Iowa conservative leader says Rubio’s boyish looks work against him: 'He looks 19’
Urbandale, Iowa – One of the nation’s most prominent social conservative leaders, an Iowa Republican whose endorsement GOP presidential candidates aggressively pursue, says that one key reason he opted not to throw his support behind Sen. Marco Rubio was because his youthful appearance works against the public seeing him as presidential.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News Latino, Bob Vander Plaats – whose endorsement in 2008 of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and in 2012 of Sen. Rick Santorum was seen as crucial to their victories in the Iowa caucus – said he had given serious consideration to endorsing either Rubio or Sen. Ted Cruz before deciding on the Texas firebrand.
“It wasn’t an easy choice,” Vander Plaats said in a recent interview conducted in a conference room of the spacious offices of his organization, The Family Leader. “There’s a lot I like about Marco. It was coming down to two people – not Trump and Cruz, but Cruz and Rubio.”
I think it is said JFK was a very youthful looking President, Marco really looks much younger than JFK in my view. Does MR look 19? Maybe 35 would be a better assessment. Though, I’m not voting on a candidate’s appearance.
That said, I really like him. If he is hawkish in some international policy, that needs to be ironed out. His speech at the Brookings Institute a few years ago, indeed, showed a lot of knowledge but needs to be scrutinized.