At CPAC, Rubio gets big applause for stances on marriage, abortionby George Bennett | March 14th, 2013
OXON HILL, Md. — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, in a speech widely seen as an early audition for a potential 2016 presidential run, got big applause from the Conservative Political Action Conference today when he defended traditional marriage and voiced opposition to abortion.
Rubio is best known for his economic and fiscal stances and efforts to soften the GOP’s hard-line stance on immigration. But he got big cheers when he weighed in briefly on social issues.
“I respect people that disagree with me on certain things, but they have to respect me, too,” Rubio said.
“Just because I believe that states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot. Just because we believe that life, all life, all human life is worthy of protection at every stage of its development does not make you a chauvinist,” Rubio said.
“In fact, the people who are actually close-minded in American politics are people that love to preach about the certainty of science with regards to our climate but ignore the absolute fact that science has proven that life begins at conception,” Rubio said.
Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul spoke back-to-back at the conservative gathering. Other potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates on the three-day CPAC schedule include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump.