While The New York Times seems to think Marco Rubio’s driving record is a big deal, The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol thinks the problem lies with those looking to bring down Rubio’s candidacy.
In an interview with NewsmaxTV’s Steve Malzberg Friday, Kristol told the host that the story shows “the left is very worried” about Rubio and his 2016 potency. The Weekly Standard editor also remarked that for those in New York, many of whom don’t drive, this perhaps “seems like a lot of tickets.”
“If you live in New York, maybe that seems like a lot of tickets, because, of course, most people at The Times, I guess don’t drive,” Kristol said. “I grew up in New York, we didn’t drive, so maybe they don’t even understand how the system works.”
“The whole thing — that we’re even talking about it shows how ludicrous this is,” Kristol said before noting the Grey Lady got the story from American Bridge, a liberal opposition research group. “They just seem to have recycled what they found, which is these tickets, which they credulously report as if it’s a serious problem for Marco Rubio.”
“What it shows me is the left is very worried about Marco Rubio,” Kristol continued. They’re a year and a half out, and they are trying everything they can to make him look young, reckless, driving fast.”
“I mean, I can’t believe most Americans aren’t looking at this thinking, you know what, he’s a normal guy. They have a normal family, they get an occasional ticket. There’s no evidence of recklessness or inappropriate behavior,” Kristol told the host. “And you know what, maybe having a president who has himself and his kids and his wife around to the grocery store, to the little league games and stuff — maybe that’s not such a bad thing to have compared to the Clintons, neither of whom have driven a car in 25 years.”