Bio: Marco Rubio has served as a Florida senator since January 2011.
Quote: “Israel has to do whatever Israel needs to do for their own national security. You would hope the United States, by taking a stronger role, would prevent that from needing to happen. But ultimately, I don’t think any of us are going to blame Israel if they take it upon themselves to ensure that the security and well being of their people is safeguarded.”
Analysis: Just days after his election as a Florida senator, Rubio took off to Jerusalem. His trip won him major points with AIPAC, which supported his victory. His endorsement from the Israel lobby, paired with his support of an Israeli strike on Iran, aligns him well with Romney. He has addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition (like Christie) as well as the Faith and Freedom Coalition (like Pawlenty). On the evening of the Florida primary race, Rubio called Israel “our best friend in the world.” If Israel is looking for congressional allies, it should look no further than Rubio.
Score: 5/5 Matzah Balls