Sen. Rubio: This election is about 'how to grow our economy'
Florida senator on 'Special Report'
- Duration 7:21
- Date Aug 30, 2012
Florida senator on 'Special Report'
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The manual -- -- -- Romney this evening was considered himself a possible number two on the ticket.
Senator Marco Rubio is on his home -- turf of course here in Florida.
And he told me earlier he considers this -- special privilege.
I'm honored to do it my home state in front of so many people who have known me for so long and this is a tremendous honor no matter where it is and what year it is so you know -- couple years ago I was running for the US senate house and underdog the only people of product can win.
Ball looked in my house and for them under the age -- so.
-- I've just been a long trip here but I'm -- to do it at such an important time in our history.
Without giving too much away from and how does this your speech.
-- structured how do you intro somebody like governor around the war really what I hope it does is it kind of sets the table for the last speech of the convention and that's Mitt Romney's speech and I think -- you listen to everything that's happened throughout the week and a lot of attention.
How successful has been in the business world.
But how about how successful he's been in his own house with a as a husband as a father -- grandfather.
So we'll touch on that for sure we'll also touch upon the choice that the selection presents because at the end.
This -- not a choice between two people are between Democrats and Republicans it's a choice between two very different views of what government should be doing.
In our country -- government should be about.
So I hope to leave that on the table for him to get out of the ballpark you've heard the criticism that he can't connect that is like ability.
Is it concern.
I'm not concerned about it I'll tell you two things.
About it first of -- hoping we'll get another that Mitt Romney and it is like to brag about himself -- he heard a little bit about that last night.
-- like to brag about what he's done.
He's just he's a very modest guy.
Just like you'll have to get elected governor of -- state that doesn't vote for Republicans he was likable enough to win this nomination at crowded and competitive field.
And look at the polling now this president has had the advantage of incumbency -- -- work competitive and we -- even started spending the money so I think in November he's going to be elected president.
You know with the selection of Paul Ryan and obviously you were on -- short list as well a lot of people said this is a bold.
-- this is a bold move for the Romney campaign.
Does it mean that this is going to be a bold general election this election is about hottest control spending how to grow our economy.
How to create a tax code in a regulatory code that's incentivizes people to to invest in America were going to win that election.
Through this election is about other stuff and they have a better shot.
And that's what because they don't want to talk about the record you know every incoming president has been reelected has been able to say that you are better off than you were four years ago.
This president cannot say that and he doesn't even try to say that anymore.
And so he wants us to be about other stuff and in particular the kind of personal attacks that -- levied against governor Romney which outrageous.
So the this is an -- an election about those big ideas that I think we're gonna win we're gonna win by a comfortable margin even on the issue of Medicare which.
-- a recent Washington Post ABC poll.
The Romney Ryan ticket against Obama Biden on Medicare.
An issue that was you know third rail of politics because the American people as long -- as they've ever been about the reality that Medicare spends more money than it takes and then -- it keeps doing that it's going to.
Disappears gonna go bankrupt.
So the goal here is how can we save Medicare for the long term without having to change it for people that are on it now.
And that meant I meant that Romney and Paul trying to come up with a plan to do that Barack Obama doesn't have a plan if he has a plan to do that he should present it.
Got a convention next week -- your Medicare plan.
Because -- you don't have a Medicare plan if you're in favor of leaving it the way it is.
-- in your favor Bancorp today.
You know how that issue plays here you know how important it is for seniors and -- saying what about that.
Well -- -- critical issue in Florida three million people -- on Medicare one of them is my mom one of them is Paul Ryan's mom.
And it's a critical issue -- -- -- confront it and solve but again behavior favour of leaving Medicare the way it is your favorite thanks for any.
-- -- practicing.
For the next round of speeches and this lady on the stage.
Latina and -- that is an outreach that your party is really trying to do.
Well first of all I haven't asked about that a lot today we haven't made these people out there we really do have a governor in Nevada named Brian Sandoval who happens to be -- Hispanic descent.
Susanna Martinez and New Mexico who happens to be it Hispanic descent tech crews in Texas who happens to be of Hispanic descent.
He's a real elected officials -- you are Republicans and then convince conservatives and me.
Who happen to also be -- Hispanic descent I think that shows that our message appeals to a broad spectrum of the American people.
Now is to do a better job over a period long period of time that making that argument that at the natural home of those who want to leave their kids better off themselves.
There's -- limited government free enterprise views of the Republican Party yet sender when you look at the polls.
-- Hispanics are overwhelmingly supporting President Obama.
For reelection -- sixty plus percent depending on the poll.
How can that change before an election -- some of -- -- historic in -- now since these are communities and towns and states.
Californians in the -- or New York that happened to be bastions of democratic.
The politics and so people move their their logical they would turn and the Democrats to vote in that direction.
But that's gonna change and how here's how it's changing because we're gonna continue to make the consistent argument that if you want to leave your kids better off than yourself.
If you want opportunities to be possible for your children that were never possible for you if you want any hope in any -- -- you have to be able to be achievable for them.
Free enterprise is the only way to do it.
The Democrats are undermining free enterprise the Republicans are trying to protect -- for the next generation.
But that's gonna take some time it isn't just gonna happen in two weeks or two months this has to be part of a broader long term strategy to ensure.
That limited government conservatism.
Is a movement that has appealed.
To all Americans including those of Hispanic center.
Your opponent did your senate race.
Who ran as a Republican and then as an independent.
Former governor of Florida Charlie Crist is now endorsing President Obama and will speak at the Democratic Convention.
What are your thoughts on that I told -- so I mean that's -- I that's one of the reasons why Iran for years two years ago tonight I felt that now I did not represent the views of the Republican Party.
But in essence that really abandoned them and that's why -- -- in that primary look.
He certainly has a right to do that father I'm very curious to see what you'll say at the convention and how -- try to reinvent some of the things he said in the past to reconcile those things in this new position.
Cot mile an observation is is running out of parties to run under.
Because when he ran against you he was pretty hard on President Obama for years he bragged about being -- Ronald Reagan Republican and said he was a Jeb Bush Republican and he was an ultra conservative and obviously now is -- in a different direction but look to each his own.
That's what he wants to do he has a right to do that and problem.
-- we'll see how it all turns out for my wish him I guess the best on on the personal and that was for sure.
That was heartfelt.
-- obviously politically or not gonna agree about for President Obama -- -- -- going to be supporting president Obama's reelection so are you optimistic about the general election are you.
Pessimistic that this is going to fall into this.
Just ugly nasty battle I'm optimistic that we're gonna turn into -- campaign of big issues and big ideas.
I'm optimistic that Republicans are gonna talk about these things -- optimist at the American people are gonna reward is for that.
Good luck on the street checking any nerves.
Had them -- not yet but mostly get out there look I don't know I don't go by so fast that I'm just excited to be ought to do it.
Probably more excited and I am nervous -- senator thanks so much thanks thank you appreciate.