by Steve Beynon
118 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
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Sen. Marco Rubio (Republican)
It took a book deal and 16 years for the Florida
senator to pay off his student loans. In a 2012 speech, Rubio revealed he just paid back his
school loans: “When
I graduated from law school, I had close to $150,000 in student debt.” Rubio
graduated from the University of Florida in 1993, and earned his J.D. from the
University of Miami in 1996. The year prior was his first year in the Senate
and he served in the Florida House from 2000-2008.
up with the campaign?
With Scott Walker out of the race and Jeb
Bush unable to gain any momentum, Rubio appears to be the most electable
establishment candidate. Despite much of Rubio’s agenda, he has the appearance
of a rational candidate by sharing the top of the polls with Donald Trump, Ted
Cruz and Ben Carson.
In a world where no other career
politician in the Republican field can make any noise, the Florida senator is
virtually the right-wing’s only option for a seasoned politician to capture the
Rubio has been slowly crawling up in the
polls with debate performances ranking from middling to great.
Right now, he’s a distant third behind Trump and Cruz and is only a few points
above bottom-tier candidates like Chris Christie.
He’s easily the best
speaker amongst the Republican candidates. Rubio isn’t going into government
with obstructionism like Cruz, and he isn’t bombastic like Trump. Maybe some
other establishment candidates would be better presidents, but Rubio is the
establishment’s best shot at winning and not letting the Executive Branch fall
to the hands of more controversial Republicans, Hillary Clinton or Bernie
Rubio is a conservative’s
conservative. He says he’ll cut gas taxes, increase military spending and opposes
an increase to the minimum wage. There’s also the obligatory lines of
regulations killing business. Rubio does not bring a lot new to the table, but
this by-the-book Republican is easy for voters to wrap their head around.
Remember Ronald Reagan’s
“Morning in America” attitude? Rubio brings positive energy to the Republican
platform. Cruz is more of a firebrand and even on the left with Sanders, a lot
of rhetoric is doom and gloom. Rubio’s youthful appearance and positive
attitude could set a tone for conservative values that can potentially attract
new member to the party. He also speaks Spanish and fills in a demographic gap
for the GOP.
watch out for:
Rubio is seen by the
far-right as a “traitor” on immigration policy. One of his immigration policy
proposals is amnesty to illegal immigrants who do not have criminal
records. Liberals might see this as a positive,
but considering Rubio’s right-wing approach to virtually every other issue,
it’s hard to imagine anyone from the left supporting him just for this issue.
Latinos do lean more socially conservative, however immigration isn’t their top priority.
Since running for
president, Rubio has missed about one-third of his senate votes. His attendance record on the senate floor is the worst
among Republicans and worse than Clinton’s and Obama’s attendance when they each
ran for president. He even missed the vote on the $1.8 trillion spending bill last year. Rubio has been very outspoken about being annoyed with Washington, which begs the
question: Why is he running for president?
The Florida senator plans
on increasing military spending by $1 trillion over the
next 10 years. Rand Paul and fiscal conservatives ask the legitimate question
of how he can be conservative and want to increase federal spending so
dramatically. The military already soaks up 53 percent of all federal spending, and Rubio hasn’t addressed how he plans to pay for the
One of Rubio’s
priorities is cutting taxes for families. You can read his full plan here. However, the major cuts especially for the wealthy
raises concerns on raising the debt.
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Marco Rubio supports a major conventional
ground war against the Islamic State in Iraq. It isn’t clear on whether he
wants an invasion of Syria or not. The primaries are
elections in which the parties pick their strongest candidate to run for
president. In Ohio, Election Day is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Go here for more information on primaries. CityBeat will be profiling each of the
candidates every week until the primaries in March.
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With Ohio’s economy struggling and the state budget looking like the Green Party’s checking account balance, there’s still one politician willing to use horse-inspired metaphors to call on elected officials to increase the state’s revenue.