Rubio, Cruz justle for conservatives support

Rubio appeal to conservatives

Republican presidential hopeful fro the 2016 election, Marco Rubio‘s campaign is handing out small calculators at his GOP rival Ted Cruz‘s events in New Hampshire saying Cruz himself is a political calculator. Outside a Cruz event at a Sanbornville, New Hampshire, activists on Tuesday offered visitors the tiny gadgets and one-page summary of instances where they say the Texas Republican changed his positions. “That is not consistent conservatism, that is political calculation,” the sticker on the calculator quotes Rubio as saying. Rubio and Cruz, both Cuban, have been jostling for conservative support ahead of Iowa’s Feb. 1 primary.

Rubio tells atheists to believe what they want

Confronted by an “activist atheist,” Marco Rubio said he’ll champion a country where “no one is forced to violate their conscience.” “No one is going to force you to believe in God, but no one is going to force me to stop talking about God,” said the Florida senator, prompting applause and a whistle of support from the crowd. According to usatoday, in a town hall meeting on Monday morning, Justin Scott, asked about Rubio’s new ad, explaining that atheists such as him are “looking for somebody that will uphold their rights as Americans, and not pander to a certain religious group,” he said. “You have a right to believe whatever you want,” said Rubio, a Roman Catholic, in response. “You have a right to believe in nothing at all.”

Rubio appeals to Christians for support

Each of the candidates in the coming elections is looking for support from every group. Rubio is also using his ad to profess his faith. In the commercial, Rubio does not mention specific political policy but discusses how “our goal is eternity, the ability to live alongside our creator for all time. To accept the free gift of salvation offered by Jesus Christ.” Rubio is third place in Iowa, with nearly 12 percent, according to a rolling average of polls. And on either side are two rivals who have appealed greatly to Evangelical voters: Ted Cruz, with nearly 27 percent, and Ben Carson, with nearly 9 percent. Others question whether a faith-based ad will have the same effect as discussing his religious views in person. Cruz, for example, has campaigned at churches and discussed his Christian beliefs more frequently in Iowa as part of his 99-county tour.