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DeMint Joins Rubio In DC Tomorrow

Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio will be joined in Washington tomorrow by a leading conservative voice in the Senate, Jim DeMint of South Carolina. The Rubio camp would not confirm or deny that an endorsement will be made.

The trip to DC comes as the Rubio camp is making its case to supporters that its insurgent Senate campaign can be successful against Gov. Charlie Crist (R). The St. Pete Times has a link to a memo currently making the rounds, calling the primary battle "Ground Zero in the struggle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party".

  • There is a tremendous and untapped reservoir of motivated activists, voters and donors who are driven to support a candidate that represents principled conservative values. These voters are looking for a candidate whom they trust with a belief in the power of individuals and personal responsibility, not a bloated more costly federal government.
  • Marco often says that "our party and our nation are at a critical crossroads." Republicans not just in Florida but across the country are looking for leadership that will re‐build the GOP based on proven strengths, a party that has a clear message, a party that has a purpose beyond simply protecting its power. But what kind of leader will that be? The voice of strong conservative principles to stand in opposition to the liberal agenda. Or more of the same Washington politicians concerned with electability and popularity rather than governing with principle through hard times.
  • More highlights from the memo after the jump:


  • Marco is an unconventional candidate committed to running an unconventional campaign: he has already proven so by driving himself to more than 30 Republican club meetings throughout the state giving inspired speeches and signing up new supporters one at a time, while talking to thousands online, sometimes at all hours of the night. This allows Marco to shine in what he does best - being Marco. And, it will empower the campaign to build a new, modern campaign online and statewide.
  • We know that historically Florida's Republican primary electorate is relatively compact with a stable turnout of informed voters. We intend to identify and communicate with these voters directly. Primary voters will be contacted through multiple mediums and be given numerous opportunities to learn the facts and ideology of each of the candidates. We fully expect that Republican voters will determine that their values lie closer to Marco's values than Charlie's.
  • Fundraising has been encouraging, small and large donors across the state and online donors across the country are interested in Marco's new brand of conservative leadership. However, it is clear we will be out‐raised and outspent by a sitting Governor with unlimited access to special interest money in Washington and Tallahassee. But it is also clear, we will have the money to get our message out and present Marco to voters up and down the state.
  • Poll numbers are nothing more than a snap shot in time and we fully expect to be behind for most of this campaign. However, there are some interesting things to note in recent public polling. Charlie has a strong lead but there are clear vulnerabilities: 1. 83% of Republicans in this state still have a favorable opinion of Jeb Bush. Compared to only 50% for Charlie. This is a sitting governor who starts the campaign with only a 50% favorable rating among republicans before the campaign has begun and his record has been examined. Plus, it has been said Marco is a "Jeb Bush Republican". 2. Marco is a candidate unknown by 80% of the primary electorate; this affords us tremendous opportunity for growth. As the incumbent Governor, Charlie enters the race at a high water mark relatively well known by Republican and Democrat voters. 3. Marco's support has already grown steadily in the past three months. A February 18th Quinnipiac poll showed Rubio with only 3% compared to Crist's 53%. Two months later on April 16, Quinnipiac showed Rubio at 8% and Crist at 54%. And post announcement of both candidates, Rubio garnered 18% according to Mason Dixon. While the margin remains large, our progress is significant, statistically relevant, and demonstrates the tremendous growth opportunity for our campaign. It is all the more amazing that this growth occurred without a single advertising dollar being spent.