This was the debate that could potentially determine the course of Marco Rubio’s political career.
Facing a must-win primary in Florida next week after the conclusion of some disappointing losses, it was Rubio who needed to have a stellar performance, and he did.
Standing in front of a jubilant audience, Rubio provided strong and solid answers in regards to immigration, Cuba and free trade.
Some of his memorable quotes were:
“I’m not interested in being politically correct. I’m interested in being correct.”
“Presidents just can’t say anything they want. It has consequences all around the world”
Rubio wasn’t the only one who had a great night. As a matter of fact, none of them really had an awful night.
Ted Cruz and Rubio steered clear of attacking one another, while Gov. John Kasich continued his message of optimism and not attacking his peers.
Donald Trump took an unusual approach of being non-combative and attempted to unify the party. But While his demeanor was civil, he failed to present specific details on issues like free trade and national security.
He consistently referred to himself as the one who can beat Hillary Clinton, despite polls suggesting otherwise.
There were no fireworks tonight, just pure substance, which is a benefit to the viewers. Rubio made a strong case to win the Florida primary, but what will happen afterwards remains a mystery.
Demetrius Minor is the Coalitions Director for Americans For Prosperity-FL. He is also the author of “Preservation and Purpose: The Making Of A Young Millennial and A Manifesto for Faith, Family and Politics.” He is a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network.
In addition, Demetrius is a former conservative talk show host, blogger (demetriuspeaks.com), former White House intern in the Bush administration, preacher, and graduate of the Pentecostals of Alexandria Minister’s Training Center (POATC).
Demetrius’s writings have been featured in Independent Journal Review, Townhall and The Washington Times.