In the midst of Sunday’s heated Florida Republican Senate primary debate on Fox News Sunday, moderator Chris Wallace asked Marco Rubio a question that surprised many viewers up early on a Sunday to watch the festivities.
Wallace read Rubio a viewer email. “‘Ask Marco Rubio why he refuses to be vetted by the Florida Tea Parties. I want to hear from Rubio or I will not vote for him,'” Wallace said. “We got this from a bunch of Tea Parties all over the state.”
Behind the question is an interesting discovery: Despite carrying the torch for insurgent conservatives everywhere, Rubio actually has a problem connecting with the tea parties in his home state, according to several tea partiers I spoke with yesterday. Tea partiers aren’t sold on him yet, and they’re worried he’s abandoning them now that he’s winning. Read the rest of the story here.