The batch of emails keep coming from Wikileaks, and one of the newly released emails shows that the Clinton campaign was concerned about Marco Rubio (R) winning the Republican nomination.
On February 23, 2015, Joel Benenson, Chief Strategist for Hillary Clinton’s (D) campaign, sent out an email expressing his worries about the threat Marco Rubio’s campaign could pose in the general elections. He wrote in the email: “I’m beginning to worry more about Rubio than the others. He’s playing this very smart – only one who didn’t duck like a chicken shit on the Q of whether POTUS loves America.” He then explained that Rubio “has stronger right wing cred than Jeb and he’s finding a way to the middle enough for now and he will be the most exciting choice to Republicans. Could pose a real threat with Latinos etc.”
One associate even likened the Florida Senator’s tone to that of Obama’s in 2008, and Mandy Grunwald, Clinton’s campaign advisor, highlighted that there were “lots of references to ‘our generation’ (I.e. Him and younger voters) vs. ‘their generation’ (them being us, Jeb, his opponents, Washington.”
One area where the Florida Senator would’ve posed a threat is with Hispanics in a must win Florida. Rubio is currently leading in his current senatorial reelection bid against Patrick Murphy (D), and Clinton and Trump are both campaigning in the Sunshine State to mobilize voters.
— Hillary for Florida (@HillaryforFL) October 11, 2016
Clinton Made an appearance yesterday with Al Gore in Miami and President Bill Clinton held rallies in Belle Glade and Safety Harbor. Trump, instead, is scheduled to make stops in Panama City, Ocala, Lakeland and West Palm Beach before turning his attention to Ohio.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2016