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Sarah Palin- “I Love Marco Rubio!”

The 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Convention (SRLC) in New Orleans featured a star-studded line up of prominent Republican politcos, headlined by former Governor Sarah Palin.  Palin’s speech was well received, but it was what she said immediately afterwards that was most newsworthy.  Suffice to say, big media missed out on what exactly she said- but the exclusive story could not escape the jaws of the Shark Tank!

Immediately after Governor Palin finished her speech, she approached the end of the stage  to greet fans and sign autographs.  But little did she know that the Shark Tank had released a rogue shark to cover the event in New Orleans to attempt to get her on the record and answer the million dollar question- will she endorse Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate race in Florida?  Governor Palin is, after all, one of the most prominent members of the Conservative movement.  Palin’s response to my question speaks for itself- she gives a big Alaskan bear hug to U.S Senate candidate Marco Rubio. (VIDEO)

Could this be the end of the road for Charlie?  Other Conservative leaders are lining up behind Rubio including, the lovable little fuzzball himself, Rush ‘El Rushbo’ Limbaugh. Several months back, I ran into Rush and he expressed to me how much he liked Rubio and that he was rooting for him.  Since then, Rush has gone on the radio to call Rubio ‘Reaganesque’ and tout him while describing Charlie Crist as your typical RINO.

Sarah Palin was her usual perky, chatty self, offering her trademarked ‘ you betcha” in expressing her support for Rubio, blown kiss and all. My only question is, to whom did she blow the kiss to, me or Marco?  Sorry Marco, this question is a given, better luck next time.

UPDATE: Thanks to Greta Van Susteren for picking up this video on her “On the Record” show.

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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

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  1. Patrick Castronovo April 12, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Did Sarah just say she loves Marco Rubio? And did Sarah say for Marco to call her so she can help him? I think I just saw an endorsement!!!!

  2. Lady Libertas April 12, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Javier! Great capture and we are all waiting for Sarah’s endorsement of Marco Rubio – how cool!

  3. Cherieo April 12, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Great to see the vido. Go Marco………

  4. Tamara April 12, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Good man, excellent scoop, RIGHT ON!!

    Marco call the woman, and get your families together, to pull in the net!

    This year is becoming so exciting, because I want to see a conservative sweep for a 2/3 in both houses, and it CAN happen.

    I believe people want it to happen!

  5. Lady Libertas April 12, 2010 at 1:35 am

    PS – On Fox News Sunday, Michele Bachmann names Rubio as her personal favorite as well!

  6. The Conservative Lady April 12, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Congratulations on the great scoop. I am a big Marco Rubio fan and this is terrific news. I have linked to your post over at my blog.

  7. Lightweight April 12, 2010 at 4:16 am

    One thing Sarah Palin and Marco Rubio both have in common is Amnesty for those who have entered or are remaining in America as law breakers of our Cositution and laws.I dare the Shark Tank to view both of their records as politicians.
    The republicans continue to spit on the people with the gop super stars,and yet can’t understand why the republican momentium with each election from 1996 through 2000 and then started switching to Independent.
    Let me interview Palin and Rubio.Better yet why not let Shark Tank prove it’s obkectivity and report their record as senator and governor?

  8. Floria Republicans against Crist! April 12, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Lightweight must be a Crist supporter.Lol!!!!

  9. Javier Manjarres April 12, 2010 at 7:04 am

    fyi @flyweight

    Rubio doesn’t have a record in the Senate because he isn’t a Senator, Dufus. haha

  10. James Cruce April 12, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Very nice scoop! The dam is about to break and the Marco endorsements will come flooding in. Glad to see another RINO bite the dust!!

  11. Ana Gomez-Mallada April 12, 2010 at 7:43 am


    Important as immigration is, it is not good to be a one-issue voter. Then you can’t see the forest for the trees.

    And in any case, Rubio is on record time and again saying that we (Republicans) should be the party of LEGAL immigration.

    And as to those bills which might have fought illegal immigration which floated around when he was speaker. Please note that the ONLY place they ever even made it to a vote WAS in Marco’s House. Not in the Senate. And there was clearly no interest in them on the part of the Governor. He could have made some phone calls to some lawmakers, but that didn’t happen. Only in the House, under Speaker Rubio, did those bills come to a vote. That they didn’t have enough votes is hardly Marco Rubio’s fault.

    So, I applaud your concern with illegal immigration, but just because he is the son of immigrants (legal ones) that does not make Marco pro-illegal immigrants.

    If I keep seeing these silly posts, filled with typos, errors and nonsense, I might get to thinking that your “handle” describes you.

  12. Trisha April 12, 2010 at 9:28 am

    If O-Blah-Blah gets his way with amnesty,& adds 13 mill.illegals as “voters”… Marco needs to be the Republican Pres.candidate & SNATCH back all those “hispanic” votes!

  13. Sally April 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

    This is great! Sarah is awesome!

  14. Dave Boggs April 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I wonder which Saturday Night Live character will portray Mr. Rubio.

  15. Scott Factor April 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

    While I think Marco Rubio is a much better choice for Senator than EmptySuit Charlie, I worry because of Marco’s past record of being a typical Tallahassee hypocrite who forgets who put him in office. If we are to return Republicans to power, we should ensure that those Republicans are true conservatives. While EmptySuit Charlie is as conservative as a gay hooker on a Washinton street corner, Marco’s leadership as Speaker in Florida certainly doesn’t “certify” his conservative leanings, either.
    As the saying goes, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”, and we as voters must make clear to Mr. Rubio that, if elected, he better remember who put him there. Based on the last period of Republican power in WAshington, these elected clowns seem to forget about us once they are there.

  16. James B. Pwerry April 12, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Isn’t Politics Fun! The play out of SB6 (teacher bill) is facinating. The legislature wnts to improve children and young adult’s education. The teacher unions want to protect themselves without $$ loss. The Chinese use a 6 day week the teachers want a 4 day week! Crist can veto the bill and risk his run for the senate, or let it go and in either case he looses! He then can run for as an independent for the seat, as is happening for District 16 in Palm Beach County, and through the election into a mess thereby protecting O’B’s majority. Perhaps he should say good-by to politics and just practice law, an uneviable job at this juncture of time! Sincerely, Jim Perry

  17. Mary in Miami April 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    This is awesome!!

  18. Ann Smith April 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    The people of Florida love United States Senate candidate Dr. Belinda Noah. Belinda is Florida’s FairTax candidate for the U. S. Senate. Belinda will win the election because the people will vote for a candidate who will look out for the people’s best interest and who is not a career politician or an incumbent who refuses to support term limits and the views of the people. Please visit Belinda’s website at or e-mail Belinda at

  19. Dee April 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Well I tried to warn Governor Charlie Crist that siding with Obama and his socialist policies wasn’t smart politics, especially during an economic recession. Que hora es? Time to tighten our belts, and clean house of the rinos who sold us out for open borders, and socialism. Maybe this will be a learning lesson that the legal minorities aka the Cubans, the Puerto Ricans, and legal Mexicans can swing these elections, and none of us care for people who support criminals and illegal aliens who break laws as well as vote illegally so. They do vote due illegally due to the Hava act not checking to verify if the driver’s licenses are valid. Senator Mel Martinez told me so, that many states were out of compliance with federal law in part due to real ID not being implemented in many states.

  20. Dee April 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    You gotta love me guys, I’m a little spitfire..

  21. toni April 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    If an endorcment from the failed governor of Alaska is endorcing Rubio, he just lost my vote. Too bad since I truly was considering him.

    • Javier Manjarres April 12, 2010 at 11:31 pm

      Please, an endorsement is gonna sway you? check your spelling.

  22. Detroit-Student April 13, 2010 at 1:43 am


    Pretty sure Rubio doesn’t need your one vote. So bye…

    I love how Palin is labeled as a “failure” by some…um, are you people blind or do you not see how she’s taking the country by a storm?

  23. Debbie Munoz April 13, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Sarah Palin is a huge fan of Marco Rubio and others who understand that America needs to be preserved as the Land of Opportunity and not the growing swamp of dependency. She stands solidly with hard working Americans and knows that what is good for Florida is also good for our nation and that is why she’s ready to rally for Marco!

  24. Robin April 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    What I have seen so far of Rubio is very good. My only hope is that he doesn’t turn out to be another RINO like so many others before him that looked good on the surface.

  25. Floria Republicans against Crist! April 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Marco wont turn into a RINO once he goes to D.C. Remember… Marco will be under the wings of Mr. Conservative Jim Demint. ;)

  26. Jose April 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Rubio is an extremist fascist who offers Florida nothing. As a moderate non ethnic voting Cuban American in Miami who actually has the ability to think for himself which I find real rare in Miami’s Cuban community. I will NOT be voting for extremist Rubio.

    The fact that an air head without a single idea ,a single solution to anything like bible thumping Sarah Palin likes him backs up what I have said.

    Rubio appeals to the extreme right wing Cuban Miami junta and the state “red necks” who come in ALL walks of life. Educated and not.
    Rubio is also a hypocrite like so many here with a disdain for illegal immigrants (his census comment makes my point) while we Cubans get a FREE pass due to wet/dry foot policy and thus side step the laws which apply to all others.

    Rubio = Hispanic fascist hypocrite.

  27. Jose April 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Rubio will dance ,will be the puppet of the countless 1 issue ethnic voting Miami Cuban junta and the whole state will suffer when MORE of OUR money is given to these countless “Cuba libre” type groups.
    The state will regret Rubio but as a moderate Cuban American living in Miami with eyes WIDE OPEN who see’s what goes on here. I will NOT be voting for Rubio .

    Sarah Palin is a clueless moron (GREAT at making money from sheep) who see’s things as Black and White when it comes to real issues. Her tea party klan will vote for Rubio because she tells them to.
    God forbid they step back and look at things in an objective manner.

    Gvnr Crist a moderate and the Miami Cuban junta is the last bunch you want calling the shots. Don’t believe me just look at what a banana republic Miami politics are .

    In fairness to him Rubio is no crook which is MORE than can be said about most politicians in Miami but Gvnr Crist is also honest and ALL inclusive . Doesn’t dance for any one group.