Marco Rubio emerges as the international media's aspirational GOP nominee.
PARIS — The left-to-right political spectrum is always relative to where you stand. And if you're standing in Denmark, notes the Copenhagen-based daily Politiken, Marco Rubio would be considered "far to the right." But with the Florida Senator emerging as a kinder, gentler — and yes, less right-wing — alternative to Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, the Danish newspaper acknowledged his presidential potential following a surprisingly strong third-place showing in the Iowa caucus. "He is a serious politician, and one of few candidates who has actually presented serious solutions to some of the structural challenges the U.S. faces: increasing social inequalities, globalization and the stagnated wage levels among middle-class workers," Politiken writes.
Around the world this week, echoing conversations whispered among Republican Party elites for months, Rubio is now seen as a viable GOP moderate compared to Cruz, an evangelical opportunist with a tenuous relationship with the truth, and Trump, the xenophobic real estate mogul making it up as he goes along.
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Madrid-based ABC writes that Rubio made "slow, silent" progress toward becoming a "third path" away from Cruz and Trump. The conservative daily notes that his campaign team hoped to land him second behind Trump in the upcoming New Hampshire primary. "From there, Rubio's team believes, all the options of victory will open up."