Rubio delivers first floor speech
June 14th, 2011
04:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Rubio delivers first floor speech

(CNN) – More than five months after assuming office as Florida's junior senator, Republican Marco Rubio gave his first floor speech Tuesday reflecting on “American exceptionalism” and the American dream.

The tea party favorite also tapped into fears of a world without American success and dominance.

"What will the world look like if America declines? Who's going to create the innovations of the 21st century? Who will stretch the limits of human potential and explore the new frontiers?" Rubio said. "And if America declines, who will do all these things and ask for nothing in return, motivated solely by the desire to make the world a better place? The answer is: No one will. There is still no nation or institution on this planet that is willing or able to do what America has done."

And in an apparent split from a common theme at Monday night's presidential debate, where many GOP contenders spoke out against U.S. involvement overseas, Rubio reminded his colleagues why he feels American interests remain at the helm.

"Whether we like it or not, there is no aspect of our daily life that is not directly impacted by the world around us," Rubio said. "We can choose to ignore global problems but global problems will not ignore us."

–CNN's Joe Von Kanel contributed to this report.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Seattle Sue

    Did all the little Republicans/Tea Party congress people give Rubio a standing ovation? I'm sure they did.

    June 14, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    When we have people like the Koch brothers and Grover Norquist dangling the purse strings that control the republicans and tea-baggers, there is a valid worry.

    It's republican (no taxes for the wealth) or it'S NOT AT ALL. Wake up people. The more you vote republican, the less we in the middle class have in this country.

    June 14, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Wes B.

    I see these as very empty words.

    June 14, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. excitizen

    Good Greif! This M0ron has obviously never been out of the country. Every single year, on numerous indexes, the US is far below many other countries in (1) Education (2) Standard of Living (3) Non-voilence/low crime figures (4) Economy....and on and on and on.....contrary to the belief of many in the US – there ARE many better countries to live in.

    June 14, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. AZ DEM

    Hmm I'm keeping my eye on Rubio..if he wants to run for president 2016 will be a pretty nice time to throw his hat in the ring..he appeals to a lot of different groups..his Tea Party affiliation cancels the possibility that he recieves a vote from me in anything but I think he is definitely an upcoming star for the GOP

    June 14, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Grondahl

    Ugh. Was there a group of bare-chested NASCAR fans chanting "U-S-A!!!" present? To answer Mr. Rubio's second-paragraph questions:

    1. Different
    2. China, India, and South Korea
    3. See #2
    4. Nobody does anything for free, not even the U.S.

    This is why other countries hate us. The incessant self-horn-tooting, the constant reminders of exactly how awesome we think we are, etc. Can we stop the shameless self-promotion and just continue doing all these great things? That would be a welcome change of pace.

    June 14, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What's the difference between Marco Rubio who is a first generation Cuban born to parents who supposedly exiled to the U.S. and a 3rd generation Hispanic born in the U.S.

    June 14, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Name king

    You know what amazes me about these repugs, for the past 2 1/2 years since Obama took over the presidency, through the disastrous policies of the repugs, there was not one instant that the repugs came over to the dems and offered to help put this country back together again. The constant belittling the president, the saying to every fix they came up with. Yet the economy miraculously shed a 750 Job lost a month while adding 14 straight months of private sector jobs, economic growth for 9 months. And gained back 2 million of the 8 million job lost in 15 months. It's funny to here repugs bitch that we are not gaining jobs quick enough, yet bush didn't create as much job in 8 years, and he was left with a way better economy to work with.

    June 14, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Who's going to create the innovations of the 21st century?"

    Actually, EU, Japan, South Korea, China, et al., are doing a bang up job of it while we languish because the GOP and giant American corporations are playing games with our economy in order to break the backs of the middle-class and get us to cave in to their demands for a more substantial shift towards plutocracy.

    June 14, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    BTW, that entire quote from his speech sounds like pathological denial from a megalomaniac who can't stand that implementation of his ideological world-view for the past 4 decades or so has resulted in a massive decline of the nation and who is rationalizing why we have to implement it all the harder in order to reverse the process.

    What's that? He's a GOPer? Oh...well...that explains it then.

    June 14, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What's the difference between Marco Rubio who is a first generation Cuban born to parents who supposedly exiled to the U.S. and a 3rd generation Hispanic born in the U.S.

    =====================

    Rubio does his best to LOOK the part, stay in line and be accepted.

    He gets to stay in the house, rather than labor in the fields.

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    Grondahl

    Ugh. Was there a group of bare-chested NASCAR fans chanting "U-S-A!!!" present? To answer Mr. Rubio's second-paragraph questions:

    1. Different
    2. China, India, and South Korea
    3. See #2
    4. Nobody does anything for free, not even the U.S.

    This is why other countries hate us. The incessant self-horn-tooting, the constant reminders of exactly how awesome we think we are, etc. Can we stop the shameless self-promotion and just continue doing all these great things? That would be a welcome change of pace.

    ====================

    AMEN.

    I love this country. I think it's a great place to live,but the non-stop chest thumping and arrogance is what turns off a great deal of people. Thats not a knock on the US. But rather,more americans should leave the country and see the world. Especially from other peoples view points.

    It is in that sense,that I think President Obama has a great advantage over many GOP canidates.

    June 14, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. blarkin

    A speech on American exceptionalism, Senator Rubio finally shows his Vice Presidential qualifications untill he has to explian which newspapers he reads, or talk about Castros big floating head off Florida's coast.(How does the American voter keep electing these shallow and ignorant fools ,for both parties )

    June 14, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. LouAz

    ". . . global problems will not ignore us."
    Does this mean we are going to invade Cuba again ? And Libya, and Sudan, and Somalia, and Lichtenstein ?
    Well I just threw in Lichtenstein to kinda keep the Swiss in line. Onward Christian Soldiers . . . across the flat earth !
    You betcha !

    June 14, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. NYC REPUB

    This speech is soooooooo obvious. who in America, regardless of party, doesn't think that the USA is the best?
    Oh yeah I forgot, the GOP likes to lie and say Obama hates America, while he is the living embodiment of what it is to be American. The president is self made, from nothing to something.....I gotta tell you, that this relates to far more Americans than silver spoon Romney......

    June 14, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Jimmy

    "American dominance"? So one of the Teapublilcan's party planks is imperialism, egoism on the collective level. When will these immature folks ever learn that the handshake is stronger than the fist?

    June 14, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Mikey

    "What will the world look like if America declines? Who's going to create the innovations of the 21st century? Who will stretch the limits of human potential and explore the new frontiers?"

    Good question. Since much of the advancements we have made has been the result of research at publicly funded labratories at universities, government entities (eg, NASA), and private organizations that receive public funds, what is going to happen when the TP types gut research spending? What happens when they oppose funding of research into renewable energy and other technologies of the future? They talk about all that we should do, while simultaneously preventing it from happening due to their personal greed and shortsightedness.

    On a related issue: How long before those on the right figure out that global climate change may be the biggest economic catastrophy to befall mankind? If and when they figure it out, will it be too late? Will they accept responsible for their actions in blocking preventative measures? The answer to that is: of course not, they are for personal responsiblity only for others, not for themselves.

    June 14, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Rickster

    "Twenty-eight months after Congress passed President Obama’s signature economic stimulus law, and nearly one year after he declared the summer of 2010 to be “Recovery Summer,” 1.9 million fewer people are employed."
    ---------------
    Heckuva job, Barry!

    June 14, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Liberal elite=anyone with an education

    Ahhhh, another Teapublican trying to take our country back-to the empire building days of the 19th Century. Let me guess, next up: his speech about "manifest destiny" ? Or maybe how we need to bring all the A-rabs in line with the American dream or destroy them in order to save them?
    What an unbelievable throwback! Welcome to the Twenty-first Century, and no we don't want to revert to the 18th thank you very much.

    June 14, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Ed

    Another GOPer, bought and sold by big business and rich,weathy billionaires. Keep voting Republican America. Soon we will have no middle class, only a small group of "haves" and a large number of "have nots!"

    June 14, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Mikey

    @ Rickster – Since summer of 2010, we have had positive private sector jobs growth (in fact back 15 months). So how is it possible that we have 1.9 million fewer people employed (= jobs). Your facts are wrong. You must either be making it up, quoting bad facts, or counting all the jobs lost during the first year of his Presidency, when he was, month by month, turning around the 750,000 monthly job losses into monthly job growth. I think it's more than fair to attribute those job losses to his predecessor – the worst economic performing President since Hoover.

    Oh, and he's PRESIDENT OBAMA to respectful, patriotic Americans, which, I guess, does not include you.

    June 14, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Republican Robber Baron

    All fluff, no substance. Everyone has a dream Mark. What the heck is YOUR plan? Enough of the right-wing ideologues with no specific plans – besides eliminating Medicare, SS or blaming illegal aliens for all the issues of the day.

    June 14, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Shemp Howard

    As a Floridian....I can't find ANYONE who cast a vote for Rick Scott or Marco Rubio

    I am happy to see they are going to try and implement the Tarkin Doctrine....

    June 14, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. Freedom 2012

    Thank you SENATOR RUBIO!!! Stay true to your values...YOU ARE A GREAT SENATOR! GOP 2012!

    June 14, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Bill

    Most of you are blinded by your party loyalty. Marco Rubio is a true American. Instead of bashing the guy simply because he's a Republican. Listen to what he's saying. If it wasn't for America, where would you find the Internet? Where would you find Windows operating systems? Where would you find the iPod? There are countless other inventions enjoy by the world that came from America. Those are the innovations he's talking about. Other countries didn't come up with them, they simply make it cheaper. The Japanese did it with electronics and now the Chinese does everything else. It's not self promoting or shameless reminder, but rather being proud of America. Plus, what would Europe be like now if it wasn't for America? Certainly no free for sure. I sure hope those of you putting Marco Rubio down (and America in general) is not a born American. Otherwise, it would be such a shame. I wan't born here, but I am a citizen of this great country. I am certainly proud of America.

    June 14, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. GOP = Greed Over People

    I await with breathless anticipation...

    June 14, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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