Rubio: Democrats Threaten American Dream

Image: Rubio: Democrats Threaten American Dream Sen. Marco Rubio speaks in New Hampshire on Friday. (Getty Images)

Saturday, 10 May 2014 01:58 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Reaffirming his national political ambitions, Sen. Marco Rubio accused Democrats on Friday of threatening the American dream as he campaigned across New Hampshire, appearing in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state for the first time in 18 months.

The Florida Republican also jabbed at former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, considered the overwhelming favorite to win the next Democratic presidential nomination if she chooses to run, in a speech to hundreds of Republicans gathered in New Castle, along New Hampshire's seacoast.

"They're threatening to nominate someone now who wants to take us to the past — to an era that's gone and never coming back," Rubio, 43, told the Rockingham County Republican Committee, referring to Clinton. "The road we're on right now is a road that will rob us of the American dream."

The appearance marks the clearest sign yet of Rubio's interest in a 2016 presidential bid as he beefs up political organization and charts an aggressive role in this fall's midterm elections.

Rubio attended three fundraisers on Friday to benefit New Hampshire Republicans, earning a private audience with key activists, donors and elected officials who play outsized roles in the selection of the GOP's next presidential nominee. The state's 2016 presidential primary is roughly a year and a half away, but prospective candidates have begun to flock to the state in recent months to secure an early advantage with key players.

Rubio is the first in the group of mainstream Republicans to appear in New Hampshire this year. Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and ordained Baptist minister, and tea party favorites Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have visited several times.

Some New Hampshire Republicans report some skepticism about Rubio, whom they describe as a relatively inexperienced leader who has failed to impress in key moments.

"He's sort of a victim of his own success. He was considered this hotshot rising star. Then a couple of issues like immigration haven't gone very far, so some people think his stock is falling," Steve Duprey, the state's Republican National committeeman said of Rubio. "To me, he comes across as a serious and thoughtful, mainstream conservative."

At the same time, Rubio has reshuffled his staff and directed his political resources to three key Senate races this year, including a GOP primary in Iowa, the state that hosts the first caucuses of the presidential primary season. Taken together, his actions are part of an effort to strengthen his standing in a potentially crowded 2016 presidential field after a year in which he saw his popularity slip over his backing of an immigration overhaul.

The renewed push also comes as the GOP establishment turns its attention to the freshman senator's onetime mentor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Many party insiders and major donors are signaling their preference for Bush, the brother of President George W. Bush, which could threaten a potential Rubio candidacy.

For now, Rubio's advisers say his political focus remains on helping Republicans retake the Senate in November. His political action committee is backing candidates in Arkansas, Colorado and Iowa — efforts that aides acknowledge could buoy a presidential campaign should Rubio run.

In Washington, Rubio has muscled his way to the forefront of major domestic and foreign policy debates, becoming a leading Republican voice for more robust action in geopolitical hot spots from Venezuela to Russia to China. Next week, he will detail his ideas to bolster retirement security and overhaul entitlement programs.

"The true American dream is not about what government can do for us," he said, "but what we can do for ourselves and for our nation together."


© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Nancy Pelosi: There Are 14 Million Reasons Why Obamacare Works

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 11:11 AM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has ripped into Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer for his attack on Obamacare, saying there . . .

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Recovering After Heart Procedure

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 10:46 AM

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday underwent a heart procedure at a Washington hospital after report . . .

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer: Amnesty Costs 'Horrendous' for States

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 10:33 AM

The costs to the states from President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration are going to be "horrendous," Arizo . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved