Here is the man that frightens Democrats more than any other winner in this week’s election: Senator-elect Marco Rubio from Florida. No one expresses what makes America unique and what we need to do to keep it that way as well as Rubio. The son of Cuban exiles from modest means, Rubio is closer to the immigrant experience than any other current or recent national leader. The 39-year old is a former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, more experienced than Barack Obama had when he became a Senator in 2007.
Rubio does not have Obama’s arrogance and does not want to run for the presidency after just a couple of years in the Senate. Still, he is already a nationally recognized leader and will undoubtedly play an important role in setting the Republican agenda going forward. He and other Republicans elected this week such as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Florida Congressman Allen West demonstrate that the Republican Party is a party representing Americans of all backgrounds.
Hi, I’m Marco Rubio.
With Election Day now behind us, it’s an honor to talk to you about the opportunity before us – an opportunity to put America back on track.
For too long, Washington has taken our country in the wrong direction, bigger government, reckless spending and run-away debt. And though I’m a proud Republican, here is the truth, both parties have been to blame.
This election the American people said enough is enough.That message was loud and clear. We Republicans would be mistaken if we misread these results as simply an embrace of the Republican Party. This Election is a second chance. A second chance for Republicans to be what we said we were going to be.
America is the single greatest nation on earth, a place without equal in the history of….
…all mankind. A place built on free enterprise, where the employee can become the employer. Where small businesses are started every day in a spare bedroom and where someone like me, the son of a bartender and maid, can become a United States Senator.
I know about the unique exceptionalism of our country. Not because I read about it in a book, I’ve seen it through my own eyes. You see, I was raised in a community of exiles, by people who lost their country, people who once had dreams like we do today but had to come to a foreign shore to find them.
For some their dreams were answered here in America, but many others found a new dream. To leave their children with the kinds of opportunities they themselves never had. And that is what we must do as a nation. To fulfill our sacred obligation to leave the next generation of Americans a better America than the one we inherited. And that is what this election was about.
In the past two years, Republicans listened to the American people and what they said is that it was time for a course correction.
The past two years provided a frightening glimpse at what could become of our great nation if we continue down the current path: wasteful spending, a growing debt and a government reaching ever further into our lives, even into our health care decisions.
It is nothing short of a path to ruin, a path that threatens to diminish us as a nation and a people. One that makes America not exceptional, not unique, but more like the rest of the world.
As Republicans, here is what our commitment should be to you. Our focus must not be simply winning elections. It must be to ensure the next generation inherits a strong, free and prosperous America.
We will govern as public servants who understand that re-election is simply a byproduct of good public service and good ideas. And most importantly, we will stand up and offer an alternative to the policies coming out of Washington for the past two years.
The challenges are too great, too generational in scope for us to be merely opponents of bad policies. Instead, we will put forward bold ideas and have the courage to fight for them. This means preventing a massive tax increase scheduled to hit every American taxpayer at the end of the year. It means repealing and replacing the disastrous health care bill. It means simplifying our tax code, and tackling a debt that is pushing us to the brink of our own Greece-like day of reckoning.
For many of us coming to Washington for the first time and others returning to serve, it’s a long way from home. A long way from the people whose eyes we looked into at town halls, at diners or roundtables, and promised that this time it would be different. That if you elected Republicans to office again, we would not squander the chance you gave us, and we must not.
Because nothing less than the identity of our country and what kind of future we will leave our children is at stake. That is our commitment and from you we ask this. Hold us accountable to the ideas and principles we campaigned on.
This is our second chance to get this right. To make the right decisions and the tough calls and to leave our children what they deserve – the freest and most exceptional society in all of human history.
Thank you for listening, God bless you and your family, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.