August 28th, 2010
12:51 PM ET

GOP response: Extend tax cuts, end stimulus, repeal health care act

Marco Rubio, the Republican candidate for Senate in Florida, said in this week's Republican address that his party's alternative to President Obama's economic policies "really isn't all that complicated."

The address features a somber Rubio discussing the issue most on the minds of voters – the economy.

Rubio outlined the three pillars of the GOP's economic plan: Extend the tax cuts that have been in place since 2001 and 2003, shut down the stimulus program and use the remaining funds to reduce the federal debt and repeal the health care bill passed by congressional Democrats and signed by President Obama in March.
Rubio is locked in a three-way race with Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent candidate. The three are vying to fill the seat of Sen. George LeMieux, who was appointed by Crist when former Sen. Mel Martinez stepped down last August.

Underlying Rubio's address is a personal story about his parents and a message about the nation's children.

The former Florida House Speaker says that he knows "firsthand that it is possible to lose your country because my parents lost theirs."

Rubio's parents emigrated from Cuba to the United States before he was born.

"If we stay on the road Washington has us on right now, we will lose our exceptionalism and our country will become no different than any other country in the world," Rubio says.

"But if we embrace free enterprise, if we accept spending discipline, well then America's future will be brighter than her history. And we will secure for our children what they deserve to inherit: The greatest nation in all of human history," he added.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. PJ

    Basically undo everything done in the past eight months and then sit on your hands for four more years. Wow. Don't step in the leadership! Hey- give it all back to the people who screwed it up in the first place and let's see it get REALLY bad. When it gets to the point where the American people pick up their guns and go after the 10% of the population with all the money, you can tell me ALL about cutting taxes for the that point it won't matter and they WILL come for you.

    August 28, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WTG

    That's right repeal it all baby and launch another war on Iran and North Korea. We need to spend another trillion dollars to benefit the republican friends and family program. Cut taxes for the rich. They can afford it!

    August 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joann

    And they said they're not the party of No?

    August 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Funny, they say that but all they appear to bring to the table is "Hey, let's say NO to anything the Obama Administration attempts to pass that will benefit the economy"....Oh wait, isn't that the same thing??? Ironic. Wonder when they will pull the thumb out and show they care about the country rather than their own party??

      September 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lawrence

    If everyone has health care, all doctor bills and hospital bills get paid. Our health care is high because some people can't pay their bills The health care system has to raise its cost to cover loss. If everyone pays health care prices go down. The tax cuts only benefit the rich. If less money comes in the more debt this country will be in.

    August 29, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jewel Health

    The nightmare from the GOP continues. I agree that we need to extend the Bush tax cuts in a slow growth economy, which should prevent us from entering into a double dip recession. The Feds also need to stimulate growth through infusion of money back into the economy. But, hold on! Repeal Health Care Reform? No way! . . . we need to stop taking the band-aid approach to fixin' things and put everything out on the table, including Medicare, Medicaid and yes, even Social Security. Let's design a health care and welfare system that will work for all of us, not just for the poor, but for the middle class as well. The rich can take care of themselves and can contribute to society's needs through tax incentives. Somehow though, the U.S. Deficit must be reduced or we will never be able to do much of anything for our citizens.

    August 29, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. JP

    PJ is absolutely correct.
    I'd like to add that the middle class is being crushed in the US by the medical system as it is.
    Obama is not going far enough though, bring back the 1950s tax brackets. The super rich make themselves rich by fleecing their workers and the public and outsourcing our jobs elsewhere. If the don't like it, well.......wait until we are all homeless and see what the "have nots" do

    August 29, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. BajaJohn

    Rubio is out of touch with reality. Health Care Reform was passed in part, to help reduce the federal deficit. Guess he forgot that one large and very important detail.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jen

    Americans complain now...this is nothing compared to the damage the GOP will do. They have shown they have not learned from any of the past mistakes by either party. Their objective to repeat past mistakes makes them a liability and until they can prove otherwise, I'm scared for our future if they get back in. Love how they want to waste America's time while they want to undo anything Obama set in place to help us. The day they get back in is the day I start shopping for my new card board box I will eventually have to live in

    September 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tammy

    repeal oboma care !

    September 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thomas

    Repeal Oboma care !

    November 10, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Herbert Christian

    If the republicians cut medicare and social security they will lose in 2012. Cut waste but leave them in tact.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |