Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Endorsing Marco Rubio


Paul Singer is a leading Republican fundraiser and donor, who is now endorsing Marco Rubio in his bid for the presidency.  The endorsement is a boost for the Florida senator's campaign, but a setback for Jeb Bush.
Singer is able to easily invest millions of dollars into a super PAC.  He’s likely to make a large contribution to one of the outside groups allied with Rubio's presidential campaign.  A substancial donation will help Rubio's campaign, which only raised $6 million in the most recent fundraising quarter.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Paul Singer gave $11.5 million to conservative groups in 2014, more than any Republican in the country.  He’s the Republican party's most prodigious fundraiser, and his giving has been motivated primarily by two causes: protection of Israel and other Jewish causes, and support for the gay rights movement.  That position puts him at odds with other players in the Republican Party.
Paul Singer backed Rubio during his Senate campaign in 2010, and has praised the senator's positions on higher education and welfare reform, his pledge to replace Obamacare and his support for Israel.  Singer called Rubio "the best explainer of conservatism in public life today" and the candidate best positioned to defeat Hillary Clinton next fall.
Rubio told reporters at a campaign event in Iowa: "I'm grateful that, you know, when people donate to us they buy into our agenda, and I'm glad that he has and it will help us with resources.  But you know, resources alone are not enough.  You have to have the right ideas and the right principles and convince people that you're the right person for the job.  But we're grateful to have his help, obviously."
When will Senator Rubio make his plan to replace Obamacare known to the voters?

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