America should implement the best ideas proven to work, not chase new ideas, explained Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday. Rubio scolded liberal critics whom he predicted will complain that Rubio offered no new ideas. “There’s the fallacy of it. We don’t need a new idea. There is an idea. The idea is called America. And it still works.” Rubio’s point earned one of several standing ovations at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Marco Rubio also came in second pulling 23% in CPAC’s 2016 Presidential election straw poll, behind Senator Rand Paul at 25%. Potential candidates rarely receive more than single digit percentage showings because so many conservative leaders are included and CPAC expresses many strong opinions. Out of more than 10,000 attendees, 2,930 voted. CPAC was held in suburban Maryland a few miles South of the U.S. Capitol along the Potomac River.
Rubio warned that businesses in America feel like government is their enemy and impediment. “That has to stop.” He called for a pro-growth tax structure, “not one that’s designed to take from some and give to others.” He called for a pro-growth energy policy including oil and natural gas. Rubio called for school choice for all students and increased vocational education.
Rubio addressed Republicans’ concerns that U.S. voters have permanently shifted toward the liberal, big-government Democrat Party. “Our people have not changed,” Rubio insisted. But “They wonder who’s fighting for them,” Rubio said.” “That is both our challenge and our opportunity… to be their voice. And by the way I can’t think of a better call.” Rubio insisted that Americans do not want to take anything away from those who have earned it. But “every week Washington’s creating some man-made crisis for them to worry about.” Our government is not America, he explained.
Rubio labeled liberals as “freeloaders.” But he argued that “Our hard-working middle class is one of the things that makes America different and special from the rest of the world.” Every country has rich and poor, he explained. But in America everyone must have equal opportunity and access to becoming middle class. He emphasized how technology has dramatically changed the world and people’s experiences.
Rubio offered as proof that America is right: “They may claim to hate us. But they sure would like to be us.” Rubio argued that America’s ideas are raising people out of poverty world-wide. Rubio slammed China as the wrong ideal.
Rubio scoffed at suggestions that Republicans are in-fighting, saying that in the real world people who disagree on some things work together all the time on those things that they do agree upon. Rubio reinforced his opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion as examples of the need for moderate Republicans to respect conservative beliefs. Rubio noticeably avoided mentioning his push for amnesty for illegal aliens.
Rubio joked “never in the history of the world has water been so popular” as he took a sip of water to great applause from the CPAC audience.
Jonathon Moseley is a Virginia business and criminal defense attorney. Moseley is also a co-host with the ?Conservative Commandos? radio show, and an active member of the Northern Virginia Tea Party. He studied Physics at Hampshire College, Finance at the University of Florida and law at George Mason University in Virginia. Moseley promoted Reagan?s policies at High Frontier and the Center for Peace in Freedom. He worked at the U.S. Department of Education, including at the Center for Choice in Education.
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