Scarborough: GOP Has Learned ‘Don’t Nominate a First-Term Senator’

MSNBC “Morning Joe” anchor and former GOP Congressman from Florida Joe Scarborough argued that the Republican Party “has learned the terrible lesson from Democrats that you just don’t nominate a first term Senator” in an interview set to broadcast on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”

Scarborough was asked whether he thought Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had a chance in against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, to which he said.”I don’t think so, I don’t think in the State of Florida … I really do think that the Republican Party has learned from the terrible lesson from Democrats that you just don’t nominate a first term Senator,” and that Sens. Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz would face an “uphill battle” because of the “terrible example set by Barack Obama.” He predicted that the winner between Rubio and Jeb in Florida would be “Jeb because he was governor and was fairly popular, I think Jeb ought to do fairly well.”

Scarborough did say that many conservatives would look at Jeb Bush’s immigration position and “wonder whether he’s the conservative that they want,” and that “it’s just going to be tough, I think, for a lot of conservatives to look past his position on education, more so than immigration.”

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