There is new hope for the Sunshine State, now that the dust has settled from Charlie Crist’s abandonment of the Republican party, because the GOP voters wanted to go a different way in the Primary, voters are now seeing Crist for what he is, a political opportunist who doesn’t care about the voters, he just cares about being elected.

Two weeks ago, just after Crist announced that he was running as an independent, he held a 38% to 34% advantage over Rubio in a 3-way race.  Today Rasmussen  reflects shows a 12 point shift as Rubio jumps into the lead. It now stands at  Rubio 39%, Crist 31%, Meek 18%, and 12% undecided.

Crist, whose numbers had been in freefall in his primary match-up with Rubio, has been actively courting Democrats. But Meek now edges Crist among Democratic voters after trailing him two weeks ago.  People are beginning to realize that Crist is just the Florida version of Arlen Specter and Marco Rubio is the real thing.

Among Republicans, Crist’s support has dropped from 30% two weeks ago to 23% now. Rubio, the Cuban-American former speaker of the state House, earns 68% of Republicans, up 10 points from the previous survey.

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Crist’s lead over Rubio among voters not affiliated with either party has narrowed as well, from 12 points early in the month to three points now.

Rubio has a two-to-one lead among male voters over both Crist and Meek. Crist has a small lead over Rubio among female voters.

Marco Rubio is the real thing. During CPAC, I was given the opportunity to see him speak live. Rubio was given the difficult task of opening the conference, rallying the faithful and setting the “agenda” for the next two days.  Rubio did not disappoint, he gave a stirring speech and set up the conservative agenda.

Rubio talked about his immigrant parents, and how the present government seems to be changing the American system to match the economies of other countries. He wondered, Why do we adopt the policies of governments whose people come here, to the here to the United States to get a better life.

Rubio talked about bi-partisanship, he reminded people that of course conservatives will work with the liberal on bi-partisan programs,  it all depends on what exactly they want to do.

If they want to work with leaders who want to fix America we will work with them. But if they want to change change America we will fight them every setp of the way

His specific agenda includes

  • Reform the tax code lower tax rates.
  • Eliminate double taxation such such as  capital gains, Interest taxes, and death taxes.
  • Lower the corporate taxes to make us more competitive with other countries.
  • Stop oppressive energy legislation,
  • America should stay out of the insurance business, but should create simple insurance changes. And implement tort reform to lower costs.

Rubio talked about his defense agenda. He reminded the conference that the Islamists do not attack us because we insulted them, but because they want the world to have the world adopt their radical religious beliefs.

“We will do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. We will punish their allies like Iran. We will stand with our allies like Israel. We will target and we will destroy terrorist cells and the leaders of those cells. The ones that survive, we will capture them. We will get useful information from them. And then we will bring them to justice in front of a military tribunal in Guantanamo — not a civilian courtroom in Manhattan.”

Rubio said November’s midterm elections would be “a referendum on the very identity of our nation.The issues are so big, so consequential, so generational, that many of the old rules of political engagement will not apply”

What it makes America great, he said, there are dreams that are impossible everywhere else, that are possible here. All over the world we find governments that control the economy and pick the winners and losers.The ones who have influence on the government wins.  Only in America could someone who is an employee one day become the employer.

In his short 25 minute speech Rubio electrified the audience and proved why the polls show he as been able to overtake the establishment candidates, on the Independent line and the Democratic line. Marco Rubio would make a great addition to the US Senate