Sen. Marco Rubio says President Barack Obama's dismal poll numbers after five years in office offer Republicans a chance to sell their own ideas to the American public.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll
shows Obama's approval ratings at 43 percent, a record low for his presidency and second lowest only to Richard Nixon at this point in his term.
Rubio told Fox News' Sean Hannity Tuesday that the president's low numbers can be blamed on his failed promises
and the feeling among many Americans that he can't help them overcome the problems they are facing.
"People are starting to feel real desperate about the future. People have concluded that they're either one bad break away from losing everything, or they feel trapped in dead-end jobs they can't get ahead of," the Florida Republican said. "Or, even people that may be living out their American dream are increasingly worried that their children won't have the chance to achieve the American dream."
It is a perfect time for the GOP to apply its core principles of limited government, free enterprise, and traditional family values to today's challenges, Rubio added.
Rubio is among a majority of Senate Republicans who plan to vote against the compromise budget deal negotiated between House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray.
The Ryan-Murray deal continues to spend more money than it takes in, he said. "It doesn't seriously deal with the debt."
Though it increases spending by more than $60 billion over the next two years, it promises to pay for it over the next 10. That, Rubio said, is "something we know never happens."
Hannity noted that the deal spends money for the first two years and doesn't cut spending until years 9 and 10.
"That's a gimmick that's always used here in Washington to do these sorts of budget deals," Rubio chimed in.
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