Political Profile: Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio is one of the many candidates running for the Republican nomination, so what makes him stand out? Rubio is a Cuban-American, Miami native and currently serves on the United States Senate representing Florida. Before running for Senate, Rubio was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000 and was voted as speaker in 2006.
Rubio is a a devout Catholic and as such shares many of the Church’s views when it comes to politics. Rubio is a pro-life candidate and is strongly in favor of making abortion illegal. Rubio stated in a 2012 speech that the “right to life is a fundamental one that trumps virtually any other right I can imagine.”
According to OntheIssues.org he opposes both federal abortion funding & judicial activism and supports giving legal protection to unborn children.
Like many Republicans, Rubio opposes both the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, and climate change. The LA Times printed a Rubio quote stating “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.” This is consistent with his voting record having signed the “No Climate Tax Pledge” and voting yes on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.
When it comes to the economy, Rubio follows most Republicans in opposing higher taxes on the wealthy. He is opposed Obama’s stimulus package of 2009 and he supports initiatives to balance the federal budget, including a balanced budget amendment. He also supports flat-rate federal tax and opposes increased tax rates.
Rubio is the hometown hero for Miami Republicans. He has been called the perfect Tea Party candidate but does that mean he is the perfect Republican candidate?