Sen. Marco Rubio says American business is afraid to hire because of President Barack Obama’s fiscal policies, but the election is a year away and Congress must to something in the interim to boost the economy and create jobs. The Florida Republican also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday despite Obama’s failed policies he will not be easy to beat in 2012 because the president is going to raise more money “than any candidate in history,” and his staff knows how to run a campaign.
“Here’s the bottom line: Americans haven’t forgotten how to create jobs — American haven’t run out of good ideas. There are a lot of good ideas sitting out there on the sidelines, waiting to grow and create jobs and grow our economy,” Rubio said. “But people are afraid to do so because they think the worse is yet to come — they look at Washington and they get worried about the policies that coming out of here.
“And we have a government that’s make it harder for people to start a new business or expand an existing business,” he said. “So, hardworking taxpayers, everyday people, from all walks of life who do have good ideas are afraid to do it, or afraid to pursue them. because they look at the policies of this administration and Washington and it discourages them from following suit.”
Hannity asked if the administration is not helping the average American, why Rubio believes that defeating Obama in 2012 will not be an easy task. Rubio recently said the president’s chances in Florida were “50-50.”
“The president is going to raise more money than anyone has before and he’s going to spend a lot of that in Florida and then to try to win the election. I think earlier today and earlier yesterday, we saw [New Jersey] Governor [Chris] Christie point out that we shouldn’t take that for granted,” Rubio said. “Yes, I mean, if you look at the president’s job performance, he’s made everything worse — I mean, our country today, by every economic measure, is worse off than it was when he took over.
“And based on that, he can’t run on his record and shouldn’t be re-elected — but he’s going to raise more money than any candidate in the history of this country and he’s going to spend it,” he said. “These guys — they know how to run campaigns — they’re going to spend a lot of it in Florida. So, it’s going to make a competitive state, more competitive than it should be based on his record.
“And we need to be cautious of that and worry [about] that,” Rubio continued. “And understand that our nominee, whoever that is, needs to do a good job of creating a clear contrast from the president on jobs and the economy.”
The Florida Republican also said that in the interim, he has been reaching out to colleagues across the Senate aisle to work on job-creating proposals the GOP has in common with Democrats.
“I have identified all the things that Republicans and Democrats have in common in their jobs plans and our ideas — let’s pass those things and then we will have an election about the other things,” he said. “There are some big issues that we disagree on — and that’s what this election is going to have to be decided on. But there are things we could be doing to help veterans, to help with job creation, and we should get those things done — and then let’s have an election.”
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