(CNN) –- Marco Rubio, the Republican candidate for Senate in Florida, said in this week’s Republican address that his party’s alternative to President Obama’s economic policies “really isn’t all that complicated.”
The address features a somber Rubio discussing the issue most on the minds of voters — the economy.
Rubio outlined the three pillars of the GOP’s economic plan: Extend the tax cuts that have been in place since 2001 and 2003, shut down the stimulus program and use the remaining funds to reduce the federal debt and repeal the health care bill passed by congressional Democrats and signed by President Obama in March.
Rubio is locked in a three-way race with Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent candidate. The three are vying to fill the seat of Sen. George LeMieux, who was appointed by Crist when former Sen. Mel Martinez stepped down last August.
Underlying Rubio’s address is a personal story about his parents and a message about the nation’s children.
The former Florida House Speaker says that he knows “firsthand that it is possible to lose your country because my parents lost theirs.”
Rubio’s parents emigrated from Cuba to the United States before he was born.
“If we stay on the road Washington has us on right now, we will lose our exceptionalism and our country will become no different than any other country in the world,” Rubio says.
“But if we embrace free enterprise, if we accept spending discipline, well then America’s future will be brighter than her history. And we will secure for our children what they deserve to inherit: The greatest nation in all of human history,” he added.