Rubio Touts Executive Govt Experience — More Than Obama Had

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:19 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio agreed with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday night that the media didn’t seem overly interested in then-Sen. Barack Obama’s lack of executive experience when he threw his hat in the ring for the 2008 presidential nomination.

But Rubio, a tea party Republican, said he would "certainly line up my resume against [Obama’s] at this stage in his career," noting that before being elected to represent the Sunshine State in Washington, Rubio served as Florida’s speaker of the House, majority leader and majority whip in addition to two years on the West Miami City Commission.

Obama served three years in the U.S. Senate before being elected president in 2008. He was an Illinois senator from 1997 to 2004.

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Rubio is one of a pool of potential GOP candidates who may seek the White House in 2016, though none have officially announced their intentions.

"It’s not time yet," Rubio told Hannity, referring to his own timeline to decide.

The 42-year-old Rubio has been hard at work solidifying his foreign policy credentials and offering ideas on domestic issues, as well, including higher education reform, poverty, and the economy, according to Politico.

He told Politico that representing the third-largest state, behind California and Texas — with a population of 19.5 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — has helped prepare him to run the country.

"People who run for office are going to be judged on a series of criteria — and certainly, I think that having experience running a state is something that people who have that are going to argue it’s to their benefit," Rubio said.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told Politico that Rubio’s legislative accomplishments separate him from other presidential wannabes who lack that type of experience.

"The others are going to have to say, 'I’m not a conservative Barack Obama — in over my head,'" Graham said.

Commentary Magazine also had props for Rubio, writing that his ideological grit – passing "comprehensive immigration reform despite his party being in the minority while Obama, as a senator, famously torpedoed immigration reform – surpasses the president’s.

Rubio has laid out a bevy of ideas to help America recapture its thriving middle class and attract businesses to locate here.

"America’s becoming a more difficult place to innovate, a more difficult place to invest," he told Hannity. "We’ve become an unfriendly climate, and a growing number of companies don’t want to invest here and create jobs here … because it’s more expensive to do it here because of regulations and taxes and anti-business rhetoric."

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