Establishment favorite Marco Rubio is doing his best to climb to the top of the top of the presidential heap, and with Governors Walker and Perry now out and Jeb Bush floundering around 4 percent, Rubio seems like a legitimate threat to the party's top 3 candidates: Trump, Carson, and Fiorina. With that in mind, Rubio has turned his attention to attacking long time presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, noting earlier this week that he didn't want to be a part of his "freakshow" and questioning Trump's foreign policy bona fides.
Rubio's strategy seems simple. If he can provoke Trump, or convince enough moderate and establishment primary voters that the candidacy is a sideshow, those in the party that dread Trump will rally behind him. The strategy seems reasonable enough, and it's hard to see how else to go about taking down Trump.
The Donald's reaction? Yesterday, he poured cold water on the whole thing.
Via the Hill:
Donald Trump has sent rival presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) a “care package” mocking his hydro-challenged 2013 State of the Union response, according to a Monday report.
Rubio’s presidential campaign office in Washington, D.C., received the gag gift Monday, CNN News says.
It said that Trump’s campaign sent Rubio a 24-bottle case of “Trump Ice Natural Spring Water” with the outspoken billionaire’s face on it.
It also mailed the Florida lawmaker two towels and several bumper stickers boasting Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
“Since you’re always sweating, we thought you could use some water,” the Trump campaign reportedly wrote in a letter to Rubio’s staff. "Enjoy!”
The latest Pew Research Poll has Trump at 25 percent and Rubio at 8 percent. So far, there's been no response from the Rubio campaign, but maybe that's the best strategy. The Teflon Donald has thus far proven immune to criticism, and in some cases it's reinforced his outsider status, strengthening his position in the polls.