In a speech to Latino voters during the Latino Coalition Economic Summit yesterday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) shared his thoughts on how he feels the decline in the U.S. economy has created a negative atmosphere for American politics.
“There is continuing bad news about the debt as it grows and creates greater uncertainty over us. There’s divisive politics where people are constantly getting pitted against each other, and tragically there’s this pervasive sense that perhaps this is the beginning of a long and steady decline.”
The son of Cuban immigrants also spoke out against the notion that America is can longer be the same country that it once was. “The America that our parents and grandparents found when they came here, the America you found when you came here; the America you were raised in and the America that allowed you to reach this point in your life is gone, that somehow that America is over, and we are entering a new era where our nation will be less special and less unique.”
Rubio also gave an explanation for the introduction of class warfare rhetoric in the presidential campaign, mentioning, “To pit one group of Americans against each other on issue after issue, to convince people that the reason things aren’t going so well for them, is because they are going too well for someone else. To convince people somehow that we can make your life better if only you give us the power to make someone else’s life worse. That the reason you don’t have enough is because someone has too much.”
He also made it clear that America will always be a nation with the resources to prosper, saying, “This un-American idea quite frankly that somehow the pie will always be limited, and so we must carve up the limited scope of our economy among a growing number of people. And yet, that has never been who we are, and in fact, is what has distinguished us from the rest of the world.”
Videography by Sarah Muro