- Posted February 12, 2013 by
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Rubio: Government Is Not the Answer
Florida's junior Senator Marco Rubio was tasked with giving the Republican response to the State of the Union address by President Barack Obama. Rubio opened his remarks refudiating the idea that government was the answer to the nation's woes. The Senator also pointed out he was fighting for his neighbors who were working class not millionaires and was not the defender of the rich.
Rubio went on to provide a decent speech making none of the lackluster delivery gaffes of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal a few years ago. However, Rubio was no firebrand though presenting his response reasonably well.
Like the President, Rubio made an appeal to the middle class. Rubio likewise noted that every American should have the opportunity to work hard and reach for goals and aspirations.
The Senator touched on the issues of immigration and education which the President also spoke. Rubio seemed to hold out that both sides of the aisle could and should work together on these issues.
Contrary to the President's view, Rubio said that rather than helping the middle class that often government does more harm than good.
Rubio offered no specifics and laid out no grand plan, but he did make himself, a Tea Party favorite, appear to be a sensible alternative to independents and moderate Democrats. He came across as sane and intelligent and not the wild-eyed right winger that many perceive are all Republicans.
From the Cornfield, while there was nothing in Rubio's remarks to make me stand up and cheer, he did show why so many think that he is what the Republican Party can and should be more like.