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Marco Rubio ‘invisible’ to reporters on South Carolina trip

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  Aware of the potentially uncomfortable imagery of a hotshot Senate candidate glad-handing in a state known as a White House launching pad, aides to Rubio and DeMint were quick to downplay the trip shortly after it was announced, calling it a routine fundraising effort. That concern was likely a chief reason why Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker who commands a healthy lead against Crist in recent polls, was largely invisible to members of the media during the South…

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Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio barnstorming South Carolina today – watch live on UStream

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Marco Rubio will be touring South Carolina with Sen. Jim DeMint (but no press) at a “Conservative Comeback Coffee” in Charleston, a “Conservative Comeback BBQ” in Columbia and a “Conservative Comeback Reception” in Greenville. For those of you unable to attend these events, you can watch DeMint and Rubio live on UStream at 2:00 p.m. According to a website launched just to promote the effort, Rubio and DeMint have already raised more than $50,000 online. Here is the video the…

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What happens in South Carolina, stays in South Carolina: Marco Rubio-Jim DeMint fundraising events closed to press

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From NBC’s Mark Murray: We wonder what Florida and South Carolina political reporters will think about this (especially after the publicity that Meg Whitman’s press event that wasn’t a press event received yesterday): NBC producer Terry Pickard received word that Marco Rubio’s fundraising events in South Carolina next week with Sen. Jim DeMint will be closed to the press. Rubio spokesperson Alex Burgos confirms the news to First Read. “Since the purpose of next Monday’s South Carolina trip has always…

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Lindsey Graham endorses Charlie Crist

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) endorsed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s Senate bid, choosing the moderate governor over conservative Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio. “I am very pleased to hear that you are running for the United States Senate to succeed my good friend Mel Martinez,” Graham wrote in a letter to Crist. “I enthusiastically support and endorse your campaign, and I look forward to joining you soon on the campaign trail.” U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham Endorses Governor Charlie Crist for the…

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Is Charlie Crist running for Senate or VP?

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Obviously, the current Florida governor is running for Senate, but give me a chance to explain my thoughts on the vice presidency. [Then you can decide whether the link between the two is a stretch.] First, we’ll need to assume a couple of things. For starters, everything below assumes that the primary calendar and rules will remain virtually unchanged between now and January 2012. We can argue all day about the likelihood of major reforms to the primary process, but…

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