the relentless media onslaught of another election. Chris Chistie has the skill, the backbone, the experience and the resume to take on Hillary and the Clinton machine of sleaze ,that will come. Perhaps, Rubio but, at this time I can’t think of another. Jindal-” stupid party ” comment is an albatross he must deal with, Ted Cruz-we’ll see. 2014 must be 2010 all over again or we won’t have another chance until Kenyans are dancing in our streets applauding Obama.

  • Alan

    Near the top of the long list of things this country DOESN’T need is the presidency of another Bush. Hopefully, buy the time it comes up, Carl Rove and many of his ilk will be sufficiently taken off the stage and out of power.

    We need a Reagan NOT a Bush.

  • kerijay

    We don’t need another Bush the way the left hates Bush’s although the left hates anyone that doesn’t agree with their poor way of thinking.

  • Perseids

    It is a shame, for Jeb that is, but the Bush brand has been tarnished beyond repair for the Oval office. We can at least be thankful for that.

    Nixon would have had about as good a chance at a second run as the Bush clan going for a third. A damaged tarnished brand is exactly that. No doubt the establishment ruling class beltway slugs stay up late into the night dreaming of the return to go along to get along republican spoils. Being on the outs has gotta suck for those leaches. Poor dears. The lobbyists most likely don’t give a damn who is in as long as they play ball.