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Marco Rubio on how he learned he wasn’t Romney’s VP pick; kind words for Nelson, harsh ones for Akin

by George Bennett | August 22nd, 2012

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches luncheon crowd today about the phone conversation he had with Mitt Romney the day before Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate.

“Gov. Romney was gracious enough to call me on Friday evening that week,” Rubio told a crowd of 825 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. “I was out on boat with my kids. I came back and I had four missed calls from Mitt Romney. I go ‘Uh-oh.’ So I talked to him and he said we’re going to be announcing our VP tomorrow and you’re going to be excited about the pick I’ve made.

“And I said, ‘Well, that’s really good news because I just bought a four-day cruise,’ ” said Rubio, who devoted much of his remarks to Medicare.

Rubio was asked by an audience member which Democrats he talks with the most in Washington. He mentioned Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who faces a tough reelection challenge from Republican Rep. Connie Mack.

“Bill Nelson and I have created a pretty good working relationship. On a personal level I have nothing negative to say about him as a person. So I speak with him quite often,” Rubio said.

He also mentioned New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy.

“You guys see them as characters on television. These are real people. We don’t run into each other at the gym and start trash talking about politics,” said Rubio, who was elected in 2010.

“I haven’t had a bad experience with anybody in the United States Senate. On a person-to-person level, the longer you’re there, the more you like them as people and the more you’re convinced sometimes how bad their ideas are,” Rubio said.

Rubio also joined a chorus of Republicans calling Missouri Rep. Todd Akin to quit his U.S. Senate race after making comments Sunday about women rarely becoming pregnant as a result of “legitimate rape.”

Speaking to reporters after his Forum Club appearance, Rubio said: “I think his comments were distasteful and unfortunate and I think the decision he’s made (to stay in the Senate race) probably endangers the ability of Republicans to win that seat and Republicans to take the majority in the Senate. So I would join other voices out there from Sarah Palin to Mitch McConnell who have advised him to put his country ahead of his candidacy.

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14 Responses to “Marco Rubio on how he learned he wasn’t Romney’s VP pick; kind words for Nelson, harsh ones for Akin”

  1. timtopper Says:

    Rubio needs to go away. He can’t seem to get his story straight of when, and how his family came to this country. He changes it for every group he speaks to.

  2. to@timtopper Says:

    Really? I don’t see any mention of his family (other than his kids) in the story above. Also, have you attended EVERY gathering he has spoken at? Didn’t think so. So how can you possibly know what he says to EVERY group? Oh, I get it, you listen to every word the lame stream media tells you! Stop being such a HATER!

  3. npgator Says:

    timtopper – You must like the direction that Obama is taking this country? Arguably the worst President in history but keep drinking kool aid!

  4. My2Cents Says:

    The Post in a commentary complains that reporters weren’t allowed to ask questions during the Rubio presentation (they could afterwards) and then publishes this worthless article that doesn’t supply any substantive information.

    Below is the article published in the Palm Beach Daily News that gives a lot more substantive information.

    Rubio: ‘There will be no medicare if we don’t reform it’

    By Michele Dargan
    Daily News Staff Writer
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says he doesn’t support changes to Medicare that would affect people 55 and older, but changes will need to be made to save the program.
    Speaking to more than 825 people at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches today, Rubio, 41, said people his age and younger must accept that Medicare will have to “look different” for them.
    “There may be different ideas out there on how to change it, but the point is it has to,” Rubio said. “What we have today is unsustainable. Anyone in favor of leaving Medicare the way it is right now, is in favor of bankrupting it, because that’s what’s happening.”
    When asked if he backs the overhaul proposed by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, Rubio said he agrees with the essence of the plan, adding that President Barack Obama has offered no plan. Medicare has become “a powerful political tool to be used in elections that some leaders have concluded it’s better left unresolved and use it as an attack line than trying to solve it,” Rubio said.
    “The bottom line is there will be no Medicare if we don’t reform it,” he said afterward to a media gathering. “It’s going bankrupt … If the Democrats are going to criticize the Ryan plan or the Romney plan, they should offer their own plan.”
    Other topics Rubio covered: the economy, jobs, education, taxes, energy and bipartisanship.
    Forum Club President Don Kiselewski introduced Rubio, describing him as “a rising star” in the Republican Party who was on the short list of possible vice presidential running mates for Mitt Romney.
    “What I can tell you is there was a sigh of relief here at the Forum Club, selfish perhaps, because if he had been picked right now he’d be somewhere campaigning on a bus in some swing state rather than joining us today,” Kiselewski said.
    Rubio blamed the state of the economy and other problems facing the country on legislators from both sides of the aisle over the last 10 years. The economy isn’t growing fast enough and young people who graduate from college are unable to find work and have to move back in with their parents, he said.
    Rubio said education reform must create more opportunities for students who need “something more than high school but less than four years of college.”
    Rubio said there is a role for taxes and regulation, but they need to be balanced with the need of the economy to grow. “The more complicated our taxes and our regulations are, the harder it is for small businesses and the middle class to prosper,” he said.
    Big corporations and billionaires might not like big government, but they can hire the best attorneys to figure out the laws and they can hire the best lobbyists in Washington to change the laws if they don’t like them, he said.
    “The person who can’t do that is the person trying to open a small business out of a spare bedroom in the home – probably in violation of the zoning code,” he quipped.
    The crux of this country’s problems “begins and ends with the economy,” he said.
    “This is not a Republican principle or a Democratic principle. This is mathematics. You cannot consistently spend a trillion dollars more than you take in and hope to be the nation that you inherited from your parents. … Only here has the employee had the opportunity to become the employer and every generation of Americans did whatever they had to do to keep it that way. In the end that’s the real challenge of our time – whether we are prepared to be the first generation who fails at that task.”
    Regarding energy, Rubio suggested the U.S. create an energy consortium with other countries in the western hemisphere to displace the Middle East.
    “Sadly our country doesn’t have an energy policy; it has energy politics,” he said. “This should not be a partisan issue. It should be an issue that unites all Americans.”
    Speaking to a press gathering, Rubio addressed the issue of raising taxes.
    “There is no tax increase that will pay down our debt,” Rubio said. “If you raised taxes on the richest Americans 100 percent, which is absurd, you still wouldn’t make a dent on the debt. … There’s only one solution to our debt and it’s the combination of spending discipline and economic growth. During the Bush years, despite the tax cuts, revenue for government grew by historic levels. The problem is the spending grew even faster. Both parties are to blame for that.”
    Palm Beach Town Councilman Bill Diamond said he found Rubio’s speech uplifting in that he was calling for every American to serve their country rather than their party.
    “He spoke as a true American patriot and not as a partisan political politician,” Diamond said. “The whole tone was so incredibly different than what you normally hear from a political official from either side. There was no bashing. He said he gets along on a personal basis with members of the opposite party in the U.S. Senate. I haven’t heard that from a public official in many years. His references to how our National Anthem came about brought tears to my eyes. He emphasized that we’re all Americans and together we can solve our problems.”

  5. Vixpopuli Says:

    Marco Rubio is just an empty suit, a front man for Jeb Bush.
    As to the direction of the country, after 30 years of failed Voodoo economics and the destruction the Republicans and now the tea party have caused it is an astonishing show of ignorance to even attempt to blame this mess on President Obama.
    I get it he is a black man in the white house how can that ever be tolerated in the good old USA?
    But here are a few nuggets,If the Republicans were able to put the people of this nation before their self serving interests and worked with President Obama who was trying to clean up the mess they created in the first place we all might be better off.

    Worst president in history?

    Worst. President. Ever.

    By Scott Horton

    “It would be difficult to identify a President who, facing major international and domestic crises, has failed in both as clearly as President Bush,” concluded one respondent. “His domestic policies,” another noted, “have had the cumulative effect of shoring up a semi-permanent aristocracy of capital that dwarfs the aristocracy of land against which the founding fathers rebelled; of encouraging a mindless retreat from science and rationalism; and of crippling the nation’s economic base.”
    History News Network’s poll of 109 historians found that 61 percent of them rank Bush as “worst ever” among U.S. presidents.
    Here are some of the comments that the historians furnished:

    “No individual president can compare to the second Bush,” wrote one. “Glib, contemptuous, ignorant, incurious, a dupe of anyone who humors his deluded belief in his heroic self, he has bankrupted the country with his disastrous war and his tax breaks for the rich, trampled on the Bill of Rights, appointed foxes in every henhouse, compounded the terrorist threat, turned a blind eye to torture and corruption and a looming ecological disaster, and squandered the rest of the world’s goodwill. In short, no other president’s faults have had so deleterious an effect on not only the country but the world at large.”

    “With his unprovoked and disastrous war of aggression in Iraq and his monstrous deficits, Bush has set this country on a course that will take decades to correct,” said another historian. “When future historians look back to identify the moment at which the United States began to lose its position of world leadership, they will point—rightly—to the Bush presidency. Thanks to his policies, it is now easy to see America losing out to its competitors in any number of areas: China is rapidly becoming the manufacturing powerhouse of the next century, India the high tech and services leader, and Europe the region with the best quality of life.”

    Where’s my cool aid I need a drink.

  6. Toni Says:

    Rubio doesn’t have to worry about Medicare he will get his medical coverage free paid for by the taxpayers after he leaves office – plus a big fat taxpayer paid pension. I am older (70) and I am concerned about changes that will hurt my daughter and my grandchildren. These rich people don’t care about the middle class – stop fooling yourselves.

  7. w Says:

    The perfect posterboy Republican Puppet!

    Not for the best interest of the working people and jumps on any band wagon that his cronies promote.

    Hey… didn’t he default on his mortgage? How does he get away with this… hmmm… maybe I should do this too. After all he is a great role model being an elected official.

    That’s the Republican way. Vote for Democratic to help rebuild America.

  8. timtopper Says:

    I am a registered Republican. However, both rubio and scott make me sick. They represent everything that is wrong with the party.

  9. Billy Moore Says:

    The RNC are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.

    They claim to be Pro-Life but want to fry every criminal they get their hands on. How can supporting the death penalty be Pro-Life?

    Thats humane?

  10. Irish Mike Says:

    Billy Moore: To “fry” criminals like KSM, Timothy McVeigh, or the 2 guys in Connecticut that raped and killed a mother and 2 young daughters is quite different from terminating the life of an innocent baby in the womb.

    What I want to know is how Joe Biden and the party that claims to care most about women can refuse to “second-guess” China’s One Child policy, which uses abortion to systematically eradicate baby girls (Gender-cide, if you will). THAT, my friend, is hypocrisy.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/08/biden-under-fire-for-not-second-guessing-chinas-one-child-policy/

  11. victor grillo Says:

    I have read the lengthy posts from the democrats. I see the same old there you go again blame it on Bush. I do not see one mention of Obama having a democratic senate and congress for two years got everything he wanted and we are no better off. His policies have failed admit do we want 4 more years of the same. I for one do not!

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