July 13th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
4 years ago

Rubio to announce new job proposals

Senate candidate Marco Rubio will announce new job proposals in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday.
Senate candidate Marco Rubio will announce new job proposals in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday.

(CNN) - Republican Senate Candidate Marco Rubio heads to Tampa, Florida Tuesday for a town-hall event during which he will announce the first in a series of proposals to spur job creation.

In a web video released ahead of Rubio's town-hall event, the former Florida House speaker says Washington has done little to create new jobs and is in need of conservative solutions to create economic growth.

"For over a year now, I've traveled across Florida and listened as people told me not only about the challenges they are talking about at their kitchen tables and the problems they see in Washington, but also about the solutions they want," Rubio said. "Today, I will begin laying out simple ideas to start to reclaim America's future from those in Washington who are taking us down the wrong path."

Rubio, who was the Florida House speaker from 2007-2009, said he is no stranger to proposing new ideas.

"When I was Speaker, we put forth '100 Ideas' to improve Florida's future that were proposed to us by Floridians. Today in Tampa, we will begin proposing a new set of 'ideas' to help Floridians, grow our economy, get spending under control and reclaim America's future," he said.

Rubio's new job push comes a day after he announced raising $4.5 million over the last three months, a cash boost puts him in prime position to blanket the expensive Florida airwaves in what's expected to be a tight three-way battle come November.

Rubio's campaign said it has raised $11 million since the beginning of the tumultuous Senate race, which once pitted Rubio against Gov. Charlie Crist in the GOP primary.
Crist fell out of favor with Republican activists and is now seeking the Senate seat as an independent, non-party affiliated candidate. He has not yet released his second quarter fundraising totals.

Two Democrats are squaring off for their party's nomination: Rep. Kendrick Meek, the establishment-backed candidate, and billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, who is funding his bid largely out of his own pocket. An aide to Meek said the Democrat raised slightly over $1 million in the second quarter, while Greene has yet to file his financial report.

- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Eric

    We can create millions of jobs with one fell swoop: announce today that congress is cutting all spending on all programs by a full 15 percent THIS year, with another five percent each additional FY for three years following.

    All spending will be frozen at that point for another 2-4 years... all told, figuring in savings in government "budgeting inflation" (the old "last year's budget plus five percent" trick that is often played in government budgeting), we'll cut spending by FIFTY (as in FIVE ZERO) percent in eight years.

    And these would be ACTUAL cuts, not "cuts in the rate of growth."

    You would see private industry TAKE OFF like a rocket to Mars. Investment dollars would come out of mattresses and flood private industry. Unemployment would drop to 3-4 percent within six months...
    GUARANTEED.

    July 13, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Sun52shine

    This man will have one voice. He will be one of 100 Senators. His idea of a job plan means nothing. He will be the lowest man on the pole.

    Also, remember Rubio has sold your voice to the corporation in the tune of $11 million. So, you will not have a voice because he is now an employee of the corporations and big oil!

    July 13, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is all well and good, but how does he propose getting at least 59 other senators to go along with this plan as well as a majority in the US House? Everyone seem to campaign telling the same story that they alone can reform Washington and get their plan through. It doesn't work that way.

    July 13, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. government needs achanging

    It'll be interesting to actually hear an idea coming out of a GOP'er mouth. I hope it's good, this country needs ideas not campaign lies.

    July 13, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. lucy

    Rubio, all ready to 'reclaim America' from all those pesky voters who sent their elected officials to washington.
    Why is it that republicans think America only belongs to them? Judging by the way they've tried to wreck it since they lost the elections, they don't even like it very much anyway!
    When I see the likes of Palin and Rubio being the party of 'hell no', it reminds me of the biblical tale of Solomon, with the republicans as the ones ready to cut the baby in two rather than lose it. The democrats let a dodgy Bush win in 2000 stand rather than destroy their country, but the republicans lost fair and square in 2008, overwhelmingly in fact, and have been trying to make america fail ever since.
    They really are a horrible party.

    July 13, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. lforlegend

    Now that's a brilliant idea. Offer us something solid Ruby and I'll vote for you. Don't bring us any rhetoric and finger pointing, but something of substance that we can rally around.

    July 13, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. C Spurgeon

    This is crook in waiting. No principles, no ethics and his family waits for the big payoffs too.

    July 13, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. carlos

    CRIST all the way............corrupt rubio, OUT

    July 13, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Ben Stoutemire

    Good luck to this fellow, young, untarnished by years of political dealings, hard-working, and caring about our state. It will be a joy to see a fresh, politically untainted personna represent FL in DC beginning next Jan.

    July 13, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Everything I've seen and read about Marco Rubio shows that he is all about lining his pockets. And there's a lot to line the pockets with these days thanks to Republican policy that for decades drained from the poor to give to the rich. Good luck to y'all in Florida.

    July 13, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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