Coburn Hearts Rubio…

..the other GOP contenders, not so much:  Tom Coburn On 2016: Cruz And Walker Not Ready For Primetime, America Won’t Elect Another Bush.

The piece has the candidate-by-candidate run-down.

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  1. gVOR08 says:

    Tom Coburn, outstanding holy roller, deficit scold, gun stroker, and AGW denier endorses Rubio. Goody.

  2. @gVOR08: Take it for what you will.

  3. al-Ameda says:

    Maybe … MAYBE … Coburn’s endorsement matters, perhaps with the base evangelical types, I don’t think so, those folks have nowhere else to go, but who knows?

    I happen to think that Rubio will be on the ticket – either as the presidential or vice presidential nominee. Electorally, Florida matters, plus the GOP thinks that Rubio would get them more Hispanic voters.

  4. gVOR08 says:

    @al-Ameda: I’d agree, except that I still expect Bush to get the nomination, and he doesn’t need Rubio.

  5. pylon says:

    Coburn, for all his faults, always got along well with Obama personally when the latter was a Senator. So I suspect the lack of respect given Obama by some candidates is grating on him.