ESPN host: What Rubio said he did when he was 8 years old should ‘automatically disqualify’ him as president

At only 43, Marco Rubio is pretty young to be running for president, but an ESPN commentator is claiming he proved he wasn’t qualified to be president when he was even younger:

Like when he was 8 years old.

On his radio show Tuesday on ESPN, former Washington Post sports columnist and occasional political pundit Tony Kornheiser used a Father’s Day tribute Rubio wrote for The Daily Caller in 2014 to attack the Florida Republican’s fitness for the Oval Office.

In the tribute, Rubio recounted a sweet story of how he needed to wear leg braces as a child but didn’t want to put them on. His father, knowing young Marco was a huge Miami Dolphins fan, would call him pretending to be Dolphins Coach Don Shula and convince him to put the braces on “if you want to play for me someday.”

To a normal person, it’s a touching tale of fatherhood. To a Washington lib, using the mouthpiece of a sports-centered network, it’s another line of attack against an up-and-coming-Republican.

“You have cognition at 8-10 and if you’re the biggest Dolphins fan in the world I guarantee you you’re watching the postgame and you’ve heard Don Shula,” Kornheiser said. “What I’m saying is, this to me automatically disqualifies Marco Rubio from being president.”

Actually, it should disqualify Kornheiser from spouting off about politics – ever again. (It won’t.)

It’s also pathetic. Rubio has been a rising star in the Republican Party since his days in the Florida Legislature in the early 2000s, when he became the first Cuban-American speaker of the Florida House. He was already been talked about as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2012.

Now, an inside-the-Beltway sports hack who likes playing politics wants to turn Rubio’s fond memory of a father’s ruse into some kind of weapon against him?

Beyond pathetic, Mr. Kornheiser.

Grow up.

 

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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