Marco Rubio is a Senator from Florida and a Tea Party member.
Marco has a good sense of humor and brings a young, new personality to Washington. He's a breath of fresh air.
Rubio was born in 1971 in Miami, Florida. His parents are Cubans who immigrated to the United States in 1956. He and his family are Catholic, though from ages 8-11 his family attended the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints. He attended Tarkio College and later Santa Fe College. He then went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1996. In the year 2000 he was elected to the House of Representatives until 2006, when he became Speaker of the House of Florida. During this time he pushed for an overhaul of Florida's tax system in order to decrease property taxes and shrink government size. He became popular with the Tea Party for these stances and was elected to the Senate in 2010, defeating Democrat Kendrick Meek and Independent Charlie Christ.
Rubio delivered the official Republican Party response to President Obama's State of the Union Address on February 12, 2013. At one point in the speech, he leaned off-camera to reach for a water bottle. The media decided to focus the majority of its coverage of the speech on this moment than on what Rubio actually had to say, and CNN even labeled the moment a possible "career-ender."
Rewriting DREAM Act Edit
The original DREAM Act as it is currently written offers children who were brought to America illegally by their parents a special path to citizenship that can never be taken or erased. Senator Rubio is currently working on a revision that would give these kids learning visas, working visas, and eventually put them in the same position as an adult who came here illegally.
Possible 2016 Presidential run Edit
After Mitt Romney was defeated by President Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election, many in the media immediately began speculation that Senator Rubio would himself seek the White House in 2016. Polls indicate that Rubio is the favorite of Republicans in the state of Iowa, where the first primary caucuses are held and the campaign begins.
Political Positions and Stances Edit
- Opposes abortion
- Supports prohibiting stem cell research
American Culture and Values Edit
- Believes in protecting Freedom of Religion and culture.
- Believes spending should be cut by ten percent
- Savings in the government should be required to be put towards debt spending.
- Believes in extending the Bush-era tax cuts
- Believes we should create a universal education tax deduction
- Perform a regular review of Department of Education programs.
- Make block grants conditional on performance and accountability measures.
- Improve parental access to school performance
- Improve school choice through a Federal corporate income tax credit.
Energy and Oil Edit
- Opposes Cap and Trade legislation
- Supports exploring energy resources
Foreign Policy Edit
- Opposes troop withdrawel from Afghanistan
Global Warming and Environment Edit
- Has supported actions making homes more hurricane efficient in Florida
Government Roles Edit
Health Care Edit
- Disagrees with the Obamacare plan
- Believes free market ideas should be explored to deal with health care.
- Opposes amnesty to illegal immigrants
National Security Edit
- Supports USA PATRIOT Act
- Believes greatest threat to America at this time is Radical Islamic terrorists
- Supports banning homosexuals from military
Same Sex Marriage Edit
- Opposes Same-Sex marriage
Second Amendment Rights Edit
- Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms
- Father of four.
- Became Speaker of Florida House of Representatives
- Elected to Senate at 40
"A sense that with the blessings that God bestowed upon this land, came the responsibility to make the world a better place."
"And yet, there are still people in American politics who, for some reason, cling to this belief that America is better off adopting the economic policies of nations whose people who immigrate here from there."
"Conservatism is not about leaving people behind. Conservatism is about empowering people to catch up, to give them the tools at their disposable that make it possible for them to access all the hope, all the promise, all the opportunity that America offers. And our programs to help them should reflect that."
"People have a right to be a Democrat. People have a right to be wrong. I know they're the same thing."