A truly outstanding speech by Sen. Marco Rubio!
Here is complete video of Sen. Marco Rubio speaking at the Jack Kemp Leadership Award Dinner, where he was honored as a recipient. Rubio used the speech to set forth his vision for building a 21st Century America that keeps America an exceptional nation based on the principles that made the nation great. Rubio said America does not need higher taxes but more taxpayers that come as a result of a growing economy and good jobs.
Notice at the beginning, Rubio jokes with Rep. Paul Ryan, who was also at the event, about “Iowa” and “South Carolina.” I don’t think there is much doubt that Rubio is working toward a run for the 2016 GOP Presidential Nomination. Speeches like this one help lay the groundwork for a run, and help him hone his message for the campaign. This speech is an outstanding basis for a Presidential run. These are the themes that will resonate, not only in the GOP, but more widely across the nation. As he continues to speak and travel, Rubio will only get better at communicating his vision for the future of America. It’s going to be very interesting to watch!
Here is complete video of Sen. Marco Rubio speaking in Iowa tonight at a birthday event for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. Many believe this trip by Rubio to Iowa is his opening foray into the 2016 GOP Presidential Nomination race. Rubio made the case for taking the conservative message of why Free Enterprise and Limited Government are the principles to give Americans a shot at the best future they can possibly have. Rubio urged conservatives to not give up on taking that message to the country in a positive and compassionate way.
Here is complete video of Sen. Marco Rubio’s outstanding speech at the Republican National Convention tonight. Rubio introduced Mitt Romney and gave a powerful, soaring speech leading up to Romney’s speech. What a future Rubio has!
This has the sound of a great Vice-Presidential stump speech. Sen. Marco Rubio frames the 2012 Election at a choice between “a guy who has no idea what he’s doing (Obama), and a guy that does (Romney).”
Here is Sen. Marco Rubio on the Senate Floor taking ObamaCare apart. In just a few minutes time, Rubio makes a compelling case as to why ObamaCare will be bad for business and Economic Growth in America – as well as being a Middle-Class tax increase. He also brings out the reality that ObamaCare makes the IRS the enforcer of the HealthCare mandate, something a lot of Americans probably don’t even realize.
The more Rubio talks, the more he makes the case for himself to be Mitt Romney’s Vice-Presidential running mate.
Here is video of Sen. Marco Rubio telling the South Carolina GOP Convention about President Barack Obama: “We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American History.” He slammed Obama for having no intention on running on his failed record, but instead following a strategy of dividing America – Rich vs. Poor, Women vs. Men. Rubio said Obama’s strategy goes against the very heart of what has made America exceptional. The idea that someone else has to do worse for you to do better “is not who we have been,” Rubio said.
Here is complete video of Sen. Marco Rubio giving a major address on the future of U.S. Foreign Policy yesterday at the Brookings Institution.
Rubio argued that the U.S. must deal with our challenges domestically to be able to remain the leader of the free world. But his message was very optimistic, believing we are more than capable of doing what needs to be done.
Many viewed this speech as basically a Vice-Presidential tryout or resume builder for Rubio. The content was outstanding, but the delivery left a lot to be desired. Rubio read the speech – as most politicians do these days – but as he neared the end of the address, he did not have the final page of his text. As you watch, it appears Rubio knew there was a problem about a minute before he ran out of text. You see him look to his right, but rather than improvise to wrap up his speech without the text before him, he told everyone (32:50 mark of the speech), “I left my last page of the speech. Does anyone have my last page?” Someone then handed it to him and he finished reading the speech. Having chosen that way to deal with it, he handled it with a smile and it went over better than it would have for most people.
Here is video of Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio using humor to great effect during a speech at a Lincoln Day Dinner in St. Petersburg.
Rubio was talking about the challenges of the past decades, and when he came to the 1970′s, he said “The 70′s were a very frightening time. Jimmy Carter was President!” He also had some comments about “disco” music and the “Bee Gees.”
Here is complete video of GOP Sen. Marco Rubio giving a speech to the 2011 National Conservative Student Conference (Young America Foundation) earlier this week. You could say, Rubio’s speech was “A Time for Choosing” speech for today’s generation. He built it off Ronald Reagan’s great “A Time for Choosing” Speech delivered on October 27, 1964.
Rubio opened his speech by joking, “I doubt I’ll be able to give you the best speech you’ve ever heard tonight. My teleprompter got left at the office, so I’m going to have to wing it.”
Rubio told the young conservatives that previous generations of Americans made choices to be an exceptional nation. He quoted from Ronald Reagan as a voice that came out of the wilderness and said the U.S. could be great again – only to be laughed at by many on the Left and their cohorts in the media. Yet, Reagan persisted, knowing the American people had it in them to do great things.
Rubio spoke of the exceptional nature of America – not that the United States is the possessor of values that do not exist, or have not existed elsewhere. But he pointed out that America was founded as a place where certain universal truths and values can be lived out and practiced freely:
“Reagan knew a fundamental truth – that is this notion of wanting to accomplish your God-given ambition and your God-given dreams was not an American principle, not an American dream – it was a universal one. The thing that distinguished us from the rest of the world is that we created a place here where it was possible. America is a place where people would come from all over the world because they couldn’t be who God meant them to be in the nation of their birth. And that is literally what we are as a people – A collection of go-getters from all over the planet that could not accomplish their dreams or their hopes or fulfill their God-given ambition in the nation of their birth. But here, nothing could stand in their way.”
Rubio argued that just as Ronald Reagan led a generation of Americans in “a time for choosing” – to choose freedom and liberty, we are now at another juncture in American History where today’s generation must choose “whether we want to continue to be exceptional – or are we prepared to be like everyone else.”
To deal with the nation’s debt crisis, Rubio argued that we don’t need more taxes – “we need more taxpayers” through a growing, expanding economy.
Rubio spoke to the kind of “Change” Obama and the Democrats are trying to bring to America:
“You see much of the world has chosen to have a Government that’s very involved in their economic lives. I will confess this is kind of a simplistic view of it, but, I think an accurate one, nonetheless. Much of the world has chosen to have a Government very active in their economic lives – that means a Government that guarantees you all sorts of things. But in exchange for those guarantees, there are things you have to give up – primarily, your economic freedoms. Literally, your ability to open up a business out of the spare bedroom of your home; the ability to draw up a business plan on the back of a napkin and go out and max your credit card because you believe so much in this idea.
Much of the world has chose that economic model, and they’ve seemed relatively happy until recently, when even Europe figured out that their high taxes and high regulations could not sustain what they had created. What you give up is the vibrancy of the American Economy.
I think what Reagan had argued – and what we should argue today – is that that’s fine for the rest of the world to choose that, and that if that’s the kind of country you want to live in – a place where the Government guarantees you certain economic results – there are so many places in the world you can move to. But there should be at least one country on earth where you can open up a business in the spare bedroom of your home; there should be at least one country on earth where you can open up a business after drawing a plan on the back of a cocktail napkin; there should be at least one country on earth where a worker can become an owner; where an employee can become an employer. There should be at least one nation on earth where these things are possible. For the last 230 some odd years, that country has been the United States, and we shouldn’t change that now.”
Rubio closed with these stirring words:
“I hope that in the next months that lie ahead, and through the elections of 2012, the American People will speak with a very simple and clear voice – that we’ve seen the two choices. We understand the hard work and sacrifices that lie ahead. But we still choose to be great. We still choose to be special. We still choose to stand apart. We still choose to inspire the world.”
What a leader we have in the making.
H/T Brian B.
Here is video of GOP Sen. Marco Rubio giving a truly impassioned speech on the Senate Floor today, where he issued a call to Democrats to “save the country” along with Republicans by “seeking solutions” to the core problem America faces: Spending. Rubio said raising the debt ceiling is the “easiest” thing to do right now. Getting the spending under control is the real problem that must be dealt with.
Rubio also allowed Democrat Sen. John Kerry to interrupt him with some questions, which he handled with great ease (around the 7-minute mark of the video).
Marco Rubio is a gifted speaker. Republicans, and even more importantly, the nation, has a bright future with him.
Here is video of GOP Sen. Marco Rubio speaking on the Floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday where he blasted President Obama’s statements at a recent Press Conference as “disappointing.” In fact, Rubio said Obama’s comments amounted to “class warfare,” and was, “the kind of language that you would expect from the leader of a third world country, not the President of the United States.”
Rubio went on:
“The bigger problem, though, is maybe the President fundamentally doesn’t understand how jobs are created. Politicians don’t create jobs. U.S. Senators don’t create jobs. Sen. Johnson pointed out jobs are created by everyday people from all walks of life that start a business or expand an existing one. And our job here in Government is to make it easier for them to do that – not harder. Threatening to raise taxes, threatening to wage class warfare does not accomplish that purpose.
Here’s what I would suggest to the President. I would suggest that we have done this before as a people in America. Things like a simpler tax code – people around here are in favor of tax reform. A simpler tax code, a manageable and sane regulatory environment, and of course, a Government that doesn’t spend money it doesn’t have. These things have worked before, and they will work again. I urge the President to lead us in that direction.”
Of course, Obama won’t lead us in that direction. It is completely opposite his Leftist, radical philosophy of an ever-larger, ever-more controlling Government. But Rubio hit the nail on the head with his remarks.