Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for a "new direction" for the U.S. economy because Americans are feeling "insecure economically," due to the failed policies of President Barack Obama.
In an effort to find solutions, Rubio is hosting an event Wednesday in Washington, D.C., called "Finding Economic Security in Insecure Times." He said the event will illustrate how "limited government and free enterprise can reclaim the American dream for more people than ever before."
"We need a new direction, a new reform conservative agenda," the Florida Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday. "The American people are as insecure economically as they have ever been. The Obama administration has failed to find and offer real answers to their problems."
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Rubio credited a large part of the problems with the Obama administration's "stale, big government ideas that have actually left people worse off than they used to be."
He said Obama is "not interested in working with others."
"It's almost impossible to work with this administration, because they're not looking to work with other people. They are looking to divide Americans in an us-versus-them mentality," Rubio said.
Failures of the White House also bleed over into problems with the standing of the United States around the globe, he said. Though the United States had "lost our standing in the world," he said the situation could be reversed.
"Increasingly, you're seeing that our allies find us to be unreliable, and our enemies find us to be weak — very reminiscent of where we were in 1979 under [former Democratic President] Jimmy Carter," he said.
Rubio said it is important for the United States to address current issues with the turmoil in Iraq, not in an effort to rebuild that country, but to prevent "a group that has the ambition and the ability of attacking America here in the United States."
Obama's foreign policy has also led to problems in Asia, where Rubio said our allies "find us unreliable;" in Europe, where "NATO has lost its purpose;" and in Latin America, which he said "we just ignore."
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