Newt's Rubio Rumble

Although Florida Senator and rising Republican star Marco Rubio has repeatedly refused to endorse a candidate in the Republican primary, his words this week have done great and perhaps unrepairable damage to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's chances of winning the Florida Republican primary and the Republican nomination for the presidency.

On Tuesday, Gingrich compared his contest against former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to the 2010 Florida US Senate race between Marco Rubio and the liberal (and eventually not Republican) former Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Rubio would have none of it, saying "Mitt Romney is no Charlie Crist. Romney is a conservative, and he was one of the first national Republican leaders to endorse me. He came to Florida, campaigned hard for me, and made a real difference in my race."

Then on Wednesday, Rubio assailed the Gingrich campaign for running a Spanish-language radio ad aimed at Florida's politically important Cuban community, in which Gingrich called Romney “the most anti-immigration candidate.” Rubio said the ad was “inaccurate, inflammatory, and doesn't belong in this campaign.” Gingrich promptly pulled the ad, after which Rubio offered Gingrich an olive branch in an interview with CBS: “I think Speaker Gingrich made the right decision. I've known Speaker Gingrich for a long time, I'm an admirer of him. I think he made the right choice.”

But the damage was done.

Please read the rest of my article for the American Spectator here:

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