Marco Rubio

House Democrats will bring tax cut deal to the floor

Despite tough talk by House Democrats on the $858 billion tax deal brokered between President Barack Obama and Republicans, it appears that it will come to the floor for a vote after all - though they are taking issue with the plans to knock the increase in the Death Tax from 35% instead of the planned increase to 55%:

The assistant to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that President Obama’s tax compromise with Republicans will come to the House floor, despite House Democrats vowing to block the deal in a heated caucus meeting last week.

But Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said on “Fox News Sunday” that, even though the White House has said that the deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts isn’t open to negotiation, House Democrats are still going to make an effort to lop out at least one controversial provision: the estate tax.
He insisted that Senate Republicans, in striking the deal with the president, had not insisted on a provision of setting the tax of 35 percent on estates over $5 million as a “central portion of this deal.” Many Democrats are furious about the rate and want a 45 percent levy on $3.5 million estates and greater.

Marco Rubio’s victory speech

Marco Rubio, who won the Senate race in Florida last night, gave the best speech of any candidate I heard. On the live-blog, we frequently wondered whether the GOP understood why they were booted in 2006 and 2008. It’s clear Rubio gets it:

FL Senate: Rubio leads Crist by 20 points

Marco Rubio (R) is poised to become the next United States Senator from Florida as the latest poll from Rasmussen shows him leading Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) by a substantial margin.

  • Rubio: 50%
  • Crist: 30%
  • Meek: 16%
  • Other: 1%
  • Not sure: 3%

News broke in the last week week that Crist, who has been trying to convince Meek to drop out of the race, would caucus with Democrats. This confirmed suspicion among conservative and Republican bloggers that has been around for months.

Former President Bil Clinton, who is rumored to have encouraged Meek to drop out, will be in Florida today to campaign for the Democratic nominee. So it appears that Meek will be in the race no matter what.

According to the survey, Rubio is vastly popular in the state as 58% of voters view him favorably. Crist is also view favorably by 51% of voters and also receives high marks for his performance as Governor. However, as he has moved to the left and President Barack Obama, Crist’s support has declined.

Rubio should win easily on Tuesday night.

FL Senate: Rubio’s closing ad

Marco Rubio, who has held a double-digit lead for sometime, released a two minute closing ad discussing his family’s journey from Cuba to the United States that has some talking about a future presidential bid:

FL Senate: Rubio makes gains

With a week to go, Marco Rubio (R-FL) is poised to defeat Gov. Charlie Crist, who bolted from the GOP once it was apparent he had no shot to take the party’s nomination, and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL).

  • Rubio: 41%
  • Crist: 26%
  • Meek: 20%

Voters in Florida, which are overwhelming trending Republican in early voting, are opposed to ObamaCare, which both Crist and Meek support, and are generally supportive of the tea party movement:

Fifty-two percent of voters — and even one in four Democrats — think the healthcare plan passed by Congress should be repealed. Only about one in three voters think it should remain in place.

Crist has been blasting Rubio as an extremist tea party candidate but 53 percent of voters say they personally identify with the insurgent tea party movement for lower taxes and less spending. That includes 80 percent of Republicans, 44 percent of independents and 28 percent of Democrats.

Barring some sort of miracle, Rubio will be the junior Senator from Florida come November 2nd.

FL Senate: The ever-changing positions of Charlie Crist

Marco Rubio has lead in every poll in the race for United States Senate in Florida since late August, most show him up by double-digits, but that hasn’t stopped him from running an ad highlighting the change in positions of Charlie Crist on ObamaCare and other issues:

FL Senate: Rubio hits 50%

With persisting speculation that Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) may drop of out the race for United States Senate, though he denies the rumor. If Meek were to drop out, it would leave Gov. Charlie Crist as the de facto nominee of Flordia Democrats. With that worry now in the minds of Florida Republicans, a new poll out of the showing Marco Rubio at 50% carries significance and is putting some minds at ease.

  • Rubio: 50%
  • Crist: 25%
  • Meek: 19%
  • Other: 3%
  • Not sure: 3%

For the first time I can remember in this race, Rubio is leading among independent voters, taking 47%, while Crist and Meek take 33% and 8%. Only 15% of Republican voters are sticking with Crist, who was elected as Governor in 2006 as a Republican.

The poll has very bad news for Crist. In the last poll in this race, 55% of voters approved of his performance, with 44% disapproving. In this latest poll, 49% approve and 51% disapprove. Voters’ view of Crist has also fell off slightly, going from 57% holding a favorable of him to 52%. Forty-seven percent (47%) now view him unfavorably, up from 40% last month.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) have a favorable view of Rubio, up from 54% last month. And despite attempts by Crist and Meek to paint him as an extremist, 52% of voters find his beliefs to be in the mainstream. Forty-six percent (46%) view Crist’s beliefs as being inside the mainstream.

FL Senate: Is Meek going to drop out of the race?

While Marco Rubio has held a steady lead in the race for United States Senate in Florida, there are signs that Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) is preparing to drop out of the race, which would benefit Gov. Charlie Crist :

Republican leaders in the Sunshine State are fretting that a deal may be in the works to get Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek out of the Florida Senate race in order to boost Charlie Crist’s flagging chances of beating Republican Marco Rubio.

Across the state, groups such as Palm Beach Democrats for Crist and Tampa Democrats for Crist are emerging. Republican fears are further stoked by the almost universal acknowledgment that Mr. Meek has almost no chance to win. Statewide polling has his support in the teens and falling. His money coffers are all but dry. Democrats had hoped that when Mr. Crist abandoned the GOP for an independent run, it would split the Republican vote and propel Mr. Meek into the winner’s circle. With four weeks to go, no one believes that now. Mr. Meek, who is African-American, polls strongly only with black voters.

Meanwhile, Mr. Crist is striving to assemble a center-left coalition by winning over Democratic voters. His latest mailing throughout the state was titled “Ten Reasons Democrats Should Vote for Charlie Crist.” On issues from health care to taxes, Mr. Crist has moved dramatically to the left.

FL Senate: Rubio holds 11 point lead

Rasmussen’s latest poll out of Florida shows Marco Rubio holding his lead over Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) in the race for United States Senate.

  • Rubio: 41%
  • Crist: 30%
  • Meek: 21%
  • Other: 3%
  • Not sure: 5%

According to Real Clear Politics, Rubio has held a double-digit lead in each of the last six polls in this race. Crist has not led since the beginning of August.

Democrats and independent voters are what is keeping Crist in the game. Only a fraction of Republicans still support his candidacy. A majority of voters do still hold a favorable view of him and approve of his performance as Governor. Rubio is also view favorably by a majority of voters.

PA Senate: Qunnipiac shows Toomey up by 7 points

In case you haven’t noticed, there are a few candidates in races for the United States Senate that we’re following, such as Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida. We’re also following Pat Toomey’s race in Pennsylvania.

I’ve been following Toomey since he ran against Sen. Arlen Specter in the GOP primary in 2004 through when he was President of the Club for Growth. I don’t agree with him on social issues, but I’m with him on economic issues.

The latest poll out of Pennsylvania, conducted by Quinnipiac, shows Toomey hitting 50% and holding a seven point lead over Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA).

  • Toomey: 50%
  • Sestak: 43%
  • Undecided: 7%

The poll that 56% of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance, while 40% approve. On his handling of the economy, 58% disapprove, while 39% approve. And 59% disapprove of ObamaCare, which Sestak voted for. Thirty-four percent approve.

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