Nicolle Wallace: GOP Needs Rubio Because ‘He Knows Who Tupac Is’

February 10, 2013 8:35 a.m.

Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace said Sunday that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is good for the Republican Party because, as one of many attributes, Rubio “knows who Tupac is.” 

“He’s everything we need and more,” Wallace, a former aide to President George W. Bush and an adviser on Sen. John McCain’s 2008 campaign, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “He’s modern.  He knows who Tupac is.  He is on social media. “

A clip of Rubio mentioning Tupac was played at the beginning of the show.

Wallace continued on Rubio: “He’s part of the sort of — he has all the blessings of the old political establishment. He’s close to the younger Bushes.  He and Jeb Bush and George P. Bush create what I call that axis of enlightenment when it comes to immigration.  I mean, he’s got the policy.  He’s in touch with, I think, the lives of ordinary people.  And he’s a very accessible guy.  He talks about being a working dad and juggling his own priorities.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), also on the “This Week” roundtable, disagreed. “You know, I think all of this stuff is just surface stuff.  It’s like lipstick on a pig. I mean, the bottom line is, the Republicans have a core values problem, not a “who knows who Tupac Shakur is” problem,” Ellison said.


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