August 28th, 2010
09:15 AM ET
8 years ago

Rubio: Republican alternative not 'all that complicated'

(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.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. The Progressive and Media rape of America ends the first week of November 2010

    Don't know what I would like to see more, Obama and Pelosi sharing a prison cell after January, or Pelosi in an all female prison being pleasured by her bull dyke base. It is gong to be an interesting year with indictments against Obama, Jarrett, Axlerod, Reid, and a dozen or more state Democrat party chairpersonidiots.

    August 28, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yep... Really simple. Go BACK to something we KNOW doesn't work or give something else a try....

    An insanity definition- doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.


    August 28, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. samdee

    the Republicans inherited a surplus from Clinton, gave tax cuts to their rich cronies who sends the jobs to communist china, starts a fake war, ruin the economy with mind blowing deficit ,energize the fake grassroots tea-party with fox news propaganda, America may just cross the rubicon by giving power back to this fake fiscal conservatives

    August 28, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. T

    Not that complicated huh? I laugh everytime this moron opens his mouth. So your ideas are exactly what got us in the toilet. Why don't you just spell out what you really mean-1) use fear and lies to stir up people to vote against their economic interest 2) continue giving the rich lower tax cuts than even the Reagan era and continue to explode the deficit 3) Let corporations have free reign to do what they please(even if it takes away people's retirement from the greed of Wall Street or potentially could have caused massive Tsunamis wiping out Gulf Coast in worst case scenerio of BP oil spill. What a tool!

    August 28, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Pedro

    We know it isn't all that complicated. Doing nothing at all is about as uncomplicated as it gets. We get it, we lived it for two years now. The GOP has nothing to offer. Thanks for telling us something we already knew.

    August 28, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Homer

    There are two liberal demorats on the ballot with Marco Rubio. One is out in the open(meeks)and one is hidden(crist).

    August 28, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. NVa Native

    No, it's not all that complicated, in fact it is very simple.
    The Republicans want us to go backward to the policies and deceptions from our past that got us into such a horrible economic situation we are in.

    August 28, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Sgt. Joe

    Great solution for the healthcare. This nemrod would have me continue to pay for the "uninsured's" use of our emergency rooms? And when I say, "uninsured", they are not just illegals as the media would like you to believe. My wife works in an emergency room and a high percentage are simply people who chose not to have coverage or simply can't afford individual coverage after COBRA wears off. Get real, the GOP offers no new solutions; just status quo that plays to their own pockets. If their answers are so great, why are they not working NOW or in the past? Trickle down is a failure. So we extend tax cuts for the wealthy so they don't have to cut back on a few Country Club lunches? Give me a break! I did not fight to protect just the wealthy. NO on GOP; they are out ideas and this is proof.

    August 28, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. April in Denver

    Blah, blah, blah, Mr Rubio & the Repubs. In what universe does extending the Bush tax cuts help the economy in any way? What jobs have the top 1-2% created over the last 8 years? How many bills did the Repubs pass when they had control that weren't paid for and created the defiicit Prez Obama inherited? The repubs have no real ideas – just retreads – they just want power, and they aren't being subtle about that fact. No way do I want to see incompetents like Sharon Angle, Ken Buck, Rand Paul, or Joe Miller in Washington! I would, however, like to see some of the incompetent incumbants (in both parties) leave.

    August 28, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. ronalde

    yes fhe republicans plan is very simple,keep the tax cuts for the rich,do away with social security,do away with medicare and cut off all other social progams for the middle class and the poor,give tax breaks to the coroporations that move overseas and just where will we be,oh and start a few more wars that we can't pay for,yes the republicans plan is very simple give everything to the rich and every one else can root peg and die poor.

    August 28, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Dave

    Of course the GOP's plan isn't all that complicated. It's just a rehash of the same old garbage that got us into our current mess. Then again, I don't expect anything else from the GOP. Most Republicans simply don't have the brain-power to figure it out and Rubio is no exception.

    August 28, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Clwyd

    The difference is that the republicans put us in this economic mess in the first place by deregulating Big Business, Big Oil and Wall Street. They want to continue with their failed policies after we are finally seeing some progress from the mess they left behind. We can't give them a second chance to try to ruin us financially again in November. Go Obama go Democrats! 2011!

    August 28, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. hobart

    Yes, we know that Republican alternative is not all that complicated.

    You worship laissez fair capitalism as a god, who takes care of those who deserve it, and punished those who do not. Because it is a god, it must never be tampered with. If millions of people lose their jobs, life savings, homes and health insurance, all because of your faith in your false prophet, that's just tough luck. We're your all's collateral damage.

    But, oh, you do make one exception. You give your chosen people, the very rich, all the tax breaks and unlimited power to determine who wins elections.

    So, yes, Mr. Rubio, the choice is not all that complicated. Fascism if we elect you and your ilk, or Democracy that the Founders gave us. See you in November.

    August 28, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Chris

    Of course, the Republican alternative is not "all that complicated" – in fact, its ultra-simplistic, and that's the whole problem. Like their plan for a national budget – just a few pages with no numbers. I've seen children's letters to Santa with more substance than that.

    This happens constantly with the GOP, they announce they have real alternate solutions. But if you actual go and look at their so called plans, they turn out to be just a handful of pages filled with vague, general outlines with no details – and usual triple-spaced with huge margins to try to pad it out and make it look less flimsy. They are always little more than a repackaging of the same old right wing dogma of less regulation and more tax cuts that led us to this whole disaster in the first place.

    August 28, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Jim

    Its a simple plan, but it doesn't solve anything. How will repealing the health care plan create a job? How does ending the stimulus create a job? How does a tax cut balance the budget? This is no plan, its just more rhetoric.

    August 28, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Cindy Merrill

    My view ( as an Independant): Democrats squandered their majority earlier this year- voting them back in on Nov.2 just isn't a good idea.
    Republicans' overspending during the Bush years is precisely why I became an Independant. I would prefer to vote for Independants if given the choice, because they are beholden to neither the RNC or the DNC- therefore, gridlock in the US House and Senate would not be an issue; both parties would be forced to make sensible decisions and reasonable compromises. Our economy will recover, eventually, despite the stupidity of Obama's economic team- but we'd get there much faster if more Independants get elected.

    August 28, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |