Team Clinton feared Marco Rubio most of all, by Ashe Schow.
The latest batch of emails related to Hillary Clinton and her campaign revealed the Democratic nominee was most worried about Sen. Marco Rubio becoming the GOP presidential nominee. …
“I’m beginning to worry more about Rubio than the others,” Benenson wrote. “He’s playing this very smart – only one who didn’t duck like a chicken s*** on the of whether POTUS loves America. He has stronger right wing cred than Jeb [Bush] and he’s finding a way to the middle enough for now and he will be the most exciting choice to Republicans. Could pose a real threat with Latinos etc.”
After Rubio announced his presidential campaign, Team Clinton got nervous.
“He gives a good speech, and sounded much more reasonable, populist and accessible than much of the rest of the GOP field,” wrote Clinton’s deputy communications director, Christina Reynolds. “Felt more like an inspiring Democratic speech than a GOP candidate, outside of foreign policy, repealing Obamacare and choice.”
Ultimately Rubio’s previous support for some form of amnesty killed his chances, after immigration became the big existential issue. Maybe also the Republican base didn’t want a smoothie who sounded a bit like a Democrat?