Defending conservatism, Rubio says 'we don't need a new idea'
March 14th, 2013
02:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Defending conservatism, Rubio says 'we don't need a new idea'

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio offered a loud endorsement of some of the most contentious social positions of the Republican Party Thursday during his speech to conservative activists outside Washington.

Saying respect was required to work with members of opposing viewpoints, Rubio came down hard on liberals he characterized as closed minded.

"I respect people who disagree with me on certain things, but they have to respect me too," Rubio said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Just because I believe states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot. Just because we believe life – all life – is worthy of protection at every stage of its development does not make you a chauvinist."

"The people who are actually closed minded in American politics are the people who love to preach about the certainty of science in regards to our climate but ignore the absolute fact that science has proven that life begins at conception," Rubio continued.

As Republicans continue to search for ways to attract new voters after last year's election, which saw GOP nominee Mitt Romney lose among all groups except white men, many are looking to Rubio as a rising star within the party. He delivered the Republican response to last month's State of the Union address, and has been a leading voice on comprehensive immigration reform.

Appealing to younger voters, Rubio made an impassioned call for reforming student debt in the country, saying the massive amounts that some college grads owe hurt America's future and middle class.

And rebuffing the Republican notion raised during last year's campaign that a large chunk of Americans are dependent on government, Rubio stressed the "vast majority of the American people are hard-working taxpayers who take responsibility for their families, go to work every day, they pay their mortgage on time, they volunteer in their community."

But if some in the party were looking for Rubio to adopt a moderate tone on social issues, or to offer a bold new path for the Republican Party, they likely came away disappointed from his CPAC speech Thursday.

"We don't need a new idea. There is an idea. The idea is called America, and it still works," Rubio said to a loud round of applause.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Moose

    Morals and ethics are in the sewer in this country he is 100% right, good for you, im sick of excuses, esp for 49 mil on food stamps, off your behinds and show some pride, you will feel better about yourself !!!

    March 14, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. BSH

    "We don't need a new idea"???? NEXT!!

    You would think with the unserious, lame, and foundering efforts (not to mention sheer hatefulness) put forth by the Democrats that the Republicans would see an opportunity to come up with an appealing approach to win votes. But, no, he thinks everything is just fine. If the Republicans have any decent candidates for Pres in 2016, we haven't seen'em yet.

    March 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Balls McGhee

    This speech just alienated even more people

    March 14, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Balls McGhee

    "We don't need a new idea. There is an idea. The idea is called America, and it still works,"
    ------

    Wow. Did he just pull a line right out of "Team America: World Police?"

    March 14, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    "We don't need a new message." Most liberals and independents will hear those words to mean this, "We're stubborn and clueless." The right wing needs to realize that their "message" is an authoritarian message at its' heart. If more right wingers could see through it and see it for what it really is, then the country would be a much better place.

    The Nordquist Pledge: No new taxes pledge, Authoritarian.
    The Hastert Rule: No House votes without a majority of the majority, Authoritarian
    The Reagan Rule: Never speak badly of fellow Republicans, Authoritarian

    There's more, but that should get the point across. All of those "rules" have one thing in common. The masses should defer to the will of someone else, Authoritarianism.

    March 14, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. gladiatorgrl

    it's like a group let's stick our heads in the sand and when we pull them out the world will be like we want it – just SO DELUSIONAL

    March 14, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    America don't need Republicans either.

    March 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. manolibre48

    Yes, you're right Moose. Those pathetic loser 80 year old grandmas who depend on food stamps or other assistance should get off their lazy behinds and find a job. Same for the single mothers with small children who can't afford child-care even if they can find a minimum wage job. Get rid of the kids and find a job, dammit!

    March 14, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Stephen in VA

    "'the absolute fact that science has proven that life begins at conception,' Rubio continued." – Oh, right. Rubio has access to that funky Republican science. You know–the climate isn't changing, and even if it is it's been proven that human pollution can't have anything to do with it. And, of course, it's always the other guy that's closed-minded.

    The Grand Ole' Party's way, that is.

    March 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Dallas

    Dear Lord, save us from these fools. Are these tea party/republicans merely delusional or just plain stupid! Don't they look at the polls, didn't they learn anything from the election. Look at the clown show they are parading across the stage at CPAC. My folks were good republicans but they would be appalled to see what their party has become – nothing but a bunch of racist, bigoted, let's return to the past, screw the poor and middle class bunch of thugs. You are destined for the dust bin of history and good riddance!

    March 14, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Deb in MT

    Today's GOP/TP has totally lost touch with reality, hasn't it? (Wasn't it that poor Alzheimer's addled old dear Ronald Reagan who said the 'facts are pesky things that get in the way'?) Sad, really: no one person or party has all the good ideas, and we desperately need serious national debates on all the problems facing us–provided all sides have at least a minimal acquaintance with reality and reality based solutions.

    That leaves the GOP out of it.

    William F. Buckley, jr warned the GOP to never let the John Birchers (aka today's TPers & the Kochbrothers) gain power because that would spell the end of the GOP. Too bad they're taking the rst of the country down with them.

    March 14, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. kayla

    the circus is in town

    March 14, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. steve

    All they need is continue to suppress the vote, further gerrymander districts in their favor and obstruct anything they don't like regardless of public opinion.

    So far they're doing an excellent job!

    March 14, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. David

    Just because I believe states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot. Just because we believe life – all life – is worthy of protection at every stage of its development does not make you a chauvinist." But it does Sir, it absolutely does and it is not worthy of respect.

    March 14, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. TAK

    "the absolute fact that science has proven that life begins at conception". Just WOW. These people take a belief, a hunch, a conceit and call it an "absolute fact", hoping others will believe it. The scientific facts are that there are no neurons present at conception. Until neurons exist and start forming memories there is no possibility of self awareness. Without self awareness you're no more alive than a vegetable.

    March 14, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Mikaz

    Yeah Marco... you do need some new ideas. The "enrich ourselves at the expense of everyone else" lobby isn't selling any more.

    March 14, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    I read the entire Rubio speech... and must have missed his "messaging". I got nothing from it. Nothing.

    March 14, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. JK-MN

    Calling liberals closed minded is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. It's not ok to force your views onto someone who doesn't share them.

    March 14, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Canuck

    "we believe life – all life – is worthy of protection at every stage of its development "

    And yet, they will send you off as cannon fodder in one of their pointless wars in a heartbeat.

    March 14, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. CJ

    Yeah, Moose....why can't they just go out and starve to death with dignity.

    March 14, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -Moose

    Morals and ethics are in the sewer in this country he is 100% right, good for you, im sick of excuses, esp for 49 mil on food stamps, off your behinds and show some pride, you will feel better about yourself !!!
    ************
    We're also sick of bad spelling, punctuation, and blind assumptions (like every one of the 49 million you claim are on food stamps enjoy it). Use Spellcheck, read a book and show some pride, you will feel better about yourself.

    March 14, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. sharon conway

    Rubio is lucky he has come so far in this country. His ancestors faced bigots, yet Rubio himself is one of the most bigoted people in politics. It always amazes me that these "Catholic" politicians seem the most hateful towards other people. The Republican party has become bigoted and outdated. Democrats are all encompassing. We fight for the rights of others. We do not try to take the rights of others away. Rubio's head is in the clouds if he thinks otherwise, or he is of very low intelligence.

    March 14, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "What republicans need is a better idea of what they think America is about and for."

    They already have a clear idea what and, more importantly, WHO they think America is for. What they need to do is stop thinking that. Attempts to continue thinking it and rationalize why it's ok by engaging in tortured, twisted, tenuous semantic, legal and logic games to come to the conclusion that they've got it right..."and if we just sell it better, everyone will recognize that and come flocking to us"...are nothing more than whistling by the graveyard. They have not reached the stage of acceptance and are stuck on denial and, to some extent, bargaining, because bargaining is precisely what they're doing when they stick idiots like the Trojan Token up there to spew realiy-denial rhetoric...."oh, well, will you buy our ideology and policies if we have a brown dude say it? How about if we have some sit downs and smile pretty with some local diversity groups or an pro-immigration reform group or something? Will that make it all better?" Bargaining.

    March 14, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Twainland

    Good one, Moose. I suppose you're an expert on crippling poverty and the joy that food stamps bring? Save it for the chumps at CPAC.

    March 14, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. zzzzzz

    Clearly the right wing fascists have not learned anything. Also when did science prove that life begins at conception? Conservative ideas is what is dragging this country down. Forcing the bible garbage down everyone's throats, it's not wonder we are so divided.

    March 14, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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