Is Marco Rubio the Republican’s savior?


Senator Marco Rubio has the potential to do a lot of good for the Republican Party. He’s young, well spoken, can appeal to voting blocs the GOP desperately needs, and is widely-popular in his home state of Florida.

But, is he the savior of the Republican Party?

Time Magazine thinks so. Here’s the cover of their latest issue:

Rubio, however, is a Roman Catholic, and he doesn’t want to be anyone’s savior. In fact, he was so disgusted with Time’s cover that he tweeted the following:

To which Time said:

While it is refreshing to see a politician deny reports they are the second coming…

…I don’t think Rubio needed to be so defensive. Then again, the media doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to not deifying our political leaders, and Rubio may quite simply be uncomfortable with being portrayed in that way.

But, and I could be wrong, it’s also possible Rubio sent out that tweet because he knows it will help his image with social conservatives when he runs for president in 2016 – a decision that not only seems like a foregone conclusion, but one that should make American Catholics very excited.

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Stephen Kokx is a freelance writer and adjunct professor of political science living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has previously worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Peace and Justice. His writing on religion, politics and Catholic social teaching has appeared in a number of outlets, including Crisis Magazine, The American Thinker and his hometown paper The Grand Rapids Press. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, and is a graduate of Aquinas College and Loyola University Chicago. Follow Stephen on twitter @StephenKokx

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