Marco Rubio Plans NUCLEAR Option To ‘Take The GOP Nomination’- Voters Will Be OUTRAGED

The campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is reaching a critical period. As Donald Trump gains more supporters, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are struggling to keep up.

However, Sen. Rubio reportedly has a “Hail Mary” plan he hopes with provide him the GOP nomination. Two anonymous sources came forward to CNN after a meeting Wednesday in Manhattan to allege that Rubio is preparing for a contested Republican Convention.

Terry Sullivan, Rubio’s top campaign adviser, provided a blueprint for such a tactic at the meeting with top donors, the sources said.

Sullivan laid out two possible outcomes. Rubio might achieve the necessary delegates to win the election. It’s also possible that none of the three candidates will have the necessary delegates needed to win before the convention. In the latter scenario, a contested convention might be the outcome.

Sullivan said that if John Kasich and Ben Carson were to drop out of the election, Rubio may very well pick up votes from Kasich and Carson supporters and possibly provide him with the leverage to win the nomination.

Sullivan also expressed great confidence that Rubio would win in his home state of Florida.

The Manhattan meeting was attended by approximately 200 people, including some former supporters of Jeb Bush. If Bush supporters are willing to throw their support behind Rubio, Carson and Kasich supporters may do the same.

The Manhattan meeting took place at a time when Rubio has picked up recent endorsements from Bob Dole, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Joe Craft, and the Koch brothers, to name a few.

However, many people believe these endorsements have come in too late to quell the Trump campaign’s mobility and progress.

If these high profile endorsements are too late, a contested convention could be a real possibility — even though the last time it happened was during the 1952 presidential campaign.

Revealed: The 1 GOP Candidate The Establishment REALLY Wants Out Of The Race

In one of the latest strategies from a Republican establishment trying to find the right combination of factors to stop presidential candidate Donald Trump, subtle and public pressure is being applied to convince Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the race.

The concept is that with fewer candidates, Trump foes will outnumber his loyalists and Trump will not win the nomination

There’s one problem: Kasich isn’t going away.

“I’m going to stay in for a long time,” Kasich said. “I’m going all the way.”

In keeping with the tongue-in-cheek tone Kasich often projects, his communications director sent a tweet Thursday calling on another mainstream candidate to quit.

“.‪@JohnKasich is the ONLY candidate who can beat @realDonaldTrump on 3/15. @marcorubio needs to do the right thing & suspend campaign,” tweeted Chris Schrimpf.

For others, it’s not a laughing matter as the establishment tries to coalesce votes behind Sen. Marco Rubio.

“I think it is not helpful to have more than one mainstream candidate in this race,” said Bobbie Kilberg, a prominent Republican fundraiser,

“If at some point John were to decide not to go forward with his campaign, Marco would be the primary beneficiary of that decision,” former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said. “It’s not for me or anyone else to say when John should stay in or get out but … John’s decision to stay in or get out could have a marked impact on the race.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who endorsed Rubio earlier this week, said Kasich’s exit would help Rubio.

“It would be, but that’s up to John and John’s got every right to stay in the race,” Hatch said. “But sooner or later, it’s got to come down to Marco if people really look at it carefully.”

Polls in the upcoming Super Tuesday voting show Kasich trailing. However, Kasich’s home state of Ohio votes March 15. If Kasich were to win the winner-take-all contest, he would amass 66 delegates.

“They thought we would have a nominee by some point in March. This is going to be a race that’s going to go much deeper into the calendar,” Kasich strategist John Weaver told reporters Saturday. “The Kasich brand of being uplifting and inclusive, of having a conservative reform agenda that can be enacted and can be positive is a growing force in national politics.

“We do believe that it will be a one-on-one race with Donald Trump.”

As the establishment pushes Kasich, he is pushing back. He recently told a crowd at George Mason University that he’s bucking the establishment.

“I’m not gonna shut something down because a bunch of people in the inner city of Washington who frankly never liked me from the beginning are going to tell me what I’m gonna do,” Kasich said.

“I think it’s funny. I think it’s ridiculous,” he said when asked about efforts to nudge him to the sidelines. “I don’t take orders from K Street, from inner rooms, from lobbyists, I’ve challenged the establishment my whole career.”

h/t: Politico

Watch: What Rubio And Cruz Were Caught Doing During Debate Commercial Break Has People Talking

In the final Republican debate before Super Tuesday’s slew of primaries, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz finally came to the hunt loaded for bear against Donald Trump. But there is still a lot of animosity between the two senators.

Despite their ire, what the pair did during a commercial break has people talking.

During a timeout from the Trump bashing that constituted a large part of the highly rated GOP debate, Cruz and Rubio crossed the stage to shake hands, something surprising to many because of the vitriol between them.

Even with Rubio’s habit of constantly calling Cruz a “liar,” it appears Cruz was still up for a handshake and a kind word. And Rubio replied in kind, if photos are any indication.

There were also some reports the two senators met and spoke before the debate even started, as well.

Certainly the two freshman Senators did a major tag-team attack on Trump during the debate in an effort Trump dismissed as just a pair of senators “swinging for the fences.”

Trump continued his own debate by jumping onto Twitter to slam his opponents.

Not surprisingly, Trump wasn’t bashful about his performance.

According to CNN, this debate was one of the “highest rated debates in months.”

h/t: Gateway Pundit

Watch: People Noticed 1 Thing All 5 GOP Candidates Agreed On- It Might Worry Some Americans

All five Republican candidates side with the FBI over Apple in the stand off regarding gaining access to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook’s iPhone.

At the GOP debate in Houston on Thursday night all the candidates but Donald Trump were asked whether, as president, they would force Apple to comply with a court order to assist the FBI in gaining access to the cell phone.

As reported by Western Journalism, Apple CEO Tim Cook has claimed the FBI wants his company to create a “backdoor” into the phone’s operating system, which he argues would potentially compromise the security of all iPhone users.

The government has responded that it only wants the company to disable the self-destruct software, so investigators can use its tools to ascertain the password to gain access to the phone’s data.

Trump has called for a boycott of Apple until it complies with the court order. “We gotta get to the bottom of [the San Bernardino shooting], but we’re not going to get to the bottom of it unless we use common sense,” Trump said at campaign event last week. “So I like the idea of boycotting Apple until such time as they give that information – I think that’s a great idea.”

His four GOP rivals also stated that Apple should comply with the order. Sen. Marco Rubio noted at Thursday’s GOP debate that the phone did not even belong to Farook, but to the government. “[A]ll they’re asking [Apple] to do is to disable the self-destruct mode or the auto-erase mode on one phone in the entire world. But Apple doesn’t want to do it because they think it hurts their brand,” the senator said.

Well, let me tell you, their brand is not superior to the national security of the United States of America,” he added, which drew applause from the audience.

Sen. Cruz Ted agreed, stating, “Apple doesn’t have a right to defy a valid court order in a terrorism investigation.”

Dr. Ben Carson pointed out that the Fourth Amendment guarantees citizens’ right against unlawful searches and seizures by the government without probable cause, but such is not the case regarding Farook. “I think allowing terrorist to get away with things is bad for America,” the candidate said adding, “I would expect Apple to comply with the court order.”

Gov. John Kasich said, “You know what the problem is? Where’s the president been? You sit down in a back room and you sit down with the parties and you get this worked out. You don’t litigate this on the front page of the New York Times…” He continued, “[Y]ou know what you do when you’re the president? You lock the door and you say you’re not coming out until you reach an agreement that both gives the security people what they need and protects the rights of Americans.”

h/t: Yahoo News

Watch: Krauthammer Just Revealed The 1 ‘Remarkable’ GOP Debate Moment That’s ‘Going To Be Replayed’

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio’s challenge on rival Donald Trump to explain Trump’s health care plan led to an “electric” moment that will be played over and over in the Republican presidential race, conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer said Thursday night.

During Thursday night’s debate, Rubio, R-Fla., challenged Trump to provide details of his health care plan. Trump would not, or could not respond in depth to Rubio’s question.

“It was not exactly the subject you would have thought would spark this, but that’s when Rubio used ridicule in going after Trump on his so-called solution or replacement for Obamacare,” Krauthammer said. “And what he did is he tried to show … that there was really nothing there in the Trump proposal.”

“… The moment that was most remarkable, and obviously spontaneous, was when Rubio said, ‘Well, you’ve just repeated yourself within the five minutes.’ That I think is going to be the one that is going to be replayed.”

According to The Washington Post’s transcript of the debate, the exchange began as follows.

“What is your plan?,” Rubio said the Trump. “I understand the lines around the state, whatever that means. This is not a game where you draw maps.” After Trump said a few words, Rubio repeated, “What is your plan, Mr. Trump? … What is your plan on healthcare?

After both candidates talked at once, Trump mentioned Rubio’s “metdown” at a New Hampshire debate and then said, “I got to tell you, the biggest problem he’s got is he really doesn’t know about the lines. The biggest thing we’ve got, and the reason we’ve got no competition, is because we have lines around the state, and you have essentially…”

“So, you’re only thing is to get rid of the lines around the states,” Rubio said after more crosstalk. “What else is part of your healthcare plan…”

“You get rid of the lines, it brings in competition,” Trump replied after more crosstalk. “So, instead of having one insurance company taking care of New York, or Texas, you’ll have many. They’ll compete, and it’ll be a beautiful thing.”

“So, that’s the only part of the plan? Just the lines?” Rubio said.

“The nice part of the plan — you’ll have many different plans. You’ll have competition, you’ll have so many different plans, Trump said.

“Now he’s repeating himself,” Rubio said

“No, no, no,” replied Trump.

After a round of applause, Trump then said, “I watched him repeat himself five times four weeks ago.”

“I just watched you repeat yourself five times five seconds ago,” Rubio replied.

h/t: TheBlaze