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Florida's Marco Rubio: GOP Must Regain Principles

Monday, 13 Jul 2009 09:45 PM

U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio is facing one of the most popular, well-funded Republican governors in America, but he told Newsmax.TV he’s undeterred.

After all, the U.S. Senate seems like a natural next step for a lawyer and father of four who has risen rapidly in just a decade from a city commissioner to Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

The conservative Rubio, the son of a Cuban refugee, is challenging Gov. Charlie Crist in the state’s Republican primary. Crist, a moderate who is considered too liberal by many Florida conservatives, has so far raised more than $4.3 million in the last 50 days, according to The St. Petersburg Times. Rubio has raised just $340,000 in the same period.

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Rubio says he’s running because he feels the GOP has veered away from its core principles of less taxation and more freedom. If the party doesn’t regain its footing, the Democratic big government message may be entrenched for a generation, he says.

“The Republican party should be the party that always understands that what people want more than anything else in life is for the chance to provide security for themselves and their family and to leave their kids better off than themselves,” Rubio told Newsmax.TV.

Rubio’s father, a bartender, fled Cuba with his family in the late 1950s as Fidel Castro rose to power. Marco Rubio grew up in Las Vegas and South Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida, and then went on to law school at the University of Miami.

He cut his political teeth running Bob Dole’s presidential campaign against Bill Clinton in 1996, then won his first election three years later. In short order, he ran for and won a seat in the Florida House, and then served as majority whip, majority leader and speaker before finishing his term in 2008.

He believes that the GOP can do well in 2010 if they develop strong ideas to counter the Obama presidency’s penchant for big government.

“For many Americans our party has become indistinguishable from the Democrats,” Rubio said. “We’re viewed as the party of hypocrites who say one thing and do another."

Most importantly, he said, the GOP needs to stand firm against ill-fated government spending.

“I’m almost offended when they call it a stimulus package,” he said, referring to the administration's $787 billion stimulus law. “The only thing it stimulates is the debt. The truth is that government can’t stimulate the economy.

“Only entrepreneurs and risk takers can do that. Only people who are willing to take money out of their savings account and start a business can do that. The president can’t do that; the Congress can’t do that… All they can do is take money to spend that they don’t have. And grow our national debt, which is what’s happening.”

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