Rubio and Paul needed to make better impressions

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Both Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, will be real contenders for a presidential run in 2016. It appears that Hillary might be the sole Democratic candidate. I don’t think Biden stands a chance.

Sarah Palin did much better than Biden in the debates. Biden has neither the class nor the vernacular suitable for a person to run as president. I just hope that too many more Republicans don’t pile into the contest to be their presidential candidate.

In the last two campaigns the Republicans had almost a dozen candidates digging up dirt on each other rather than Obama. The Democrats sat back and picked up political ammo thanks to the Republican circular firing squad. Both times conservatives split their votes and the more liberal (some would say RINOs or “establishment Republicans”) McCain and Romney came forward. Neither the mainstream media nor the Republican candidates vetted Obama and he got a free pass.

Chris Christie was an attractive potential candidate, prior to his cuddling Obama. After giving the keynote speech for Romney, he panders to Obama offering him praise before Obama even did anything. What was Christie thinking?

Last week Rubio and Paul reminded me of Bobby Jindal’s response to the president four years ago. It appeared that Jindal was standing alone in the hallway of his home, with dull, drab and dark surroundings. At least Rubio had the flag behind him, but Paul did not. Why didn’t Rubio, and more so Paul, have a background suitable to lend excitement and presidential aura to them as speakers?

Two American flags should have been placed behind them on both sides. Couldn’t they find a few dozen people, an audience to respond to what they were saying with applause and cheering? Rubio’s reaching for the water out of his reach and the expression on his face makes one want to shake their head in disbelief.

Hearing both Rubio and Rand, I felt that Rand made more cogent points and was more assertive than Rubio. The Republicans need their candidates to speak with a dynamic and passionate tone, to inspire and encourage their constituents.

 

Nick Fortunato
Cos Cob

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