The campaign team for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush believes Senator Marco Rubio is the Republican version of President Obama, a charge that marks an escalation in the rivalry between the Florida politicians as the race for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination intensifies.
According to Politico:
“The campaign’s fixation on the Florida senator was evidenced by several slides, including one noting the allies of both Rubio and Bush who have sided with Bush’s campaign. “Marco hasn’t received a single endorsement from a fellow U.S. Senator,” the text on screen read. “Governor Bush has been endorsed by three, as well as 20 House members.”
The following slide called Rubio “a GOP Obama” and noted their “strikingly similar profiles: first-term senators, lawyers and university lecturers, served in part-time state legislatures for eight years, had few legislative accomplishments, and haven’t shown much interest in the process of advancing legislation and getting results.”
The presentation was followed by a luncheon, with former President George W. Bush and younger brother, Jeb, entertaining about 150 donors here, and with Rubio continuing to be a lingering presence.”