Excerpts: Rubio's response to State of the Union
February 12th, 2013
06:08 PM ET
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Excerpts: Rubio's response to State of the Union

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will address President Barack Obama directly Tuesday evening in his response to Obama's State of the Union remarks, according to excerpts of Rubio's remarks released by his office.

The excerpts, as released by the White House, are after the jump.

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"This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn't bestowed on us from Washington. It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs. Presidents in both parties – from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan – have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity. But President Obama? He believes it's the cause of our problems."


"Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren't millionaires. They're retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They're workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They're immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy. The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs. And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security. So Mr. President, I don't oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors."


"Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class. Unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012. But if we can get the economy to grow at just 4 percent a year, it would create millions of middle class jobs. And it could reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade. Tax increases can't do this.Raising taxes won't create private sector jobs. And there's no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That's why I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy."


"The real cause of our debt is that our government has been spending 1 trillion dollars more than it takes in every year. That's why we need a balanced budget amendment. The biggest obstacles to balancing the budget are programs where spending is already locked in. One of these programs, Medicare, is especially important to me. It provided my father the care he needed to battle cancer and ultimately die with dignity. And it pays for the care my mother receives now. I would never support any changes to Medicare that would hurt seniors like my mother. But anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare exactly the way it is right now, is in favor of bankrupting it."


"Despite our differences, I know that both Republicans and Democrats love America. I pray we can come together to solve our problems, because the choices before us could not be more important. If we can get our economy healthy again, our children will be the most prosperous Americans ever. And if we do not, we will forever be known as the generation responsible for America's decline."

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Cam Spurgeon

    UGH. Ck his voting record. He follows right wing instructions in every case.No individual thought process and no spine...

    February 12, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Amy

    Marco sounds a lot like the softer version of alexithymic Mitt. Same stale cake with different colored frosting.

    February 12, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. Jack33

    Republicans have already flat-out stated that they do not represent the middle-class...they represent the $4000/hr class. Rubio is no different, and has made as much clear already.
    All of this is just more lipstick on a pig until the republican Party abandons its worthless far-right fiscal policy of only representing the already bloated upper-class.

    February 12, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. SecrtSqurl

    Why do the Republicans continue to think they represent the middle class? America knows it is just an attempt to coerce votes from the very people they despise.

    February 12, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Thomas

    This coming from a guy " Politician who couldn't pay his own bills before he ran for office .

    Marco Rubio / Rand Paul 2016

    Aqua Buddha Brothers

    February 12, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Jeb

    Rubio is just a feeble attempt for Republicans to put a new face on the same tired old policies. They're going to continue to coddle the rich and screw the middle class, only now they're going to do it with a smile.

    February 12, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. us_1776

    The GOP just got done demolishing the middle-class with their 2007 GOP economic collapse.

    And now they want to tell us that they have all the answers for the middle-class.

    GOP, just die. And please hurry.


    February 12, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. deborah wakshull

    This is not a response to the State of The Union. It is self promotion for the 2016 elections and the Republican agenda. Boo to Mark Rubio. He also has dry mouth.

    February 12, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. Ok9403

    Rubio is a token latino for GOP it's not a new idea and the GOP still sticks to their white supremist ideas, this is a year for change and obama care is working out for small business, and for holding people accountable and keep everyone to be responsible, I strongly suggest Rubio is controlled by strong GOP/Tea Party reps as is Paul which is a dying party and will fall soon, if you are not rich rubio knows GOP does not stand for middle or any average american, Rubio lies when he says he does not want to represent the rich as is what is a constant pattern and the average american will not stand for it nor matter if you are GOP or a tea party rep, the government must grow as does our people within the nation as they are our consumer protectors as we give them the power to do so, when the corruption stops with lobbying by corporate organizations and they make money when the average american people are hurting, the boarders under obama are working as we have seen a decline, but what about our ports of illegal immigrants from asian and other countries......it's a fact, as a 24 year vet, rubio or their party does not help us nor will it ever, I personally know of people who are having problems due to working pay and trying to survive. No more cuts, spend and boost the economy and make the revenue come from corporate loopholes and get the wallstreet individuals who boosted our deficit, no one has been accountable, wake up as should all parties.....

    February 12, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Tony in St. Louis

    I wish this Rubio guy would get off my screen! Feel like I'm looking at one of those pet charity commercials.

    February 12, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. cbr

    Sen. Rubio made the same mistake as Bobby Jindal. He tried to look like a regular guy against a homey backdrop. He needed to define Republican ideas but he chose to use the first part of speech as his chance to criticize the President. That was not his job. He needed to get us to agree to the GOP ideas.

    February 12, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. Juan

    Can we give America more Pure Water? Please pass the sweat Napkins with a bottle of water.

    February 13, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |