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Can Rubio Regain the Grassroots Support He Lost?

Senator Marco Rubio is making a 'defund Obamacare' road trip around the state of Florida, that could also be perceived as an immigration reform damage control play, as many Floridians took issue with him over his amnesty-lite policy shift on immigration reform.

It is fair to say that Rubio sustained a self-inflicted body-blow to his reputation and political career when he embraced liberal Democratic Senators Charles Schumer, Dick Durbin, and John McCain, in co-sponsoring the Senate 'Gang of 8' immigration reform bill.

But is Rubio's reputation completely shot with conservatives?

Rubio has stated that aside from immigration reform, he is as conservative as always. In defense of Rubio, he does have the voting record in the Senate to prove his conservative bona fides, but the immigration issue still looms large with many conservatives that feel he betrayed them.

Can Rubio win back his Tea Party support?

A few weeks ago, Rubio was asked whether he supported Common Core and all of the bells and whistles that go along with it, including the data mining of student information.

 Rubio firmly stated that he was completely against Common Core, putting himself at odds with his political mentor, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Common Core is a huge issue for grassroots activists and pundits across the nation, by Rubio coming out against these education standards, conservative activists and Tea Party folks are cautiously giving him a second chance. 

If Rubio continues to stay the course of opposing big government and tax increases, not to mention Common Core, it will only be a matter of time before grassroots activists completely warm back up to him. Remember, Rubio needs the grassroots in order to have any chance of winning the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. 


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