Allen West: If Rubio runs for president ‘of course’ I would run for Senate

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Alternative title: I probably won’t challenge Rubio if he runs for Senate again. At least that’s the sentiment West gives off as he says he doesn’t want to create a ‘disruption’ in the Republican Party. Yes, he has been critical of the immigration bill that Rubio supported, but like many of us I think West still sees Rubio as a strong conservative that would benefit the country in the Senate, so there’s no overwhelming reason to challenge him in a primary battle.

THE BUZZ – “I’m not looking to create disruption within our party. I don’t think it’s a viable option, right now,” West told the Buzz on Wednesday as he got off the Metro at Union Station.

Talk of a primary began in June when West appeared on a radio show and criticized the immigration reform bill Rubio had worked on. West said he would run for Senate if “I see people that are not taking our country down the right path, if I see people that are not standing up for the right type of principles and putting their own party politics before what is best for the United States of America.”

Tea partiers, angry with Rubio, had urged West and the news media amplified his radio remarks, mostly ignoring the doubt he injected in the conversation – “That’s a pretty hard lift.”

Still, true to form, West on Wednesday did not close the door completely: “I’m not saying what I will do or what I won’t do. But I’m not looking to be disruptive. I’m about the American team. I’m about doing whatever I can to help the Republican Party. But I’m going to stick to my principles.”


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  • Laurel

    A wise man. However Rubio doesn’t necessarily have to give up his Senate seat to run.

  • I’d support West for President any day over Rubio. If Rubio becomes the Republican nominee, we may as well just hand the Presidency to Clinton IMHO.

    I could and would support a Cruz/West or even West/Cruz team all the way!

    • Rshill7

      I want a Cruz/Cruz ticket, where Cruz is both President and Vice President.

      Why not? Obama is his own VP…unless of course you can find someone in Biden’s suit. I’ve never been able to.

      Am hoping Rubio has learned his lesson. That amnesty business was a giant step backwards for him, and he knows it. it’ll take quite a while for him to wash the stench of the gang of eight off of himself for sure.

  • If Rubio is picked by the GOP for the president run, I’m writing in Cruz/West. Nough said, I may get people hating me for it, but I refuse to hold my nose.

    • suedixon

      i’ll be joining you only my write in will be palin/cruz for 2016 especially if hillary is the dem choice. i want to see a cat fight

      • WinMissouri

        It would be a quick cat fight. Sarah will ride in on horseback and shoot Hillary between the eyes before Hillard could 1) tear up and cry or 2) Scream “what difference does it make!”

        • suedixon

          thanks for the post. it made me laugh. i could just picture that happening too.

    • Patriot077

      His position on amnesty really ruined it for me. Though I knew he and JEB were not strangers, I didn’t think he would compromise his principles. Now we know that he will, and anyone tied to JEB, or any other bush, is always going to be crosswise of the conservative philosophy … I think JEB was directly involved in Mario hitching his horse to the illegals bandwagon.

      • Me too sister! I liked Jeb when he was our governor, and I appreciated much of G1 and G2 as far as respect to our military, but I’m sick of the Bushes and wish they’d find something else to do.

  • GRITSMama

    Cruz/West 2016! End of discussion!

    • Rshill7

      Oh c’mon! I wanted to say something!

      • GRITSMama

        There has been so much lamenting, within patriotic Americans, that we need another Ronald Reagan. They’re here and they’re now! These 2 men are so intellectually and morally superior to your cowardly, average RINO and commie-democRAT, which has become so blatantly obvious by the attacks from these small-minded, “useful idiots”.

  • John Bohler

    Santorum/West and Cruz for Senate Majority leader 2016!

    A guy can dream can’t he?

    • I love Santorum as much as the next guy, but I just don’t seem him fairing too well in 2016, especially against the likes of a Cruz or a West.

      • John Bohler

        Santorum is spending all his time prepping for 2016 with Patriot Voices, if he runs he’ll be the most prepared out of those three.

        • deTocqueville1

          Santorum spent a long time in the DC swamp as part of the big spending Bush 43 years. While he is certainly socially conservative and has commendable values, he does not have fiscal conservative credentials. In any case I doubt he would be successful. A good man nonetheless.

          • It’s true. I really liked Santorum. But his embrace of the Big government in the Bush years is really a bad sore to me.

            • John Bohler

              He didn’t “embrace” big gov during those years. He was one of the more conservative senators during that Era of Rinos if you actually look at his record, and the choices he had to make.

              And as Rusho said during the primaries, no one EVER accused Santorum of being for “big government” before he started to become a threat in the primaries and the mud slingers were all aiming for him.

          • John Bohler

            He has spent alot of time in the DC swamp less, but if you look at his record he was one of the most conservative fiscally during that period.

            Yes you’ll be able to find stuff that seem yucky on his record. But let me remind you that a conservative going to Washington is kind of like a devoted Christian having to go into a strip bar to clean it out… he won’t be entirely uneffected by what goes on while he’s there.

      • John Bohler

        And remember what happened in 2012, according to conventional wisdom he wasn’t suppose to have a prayer in the world of winning more than 3% of the vote, and look how far he went.

        Don’t underestimate him. 😉

    • Rshill7

      Yes, a guy can dream, but at some point you have to wake up 🙂

      Just messin’ with ya’. You are very consistent.

    • suedixon

      no santorum another gop establishment guy. not to be trusted. he wouldn’t back down when newt was winning the earlier primaries. had he dropped out, we would have newt as president.

      • Rshill7

        I think the one who stabbed Newt in the back and twisted the knife 360 degrees, was Glen Beck. I haven’t listened to a single word from him since. Blaze, schmlaze.

      • John Bohler

        Just another gop establishment guy? LOL. What do you base that on again?

    • DarkKnight2016

      There is a reason Santorum lost by 18% in his last Senate election

      • John Bohler

        And what might that be? Because he stood strong on conservative foreign policy principles in an anti-war election? That actually gives him more credibility in my books.

  • Robert_Fl

    Run for President?! Rubio will be lucky to hold on to his Senate seat…without this Floridian’s vote.

  • deTocqueville1

    Rubio is a very good speaker as we again witnessed in his remarks for Cruz where incidentally he tangentially lauded amnesty without naming it. Some would say he is glib. West knows it would be difficult at best to challenge Rubio because the GOPe would support him. I do not trust Rubio.

  • sjmom

    How about you running for president Allen?

    • wtd

      I would much rather have read this article if it stated:

      • sjmom

        Cruz/West or West/Cruz is good with me.

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      Not eligible – not a “natural born Citizen.” You can argue with me to you are blue in the face, it is not me who will be challenging Rubio, Cruz or Jindal it is the same left wing nut job birthers who challenged McCain’s “natural born Citizen” status – these guys will win the argument with Cruz and Rubio.

  • suedixon

    rubio will not win the nomination if he runs for gop pres. he has backstabbed the conservatives on the immigration/amnesty bill. he is not to be trusted.

  • Sentinel

    Having Allen West in office anywhere would be a huge upgrade for America. I still contend that a Cruz/West (sounds like a song) ticket would be unbeatable.
    I’ve always liked Rubio… still sort of do. But his ignorant illegal amnesty bill really caused him to wear out his welcome with me personally. I hope he never aligns with socialists, traitors, and liberals again. Maybe then he would remember that he likes tea, not Kool-Aid.

    • CapeLady

      I agree wholeheartedly on Cruz/West for 2016. I lost all respect and trust for Marco Rubio when he was caught telling the Latinos that “validation” would not depend on border security IN SPANISH while he was telling us the opposite in English!

      • Sentinel

        Hiya CapeLady… haven’t seen you in a while! So nice to ‘see’ you again!!!

        • CapeLady

          Thank you! I spend far too much time posting between FB and sites like this… trying to find some balance! 😉

      • DonaldYoungsRevenge

        Cruz and Rubio are ineligible and would be challenged for months on the issue of “natural born Citizen.” It would be a waste of valuable campaign time for the Republicans to even consider these ineligible candidates. Wake up!! Start looking for another candidate (Lee or Paul, somebody, not these guys).

        • CapeLady

          Well, Mark Levin and the Federal Election Commission disagree with you and insist that Cruz is eligible – so forgive me if I accept their expertise and knowledge of the Constitution and law over yours.

      • cathy

        Marco Rubio: In immigration reform, legalization comes first — ‘It is not conditional’
        JUNE 10, 2013

        In a Spanish-language interview Sunday with the network Univision, Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform group, made his strongest statement yet that legalization of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants must happen before any new border security or internal enforcement measures are in place, and will in no way be conditional on any security requirements.

        “Let’s be clear,” Rubio said. “Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.”

    • keyesforpres

      There was nothing ignorant in what he d

      • cathy

        I can only assume Rubio sold out Conservatives supporters with the equivalent of 30 pieces of silver … sold out Conservatives supporters who dedicated their funds, prayers and time to raise him up in the political arena. Without genuine repentance … this traitor is not worthy of my forgiveness. Forgiveness? The line was written in the sand over 2000 years ago.

        1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

  • West, you are a true fearless patriot. I will support any direction you choose.

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      Scared to death of Obama. He refused to help Lt. Mike Zullo to expose Obama’s fraudulent and criminal acts because he said he had “political aspirations to consider down the road.” Now their is a real leader for you!! His remarks are public record. Embarrassing!!

  • obeara

    West should run in a primary against Rubio for the Senate no matter what Rubio does. Rubio lied to us about his position on amnesty, and although he has been good on other issues, I will not vote for a liar, so I won’t vote for him again. I both donated to Rubio’s campaign and voted for him when he ran against Crist, but no liar gets my vote, and Rubio’s lie was on a major issue of his campaign.

    • Robert_Fl

      As a Florida voter, I would gladly vote for West over the liar Rubio.

    • WinMissouri

      AND he joined McCain & Co on that issue against us.

      • Robert_Fl

        Don’t forget Schumer…who would think that would be a good idea?

    • cathy


      An ultimate betrayal!! I will not forget!!

      Marco Rubio, 2009

      “I am strongly against amnesty. The most important thing we need to do is enforce our existing laws. We have existing immigration laws that are not being adequately enforced. Nothing will make it harder to enforce the existing laws, if you reward people who broke them. It demoralizes people who are going through the legal process, its a very clear signal of why go through the legal process, if you can accomplish the same thing if you go through the illegal process. And number two, if demoralizes the people enforcing the laws. I am not, and I will never support any effort to grant blanket legalization/amnesty to folks who have entered, stayed in this country illegally.”

      Marco Rubio, 2013

      Rubio-Obama immigration plan? Senator’s proposal looks like White House policy
      Wednesday, 01.16.13

      Here’s Obama unveiling his plan in May 2011, relatively little-reported at the time:

      “Those who are here illegally, they have a responsibility as well. So they broke the law, and that means they’ve got to pay their taxes, they’ve got to pay a fine, they’ve got to learn English. And they’ve got to undergo background checks and a lengthy process before they get in line for legalization. That’s not too much to ask.”

      Here’s Rubio in the Wall Street Journal on the undocumented:

      “They would have to come forward. They would have to undergo a background check…They would have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, maybe even do community service. They would have to prove they’ve been here for an extended period of time. They understand some English and are assimilated. Then most of them would get legal status and be allowed to stay in this country.”

  • kong1967

    Better idea. Run for President.

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      Allen West refused to help Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in particular, Lt. Mike Zullo with their criminal investigation of Barack H. Obama, not once but twice, after he was presented with irrefutable evidence that this President was a fraud and a criminal. All these patriots wanted was the platform that West could have provided. West is NOT Presidential material, he could not stand up to this thug from Chicago. Shame on him.

      • kong1967

        How far did Sheriff Arpaio’s investigation go in terms of having something done about it? Nowhere. I love Arpaio but the fix was in. The Supreme Court wouldn’t give anyone “standing” in order to push the case, no matter who it was. Anyone who jumped on that bandwagon was marginalized and removed. Anyone associated with it is called a “birther”. Look at Trump.

        We were stuck with Obama no matter the evidence, even if West supported the push to have Obama removed. Politically, it was suicide.

        If we wait for the perfect candidate that does everything the way we want it, we are dead in the water. If someone agrees with you 85% of the time, I’d say they are your friend, not your enemy.

  • CapeLady

    Cruz/West in 2016!!!

  • Stehekin912

    Well, I still pray every night that Senator Rubio will come back to us…or find us…or something…but soon find his way onto the path. Saul of Tarsus had his Damascus Moment. Maybe Senator Rubio will, too.

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      He is not a “natural born Citizen” and the Republicans will lose that debate.

  • JRD1

    Rubio is yesterdays news to Floridians. He wouldn’t get elected dog catcher here.

    His word means nothing. He’ll say and promise anything to get elected.

    Yes, we are voting for the Democrat if the narcissist runs. He won’t even win Florida’s 29 votes if he runs for POTUS. He’s a legend in his own corrupt mind.

    Floridians are in a full Bush Mafia purge mode to take the party back.That means voting for the Democrat. Corrupt Jeb was our governor, not yours. And Jeb’s lapdog Waterboy represents them not “We the People.” His advisors are the corrupt Bush Mafia advisors.

    Th corrupt Age of Bush is over. Screw Screwbio and the corrupt Bush horse he rode in on.

    His drama queen act got old.

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      Rubio is NOT a “natural born Citizen” and the left wing nut job birthers will win that debate. The Republicans punked out on the “natural born Citzen” debate over Obama. The left will not fold.

  • Dana Garcia

    Open-borders puke Rubio needs to be primaried no matter what. He needs to go away.

  • spin43

    I would vote for West any day over Amnesty Rubio, who is now pretending to be conservative by sticking close to Cruz. He is a fraud willing to destroy what is left of our sovereignty. The Rubio Welfare Amnesty Bill is very dangerous to the preservation of what is left of our constitutional republic. WE MUST NEVER FORGET WHAT RUBIO DID ALONG WITH THE OTHER GANGSTERS.

    • DonaldYoungsRevenge

      Rubio, Cruz and Jindal are NOT “natural born Citizens.” The same left wing nut job birthers who went after John McCain’s “natural born Citizen” status will go after these ineligible candidates and they will win the day. Republicans would be foolish to fight them. Besides we need Cruz and Rubio in the Senate.

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  • DHardy

    I would vote for Allen West no matter what office he is running for. He has my total support..