Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio has announced his presidential candidacy for the 2016 US Elections, promising a new American Dream that will do away with the ideas of past leaders. Aiming to hit home in the hearts of fellow Cubans, he launched his presidential bid at the Freedom Tower, “five decades ago, tens of thousands of Cuban exiles began their new lives in America.”
The New American Dream
Drawing from his background as a son of two Cuban migrants, he said his parents were able to work for the rewards of achieving the American Dream back then. However, Americans of today seemed to doubt whether the Dream remains achievable, Rubio said.
“Hard working families living paycheck to paycheck, one unexpected expense away from disaster… Young Americans, unable to start a career, a business or a family, because they owe thousands in student loans for degrees that did not lead to jobs… And small business owners, left to struggle under the weight of more taxes, more regulations and more government,” Rubio said in his speech.
Rubio highlighted that such situations exist, despite America being defined by equality of opportunity, because “too many of our leaders and their ideas are stuck in the twentieth century.”
“They are busy looking backward, so they do not see how jobs and prosperity today depend on our ability to compete in a global economy. So our leaders put us at a disadvantage by taxing, borrowing and regulating like it’s 1999,” he said of the current generation of leaders.
“They look for solutions in yesterday, so they don’t see that good-paying modern jobs require different skills and more education than the past. They blindly support an outdated higher education system that is too expensive and inaccessible to those who need it most,” Rubio continued.
Rubio declared that the time has come for his generation to lead the way toward a new American Century, criticizing policies that were enforced by the current administration.
“If we reform our tax code, reduce regulations, control spending, modernize our immigration laws and repeal and replace ObamaCare, the American people will create millions of better-paying modern jobs,” he said.
“This election is not just about what laws we will pass. It is a generational choice about what kind of country we will be.”
Jabbed At Hillary Clinton
Rubio had particularly taken a jab against presidential contender Hillary Clinton.
“Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday,” Rubio said of the former secretary of state.
Rubio’s words became emphatic as he continued to persuade voters not to go back in the past and write a new chapter of America.
“Yesterday is over, and we are never going back. We Americans are proud of our history, but our country has always been about the future. Before us now is the opportunity to author the greatest chapter yet in the amazing story of America,” went Rubio’s passionate words.
“We can’t do that by going back to the leaders and ideas of the past. We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them.”
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Hillary Clinton “will not help everyday Americans”
While Rubio did not specifically mention Clinton’s name in his candidacy speech, he was more than vocal to his criticism of the former first lady during an interview on ABC News.
Rubio reiterated his point that the challenge America faces today is that current leaders are trying to fix 21st century problems with 20th century ideas. His remark was made after being asked about Clinton’s political platform.
“The jobs of the 21st century require different skills and more education than in the past. We have people from yesterday — leaders that are still grounded in the 20th century who think if we just pour more money in our existing higher education system, we’ll get a 21st century result. It isn’t true anymore.”
In the beginning of the program, Rubio said that Clinton’s economic plans “will not help everyday Americans.”
“This notion that somehow if we just increase the size and scope of the federal government, it helps people who are trying to make it has been disproven. The bigger the federal government, the more the people who can hire lobbyists and law firms to help them navigate it are going to do.”
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