Marco Rubio on 'Hannity'
Florida senator on role of government, solving economic crisis
- Duration 7:22
- Date Aug 23, 2011
Florida senator on role of government, solving economic crisis
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That is a field of Republican presidential contenders continues to sort itself out one name is often mentioned as a possible vice presidential nominee in 2012.
He is the wildly popular freshman senator from the great state of Florida Marco Rubio.
And tonight senator rubio joins me from the Ronald Reagan presidential library in beautiful Simi Valley, California.
And we delivered a major address on the role of government in America -- senator good to see all the Macs are.
You're talking to you again you know am I gotta tell you there's a lot of people speculating.
I write this the sudden another big step in than the career Marco Rubio step and out on the national stage right there in Simi Valley.
What is -- what is your reaction all that talk -- know it's flattering but this is something that's flattered.
-- -- You can you know bid they said about other people before they'll say it about other people in the future -- -- -- mr.
Reagan invited me.
Right after the election that's a tremendous honor and I grew up in Ronald Reagan's America I mean I was in fourth grader be sworn in and I was in my senior year in high school when it's presidency ended so.
Ronald Reagan in the things He -- for defined so much of what I experienced growing up and to be here today -- brought all that back -- and have a chance to talk about third two major issues.
In Ronald Reagan's presidency one what what was what what America's role in the world be an -- cold.
Of course led to the end of the Cold War and the other is what's the role of government what the role of government should be in America and and He fought that battle to try to get us back to the right place and and because we're not there are now we are facing -- this day of reckoning that we we have basically the way to understand that is we have a government we have America has built for itself a government.
That not only -- the richest country in the history of the world can continue to fund.
The only way you're fourth grade I was graduating from high school which means I'm older than you which is really annoying -- -- a pretty long shot.
More specifically I'm getting older -- -- have we all are every day.
Do you talk specifically about what America's role in the world should be -- raises question last night.
I I wonder now as the White House and political operatives from President Obama trying -- credit for Libya.
Even -- -- only we have any clue as to what the final outcome is going to be.
It does He now supports.
That the Bush Doctrine a doctrine of preemption.
Does He you know what does it mean in the short term what does it mean in the long term and we break it now we owner does Colin Powell once said.
Well unfortunately I think on Libya the policy was too late to come to a -- -- policy even.
So the very day -- I'm very happy that Moammar Qaddafi is not going to be around and and Libya and I and I actually think the administration didn't handle that well because they waited too long.
To move one way or the other we either where they want to go but they had to.
To make a move early and be decisive and and not doing that actually has allowed this to be to go on longer but we should be happy for the people look at the world's gonna be a better place that -- -- off his -- charge of -- but.
That aside I mean the role America one of the most important roles -- -- is just to be an example.
To the world to show that you can have both prosperity and still be a compassionate country that the that market forces and the free economy allow people to overcome circumstances of their birth and and live a life their parents couldn't even imagine.
And the fact that we even exist the fact that America even exists is an inspiration to people all over the world Ronald Reagan knew that He knew that wasn't just so much what we said.
It's how we lived in the fact that of America was America the rest of the world will be better.
The IMF says that the Chinese economy will overtake the US economy in the year 2016.
Vice president's over in China any set is -- trying to calm fears about our economy and -- well don't count the US out and at the same time.
Our vice president of firms China's one child policy now this is.
He actually set -- I fully understand I'm not second guessing one child per per family the results are going to be here in a position.
One at wager will be taking care for retired people let's not.
You know sustainable.
Forced abortions -- you know the brutality towards women I -- country what's that.
That's a country where the government dominated society and and in China the government -- the country.
That's -- difference between countries like that and that's America's not a government.
America's a nation of people the government works for us we have a government that's supposed to service and do things the government to do like stacked in our national security to build roads and bridges.
You know take care of the issues a government supposed to be taking care of in countries like China -- the government is the country.
But but soon you'll see there is that people -- for freedom as well there are no wonder how come.
We're building these huge industries that are helping our country grow but we don't have access to Google we can look up any website that we want and doubts -- day is coming for them as well -- that.
The aspirations and Americans have for their children.
Their grandchildren and their families are universal ones and the American needs to continue to be -- beacon for the world and lead by example.
Bye -- living and being who were always meant to be.
You're viewed as a leader in the Tea Party movement and loved in the Tea Party movement across the country which is why I think a lot of people a lot of times your name has been mentioned -- BP.
A group that -- -- accused of being racist.
That has been called terrorists Maxine Waters said a couple of days ago that they can go straight to hell.
Get out of fellow -- Floridians.
Congresswoman now suggesting that the real enemy.
Is the Tea Party movement.
Just be -- today -- yesterday.
Why do you think there's these attacks against the Tea Party and and why is this is that this double standard that this is one group you can just basically say anything about.
No -- no ramifications at all.
Well without having heard specifically all those comments I can only tell you that my experience has been that the more heated the rhetoric does the likelier it is they can't win the public policy arguments that that.
The country's -- in a terrible direction and the policies that this administration has pursued in some of the folks you mention the -- have not worked in fact unemployment is higher.
Our economy's not growing none of this is good news by the way I I love my country a lot more than I love my political party.
I want America to do well but the policies that are being pursued in Washington are not gonna get us there and so -- part of the group of people that supported those policies.
You can't defend the policies are not gonna win on that -- you're gonna win and convince people to vote for you is to really try to demonize the other side and I think that's why you see some of those overheated.
Rhetoric -- -- we should address it but we shouldn't get fixated on it because at the end of the day the fundamental problem facing our country.
Is that we spend a lot more money than we've taken every month the federal government borrows a 120 billion dollars that it doesn't have in order to pay and function -- the government every day our tax code destroys jobs are regulatory system destroys jobs.
We have Obama care about the kicked in 2013 that will kill jobs.
That is the real problem and and we need leaders that a focus on messaging might solve those issues what do you think of this I know we did not supporting -- endorsed anybody what what do you think of the current.
Field of GOP candidates that want to take on Barack Obama.
I think it's an underrated field and as I tell people all the time running for -- not a decision it's a process you have to.
You can't just to say I wanna be president you have to -- -- actually do it that means long days on the road.
Speech after speech audience after audience a lot of hands you have to shake.
Waking up at 4 o'clock in the morning -- -- morning shows and staying in in a cheap hotels all across the Iowa New Hampshire South Carolina in the early states.
All because you wanna be present that tests people and from that process you're gonna get someone who has the -- To face the kinds issues that a president has to face so I am confident that when the primaries are over we're gonna have a nominee on the Republican side.
That is gonna lead our country in the right direction and that should be told I think any of -- -- -- -- -- we have the right now are considerably thanks very Willis good to see again.
Thank thanks --