The 17-year story behind Marco Rubio’s cut-down of Jeb Bush

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Furious GOP chairman suspends debate plans with NBC.

One of the wealthiest and most influential Republican donors in the country is throwing his support to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a decision that could swing millions of dollars in contributions behind Mr. As Rachel noted on last night’s show, this week’s CNBC debate for the Republican presidential candidates sparked considerable intra-party discontent, and an unknown number of Republican campaigns are planning to gather in D.C. on Sunday night to plot how to alter their party`s debate process.

NEW YORK—Still annoyed by CNBC’s handling of this week’s presidential debate, the Republican National Committee said Friday that it was suspending its partnership with NBC News and its properties on a primary debate scheduled for February. Now, the Rubio camp is working hard to translate momentum from a well-received debate performance Wednesday into a much-needed fundraising boost and expansion of his base of support, while the candidate barnstorms in Iowa over the weekend. “Sen.

Republicans were angered by what they characterized as petty, nonsubstantive questions by debate moderators Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood designed to embarrass the candidates. However, the network is an arm of your organization, and we need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.” During and after Wednesday night’s debate, candidates and GOP officials lashed out at CNBC for the handling of the debate format and their line of questioning. Harwood asked Donald Trump whether he was running a “comic-book version of a presidential campaign.” Jeb Bush was asked to explain why his campaign was doing so poorly in the polls, Carly Fiorina was asked why Americans should hire her when she had been fired by Hewlett-Packard and Marco Rubio was asked if he should “slow down, get a few things done first” before running for president.

Campaign officials were expected to meet soon to discuss ways to change the format of upcoming debates, perhaps before the next one Nov. 10 in Milwaukee. The February forum — scheduled for Feb. 26, at the University of Houston — was the only Republican primary debate set to be co-hosted by a Hispanic news organization, with National Review as the conservative media partner. It was unclear in the letter from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to NBC News chief Andrew Lack whether the party would forbid NBC from televising the Feb. 26 debate and open up the broadcast rights to others. NBC said in a statement it was disappointed. “However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party,” the network said. Priebus said a debate will still occur on that date, and National Review will still be a part of it, but he did not say whether another Spanish-language media organization will be involved.

Bush provided Rubio with donors, endorsements and — at one especially curious moment — a golden sword. “Someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you,” Rubio told Bush during Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate, after Bush had criticized Rubio. Among the complaints Priebus cited: Insufficient focus on the debate’s theme of economic and financial issues, uneven screen time for candidates, and “inaccurate or downright offensive” questions. Borrell Associates, which tracks media trends, earlier this year estimated $11.4 billion will be spent on 2016 political advertising, 20 percent more than was spent in 2014. Bush, who is seeing his once vigorous campaign imperiled by doubts among supporters, and whose early dominance of the race was driven by his financial muscle. Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and leader in recent Iowa caucus polls, suggested having a candidate talk about his or her plan, then take questions about it.

He also said not enough was done to ensure candidates received relatively equal time on the air; Bush campaign officials reportedly complained to CNBC while the debate was going on that their candidate was not getting enough time. Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, which focuses on television advertising, offered a narrower, more conservative projection of 2016 political ad spending on state and federal elections at around $4.4 billion, up from $3.8 billion in 2012. Candidates were upset not only that the CNBC panel asked questions that seemed aimed at exploiting controversies, but jumped quickly from one topic to another. “The first thing we’re looking for is moderators who are actually interested in getting the facts, and not just gotcha questions,” Carson told reporters Thursday. In today’s campaign news, HILLARY CLINTON gets interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters and BERNIE SANDERS faces a serious attack and bulks up his immigration credentials.

Courted the same pro- “It was a godsend for Marco,” a chance to show off his political talents and get out of Bush’s shadow, all in the same sentence, said Jorge Luis Lopez, a lawyer in Miami who is backing Rubio. “For years, everybody [in Rubio’s camp] always had to validate, ‘Is Marco ready to do it?’ And now, everybody sees Marco is ready to do it. CNBC responded to the criticism Wednesday night, saying, “People who want to be president of the United States should be able to answer tough questions.” The RNC letter comes on the heels of Sen.

BEN CARSON faces life on top, JEB BUSH wonders where the bottom is, MARCO RUBIO shows up to work, JOHN KASICH gets pumped up and the RNC is not going to let CNBC or its parent company forget Wednesday night. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) latest Fox News appearance, where he said last night, “How about a debate moderated by Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Rush Limbaugh? During a rally Thursday in Nevada, Trump suggested that Republican debate moderators be required to prove that they vote Republican. “Why should we have these people that hate everything we stand for?” he asked. “Censoring the press couldn’t be further from our minds,” Watt said. “Dictating the questioners or the questions couldn’t be further from our minds. QUINN’S ARROW: “I’m stunned that a man like Bernie Sanders, who has clearly committed his life to making the country a better place, would get sucked into this very dangerous rhetoric, which perpetuates sexist and misogynistic stereotypes,” fumed Christine Quinn, the former New York City Council speaker who sits on Clinton’s New York Leadership Council and does fundraising for her campaign. Now that would be a debate.” I’d note for context that in August 2013, Reince Priebus told MSNBC that he not only intended to exclude some networks from the party’s debate process, but he also intended to exclude moderators unless he considered them sufficiently “interested in the future of the Republican Party and our nominees.” All of this represents a shift of sorts from the Republican Party’s original plans for 2016.

ENQUIRER INQUIRY: New York Magazine highlights the relationship between DONALD TRUMP and tabloid-for-all-time National Enquirer. “Trump and Enquirer CEO David Pecker have been friends for years. ‘They’re very close,’ said a source close to the Enquirer … This person also said that Trump’s campaign was a source for an article attacking BEN CARSON. ‘His campaign provided information that was used,’ he explained.” BUT, DENIED: “Trump’s spokesperson, Hope Hicks, told me ‘there’s absolutely no truth’ to the claim Trump was behind the article. In a long-forgotten portion of the RNC’s 2012 “autopsy” report, party officials specifically argued, “The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself. The candidates will say they need to buy advertising to counterbalance the slanted coverage, unfair depictions and falsehoods being spread by the media, but then those ads will get fact-checked and the cycle will continue.

We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue.” The tensions boiled over in the days leading up to the CNBC debate, prompting Carson and Trump’s campaigns to threaten to boycott unless their demands were met.

Just the same, there hasn’t been an office-seeker of any political stripe who, rightly or wrongly, hasn’t felt coverage has been unfair at some time or another. Rubio — who was elected to the Senate in the Tea Party wave but has been embraced by the party’s Washington elite — as the only candidate who can “navigate this complex primary process, and still be in a position to defeat” Hillary Rodham Clinton in a general election. Meanwhile, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials said it was “extremely disappointed” by the RNC’s decision, given NBC’s partnership with Telemundo. Rubio’s message of optimism about America’s future, his work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and his ability to make a persuasive case to voters as key reasons to support him. “He is accustomed to thinking about American foreign policy as a responsible policy maker,” Mr. While cutting NBC out of the process, the RNC said it still intended to have a debate that day with its other partner, the conservative National Review.

When challenging candidates on facts, it’s best to have those facts at your fingertips, chapter and verse. (Jim Cramer might recall how Jon Stewart did it.) Not that complaints will have much effect on CNBC. He is known for his caution and careful vetting of candidates and, while passionately pro-Israel and a supporter of same-sex marriage, he is generally viewed as a donor who does not believe in litmus tests.

Rubio’s behalf, said he has “definitely noticed an uptick in interest—and confidence—in him,” and that was before this past week’s debate. Friday, he went further. “The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future. In recent years, he has frequently deployed his network to cultivate up-and-coming Republicans who he believes can help expand the party’s demographic appeal. Though it had far lower viewership than the first two GOP debates, the first Democratic debate also set a record for the biggest TV audience ever for a Democratic campaign forum. By 2005, the two men were close enough that when Rubio gave an emotional speech after winning the race to be Florida’s House speaker, Bush made a show of his mentorship.

Bush honored Rubio with a gift: a sword, which he said belonged to a great “conservative warrior” named Chang. “Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society,” Bush told a crowd so large that a plane had to be chartered to ferry well-wishers from Miami to Tallahassee. “Chang, this mystical warrior, has never let me down.” This gesture was even stranger than it sounds. Singer’s support — which included months of behind-the-scenes lobbying by aides and appearances by candidates over the last year at dinners and breakfasts convened by Mr. It appears that “Chang” was not a real person but something from a Bush family in-joke about Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek (“Unleash Chiang!”).

Rubio canceled a campaign event Friday morning to return to Washington and vote against a two-year budget deal.) The Bush campaign recently circulated a memo drawing attention to those issues, dubbing Mr. The sword “really meant something to Jeb,” a longtime friend and colleague of both men said. “He thought it was Marco who would continue his legacy.” “I have it somewhere at home,” Rubio told reporters in New Hampshire this year. “I have young kids. I don’t want them to run around with a sword.” He supported Rubio, working donors behind the scenes, when Rubio took on the Florida GOP establishment in the 2010 Senate race. After Rubio won, the two would meet for coffee after workouts in the gym at the luxurious Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., where Bush has an office. “He’s entitled to do this — there’s not something per se wrong,” Al Cardenas, a power broker in Florida politics who backs Bush, said of Rubio. “But we believe that most people would have decided not to proceed.” Bush made clear last year that he planned to run. Singer is an assiduous and effective “bundler” for candidates: In the 2012 campaign, he raised more than $3 million in the primaries for Mitt Romney, the eventual Republican nominee.

Moody’s Investors Service is among those to say they expect a surge in election ad money to help make 2016 a very good year for TV, particularly at the local TV outlet level. Jeb’s got a goal ahead of him, and wasting time psychoanalyzing Marco’s motives won’t help him get there.” Rubio, for instance, talked for 25 minutes in June at the Prescott Bush awards dinner — named for Jeb Bush’s grandfather — without mentioning the Bush name. Broadcast groups such as Tribune Media, the Chicago-based parent of WGN-Ch. 9 that spun off publishing properties such as the Chicago Tribune last year, have redoubled their political sales efforts to cash in. Roughly 20% of the $4.6 million he shelled out between July 1 and the end of September was spent on lodging, rent, consulting fees and events in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina.

Rubio, who struggled to raise campaign cash over the summer and has relied heavily on outside groups to pay for advertisements promoting him, needs their help. In late September, Bush tried to burnish his leadership credentials by telling a TV interviewer that he “relied on people like Marco Rubio and many others to follow my leadership” in Florida. Rubio supporters said interest in his campaign has risen in recent weeks, but he and his allies still don’t have enough money to match the Bush forces. By Monday, Bush’s campaign — increasingly desperate amid a cash shortage and staff cuts — labeled Rubio a “GOP Obama” in a meeting with top donors. We don’t want to see either one of them have to do battle with each other in order to get ahead.” Even on the attack, Bush seemed hindered by the relationship and by his blue-blood sense of decorum. “Could I — could I bring something up here?” he said.

A fundraiser in Washington later in November boasts more than 50 co-hosts, a staggering show of force for a candidate who has been overshadowed by his rivals on the fundraising circuit this year. Rubio’s fund-raising said they had been fielding calls from Bush donors since Wednesday’s debate, suggesting they were rethinking their decision. “I don’t know if you’ll get a tsunami of people immediately, because these are good people, and they are loyal,” said Jonathan Burkan, a New York financial executive who is supporting Mr.

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