EYES ON RU­BIO

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Act­ing pres­i­den­tial? Vice-pres­i­den­tial? The afore­men­tioned Sen. Marco Ru­bio has main­tained a thought­ful, strate­gic me­dia pres­ence since he took of­fice. Noth­ing willy-nilly. Build­ing grav­i­tas. The Florida Repub­li­can con­tin­u­ally has prompted GOP watch­ers to won­der about his role in the elec­tion, and the value of his en­dorse­ment if he ul­ti­mately de­clines “Rom­ney/Ru­bio 2012.”

On Sept. 6, Mr. Ru­bio de­liv­ered what his han­dlers deem “a ma­jor for­eign pol­icy speech” at the Jesse Helms Cen­ter in Win­gate, N.C. The ti­tle? It’s “Amer­ica’s Role in the World.” The law­maker is not think­ing small here.

“This will be the third and last of a se­ries of three ma­jor speeches by Se­na­tor Ru­bio out­lin­ing his vi­sion of Amer­ica. The first was his maiden Se­nate floor speech in June, and the sec­ond was last month’s speech at Ron­ald Rea­gan Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary on “The Role of Govern­ment in Amer­ica,” Mr. Ru­bio’s of­fice ad­vises.

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