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Tags: Marco Rubio | GOP | donors | 2016 campaign

Rubio Seeks to Calm Donors Amid Reports of Flagging Campaign

Rubio Seeks to Calm Donors Amid Reports of Flagging Campaign
 

Thursday, 24 December 2015 06:21 PM EST

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio this week sought to calm fears among national donors that his campaign was robust and efficient, despite recent news reports to the contrary.

"I'm amused at those stories," Rubio said Tuesday in response to a question about articles saying that his campaign lacked organization and planning.

The remark came during a conference call with donors, according to a participant who shared notes of the session with Politico.

"We said at the outset that this campaign was going to be about ideas and our message, so we don’t spend much time talking about process or strategy," the first-term Florida senator said.

"Just because we aren’t telling the media our strategy doesn’t mean we’re not organized," Rubio said.

The candidate's drop in the polls have spurred reports suggesting that Rubio's campaign was spending too much time on social media and television events instead of working on an intensive ground campaign.

A Salon.com report slammed the approach as "lazy."

Rubio then told the call that he had visited the four early polling states in the past week and had raised $1 million last week in New York City, Politico reports.

He added that about 100 full-time staffers were onboard, with many doing voter outreach. Seven events across Iowa are planned as part of an upcoming three-day bus tour.

"You don't accomplish all that without a very good organization," Rubio reportedly said.

The senator added, according to Politico, that he would keep up his attacks on rival Ted Cruz, who has been surging in the polls — particularly after slamming Rubio during last week's debate over immigration and his role in the "Gang of Eight" bill he helped bring to the Senate.

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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio this week sought to calm fears among national donors that his campaign was robust and efficient, despite recent news reports to the contrary.
Marco Rubio, GOP, donors, 2016 campaign
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2015-21-24
Thursday, 24 December 2015 06:21 PM
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