'The 20th century is gone': Rubio makes apparent dig at Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire speech
May 10th, 2014
08:30 PM ET
4 months ago

'The 20th century is gone': Rubio makes apparent dig at Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire speech

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio used his first visit this election cycle to New Hampshire, a key primary state, to take apparent shots at a potential 2016 presidential opponent - Hillary Clinton.

The Floridian was speaking Friday night to fellow Republicans at the Granite State’s “Freedom Founders” dinner, an annual event held by the Rockingham County Republican Committee.

Although not referring to Clinton by name, Rubio said: “They're threatening to nominate someone now who wants to take us to the past, to an era that is gone and is never coming back. The 20th century is gone. We live in the 21st century, a time of extraordinary challenges but also extraordinary opportunities. And that's where our party must step in.”

Rubio also took criticized President Barack Obama and Democrats, accusing them of failed economic policies that let the middle class down.

"The extraordinary irony is the man who is now in the White House and his party actively campaigned six years ago on the promise that they would work for these people,” Rubio said.

Rubio toyed with the idea of running for president in 2012 but ultimately decided against it. If he decides to run for 2016, he has a tough road to climb. In a CNN/ORC International survey released this week, only 6% of Republicans picked Rubio as their favorite in the next presidential race. The field of possible candidates is crowded, though: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul topped the survey, each with just 13% support.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Marco Rubio • New Hampshire
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Brian Fejer

    With all due respect to the 21st Century, this twerp doesn't believe that human beings are affecting the planet. We're talking about human beings, here. Look around. We have not been the best stewards to this glorious creation. The GOP is right when they say it would be immoral to leave this debt to future generations. Its also moral to leave them a planet to live on.

    May 11, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Brian Fejer

    With all due respect to the 21st Century, this pendejo doesn't believe that human beings are affecting the earth's climate. We're talking about human beings here, look around. We have not been the best stewards to this glorious and delicate creation we call home. You have to feel sorry for the Grand Old White Party sometimes, they are lost in an echo chamber. The GOP is right that it would be immoral to leave all this debt to future generations. It is also moral to leave them a planet!

    May 11, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. g

    America was the manufacturing giant of the world in the 20 century.Thanks to the job shippers and their free trade bull, started in 1980 .

    May 11, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. jefflz

    Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Michelle Bachmann, Chris Christie, Sarah Palin, The Mittster, yet another Bush, oh and don't forget Rand Paul, now Marc Rubio..wow what a line-up. Bring back Donald Trump, at least he was funnyt.

    May 11, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. wpesr

    Republicans have made us the world's laughing stock with these views.

    May 11, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. 333maxwell

    "Rubio gives Hillary an “F’’ as secretary of state"

    I have to give credit where credit is due.

    I didn't think Rubio even knew the aphabet.

    May 11, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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