Florida Senator Marco Rubio has a lot to offer as a Presidential candidate. You’d think he’d be doing more to make his case to New Hampshire Republican primary voters.
Rubio made a rare stop in New Hampshire this week, but if you blinked, you might have missed it. On Tuesday in Laconia, Rubio delivered his stump speech, took questions for about 10 minutes, shook hands for another 10. By comparison, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held court for more than two hours Monday night at his Telling It Like It Is Town Hall in Loudon.
Rubio has the nuts and bolts of a real campaign in place. He’s a skilled debater and a polished advocate for conservative ideas. Dan Tuohy reports that his New Hampshire staff is growing. He has some impressive endorsements, including Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield and our erstwhile editorial page editor Andrew Cline, who explains his decision to back Rubio in today’s paper.
But one of the great benefits of the New Hampshire primary is that it makes the candidates better. The person-to-person grassroots campaigning we expect breaks future Presidents out of the bubble of prepared speeches, staged debates, and shallow television interviews. And so far, Rubio seems to be just going through the motions.
He has time to fix this. Rubio is back in New Hampshire today to address the Seacoast Republican Women in Greenland.
Hopefully, he’ll stick around for more than 10 minutes after his speech.