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Smith Now Attacking Rubio as ‘No Show Marco’

Senator_Smith_headshotTurning up the heat in the already hot Republican U.S. Senate primary, candidate and former Senator Bob Smith is now taking aim at Former House Speaker Marco Rubio.

Smith's beef with Rubio comes from the Former House Speaker's failure to attend a planned candidates’ forum sponsored by the West Charlotte Republican Club last week. Rubio, it seems, had initially agreed to appear alongside Smith at the forum, but later backed out.

“If Marco cannot stand up to his own primary opponents in a debate, how in the world can he face the Democratic majority in the US Senate? Timid people are not successful in that arena," declared Smith. "Those who succeed firmly embrace their convictions and aggressively challenge their opponents. You cannot represent our state by hiding in a corner or ducking the tough issues and debates with Senator Harry Reid, the liberal majority and the meat grinder that is Washington politics.”

"Any true leader knows that the most disrespectful thing you can do to a person is to show no consideration for their time, and over 200 Southwest Florida Republicans gave up a Tuesday evening to see this debate,” added Smith Campaign Director Chuck Winn.

The Smith campaign is also circulating a YouTube video from the event in which an upset club leader details his back-and-forth with the Rubio campaign.

Smith, who officially launched his campaign on October 1st, is seen by some as a bit of a wildcard in this race. A former Senator from New Hampshire, he's lived in Florida for the last five years and is running to the right of both leading candidates.

Smith's campaign so far has focused very heavily on the issue of illegal immigration. The former Senator charges that rivals Crist and Rubio are too far to the left on the issue of amnesty for illegals.

Standard political practice is that the person trailing in the polls is the one demanding more debates. Governor Crist doesn't want to debate Marco Rubio and Rubio, likewise, probably doesn't want to be seen debating Smith.

For his part, Rubio is maintaining a very dense campaign schedule that will see him traveling all over the state. This week alone he'll appear at the Broward County Republican Executive Committee on Monday, followed by the the Santa Rosa Federated Republican Women's Club on Tuesday and the Walton County Federated Republican Women's Club on Wednesday.

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  1. Why is Rubio afraid to debate Smith, especially on the issue of illegal immigration?

    Also, debaters know that by controlling the format, one can control the message.

    Thank you, Jaxobserver, for letting the public know there are three candidates running for the senate.

  2. "Turning up the heat in the already hot Republican U.S. Senate primary, candidate and former Senator Bob Smith is now taking aim at Former House Speaker Marco Rubio"

    This needs a re-write. How about this?

    "Desperate to get his name out in the news, former New Hampshire Senator and John Kerry supporter in the 2004 election, Bob Smith, is attempting to drum up name recognition by attacking Marco Rubio claiming Rubio won't debate him."

  3. Who is Bob Smith? Haha. This is what losers do. Cry about people not paying attention to him.

  4. More from the Jax Observer in high fiving Charlie Crist's Senate campaign!

    This "no show" accusation, while untrue, is not as bad as when Gov. Crist invited 4 former Florida governor's last year to lunch in Tallahassee ( including Gov. Bush) and then canceled on them to go join Pres Obama in Ft Myers to campaign ( PHOTO OP) for the alost Trillion Dollar "stimulus" package.

    This Charlotte County problem is not even newsworthy but here is the truth:

    Marco Rubio was not there because ON THE DAY of the event they changed the format from a forum to a debate and extended the time commitment Marco was asked for and committed to previously which was 15 minutes.

    Here is more on that:

    Why would Marco not participate in a candidate event that Marco himself was plugging on the radio just two days before?

    Because of the bait & switch from the pawns of Charlie.

    Marco was scheduled to be onstage solo for 15 MINUTES to address the 200 Charlotte Republicans. Then exit and go to his next commitment. And the next candidate gets 15 minutes, and so on.

    Then the last minute bait & switch.

    Marco is informed that the event is now a round robin format lasting 2 hours with Marco and the rest of the candidates.

    Anyone who has ever worked on a statewide campaign knows that a candidate's time is scheduled to the minute.

    The only candidate of the whole group of candidates who took the stage was Bob Smith. The rest left. Including Marco.

    The classy thing for the organizers to do would be to apologize to Marco and the other candidates for the last minute format change, and to set the record straight.

    What is newsworthy in this Senate race, that the Jacksonville Observer overlooked today, is that the current governor, Charlie Crist, was wrtten up in an Editorial in FORBES Magazine today as:

    " The Worst Governor in America."

    Read here on Forbes.com

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/10/25/governor-charlie-crist-florida-opinions-columnists-politics-reihan-salam.html

    • Why should the JO cover some misinformed rant by an online blogger barely old enough to remmember Reagan at Forbes? It is only newsworthy because you wish it were.

    • I agree with you that Marco Rubio is the best alternative to Charlie Crist. Sometimes compromise and getting most of what you want is worth it. I supported Mitt Romney for that same reason in 2008.

      Senator Smith is dead right on immigration and Marco Rubio has been a little less than clear with his positions in the past. But the truth is that money rules politics and so far Marco is the only candidate with a realistic shot at beating Charlie.

  5. BOB SMITH IS A WACO THAT NEEDS ATTENTION! MARCO IS AGAINST AMNESTY! BOB SMITH IS NOTHING BUT A CRIST PLANT! who had over 200 people to boo Marco and cheer bob! Marco was smart not to give this punk the time of day! PLEASE WATCH THE INTERVIEW.http://www.redcounty.com/crainterview-marco-rubio-illegal-immigration BOB IS DOING NOTHING BUT HELPING LIBERAL CRIST GET ELECTED! WAY TO GO JERK OFF!

  6. If Bob Smith was a Crist plan, he would have a heck of a lot more money besides his 18k. Rubio's record on immigration is weak; it will be even weaker if he gets to the Senate. Why? Because that's what Republicans do here in Florida. Run to the right, govern to the Left. Jeb, Mel, Charlie, Bob Martinez and Marco would do the same. My guess would be that the FL. REPUBLICAN VOTER is not a Christian; otherwise he would use better language. I will quote the Book of Psalms to him despite that. "Put not your trust in princes." Even if Rubio gets to the Senate, he will betray you. There are a lot of people who claim to be conservatives on the campaign trail. There are very few who actually are once they sit on the throne.

  7. ROB, WHAT DO YOU KNOW WHAT MARO WILL DO? GET LOST LOSER! BOB SMITH IS A WIERDOOOOOOOOO! RUBIO 2010!

    • What is it about Bob Smith that makes him a "wierdo"? What personality trait, physical trait or political position gives you that impression?

  8. I base my take on Rubio on his performance in the state legislature. I am a Christian and a conservative-again, based on your use of insults and your cheerleading for the party and a candidate, I would wager you are neither. You have no king but Caesar. I believe power corrupts and that Rubio will prove to be no better than any of the other Republicans we have elected in the Sunshine State. Is Rubio better than Crist and Smith? Probably and I assume I will hold my nose and vote for him next year. But I have seen very little to get excited about it with Rubio and I certainly do no think he will represent the most conservative part of Florida-the counties north of I-4, ranging from Navy towns like Pensacola and Jax to farming areas. The lesser of evils is still an evil. What do you see about the candidate that gets you so fired up?

  9. I'M SICK AND TIRED OF THE SAME OLD WASHINGTON INSIDERS! WHY IS BOB SMITH A WIERDO ANN? BECAUSE IT DOES NOT MAKE SENCE THAT A REPUBLICAN SENATOR LIKE SMITH WOULD ENDORSE A LIBERAL LIKE JOHN KERRY OVER A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN LIKE GEORGE BUSH! AND THEN THIS WACO WAVED AND THREW A PLASTIC FETUS AT SOME PROTESTERS AND MADE A LITTLE GIRL CRY! HE MAKE US PRO LIFERS AND CHRISTIANS LOOK LIKE A BUNCH OF CRAZY PEOPLE! AND BOB HAS A HISTORY OF GOING NUTS WHEN HE DOES NOT GET HIS WAY! THIS MAN HAS NO MONEY TO BACK HIS CAMPAIGN HE HAS ONLY 17,000 DOLLARS IN THE BANK! WITH 5 OR 6 SUPPORTERS! WHILE MARCO RUBIO A TRUE CONSERVATIVE WHO HAS BEEN BEATTING THE HELL OUT OF CRIST AND HAS RAISED OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS LAST QURT. AND HAS A HUGE FOLLOWING LOOKS LIKE HE IS GOING TO BEAT CRIST AND BOB WANTS TO BASH MARCO? WE HAVE THIS ONE GREAT CHANCE TO BEAT LIBERAL CRIST AND BOB IS ACTTING LIKE A FOOL! AND REPUBLICANS ARE STARTING TO HATE HIM 4 IT AND I DONT BLAME THEM! BOB SMITH IS A JACKASS!

  10. I'm sorry. I did not mean Smith-I meant what fires you up about Marco Rubio? I agree that Smith is often a flake (his strange 2000 presidential campaign and his backing of Kerry out of spite) but I do think he is solid on life issues. As for money, it is a weak argument. Smith has less money. Ok. Rubio has less money than Crist. Bottom line is Smith is a flake which why I won't vote for him. But what is so good about Rubio? As for George W. Bush being a "conservative"--we had a bigger federal government that ever before under Bush, Frist and Speaker Hastert And you bash Smith as a Washington insider and than praise Bush as a "true conservative"? Uhm....yeah that makes no sense. If a Bush is not the ultimate insider in the GOP, I don't know who is. So what is so good about Rubio? And please don't do the all caps thing. And please don't say "BOB IS ACTTING LIKE A FOOL" or insulting anyone's intelligence unless you can actually use spellcheck. So what is so good about Rubio? I think he is the lesser of all evils in the field and will probably vote for him but I'm not finding much reason to get excited about the guy.

  11. THE REAL BOB SMITH!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X5XOgPzb9c
    RUBIO=REAGAN BOB SMITH=WACO!

  12. THE REAL BOB SMITH!
    RUBIO=REAGAN BOB SMITH=WACO!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X5XOgPzb9c

  13. Rubio is no Reagan, Rubio IS the Republican Obama.

    FCV, if you could explain what Rubio's actual conservative record is (not cut and pasted from his website) and do it without caps, I might buy the bill of goods you are trying to sell me.

  14. Butler,
    I think your question is a great one, and it seems to be something that Rubio supporters have tried to avoid. However, listed below are two articles that came out today in the Miami Herald and the St. Petersburg Times. They compare his current conservative rhetoric with the facts of his legislative background. Very interesting as it seems that what he says is very different from what he does. His is hardly a conservative record.

    Rubio record diverges from campaign rhetoric - St. Petersburg Times
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/article1050022.ece

    Rubio's immigration stance faces scrutiny
    Miami Herald
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/rubios-immigration-stance-faces-scrutiny/1050021

  15. from an activity perspective, Smith is running the most active campaign. He has by far the true conservative voting record and has won a Senate seat in the past. The national media is behind Rubio, but as far as voters on the ground, Smith is running a better campaign. He will be the likely nominee for our party.