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Now It’s Rubio’s Turn … for 2012 Talk

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

He hasn’t even won his Senate primary, yet that hasn’t stopped the media from speculating that former House Speaker Marco Rubio could, should and maybe would step right into the 2012 presidential sweepstakes.

Here’s part of the argument, as made by Politics Daily contributor Matt Lewis — and, yes, it makes sense:

“Rubio would start off as a fresh face whom almost every conservative in America would already be invested in, to one degree or another. Conversely, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee, to mention a few of the high-profile potential candidates, have scars from 2008 that won’t fully heal in the next two years. Some past supporters may feel let down by them, and former enemies may still hold grudges. Romney, the presumptive front-runner, is harmed by his support of “Romneycare” in Massachusetts. Other potential candidates, such as Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi (who also served as RNC chairman and worked as a lobbyist) have backgrounds that might label them as D.C. insiders. Rubio has no such baggage.”

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