[UPDATE] Rubio Had Doubts He Could Win Fla. Senate Race

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 11-1 1:20PM --

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) --

Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio is coasting into Election Day with a simple message: Go vote.

Rubio is making four stops around the state Monday before
wrapping up appearances mid-afternoon in Hialeah.

In Clearwater, about 40 supporters greeted him as his plane
pulled up to a hangar. He spoke for less than three minutes,
telling the crowd that he has already won the battle of ideas, but
needs to make sure people vote.

Rubio said: "We can't stop, we're not there yet. We'll be there
tomorrow."

Rubio is considered the favorite in a three-way race with
independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Republican Marco Rubio admits even he had doubts last year that he now would be in position to win the Senate race.

He told a group of Republican supporters Sunday morning that
when most people said he had no chance to win the Republican primary, it occasionally made him wonder if they were right.

Rubio is now the front-runner to win Tuesday's election over
Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and independent Gov. Charlie Crist, who abandoned the Republican primary after Rubio built a large lead in polls.

Rubio, a former House speaker, said, "Everything that we ever
knew about politics told us a day like this could not come, we
could never be at this point."


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  • by Steve Location: Tallahassee on Nov 1, 2010 at 09:39 AM
    Bush inherited a great economy from Clinton... it did not start to falter until his tax cuts went into effect. Want to compromise? How about this: Extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. As soon as that goes into effect, bring every single one of our military personnel home from Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Cuba, wherever we have bases. Have them patrol the border along Mexico to stop the illegal immigration. Institute a brand new Military Tax. Everything involving the Military, no matter what the purpose, is funded via this tax. If we need to go to war, this tax must rise to fund it. If you want lower taxes, adjust this tax and thus our military expenditures as you feel fit. It is decided by the voters every four years, with the President and 60% of Congress/Senate able to raise it by an emergency declaration for purposes of war only.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    Steve and I....Companies are hording money because they are afraid of the democrats raising taxes, the economy under Bush was great until democrats took over the house and senate. Read timelines.
  • by l on Nov 1, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    Tell like it is STEVE. I HAVE TRIED TO get that across for the longest. MAYBE!?! Bush thaught he was doing something for the peopleBUT DID HE?
  • by Steve Location: Tallahassee on Nov 1, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    Notice recent earnings reports with so many companies increasing earnings, including several that reported record earnings? They didn't do that by increasing payrolls. Tax cuts help that, but the only way companies hire more people is if demand for their products increase to beyond what they can produce. So no matter how many tax cuts occur, jobs WILL NOT be increased by cutting taxes. The only way to get out of this recession entirely is for the government to spend money on infrastructure projects, research & development projects, etc... Those government funded jobs will put people back to work, who will then spend the money increasing demand for products, which will then increase private sector jobs. The Republicans have it so backwards its ridiculous. TAX CUTS DO NOT EQUAL INCREASED EMPLOYMENT!! If they did, unemployment would be <4% because of all the Bush tax cuts still in place. Instead, its about 11% in Florida, 9.5% nationally!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 at 04:36 AM
    Please explain the plan to give away money. A tax cut is not giving away any money. Letting people or companies keep more of their own money (less taxes) lets them decide how to spend it instead of the government.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Nov 1, 2010 at 04:27 AM
    Anonymous, have you seen what Google is doing because of corporate taxes in this nation? They found a way to legally route money so they pay just over 2% taxes. I figure I'm about as middle class as anyone, and I certainly pay a higher percentage income tax on my income that Google is. And there is certainly a great deal less of it. There are those who figure cutting taxes will push us further into deficit. It will for a while, but it will also encourage hiring, since more will be employed, tax revenue on all levels will rise due to that, and unemployment payments will go down. The net result. More tax revenue for city, county, state and the federal government.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    If more voters understood how he plans to join Boehner & McConnell to give more away to corporations at the expense of the middle class they could make his doubts come true.
  • by PrezNixon on Oct 31, 2010 at 09:51 AM
    Go Rubio!
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