I proudly voted for George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. In the primary season of the '08 election, my candidate was Gov. Mike Huckabee. When he didn't get the nomination, I supported the McCain/Palin ticket, more so for Sarah Palin than John McCain. In 2012, I voted for Rick Santorum in the primary season and then held my nose and voted for Romney in the general election. As this primary season started, I immediately supported Gov. Mike Huckabee again. When he dropped out the night of the Iowa Caucus, I wasn't sure who to support.
I, like many Americans, am angry at Washington. We elected a majority Republican Congress in the last term and it has made no difference. I understand compromise for the good of the country. It's necessary. But we should never compromise core values and principles, and it appears that is what the GOP has become known for. The Republican Party seems to be a political party without a real identity anymore. It's splintered between the Establishment, the regular voter, and the Tea Party. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party has solidified their identity and continue to steamroll through American politics learning how to prey on each GOP faction when necessary.
Because of this, I initially thought I'd support Donald Trump. His in-your-face rhetoric and lack of political correctness was a breath of fresh air in the murky political scene. However, I quickly became tired of the childish insults and schoolyard games from him. Political correctness is killing us for sure, but we shouldn't lose all civility and respect in attacking it.
I then looked at you, Senator Rubio, after a good long look at Senator Cruz. I liked both of you almost equally. Cruz probably shares more of my faith beliefs in terms of theology, but your Christian faith is just as solid. Cruz is the outsider on the inside in many ways and that appealed to me. After the Cruz campaign's Ben Carson flap in the Iowa Caucus and after researching you some more, I decided that Marco Rubio was my candidate.
Not long after however, you had that terrible debate performance where it seemed you could only reiterate the same lines and talking points. You recognized the bad performance and promised to do better. And better, you did. Your next few performances were some of your strongest. You were moving up in the polls, but so was Cruz. However, Trump seemed to be taking the nation by storm. He certainly has kept the media's attention. In the midst of it all, I went to my local courthouse and early voted for you, Senator Rubio. I was proud to do so.
Then it happened. For some reason, you decided to try and out-Trump Donald Trump. You sank into the mud and started slinging. The debate performance was a laughing stock. The whole GOP field was made out to be silly and out of touch. The issues were put on the backburner and innuendos and accusations were made. And it only got worse when the debate was over. It was bad enough that I literally regretted early voting for you, Senator Rubio. Had I waited to vote with the rest of Georgia on Super Tuesday, I would have voted Ted Cruz without hesitation.
Since then, you've apologized. You've come out and said how embarrassed you were at your behavior. That definitely restored my faith in you, but unfortunately, it appears it's all too little too late. In all the campaigns I mentioned earlier, I don't know that I've ever witnessed a candidate with more promise. You were in Congress, but you were still somewhat of an outsider. The Gang of Eight bill didn't look good for you, but it didn't bother me honestly. Something does need to be done with immigration, and I do believe we have to consider a reasonable solution to the illegal immigrants that are here. This is a problem that has been going on for years and years perpetrated by both parties. You stood firm on your hopes for immigration and the illegal immigrants that are here.
But for all the promise, it seems your candidacy was one of the most inconsistent and almost desperate campaigns in recent years from someone that was considered a strong front runner from the outset. I can only think that you must have listened too much to your advisers and campaign people. I understand that this is a different kind of election with a very different kind of electorate, but authenticity still matters. Values still matter. Consistency still matters. And in all of three of those areas, it seems you compromised, and in the end it's cost you. I think you know that. I think you're preparing to face that reality today in the Florida primary in which you're in third place in your home state based on polls going into today's vote.
And once again, I don't understand your logic. You don't want Trump to be the nominee. You also are smart enough to know that even if we make it to the brokered convention and even if you were the handpicked nominee, you know the outrage would be such that the GOP would lose the general election. You've had the opportunity to be a kingmaker, but the embarrassment of losing your home state, and very possibly finishing third, may be a career killer. You could have made a pack with Cruz, agreed to run on the same ticket, threw your support behind him and easily delivered Florida, Missouri, and North Carolina today. Together, you and Cruz would effectively stop the "Trump Train," and very likely defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election. Then after eight years, you'd have your shot. You could have ushered in 16 years of Constitutional principles and religious liberty. You could have had input in filling three or more seats on the Supreme Court. But instead, you chose your own path, or at least the path of your advisers.
Cruz could still win, and he may still look at you for VP and all of the above could still very well take place, but you missed your shot at guaranteeing it. And in doing so, you may have set yourself up to not only lose that shot, but lose the support of your own state in future political endeavors. Senator Rubio, you got caught squarely in the middle of trying to be a Tea Party Conservative and a GOP Establishment candidate and the flipping and flopping has cost you in the end, and I for one, hate that.
Maybe we get a March surprise today. Maybe you pull out a miracle and prove professional pundits and armchair bloggers like myself completely wrong. It would be nice. But in the event that I'm right, do the right thing, the thing you should have done weeks ago, drop out of the race, throw your support behind Cruz, and march forward.
Thank you for your willingness to serve this great country sir. I sincerely admire your passion, your policies, and your stances. I admire and appreciate more than you know your stance on abortion and marriage. I wish this election cycle was different in so many ways, but I can only hope that the American voters do the right thing and vote Constitutionally. I also hope that Christian voters remember the Bible when they vote as well. God bless you and your family, Senator.