Marco Rubio Offers Weekly Republican Radio Address

Former House Speaker Marco Rubio, the Republican candidate in the U.S. Senate race, continued his rise into national prominence by offering the weekly Republican radio address -- and he took aim at Washington.

“Today the American dream is threatened by out-of-control politicians in Washington, who think that more government deficit spending is what it takes to grow our economy,” said Rubio. “That has never worked anywhere it’s been tried and it won’t work now.

“Like most Americans, Floridians are frustrated with arrogance in Washington,” added Rubio. And they have had enough of the failed stimulus, of record deficits, of reckless spending, and of economic policies that are killing jobs.

“You know, since the stimulus was passed, more than 200,000 Floridians have lost their jobs. And for the first time in our history, more than 1 million Floridians are out of work,” continued Rubio. “People have every right to be upset. But in the midst of this frustration and anxiety, there is also great resilience. Tired of finger-pointing and sound bites, they want real solutions. They want an alternative to the direction Washington is taking our country and that alternative really isn’t all that complicated.

“First, Washington needs to realize that politicians don’t create jobs,“ said Rubio. "Jobs are created by everyday people from all walks of life who start a new business or grow an existing one. The job of government is to create an economic climate that encourages the job creators.”

Rubio called for continuing the tax cuts backed by former President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003, and to abandon cap-and-trade. He also called for pulling the plug on the stimulus and repealing health-care laws passed earlier in the year with the backing of President Barack Obama.

“We are truly at a crossroads,” said Rubio. “Our children will either be the most prosperous Americans ever, or they will be the first to inherit a diminished country. If we stay on the road Washington has us on right now, we will lose our exceptionalism and our country will become no different than any other country in the world.

“But if we embrace free enterprise, if we accept spending discipline, well then America’s future will be brighter than her history,” added Rubio. “And we will secure for our children what they deserve to inherit: the greatest nation in all of human history.”

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