Excerpts from Marco Rubio’s SOTU response

This is exclusively from the Drudge Report:

Tue Feb 12 2013 18:01:18 ET

“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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  • I actually like Rubio when he sticks to basic principles of conservatism. But how he can crunch the idea of equality under law into rewards for illegal alien job thieves is beyond my logic.

    • OneThinDime

      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.

      His amnesty plan will accomplish what he says he opposes faster than you can sneeze. Illegals will get work VISAs, bring down wages, American citizens and legal immigrants lose their jobs and go on unemployment, further hurting the businesses that pay those unemployment taxes which in turn prevents them from hiring and expanding.

      • Mary Sieg

        I’m getting nauseated….because you are so right OneThinDime.

  • I like reading it, it will probably be better hearing it..

  • poljunkie

    Did he write that? I think it should be required that when a politican gives a speech he/she has to write it himself.

    I know that isn’t standard protocol anymore- and hasnt been for years…decades…but I sure would like it.

    • OneThinDime

      It reminds me of some Romney rhetoric…..

      • poljunkie

        What I said?

        I’m not saying this about Rubio, but anyone can read what put in front of them on a teleprompter (or note cards…or whatever)

        oops edit for typo

        • OneThinDime

          Sorry, the portions of Rubio’s speech posted above remind me of some Romney rhetoric….

          I agree with you, they should be writing their own speechs

          • poljunkie

            Oh ok, gotcha.

          • Mary Sieg

            I want to see someone with the passion I read in some of these posts….I want to see outrage, not craziness, but outrage and honesty. Sarah is as close to that as I have heard. And she writes her own stuff.

            • OneThinDime

              Yes, yes and yes!

  • Rocco11

    I won’t be satisfied until someone has the cojones to call Obama a Communist on national television.

    • poljunkie

      Didn’t Gov Perry call him a Socialist during one of the debates?

    • Don

      I want to like Rubio, but every once in awhile, he reminds me of what blue dog democrats would do before they became extinct. Blue dogs were like some of the Tea Party candidates. They profess their patriotism and conservative values until the polls close, then stabbed their constituents in the back. Those scumbags that say they are Tea Party and then bend over when they get to Congress, just make the voters more careful on who they vote for. It cost Romney the presidencyand might cost Rubio his chance too.

    • Mary Sieg

      Don’t hold your breath, Rocco. I don’t think they will let me on national tv…..

  • Conniption Fitz

    All we need to know about the State of the Union is this:

    11,629 MORE GO ON FOOD STAMPS EACH DAY… (Drudge)

    Americans aren’t working.

    Obama’s policies ain’t working.

  • TexasPGRRider

    OK GUYS & GALS…Barack`s BS Bingo Card…Just in time for SOTU TONIGHT !!! Found on another post last night…GOOD LUCK: http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=18571

    • 57thunderbird

      Hi Texas.That was perfect.

      • TexasPGRRider

        I took a couple to my mom and stepdad and they got a kick out of `em, and are going to play while they watch and look for Ted Nugent in the audience. ME TOO…(Didn`t use the “word” tho`, just called it bs).

        • 57thunderbird

          I should try that,but I am not sure if my nerves can make it through another SOTU speech from the usurper without throwing something through the TV or being sick.

          • TexasPGRRider

            Roger That !!! Don`t feel like the Lone Ranger. I have YET to watch HARDLY ANY of what B.O. has to say since 2008. I usually turn the channel or do something else. His hate for this One Nation Under God is SO evident. Unnerving, upsetting, sickening, pathetic, divisive, nausea inducing dribble…

            • 57thunderbird

              I don’t believe I could have said it any better than that.I believe there are millions of us that feel this way.I just can not bring myself to listen to an endless barrage of lies. 🙁

            • cabensg

              Yes to all of the above!

            • Mary Sieg

              I had the mute button on during the speech so I could just see who did the standing ovations and who didn’t. Can’t even look at the Motus…or Biden behind him. It’s like having Hitler in the Capital with Goofy behind him. And the show-boating of “victims” really makes me nauseated. That poor mother of the girl killed in Chicago ….that kid was killed by gansters which Chicago is full of. That’s why Durbin fits in so well here in Illinois. I sent him a letter about the gun control…told him he should clean up his own back yard before he comes messing around in mine. He must be right at home up in Chicagoland…..with all the other crooks. The further away from Chicago you get, the more conservative we are. I want the electoral college thing gone! My vote for the president never counts because of Chicago! Of coarse, that is not the only vote on the ballot or I wouldn’t bother. I need to move to Texas with that golfer and Glenn Beck. Can’t remember the golfers name….sorry.

    • Pyrran

      The President deserves all the credit. I really hope he gets just exactly what he deserves.

  • Wish I could figure out how to watch the GOP and Tea Party response live without having to see SOTU.

  • 57thunderbird

    Obama had never had any intentions to help the middle class.He is intent on destroying the middle class so that all that is left is the ruling elite and the serfs(we the people).

    • MissMyGuy

      True. The middle class is where all the money is due to shear volume. He has to get the money out of the middle class.

      • 57thunderbird

        Yup.And totalitarian government only works when you have the elite ruling class and the peasants.Can’t have a middle class gumming up the works.

        • PatrickHenrysBody


    • I guess I should have read the comments first before posting mine. You’d think I’d have learned by now lol. Sorry 57thunderbird.

      • 57thunderbird

        No harm,no foul.:-)

        • lol. Either that or I’m just stubborn 😉

          • 57thunderbird

            Indeed.Or impatient?Sometimes I just can’t wait to chime in.Hee hee.

            • That’sthe word I was looking for lol! Patience is not one of my strong suits lol!

              • 57thunderbird

                I know the feeling.lol!

  • JRD1

    I know that you like him Scoop but I don’t trust him any longer. I liked him because he fought Charlie Crist on bringing Cap and Trade to Florida.

    I knocked on doors for him. I worked the phones for him. He’s too in bed with Jeb Bush and corrupt Al Cardenas for me.

    I’m not totally writing him off but I am fed up with his drama and I am not listening to what he says any longer.

    I’m just watching what he does.

  • His facts are correct, but the words used in their delivery are so tame that no one will see their importance. This was exactly Romney’s problem. No mention of the fact that Capitalism is the only system that has ever made the people prosperous. No mention of the fact that Obama is responsible for the most unfunded, unsustainable spending in human history.

    We cannot pull in more voters with these pale pastels.

    • JRD1

      That’s what I mean. The Jeb Bush RINOcrats co-opted him.

      Oh well, maybe when he realizes he lost his conservative cred and he’s on the fast track to nowhere he will dump the Nicolle Wallace’s and the Ed Gillespie’s of the world and embrace the BOLD COLORS.

      • How did they co-opt him?

        • JRD1

          He doesn’t speak as conservative as he used to. It’s all so toned down. Sort of like someone threw water on his fire.

          These political consultants are so stuck on courting Independents. The base has to get fired up. In other words, the gopE doesn’t want him to do the Allen West thing. And believe me, he can do it well.

          Hey, Trent Lott said after the 2010 election that the mission of the GOP was to co-opt the TEA party. They are his words, not mine.

          • So really, he hasn’t done anything wrong. you just believe he’s moderated his tone a little.

            Does he sound any different than Ben Carson?

            • JRD1

              I reside in Florida. It is in the news daily how Marco hired this Jeb Bush political consultant to educate him on foreign policy, this Bush consultant to advise him on something else, this Bush lackey is traveling with Marco over here, etc. It is obvious that they are grooming him. Who is paying for this stuff?

              Marco appealed to us because he admired and spoke like Reagan but he is adopting Bush. America is fed up with Bush. This isn’t Marco immigration plan, it’s Jeb’s. Why doesn’t he have enough confidence in himself to trust his own instincts?

              We want, admire, and voted for Marco. We didn’t want more Jeb.

    • cabensg

      I agree with you Bob but that wasn’t what this short speech was about. It was to show some slight difference between Republicans and Obama and put a happy face on Republicans who are constantly demonized by the press. We needed the good Doctor from the Prayer breakfast if we wanted substance but there wouldn’t have been enough time anyway.

    • As a followup, it turns out that this excerpt was the filler in the middle. His setups were very good. All in all, it was a great speech.

      (minus the water and sweats)

  • sjmom

    Blah, blah, blah, blah and blah. Not watching this or the SOTU. Scoop I’ll wait for your posts and then comment. Can only take so much of the ………………………

  • Well I guess I’m going to be the first one so say I like Rubio. So go ahead and call me a Rino or Neocon or a sheep insults mean nothing.

    • MissMyGuy

      If this doctor turns out to be a big govt republican, I will be very disappointed. Im still not sure if his line in his speech where he mentioned “death panels” was a shout out to Palin or a swipe against Palin.

    • JRD1

      I have to say that I liked Rubio. I’m not so sure now.

      I believe there is still hope for him.

      Jeb Bush’s dinosaur political consultants should just get the hell off the stage and let Marco be Marco. He was doing just fine on his own.

  • MissMyGuy

    “Despite our differences, I know that both Republicans and Democrats love America. I pray we can come together to solve our problems”

    Not too thrilled with this line. Be careful with the “both Repubs and Democrats love America”. Some in power DO NOT love the America you are talking about MArco. We do not work together with these leftists any more than they work with us. We DEFEAT them and do what needs to be done to fix this mess.

    • 57thunderbird

      I agree.

    • MissMyGuy

      And furthermore, I cant wait for the day when politicians stop promising that Washington will take care of our problems.

  • Islam_Sucks

    more class warfare bullsh!t

    isn’t that what worked so well for Romney?

  • freeperjim

    “Despite our differences, I know that both Republicans and Democrats love America.”

    Rubio is a fool and intellectual idiot if he truly believes this crap.

    • StrangernFiction

      I think he meant Amerika.

  • Maybe I’m just too cynical, but when anyone says, “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.” I get a cringing creeping feeling.
    I know plenty of folks like Marco Rubio and I’m not picking only on him because I understand that one must be somewhat polite in their speech and all of say much the same. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see however that many in our government are working towards a transformed America- one that is so far removed from it’s foundation that I can’t help but wonder how they could love it if the want to change it into a socialist nanny state as most of the world now is? How can they care and love it if they bend and trample the Constitution the way they have, when they have done so much to destroy what has been the best nation in the world? I don’t see that as loving America, I see that as hating it and wanting it to be the same as the rest of the world, or brought down.
    Sorry Marco, I know you can’t say that- but I sure wish you and others would quit praising those who are blatant about trashing this nation. And as for “coming together” to me, what I’ve seen in the 20 years I’ve been here, means compromise, meaning democrats and rinos getting their ideas at the table and the few conservatives we have get locked out of the room.
    Face it. Dear leader doesn’t want a thriving economy. Most of the democrat party wants it even less, because that would force most of their constituents to see that working for a living, earning money and being able to have the freedom to do what they want under a thriving economy is better than welfare handouts ever were and they’d not have the poor to exploit anymore. There is no middle class in a communist society Marco. Your folks coming from Cuba ought to have taught you that.

    • TexasPGRRider

      The sad facts are many, and it will take getting involved at the local levels, not with confrontation, but with information about the affects of UN Agenda 21. That is, if we want to restore our nation for our posterity…

    • FreeManWalking

      I have to agree with the confusion about Democrats loving America. How can a socialist party really support and promote FREE MARKET IDEAS? They simply can’t do it, we are more likely to see penguins sunning on the beaches of the Caribbeans.

      ABiC I also have much doubt that the GOP is really promoting FMI any more than the dems especially the leadership like BAINER and ole McConnell.

      If someone stands on principles they are attacked by both the dems and the gop leadership. Like West, Bachmann, Gowdy, Palin!

      • Yeah. We see the true spirit of the GOP whenever we see someone of principle stand firm. Thank God at least Michele was able to squeak back into her congressional seat with no help from the Republican party. It’s pitiful and sad to see what’s happened in this wonderful Country. It breaks my heart- because there is so much that we the people need to do to fix it, and if we even can, it will take beyond my generation to do it. But we’ve got to start somewhere.

    • NHConservative0221

      Or how about when Rubio said (like everyone in the GOP) “it’s not the rich I”m looking out for, it’s the middle class.

      Yeah screw the rich right Rubio??

      I never got a job from a poor person. Most rich people have taken risks, made good decisions, and earned their money. We have no right to take it from them.

      I hate how the GOP buys into the class warfare garbage!

    • Mary Sieg

      I’m with you AmericanborninCanada…..I wish someone would get more passionate, or dare I say “pissed off” about all this. I’m tired of all the politeness, political correctness…..bunch of crap. I want the liar and imposter impeached. Why did he pick Biden as the VP…because he’s about as stupid as a box of rocks. He’s a french fry short of a happy meal. I say Palen/Carson! I think she retreated for a while to regroup and reload. She resigned from being a Fox contributor because she didn’t want that connection before she runs. I think Sarah is going to make a comeback. And we all need to get behind her. I’m going to shake every non liberal I know to make sure WHOEVER runs agains the liberals gets a vote. Anyone would be better than a continuation of this “take over” of our country. Pray, Americans, Pray hard. It’s Ash Wednesday today. I’m going to give up being nice to liberals for lent. Just kidding….no I’m not.

  • Yes! A free Economy where you have One Choice in Electric Company! One Choice in a Phone Company! One Choice in a Cable Company! One Choice in an Insurance Company! Where the Super rich own everything! Including Marco Rubio! Well at least they don’t make him wash dishes anymore right?

  • 57thunderbird

    Off subject I know,but I was sitting here reading comments when I heard this booming sound outside.I got up and went out and just finished watching a 15 minute non stop fireworks display.I don’t remember hearing anything about it around town.The entire 15 minutes was like a grand finale.Incredible amount of .I don’t know what the celebration was about.4th of July in February.Strange.

    • TexasPGRRider

      Maybe it was return fire to the Hot Air blasting from B.O….

      • 57thunderbird

        That is a good possibility.LOL!!

  • Dick Parker

    Obama’s ideology is communistic and his religion is Islamic………
    So, when do we pressure Congress to begin impeachment??
    It seems they won’t do the thing they were elected to do according
    to the Nation’s Laws set forth in the greatest living document
    ever conceived for individual liberty as opposed to the tyranny
    of the state………….. Why is that? Anyone?

    • 57thunderbird

      I wish I knew.I have written to my reps many times to ask them that very question.So far,nothing but the sound of crickets.

      • Mary Sieg

        Me too, 57thunderbird….all I get back is a form letter……but I’m in Illinois so it’s like farting in the wind if you know what I mean. If it weren’t for my children and grandchildren being here…I’d move!

    • TexasPGRRider

      I emailed my Congressman, Mac Thornberry 13th dist. Texas, and received a letter this past Saturday in response. I will share part of his response with you here: ” As you may know, there have been a number of theories suggesting that President Obama is not a natural born U.S. citizen and therefore ineligible to serve as our President. So far, no truth has been found to any of these rumors. President Obama possesses a birth certificate from the State of Hawaii, and the State has certified this certificate as valid. Unless this birth certificate is found to be invalid at some future date, the Supreme Court will likely continue to deny any challenges to President Obama`s eligibility to serve as President. In addition, Hawaiian newspapers published his birth announcement at the time of his birth.” Thornberry serves on the Armed Services Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Needless to say, we need to KEEP CONTACTING our Reps and continue to provide them with our concerns. I`m sure events and exposure of corruption at some point will have to be addressed. KEEP PRESSURE on these guys and continue to let them know We are Waking UP and starting to pay more attention. Hope this helps brother Parker. Peace be with you….

  • cabensg

    Rubio did what needed to be done and did it well. It’s certainly better than past Republicans responses to SOTU and was probably better received by more ordinary people who don’t pay that much attention to politics. I’m no fan of Rubio because of his immigration stance but I’m glad he was chosen for this. It kinda took the horns and tails off of Republicans in front of a national audience which was the best we could hope for and he did make some points that might get through to a few.