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“Surrounded by my family, friends and supporters, I announce my candidacy for President of the United States at the Freedom Tower in Miami.

Yesterday is over as are those candidates preaching the same old tired messages and unsuccessful solutions.

II Rubio and the National-Security-concerned Republicans

Redaced from and article by Dorothy Rabinowitz

The Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2015

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1. Last month, in a major policy address at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, Marco detailed the Rubio Doctrine, which consists of three pillars:

2. American Strength
Protection of the American economy in a globalized world
Moral clarity of America’s core values

Travel: Already, Marco has visited the key early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. Our teams on the ground in each state are busy with activity and growing every day.

II Rubio and the National-Security-concerned Republicans

Redaced from and article by Dorothy Rabinowitz

The Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2015

Marco Rubio, whose grasp of foreign affairs is both conspicuous and deep, emerged as a contender to be reckoned with. Not only does he address these issues with a comprehensiveness unequaled by any other candidate except Lindsey Graham—as Sen. Graham might say “that goes for you too, Hillary”—Sen. Rubio does so with unfailing eloquence.

It is unlikely that any journalist will be moved to report that a thrill runs up his leg when he listens to Marco Rubio. The senator’s public addresses have nothing of the soaring oratory Barack Obama delivered to the electorate and a swooning press. He speaks with a steady, unselfconscious authority, which is quite enough. Mr. Rubio is notably lacking in the kind of uneasy tentativeness that has characterized Jeb Bush’s public performances, though this may disappear—it was little in evidence in Mr. Bush’s campaign-opening speech Monday.

Candidate Rubio has, and it is no small advantage, a gift for language found frequently in people who have been voracious readers from childhood on. Like many children with his history, he also imbibed the sense of American exceptionalism at an early age and it has not gone away nor is it likely to do so.

There is no love of country quite as deep or conscious as that of the first-generation American. Mr. Rubio is the child of immigrants, Cubans in this case, who tutored him, as other immigrant parents have done with their children, in the unparalleled blessings of America. “You only have to have parents, family who come from other places, to know what we have here, this civilization without equal in history,” he says. All his life he has viewed the fortune that caused him to be born here—an American—as a gift without price, and it shows. He is one of the few politicians who can refer to the American dream, that exhausted rhetorical crutch, without inducing cringes.

In the course of his campaign rollout two months earlier than Mrs. Clinton’s, Mr. Rubio too addressed the dangers of leadership and ideas based on the values of yesterday. Only in his view those dangers were the obstruction of economic progress, the stifling of America’s ability to compete—and not least the failure to remember the importance of U.S. leadership in the world.

“And so they appease our enemies, they betray our allies, they weaken our military,” he says of the current administration. A dramatically different set of charges against yesterday’s thinking—and one with which virtually all Republican candidates would agree—than the compendium of victims suffering under the heels of Republicans and millionaires and billionaires that Mrs. Clinton cited on Roosevelt Island.

III Weekly Standard Straw Pole, June 22, 2015

In our latest straw poll, Scott Walker continues to hold the first place position he’s had in all four of our surveys. Marco Rubio is now a clear second, and is one of only two candidates to have moved up consistently from poll to poll. The other is Carly Fiorina, who is now sixth in first place votes, but third (!) when you total first, second and third place showings. All the other candidates have more or less bounced around inconclusively, as you can see below. So the bottom line is: Walker remains strong, Rubio continues to move up, and Fiorina is surging.

William Kristol, Editor

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