Florida Senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio cannot seem to have a solid stretch of victories. Every “step forward” is seemingly followed by a “step back.”
If he has a terrific debate performance, it is followed by a disastrous one. If he is ridiculed for spouting his default talking points ad nauseum, he polishes-up and performs terrifically. One curveball, however, and he’s back to his robotic glitches, leaving him sputtering his tired, non-committal talking points over and over again.
After an impressive showing in Nevada’s primary where he narrowly placed second, Rubio should be riding high. When recently asked about his strategy to win the nomination, however, Rubio opined that one does not win the nomination based on how many states he wins.
On Tuesday’s “Fox and Friends,” Rubio claimed that “this is an unusual election.” He also offered wishful thinking as fact, stating,
“And right now, what you have is a situation where Donald—the majority of the Republican electorate, the majority of Republican voters in this country do not want Donald Trump to be the nominee.”
Meanwhile, Trump has dominated in several recent states. In Nevada, for instance, Trump bested Rubio nearly 46% to Rubio’s 24%.
Nevada, with a moderate governor, moderate senator and more-moderate congressmen, serves as a pretty good model for indicating how the moderate faction of the GOP feels and even they are gravitating towards Trump.
“Until there’s some kind of consolidation here, you’re not going to have a clear alternative to Donald Trump, and the argument we’ve made is, I’m as conservative as anyone in this race, but I’m the conservative that can unify the Republican Party,” Rubio said.
Co-host Ashley Earhardt questioned if Rubio needs to start winning primaries in order for him to be the nominee. Rubio laughably replied,
“You don’t win the nomination by how many states you win,” Rubio replied, maintaining that he intends on winning several key states.
When pressed on what states he intends to focus, the cagey candidate refused to elaborate.
Strictly speaking, Rubio is correct; one does not need to win the majority of states… but he should be winning some of them.
Similarly, one could maintain that one does not need to score touchdowns to win a football game; a team can accumulate points via safeties and field goals. However, discounting the importance of scoring touchdowns is about as absurd as discounting the fact that Rubio is consistently losing states and losing by double digits.
Rubio is right to remain optimistic and we shouldn’t expect him to convey anything else but optimism at this stage in the race.
Still, it seems like Rubio’s strategy at this point is to wish realities into existence.