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Marco Rubio, “The Best Communicator Since Ronald Reagan”


By Javier Manjarres

Back in 2009, I told former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Marco Rubio, that he had a great opportunity to get in front of the illegal immigration issue, and  become the torch bearer of the pro-legal immigration movement. Rubio was struggling with the perception that some potential supporters of his soon-to-be-announced Senatorial campaign had about his position on immigration. Rubio was thought to favor amnesty for illegal immigrants.

 I felt this issue would eventually metastasized into what it has become today, and because Rubio was a new unknown political face, articulate, and did not look like the stereotypical Hispanic that most of America was used to seeing, that he could be the perfect fit to carry the pro-legal immigration torch.

 Now U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has taken the reigns of the immigration debate, and is considered to be the last and only hope for the Republican party to gain any foothold in the coveted Hispanic voting bloc.

 Former George W. Bush advisor, Karl Rove said that Rubio was “the best communicator since Ronald Reagan.” Rove appeared on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier with Democrat Joe Trippi, who also believes that Rubio is the glue that could bring the Republican party together, and come to terms with the Democrats on immigration reform.

 Unfortunately for Republicans, both these men are right. The Republican party is now Rubio’s party. Without Rubio, and a coherent, substantive immigration reform message, as has been the case for the GOP, the Republican party is dead in the political water.

About author

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. Lightweight February 5, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Marco Rubio is not the communicator near the talent of Reagam.His message is the GOP cookie cut,and inconsistent with his voting record.All of his points are memorized from years ago on immigration,there is not reasoning process.The GOP and Talk Radio dodged him having a Primary Debate because he cannot answer real questions that are not pre-canned.Talk Radio guards him from being asked questions from callers on their show,because he would have to answer his t his recordd.Marco Rubio is a legend in some people’s minds.

    • Lauren February 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Mr. Manjarres, are you SERIOUS?!? Sen. Marco Rubio is MY senator and I’ve known what he’s about from DAY ONE! HE IS ABSOLUTELY PRO ILLEGALS PERIOD!!!

      The “right” keeps propping him up and putting him on a pedestal when what they ought to be doing is calling his office, emailing him, showing up at town hall meetings (if he ever has them!) and chewing his *ss out! RUBIO IS SELLING OUT AMERICA AT THE BEHEST OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHO CANNOT SCREW OVER **TRUE CONSERVATIVES** FAST ENOUGH! The GOP apparently is too thick in the head to “get it.” Conservatives like myself are not going to continue to vote for the “lesser of two evils”, voting for RINO’s like I have in the past.

      We need to support true conservatives who stand for American prinicples and integrity — like former US Rep Allen West, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Sen. Tom Coburn, etc. I’ve had it with the RINO’s and sadly, many on the “right” are still clueless as they still think Rubio is a conservative!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE — LOOK AT RUBIO’S **RECORD** AS THE FORMER FL SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE! Rubio blocked every attempt to pass E-Verify, kept six good bills that would have cracked down on illegal immigration in committee and then laughed about it with his cronies, one of them being disgraced, ethics charged former US Rep David Rivera (one term!). Wake up before it’s too late. Stop drinking the kool-aid the supposed “RIGHT” keeps feeding you! And this means, stop believing everything Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, etc. say! Many of them (save Michael Savage, Michelle Maulkin, etc.) are caving into the GOP’s milktoast agenda!

  2. Jackie February 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Who are you kidding. Marco Rubio is another Chris Christie. He makes me sick.

    • Tea Party Voter February 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      @ Jackie, you need to put down the crack pipe! Go Rubio!!!

  3. sportymom February 5, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Under Karl Rove’s “leadership” Republicans have lost the last two presidential elections. Billions of dollars were wasted on this campaign. Whose heads rolled when we lost – not once, but twice! Rather than taking responsibility for their “messaging” problem, the “establishment” has blamed – you guessed it – the Tea Party, the very group that ended the mass defections from the GOP in 2010.

    Maybe it’s time to consider whether the party needs a “great communicator” or candidates who actually believe in the Constitution and will passionately defend our Constitutional rights. Thanks to Rove, Bush, Boehner and Gillespie,our party stands for – NOTHING! Good luck with your plan to “save” the Republican party!

    • RLV123 February 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Spot on. I remember Karl Rove actively campaigning against Christine O’Donnell in the New Jersey race and giving no support to Sharon Angle in Nevada who should have beaten Harry Reid. Neither would walk lockstep with the GOP so he didn’t want either to win. Just check out Rubio’s voting record and see what he stands for. If not for the Tea Party the GOP would not have control of the House right now. I have had it with the GOP and will no longer support them.

      • Linna February 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        Where was the Tea Party in 2012? Who stayed home?
        Romney won independents by 5% …

        Both of those candidates lost for obvious reasons … Harry
        Reid machine was just one reason … not sure anyone could have won there … he has the unions and corrupt backing … certainly NOT Karl Rove.

        The other republican candidates that made sick comments should have had the integrity to step down for country.
        This had nothing to do with Karl Rove. It was more of an
        insult to republican ideals … why make excuses for them?

        • Lauren February 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

          Gov. Romney lost because of COMPUTER FRAUD, and because Obama ran continual attack ads in key swing states, all while Karl Rove and his American Crossroads PAC did NOTHING!!!

          Romney was my governor and ironically, contrary to the lies put out there, he was consistently conservative as his record as Mass. governor will prove. He was the real deal, a brilliant businessman and an accomplished governor who worked in good faith with BOTH parties (many in his administration were Democrats, but then again how could they not be since it was Mass!).

          America lost out on having one of the best presidents since Ronald Reagan — Mitt Romney. And the GOP is more to blame than Obama and gang. I expect the lies, deception, b.s. from the Dem’s, but the GOP to do nothing to refute it — it wasn’t by accident. The Bush machine is alive and well behind the scenes. I’m sure they want ol Jeb Bush and Marco “Pro amnesty” Rubio to run on the 2016 ticket. Mark my words. I will NOT vote for either one of those sellouts! I now live in FL and I know how Rubio operates and how Jeb Bush operated. Neither can be trusted. We need TRUE CONSERVATIVES — NO RINO’S!!!!

  4. Bill February 5, 2013 at 8:29 am

    GO Senator Rubio,
    GET the party together and get rid of obama.

    • Linna February 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Bill … I share your practical vision! Republicans need
      to stay on track and get rid of our current administration.
      the left will go to any means to destroy republicans and
      we shouldn’t destroy ourselves …

  5. Pamela Dale February 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for the heads up. I am done with Rubio, done with the Republican Party, and thanks to your brilliance – done with Shark Tank!

    • Lauren February 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm


      I’m starting to think the same thing — done with Shark Tank. Mr. Manjarres seems a little too fond of Rubio who is ABSOLUTELY PRO AMNESTY!!!! Check out: Rubio talks out both sides of his mouth, like Obama. Rubio is the silver tongued devil on the right as Obama is on the left. Rubio is my senator and I detest him. As former FL Speaker of the House, he blocked a vote on E-Verify, and kept six good illegal immigration bills that 76% of Floridians supported, from ever seeing the light of day. Then, he and his House cronies, all laughed it up, and was even quoted BEFORE the legislative session started saying “these bills will never see the light of day.” And they didn’t. If anyone would just bother to check the VOTING RECORDS OF CANDIDATES BEFORE THEY VOTE, WE COULD AVOID ELECTING SELLOUTS LIKE RUBIO!!!

      All “moderate” RINO’s need to go! Please support true conservatives in upcoming primaries. Now is the time to plan and raise money for good candidates! Otherwise, we get the clowns we deserve…

        • Lauren February 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

          Mr. Manjarres, I actually do read — a lot, but I can’t read everything, everywhere. I just know that some of the articles I’ve read that you have written, it seems you go a little soft on Rubio. Just my opinion which I’m still entitled, to, at least for now.

          Face it, there is no wiggle room, PERIOD for Rubio — his record as FL Speaker of the House and as MY US senator speaks for itself.

          It’s an INSULT to the late great Pres. Ronald Reagan to even compare Rubio to him. And, I don’t think he’s that great of a communicator. It’s all part of the ruse. Do most people know that Rubio is a trial attorney by trade?!? It goes with the territory —

          Consider me unsubscribed.

          • Javier Manjarres February 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm

            Do what you please. But again, go read this story. Karl Rove is comparing Rubio to Reagan, not me, nor the Shark Tank. And to Rubio defense, and for your own edification, he is not a trial attorney. Rubio has always been a Land Use attorney. This is very well document. So, if you are as versed on Rubio as you try to come across to everyone, you would have known this.

  6. Nancy Celano February 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Marco is not just a communicator, he is a natural communicator. He is eloquent, truthful, intelligent and brings so much to bipartisan politics. I trust him implicitly, which is more than can be said of most politicians. He is right that something must be done about immigration. What Americans are not realizing is that Hispanics are not the only immigrants. Our laws are for all aspirants who want to become Americans. The millions of illegals in the country should start their citizenship process in the manner spelled out by Rubio. If they don’t, then it is to their detriment.

    • Linna February 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Nany, I agree … avoiding immigration reform we spend
      more money on unresolved expenses. To me, anyone
      who came here illegally should only have opportunity for
      green card – which is a great way to love america. Does
      not afford vote or citizenship – but that is how it is.

      Immigration is a huge issue now as Obama wants to hand over
      citizenship and votes … we have to handle this!

  7. Lorena February 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Well said!! As a Hispanic voter I commend and support Senator Marco Rubio for being the best voice we have. He represents my ideas and values. I will support him to the end!!!

    • yshaw1 February 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      I agree Rubio is the Man of the Hour. Please don’t trash him, he is honest, and a wonderful communicator- so well liked. His time has come lets be happy we finally have and attractive, honest politician!

  8. BoGo February 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

    The last line should read:

    “With Rubio, and his futile efforts to out-pander the Democrats on immigration and flip-flopping on what essentially constitutes amnesty, the Republican party is dead.”

  9. Lee February 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Another Reagan? You must be high. Rubio is just another demagogue so common in Latin countries. My family, my friends and I voted for him but we will not do anymore. He only wants to give amnesty to illegal aliens who will bring more illegals inside the country. Their only goal is to drain our country to the bones. When are these politicians going to realize that the great majority of Latinos will NEVER vote Republicans? They only want BIG government to support them and their string of babies. Goodbye, Rubio!

  10. M H February 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

    It is simple. Secure the border FIRST. No comprehensive anything. The federal government, and these gang of clowns, have ZERO credibility. NONE! Any promises they make are absolutely worthless. SECURE THE BORDER and see how easy it will be to solve this. SECURE THE BORDER.

  11. Perseids February 5, 2013 at 10:51 am

    The only difference is Reagan was the real deal. He was a dyed in the wool Conservative through and through. No One Owned Him.

    The bush clan lackey Rove is about destroying Conservatives. The Bush clan did not like or admire Reagan, they resented the hell out of him. He was not a blue blood. He didn’t go to Yale. He beat daddy Bush like a drum in ’80 and denied him his turn. They never forgave that affront. Even today they still must attempt to live down the two less than robust turns in the oval office. Poor dears.

    They, it seems, must now resort to rule via proxy.

    Carl Rove is full of turd blossoms.

  12. Dorothy Davis February 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Marco Rubio is the future of the Republican Party. His answers to questions are always thoughtful and intelligent. We need a solution to the immigration issue, and the White House has been borrowing Rubio’s ideas since before the election. However, he has proven that he is not a one-issue candidate during his time in the Senate. His grasp of the situation in Libya and the Middle East was very impressive to me, as I was a Middle East specialist during my time in the Navy.

  13. FLgeezer February 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Marco is a great communicator, but he has unfortunately sold out to the fifth column in America:

    ‘Query: What is behind this Republican preoccupation, bordering on obsession, with Israel and its nemesis Iran, to the near exclusion of other threats and dangers faced by our country all over a world that is a good bit larger than one small corner of the Middle East? Has Sheldon Adelson replaced Henry Kissinger as the eminence grise of the GOP?

    Sen. Lindsey Graham implied it was an outrage to suggest any senator may have been intimidated by an Israeli lobby that has on its wall the scalps of two chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: J.W. Fulbright and Charles Percy.

    Who is Lindsey kidding?

    Did Bibi Netanyahu, after dissing the U.S. president in the Oval Office, receive those 29 standing ovations at a joint session of Congress, thereby breaking Stalin’s all-time record before the Supreme Soviet, because Bibi gave one helluva speech?’

  14. Marco and Ted February 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Marco is a great communicator but so too is Ted Cruz.

    Obama isn’t as good as either of them and not very spontaneous. But Obama does well with prepard text and is loved by Lefties because his other name is Santa Claus.

  15. Aarradin February 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Rubio’s for Amnesty. Might as well be a Democrat. If you can’t bring yourself to support enforcement of the immigration laws that we, through our representatives, have passed into law then you can’t pretend to be a Conservative. Its not as if they’re strict, indeed they are among the most generous in the world. Yet, they go almost completely unenforced.

    That should be the starting point for the entire Republican Party on this issue: enforce the laws already on the books. If you can’t even manage that, then don’t even mention ‘immigration reform’ with amnesty supposedly linked to some new enforcement laws. Why would anyone believe new enforcement provisions would have the slightest effect when they have yet to implement the enforcement provisions of Reagan’s amnesty?

    I have zero interest in seeing Rubio run for President. None. If he’s actually conservative on some issues, why doesn’t he focus on those rather than pushing the Democrats lawless agenda on amnesty?

    We’ve elected some outstanding Senators recently. Johnson from WI, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Cruz from TX seems outstanding, Toomey, and a few others.

    Rubio is not in their league, and likely never will be.

  16. Lauren February 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    For all the fawning, drooling Rubio admirers you should check out his voting history as the former FL Speaker of the House. He kept SIX good illegal immigration bills from ever coming to vote (many not even voted out of committee!). FL has the fourth highest amount of illegals of any state in the US (and growing). A non partisan website that will clarify it for you.

  17. Amanda February 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I’m an immigrant that came here legally 20 years ago. I paid ALL of the fees and jumped through all of the hoops only to get the big BOHICA anyway. I’m thinking about going back to the UK because opportunity to make it in this country has been greatly reduced by the progressive wolf in sheeps clothing that we keep reelecting. Hard work and playing by the rules is a worthless mind-game here because of turncoats like Rubio.

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