In Academia, As In The Senate, Marco Rubio Failed To Meet His Obligations

Marco Rubio’s prolific Senate absenteeism and field-leading missed votes have been the target of repeated criticism over the last months. Why hasn’t he been going to work? He just doesn’t like it. “He hates” working in the Senate, a friend told the Washington Post in October.

We don’t know with certainty that Marco Rubio “hated” his teaching job at Florida International University, but records reveal a similar indifference and neglect of responsibility in the Florida senator’s second career. According to the Tampa Bay Times:

[E]ven in an often overlooked part of Rubio’s professional life — academia — public records show a familiar pattern for the presidential contender: basic expectations for the job unmet or ignored, dubious accountability and oversight, and job opportunities that would be highly unlikely for anyone without his political stature.

“[E]xpected to do considerably more work than he actually performed,” the Times reports that he “never developed reading lists or graded […]

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Miami Based Spanish-Language Paper Highlights Rubio’s Anti-Immigrant Extremism

Since abandoning his 2012 attempt at immigration reform in order to politically cash in on the issue, Marco Rubio has adopted the harsh GOP line against deportation protections and a pathway to citizenship and Spanish-language press is taking notice. A Spanish-language paper based in his hometown, the Miami Diario, highlighted last week’s protests outside of Rubio’s offices because of the senator’s extreme anti-immigration policies.

Read more in the Spanish-language article translated by American Bridge:

Miami Diario: Immigrants In Miami Protest Against Marco Rubio: Clearly, he is not with us

“Our families will not forget who blocked DAPA, who backed that demand.”

Pro-immigrant groups protested in front of the offices of Senator Rubio during the one year anniversary of President Obama’s executive actions. The actions could benefit 253,000 families in this state.

“We are here today to remind our communities of those who are with us and those who are against us,” said María Bilbao […]

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Credibility Counts And Other Lessons From Louisiana


TO:                 Interested Parties
FROM:           Jessica Mackler, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE:                 Credibility Counts And Other Lessons From Louisiana
DATE:            November 21, 2015

Louisianaians have spoken. A Democrat will now take the helm as The Bayou State’s new governor, and ahead of 2016 elections, Republicans should take notice. The GOP has often thought they possessed strength on national security, but what should be learned from Louisiana is that credibility counts on national security.

Going in to the open primary pundits, pollsters, and political watchers assumed Vitter would be Louisiana’s next governor despite his past indiscretions. After trailing in a the polls and with national security fresh in the minds of Americans, again Vitter was believed to pull out a win . After his national security credentials were tested, not even David Vitter wanted to be the one talking about terrorists or using […]

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NOT THE ONION: Vitter’s Election Eve Spent At Men’s Only Event

Senator Serious Sin is at it again. Tonight, David Vitter will join the “Real Men” conference in Gonzales. According to its website, the conference explicitly doesn’t allow women to attend.

No, seriously. And there’s more…. The “Real Men” will hear from another guy who had an affair and was forced to resign. Really…. who thought this was a good idea?

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The Advocate: How John Bel Edwards, David Vitter will spend election eve

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WATCH: Middle East Ground War — A Bush Family Tradition

In a shock to no one, we’ve got a third Bush calling for another large-scale ground invasion in the Middle East.

You might expect Jeb Bush to show some restraint, in light of his brother’s ill-advised 2003 invasion of Iraq that’s cost hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars — and counting. But Jeb called George W.’s war a “pretty good deal” in August, so it isn’t all too surprising that he wants to carry on the old family legacy.

Jeb Bush wants a full-fledged, boots-on-the-ground invasion — a show of “overwhelming force” — against ISIS. Hey, say what you will about the Five-Percent Firebrand, he does have respect for the Bush family tradition.

Watch American Bridge’s latest video here:

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GOP Frontrunners Compare Refugees To Dogs, Call For National Registry Of American Muslims

Consensus front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination Donald Trump’s ready to look “very closely” at forcing American Muslims to register in a national database and carry faith-based identification cards. When asked by Yahoo News whether he might consider such legally-mandated marginalization, Trump said: “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely…We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”

Meanwhile, not to be left out, second-place Ben Carson’s out there likening Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs.”  And it wasn’t just a passing reference. Carson dished out an absurdly offensive, 95-second extended metaphor about “mad dogs,” “rabid dogs,” and “screening mechanisms that allow us to know who the mad dogs are.”

Trump and Carson are leading in the polls because they aren’t afraid to dish out the racist and xenophobic red meat the GOP base craves. And so long as Trump and Carson keep it coming, Rubio, Bush, […]

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Rubio Chooses Fundraisers Over Classified Paris ISIS Briefings

In the wake of ISIS attacks in Paris, Marco Rubio yesterday chose to fundraise in California over attending a classified Foreign Relations hearing, and looks set to skip a classified Intelligence briefing today with Secretary Kerry at 2pm for a Phoenix fundraiser — less than 24 hours after the alleged attack leader was killed.

How does Rubio expect voters to look past missing vital classified briefings on the Paris attacks and still argue that his Foreign Relations and Intelligence Committee work is preparing him?

Watch local and national news clips on Rubio’s attendance this week:

Des Moines, IA — WOI ABC

Macon, GA — WGXA Fox

Columbia, SC — WACH Fox

Bloomberg With All Due Respect

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Jeb Bush Goes Full Dubya: Calls For Troops On The Ground Against ISIS

Jeb has spent most of his campaign fumbling as he attempts to get out of his big brother’s shadow, but yesterday the younger Bush fully embraced W.’s strategy in the Middle East. Outlining his military strategy against ISIS, Jeb Bush called for America to put boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

Take a look at the latest coverage of Jeb seizing his family’s failed Middle East legacy:

Washington Post: Jeb Bush calls for use of ‘overwhelming force,’ including ground troops, against ISIS
The speech laid bare a policy that could ultimately result in a third president named Bush deploying U.S. military forces in the Middle East. Overall, his proposals amount to a more muscular version of the approach President Obama is pursuing and is largely in line with what other GOP presidential candidates and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton have outlined.

Huffington Post: Jeb Bush Calls For U.S. Ground Troops […]

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American Bridge 21st Century and Latino Victory Fund Launch Digital Ad Campaign Highlighting GOP Anti-Immigrant Comments

For Immediate Release
November 18, 2015

American Bridge 21st Century
Media Contact: Ben Ray | | 317-606-2049

Latino Victory Project
Media Contact: Pili Tobar ǀ ǀ 305.890.3076


American Bridge 21st Century and Latino Victory Fund Launch Digital Ad Campaign Highlighting GOP Anti-Immigrant Comments

Washington, DC – Today, American Bridge 21st Century and Latino Victory Fund launched a digital ad campaign highlighting Marco Rubio’s, Donald Trump’s, and Ted Cruz’s latest anti-immigrant comments.

Watch the first digital placement, “It’s Offensive:”

“There’s no better example of how extreme the Republican Party has become than its relationship with the Latino community. Republican leaders are openly hostile to these hard-working Americans, their families, and the millions of people throughout our nation’s history who have shared the hope for freedom and opportunity. Vilifying immigrants for partisan gain is a cheap political stunt, and anyone who engages in it isn’t fit for the presidency,” said Jessica Mackler, President of American Bridge.

“Republican presidential candidates apparently forgot that the road to […]

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Vitter Skipped Syria Hearings, Biological Warfare Hearing


For immediate release:
November 16th, 2015


 Vitter Skipped Syria Hearings, Biological Warfare Hearing


American Bridge 21st Century Communications Director Ben Ray released the following statement in response to Vitter’s statement on Syria in tonight’s Louisiana governor’s debate:


“While David Vitter is posturing about Syria, he doesn’t want you to know about his lack of attendance on Syria hearings or that he missed a hearing on biological warfare on the same day he called the DC Madam prostitute service. Named one of the least effective members of the Senate, it’s clear: Louisiana can’t trust David Vitter  — he’s too busy chasing call girls and lying to Louisiana.”

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