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Rubio 2020? Think again

Marco Rubio and Donald Trump

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Marco Rubio and Donald Trump



Marco Rubio’s easy victory, declared just after polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, immediately raised the 2020 talk.

So how much more interesting are things now with President-elect Donald Trump?

Rubio was poised, along with a gaggle of other Republicans, to emerge as the face of the anti-Clinton movement that Trump was widely expected to fall short of carrying past Election Day. The bilingual Republican savior Rubio was staring at Act 2.

Now Rubio will have to once again navigate Trump, a man he deemed a con man, too dangerous to oversee the nation's nuclear codes, not enough agressive toward Putin.

Rubio has said he'll stand up to Trump, act as a check on his power. But for the time being, it seems implausible that he, or any other ambitious Republican, will dare to mess with the movement Trump built -- a movement that rejected establishment politicians.

At the same time, Rubio has a chance to legislate like never before. With the GOP controlling Washington, will he pursue his anti-abortion agenda? What about Cuba policy? His ideas for expanded child tax credits?

How interesting are things now?

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:09am]


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