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Immigration Reform Gets the ‘Full Marco’ on Sunday Shows

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will be on all seven Sunday shows promoting the “Gang of Eight” immigration reform plan, likely to be unveiled Tuesday. Rubio, from Miami, will be on “This Week,” “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press,” “FOX News Sunday,” CNN’s “State of the Union,” Univision’s “Al Punto” and Telemundo’s “Enfoque.”

As Politico’s Mike Allen points out, the previous record of six Sunday shows went to Jeb Bush in March. Before that, if someone appeared on five Sunday shows, it was called “a full Ginsburg” named for Monica Lewinsky‘s lawyer William Ginsburg, who was the first to make the full rounds of five shows in 1998.

For Pete’s sake — or Marco’s sake — someone please keep a bottle of water close by.

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Marco Rubio: ‘I’m Just Glad the Water Was Nearby’

Unfortunately for him, and the GOP, the most talked-about moment from Sen. Marco Rubio‘s Republican response to the State of the Union address last night was his thirst.

Rubio paused mid-speech and reached off-camera for a small water bottle, took a swig, a gave a gulp heard ’round America.

“I needed water, what am I going to do?” said Rubio on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I’m just glad the water was nearby,” he told “CBS This Morning.” Rubio told “Fox & Friends” he had a plan, all along: “I figured I would be better off taking the water and taking the hit for it than being unable to pronounce my words.”

2012 GOP VP nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, who gave the Republican response last year, went on “CBS This Morning” and had some advice for Rubio, and whoever does the speech next year: “My secret is, you put a cough drop in your mouth.”

Halls Mentholatum – 1. Rubio – 0. Here it is, if you haven’t seen it:

The Ticker: NALEO, SCOTUS, Nightly

  • The Supreme Court ruled today that the FCC “failed to give Fox or ABC fair notice prior to the broadcasts in question that fleeting expletives and momentary nudity could be found actionably indecent.” ABC is pleased: “We’re pleased with the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the episode of NYPD Blue.”

  • Clickspring Design has won an award for the design of NBC’s Studio 3B, home to “Nightly News” and “Rock Center.” Nightly began broadcasting from the new studio on October 24, 2011, a week ahead of Rock Center’s debut on October 31.

Marco Rubio And Jorge Ramos Spar Over Univision Report

Last week we noted that Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gave his first interview to Spanish-language network Univision in many months. Rubio and Univision were at odds over a story about the Senator’s brother-in-law, and the way the network pursued it.

In the interview, conducted by Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Rubio says of the incident “I believe it will still remain as a black mark in the history of the Univision Network and of Univision News.”

Rubio argued that  Univision should have called him directly, rather than stake out his family. Ramos responded that the network tried to reach out to him, but was rebuffed. Later on, Rubio added “I was upset by the impact that it had on my mother, who had to see it on the news that she watches every night, but, even further, what upset me was that you did not contact me first.”

The full transcript of the exchange in question is after the jump. Univision has more on the interview at their Tumblr.

WATCH (Spanish, with English subtitles):

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David Gregory to Moderate Florida Senate Debate

NBC’s “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory will moderate a debate between the three candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat from Florida October 26 at 7 PM. The debate between Marco Rubio (R) Charlie Cirst (I) and Kendrick Meek (D) will oroignate from the studios of NBC affiliate WESH Orlandom, and will be simulcast on every NBC station in Florida. It will also be streamed online at WESH.com. The debate will be held two days after CNN’s Candy Crowley moderates a debate between the candidates. That debate will air live at 9 AM with a replay on “State of the Union.”

Kentucky Senate Candidates to Debate on ‘Fox News Sunday’

Fox Broadcast Channel and Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Sunday” will host a live debate between the two U.S. Senate candidates from Kentucky, Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul. The debate is slated for Sunday, October 3, with anchor Chris Wallace moderating.

The New York Times reports that there will be no audience, and that Wallace will be the only one asking questions. FNC will be partnering with local Fox affiliate Fox 41 on the debate, with the local station hosting the program that week.

Earlier this year, Wallace moderated a debate between the Florida Republican hopefuls, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio. Rubio won the primary, and Crist is now running as an independent.

First MTP Debate Series Matchup Cancelled

meet-the-press-logo.jpgThe first of Meet the Press‘ in-studio 2010 debate series has been called off.

The kickoff event — a Florida Senate face-off — was to have been held tomorrow, featuring Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek and Republican Marco Rubio (Independent candidate Charlie Crist had declined to participate).

“We have to cancel our Florida Senate Debate this Sunday,” reads an update on MTP‘s Facebook page. “Sadly, Marco Rubio’s dad is very ill. We’ll try to reschedule.”

The Miami Herald reports that Rubio’s 83 year-old father has emphysema and lung cancer and that his health deteriorated this week. “As a result,” a Rubio spokesman says, “Marco plans to stay with his father and family during this time, and will be unable to participate in this Sunday’s debate on Meet the Press.”

Instead tomorrow, MTP will feature its main guests — Sen. Lindsey Graham and political strategist David Plouffe — and a new “all-star roundtable” featuring CNBC’s Erin Burnett, among others.

CNN’s Candy Crowley to Moderate Florida Senate Debate

Crowley_8.28.bmpCNN’s Candy Crowley will moderate a debate featuring the three candidates for U.S. Senate from Florida, just 10 days before the election.

The debate, co-sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times and the University of South Florida, will air during “State of the Union,” Sunday, Oct. 24.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I), Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) and Marco Rubio (R) will take part in the debate live from USF’s Tampa campus.

Fox News Has DNC Ad Pulled from YouTube

Fox News Channel has made a claim with YouTube that this rapid response ad from the DNC be removed. Late today it was. The ad, which went up on YouTube yesterday, is about the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Florida between Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio. Because the ad featured copyrighted footage throughout, FNC had enough of an argument to pull the ad.

Since pushing play will do you no good, I’ll tell you what you would have seen: the ad was made up entirely of Crist’s interview with Greta Van Susteren from the other night during which the Gov. criticized Rubio for spending $130 on a haircut and even joked that he may have also gotten a back wax. Cutouts of Rubio pop up with a back wax sound effect.

The latest polling has Rubio up by a whopping 34 points.