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Why I Support Marco Rubio

February 25, 2016

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The "Marcomentum" is strong although it has not yet been able to "trump" Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Marco Rubio, CC BY-SA 2.0.

The "Marcomentum" is strong although it has not yet been able to "trump" Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Marco Rubio, CC BY-SA 2.0.

  Although Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has energized the political youth, he’s not the only Senator in the running. Florida Senator Marco Rubio asks, “Are you ready for a New American Century?”

  In his 2015 book entitled American Dreams, Rubio writes, “the American Dream is not small. It’s not about entitlement. It’s about opportunity. It is not about parceling out prosperity to the few. It is about a striving, growing prosperity for anyone willing to work hard and to dream.”

  In 1956, Rubio’s parents pursued the American Dream, working hard to make one’s children’s lives better than his or her own by traveling from Communist Cuba to the United States. Both his parents worked multiple working-class jobs and ultimately achieved their goal. Their son, a child of immigrants, is now a United States Senator.

Senator Rubio greets a supporter at one of his rallies. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Marco Rubio with supporter, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Senator Rubio greets a supporter at one of his rallies. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Marco Rubio with supporter, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Now adhering to conservative values like the importance of family, protection of the Second Amendment, and prioritizing small business interests, Rubio has become a front-runner in the GOP primary campaigns. He shocked America with a close third-place finish in the Iowa Causes, but fell out of America’s good graces with a poor debate performance, earning him fifth in New Hampshire.

  One can choose to listen to criticisms, especially the most recent ones, of Rubio and dismiss his candidacy. However, Rubio’s pros outweigh his cons.

  Yes, Rubio can come off scripted and was called “Marco Roboto” after the New Hampshire debate. But, does America want a president who can’t be bothered to study the issues he or she wants to discuss? At least he is thoughtful in his speech unlike rival Donald Trump, who blurts out whatever comes to his mind. America needs a president who is eloquent and thoughtful, two characteristics that Rubio possesses.

  Rubio redeemed himself with a much-improved performance at the South Carolina GOP debate, held on February 13. Rubio was recently endorsed by South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley joining other endorsements from the likes of former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and former rival Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.

  Rubio is a fairly young senator (age 44) and is often criticized for not having much experience. However, here’s something to consider: America’s current president was only in the Senate for a little over three years before moving into the White House, and Rubio has already been a Senator for over five. Instead of dwelling on how young he is, voters must take into account his calls to action and the policies he supports. Everyone must start somewhere in his or her career.

A supporter snaps a photo with Senator Rubio. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Marco Rubio with supporters, CC BY-SA 2.0.

A supporter snaps a photo with Senator Rubio. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Marco Rubio with supporters, CC BY-SA 2.0.

  Due to his stance on some issues like same-sex marriage, some consider Rubio to be too conservative for 21st Century America, but Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is considered much too liberal for other voters. In his campaign, Rubio strikes a balance between extremist “conservative” (if he can be called that) Trump and extremist liberal Sanders. While he supports immigration reform, he doesn’t scream, “I’m going to build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it!” at debates, which is just one example of his level-headed policies.

  After his third place finish in Iowa, Rubio was named a possible establishment candidate by the media, and he placed second in both South Carolina and Nevada. As the primaries continue, the “Marcomentum” will only grow, but only with the votes of educated citizen like you who want to see Rubio’s New American Century.

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