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Senator Marco Rubio At CPAC Liveblog

Posted on | March 14, 2013 | 4 Comments

by Smitty

13:17 Ran three years ago, came to CPAC, when my chances of winning were equal to winning at a Papal Conclave.

13:19 Have the people changed? No. The world around us has changed due to technology, impacting people.

13:20 People are worried about man-made crises they see coming from DC.

13:21 Who is fighting for the hard-working people of this country? That is our challenge and opportunity as conservative leaders. Our hard-working, middle class makes us strong and exceptional. It sets us apart from the world.

13:22 Infighting amongst conservatives is foolish. There has to be a home for people who believe in limited government. We have to have respect. Just because I believe states should be able to define marriage does not make me a bigot. Just because I believe life begins at conception does not make me . . .

13:25 We need a balance between a strong defense and over-extended military policy.

13:26 Every parent in America should have the opportunity to send their child to the school of their choice. Trade schools.

13:27 The breakdown of the family is a problem, that the government should talk about, but should be solved via the community.

13:28 We need health care reform that is market-centric. The education debt bubble hurts. I graduate with $100 large in debt that I paid off via my book, available on Amazon. It is a major problem.

13:30 [Drinks water]

13:30 “The China Dream,” is a book by a Colonel, is that China should eclipse the U.S. in world leadership. There is a nation trying to supplant us, while we’re bickering.

13:31 China:
– No free internet access.
– No habeas corpus.
– Forcible repatriation.
– Forced labor.
What we have in the U.S. is different, special, historic. We have the real chance in the U.S.

13:33 Critics of Rubio will say:
– Drank too much water.
– No new ideas. WE DON’T NEED NEW IDEAS. We have what works. The world copies us.