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Old 02-13-2016, 10:11 PM
 
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Yeah, I'm fully aware that I'll get a lot of flack for this, but if anyone has any other theories, speak up.

Throughout this race, I have found the lack of Trump/Rubio interaction to be interesting. Yes, all of the candidates have flaws, and it seems that Donald Trump is keen on picking them out. However, Trump has never gone after Rubio with any amount of force. Yes, he has taken a few swipes, but he has never given Rubio the full "Trump treatment". Here are a few observations.

1. Rubio has some obvious flaws, all the candidates do, but Trump has NEVER pointed them out in a debate. He had ample opportunity at the last debate when Christie ripped into Rubio, but Trump never took the opportunity.

2. During the last debate, I noticed that Trump mentioned Rubio's name out of context to one of the questions after Christie had already taken his toll on Rubio. It seemed to me that Trump was "throwing him a bone" so to speak and give Rubio and opportunity to redeem himself.

3. Throughout this race, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush have been seen as Rubio's greatest rivals. Who has been Trump laying into the hardest? Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush. We saw that tonight and in most of the previous debates. Also notice how Trump didn't say anything negative about Rubio tonight.

4. I honestly think Trump shot himself in the foot on purpose tonight with the "George W. Bush didn't keep us safe" comment. Yeah, there may be a number of people in the country that think that, but that will not help him whatsoever in a Conservative, pro-military place like South Carolina.

5. I also think Trump intentionally highlighted that comment by going into a bit of back and forth with Rubio over it. He helped Rubio, or any other candidate, make a soundbite.

6. The timing of Trump's "Bush didn't keep us safe" comment is also suspect. Rubio has the potential to do very well in South Carolina (his campaign has been counting on a 1st place finish). With his own comment about George W. Bush, and his tirades about Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, Trump opened up a massive opportunity for Rubio at a time when his campaign needs it.

7. Trump has never had any REAL policy proposals, and that may also be a sly way for Trump to later embrace Rubio's own policies (yes, Rubio actually has them down on paper).

8. Trump doesn't want to be President. He has been an entrepreneur and developer all of his life, so why would he want to stop doing that now? What Trump LOVES to be is a kingmaker. If Trump enters the Republican Convention in May with delegates to pledge (and the traditional 3-way Trump, Cruz, Rubio theory holds), Trump has a lot of leverage. This is what Trump likes. He likes power. He likes to be in charge. He wants to see things go his own way. At that point, if Rubio does not have the 50%+ of delegates needed to win the nomination, Trump will pledge them to him. You just wait.


Now, I'm sure that the premise of this thread will seem absurd to some, but these are simply some of my observations about how this race is panning out. I'm a pretty perceptive person. Whether or not you believe what I wrote, we'll see how it pans out in the coming months.

If anyone would like to dispute anything I said above, please do.
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:14 PM
 
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Trump thinks Rubio is weak, because he is.

The guy is a robot paid for by superpacs. It's very clear. The guy probably has an on/off switch behind his saucer ears or something.

Plus he is short. Short people don't become president.

The guy is a non-issue. Jeb is an easy target, with a big name and was favored to win so Trump sticks to the basics.
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:17 PM
 
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You wrote all that to say this?
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:18 PM
 
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Trump thinks Rubio is weak, because he is.

The guy is a robot paid for by superpacs. It's very clear. The guy probably has an on/off switch behind his saucer ears or something.

Plus he is short. Short people don't become president.

The guy is a non-issue. Jeb is an easy target, with a big name and was favored to win so Trump sticks to the basics.
If Rubio is weak, wouldn't Trump be trying to go for the jugular?
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:20 PM
 
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You wrote all that to say this?
Yes.

If you would like to poke holes in my theory, please do. I'm curious to see what people think.
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:21 PM
 
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Nope. Rubio will kill off his own chances once people are forced to listen to him long enough. Why do you think Trump disregards Kasich too? Just let them shoot themselves in the foot. Bush needed a narrative to make it happen, and Trump gave it to him. Cruz is where his problems lie, but honestly even liberals think Trump >>>> Cruz because unlike Cruz, Trump doesn't believe what he says....

It's a win-win
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Long Island (chief in S Farmingdale)
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I wouldn't exactly say that. I think most of Trump's battles have been with those who he feels would get him the most coverage (such as the start with Bush) or the one who he feels is the biggest threat (which is who he likely feels Cruz is)
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:33 PM
 
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If Rubio is weak, wouldn't Trump be trying to go for the jugular?
Rubio always seems weak to me too. Robotic, definitely. He has his responses so memorized he has no clue what he's saying but also his presence. He's like the mouse in an old Tom and Jerry cartoon. Is it because he's short? I don't know.
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:38 PM
 
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My husband said he wanted to like Trump but can't, too robotic answers. So my husband is back to square one, he likes nobody yet.
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:39 PM
 
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Rubio always seems weak to me too. Robotic, definitely. He has his responses so memorized he has no clue what he's saying but also his presence. He's like the mouse in an old Tom and Jerry cartoon. Is it because he's short? I don't know.
I understand your criticism, but why wouldn't Trump point it out? He seems extremely comfortable calling Jeb Bush weak.
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