'The 20th century is gone': Rubio makes apparent dig at Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire speech
May 10th, 2014
08:30 PM ET
8 years 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. Kata Strophic

    What?? Does this guy still think he's running? I thought it was quite clear by the time he did his hilarious SOTU rebuttal that he'd completely Jindalled himself. That's my new slang for offing yourself. Unintentionally. Not only was his rebuttal canned–and we're talking canned circa 2008 at max–he clearly proved he ain't the sharpest tool in the shed. Tool yes, sharp, um, no. He's just going to have to put up with remaining the GOP's token toy-boy Latino–nice to dangle as a shiny object–but that's a little different than being taken seriously on anything.

    May 10, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    For a party who wants us to go back to the 1930's, Rubio (ugh) is the one who can get the baggers there. The entire Florida Republican Party has to be the dumbest bunch of misfits to ever get paid for being brain dead.

    May 10, 2014 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. plain & simple

    A republican talking about a democrat living in the past!!! Next joke please!

    May 10, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. J Anthony

    I have never heard a single substantive idea for a more just and equitable society come out of this guy's mouth, or any Republican's who thinks he/she could be president. Democrats say the right things, but don't really fight for them. It's almost a good cop/bad cop routine. No, these parties are both dragging us into the 21st century under an archaic 20th century system. It's time for something new.

    May 10, 2014 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Ali

    President Obama has done better for the middle class than the Republican Party. Name one thing they did for the economy. They are too busy with Black man in the White House...sore losers. Hillary Clinton for President.

    May 10, 2014 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    When are the gop/tea bags going to grow a pair and admit that their policies are all PROVEN FAILURES?

    Only a fool will vote repub/tea bag on November 4, 2014, only a fool.

    May 10, 2014 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Too funny! When then-candidate Barack Obama was running in 2008, the repubs said he didn't have enough experience. Now, they're running against Hillary and saying she has too much ...

    May 10, 2014 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. Chris-E...al

    Rubio is right about the dems 100percent about the fact that 0bama and his fingerlings have misled americans but that cold glass of ice water drown his chances at being president gee im tired i need a drink wow ?

    May 10, 2014 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    This Cuban BOAT BOY should take his PRO CASTRO FAKE PASTOR FATHER and should catch the first boat BACK to their HOMELAND !!!!!!

    May 10, 2014 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  10. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The GOP will never get in the White House by THEIR trying to SABOTAGE the economy for the last six years with their OBSTRUCTION of any necessary economic policy that would help the American people . The GOP will be OUT of power after November .

    May 11, 2014 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  11. Name. willard

    Oh my god
    I said warning to democratic that who got fraud check scam from afrcian amercian
    Then people will vote support hillary clinton for 2016 presdient hillary clinton but i m belived that presdient obama are aviod from people cause who was cheat vote support for obama from fraud check scam from afrcian amerciam
    I m serouis that i will honest to god right
    My friend got fraud check scam from afrcian amercian last thrusday so someone
    Will be support for 2016 clinton hillary
    Warning warming warning warning
    Fraud check scam from afrcian amercian

    May 11, 2014 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Says the water boy, after he stretched his hand across the room just like "elastic girl" to reach a water bottle. That was one of a classic moment in Americas history.

    May 11, 2014 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  13. Trevor I

    Rubio is a freshman senator with a short resume. He should keep his mouth shut until his resume mirror Hillary's resume.

    May 11, 2014 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. Mike in Texas

    Lol, from the party stuck in the 80's and past. Cold war mentality, conventional war mentality, restricting rights for women mentality, voter suppression mentality. Cut taxed and deregulate mentality.

    May 11, 2014 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  15. Pedro

    Sen Rubio centuries come and go but people never change much

    May 11, 2014 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  16. Apparent Dig

    Keep digging little boy, keep digging...

    May 11, 2014 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  17. Marie MD

    To the Cuban water boy. President Obama has tried to work for the poor and the middle class. The teaklans were the ones who ran on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS then did nothing but obstruct everything he's even tried to do including shutting down the government while continuing to give the rich more, more, more!
    Those who can now vote against the teaklans were born in the 21st century. Women, the poor, gays, veterans, are there any groups, can't think of one, that these "people" on the right have not insulted?

    May 11, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  18. more bs

    it amazes me how every time you hear one of these politicians speak, it is always about trashing an opponent instead of what they plan to offer for the country. this is not suppose to be about who could bash the best to garner votes, but about what ideas you have that is best for the country and have the record to back it up.

    May 11, 2014 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  19. sick and tired

    This coming from the party whose ideology seems to be firmly set in the 14th century.

    May 11, 2014 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  20. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Rove,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Dopey Marco will be long gone by then.

    May 11, 2014 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    --she knows, but surprisingly you idiots are just in stone-age, 179BC....nonsense.

    May 11, 2014 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  22. king

    a conservative suggesting that a progressive doesn't want to go into the the 21st century. am i dreaming. i thought the repubs was the ones trying to take our country back into the dinosaur age with all their restrictions and laws on folk. all these repubs does is divide and conquer. they turn neighbors against neighbors telling some that those folks over the there are scrounging on your tax dollars, getting them mad as allowing the repubs to take their money over to the rich so they can build china into a more superior country than ours. i guest we can brace for another lemon brother disaster, as less and less folks gets more and more money in our economy. and if the president does anything about it, he will be labelled as creating class warfare, wealth distribution, then have the tea party folks running around the country with pitch forks shouting kill government.

    May 11, 2014 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  23. Marie MD

    I meant 20th century not 21st!

    May 11, 2014 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  24. Alan S.

    Hello...Can you hear us? It's seems that the GOP preferrs to be "Stuck on Stupid" beating on dead horses rather than dealing with the issues that are of major concern to every American. IT'S THE ECONOMY YOU DUMMYS!

    May 11, 2014 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  25. Stop wasting time

    I wonder if he will support Jeb Bush....

    May 11, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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