By Alyssa LaFage | The Save Jersey Blog
This has been a strange Republican primary to put it mildly, Save Jerseyans. Candidates that many people expected to be in the lead at this point are trailing in the polls. Others we thought had a fighting chance and would be in it for the long haul, have long since dropped out. And the front runner that we thought was a joke, or at a minimum, thought was going to be a flash in the pan, is still at the top in most states notwithstanding last night’s defeat in Iowa.
The field is relatively large but while we’ve got plenty of options on paper, for conservatives who want a real shot at taking back the White House this November, there’s only one candidate worth supporting: Senator Marco Rubio.
Here are just four of the reasons why…
An Objectively Conservative Track Record
Beginning at the very lowest rung of elected politics in local government, Rubio was a member of a 5-person City Commission in West Miami. He worked his way up to the State House in Tallahassee Florida where he became Speaker of the House.
We don’t hear much about his Florida legislative accomplishments and it’s likely by design; voters are fed up with politicians in general this election cycle, and seven of Rubio’s nine-year tenure in the Florida House overlapped with Jeb Bush’s governorship which could easily bring credit to Bush – – something Rubio obviously wants to avoid doing.
It would do the Senator some good to talk more about his accomplishments as Florida Speaker of the House. From fighting for private property rights to being a part of tax cuts that were touted as “the largest tax cut in Florida’s history,” Rubio has a strong record of advancing conservative causes.
In the United States Senate,
- Served on the Committee on Foreign Relations; strong on foreign policy/keeping America safe
- Co-authored Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Plan, with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) which is a pro-growth plan that seeks to simplify the tax code into 2 brackets. It would also lower tax rates, broaden the base and eliminate loopholes that reward cronyism.
- Pro-Life through-and-through
- Began his career in the U.S. Senate by taking out the traitorous Charlie Crist
- “Stealthily” laid the groundwork to gut Obamacare
- Unique ideas on tackling the cost of education: Rubio offered up legislation that would create an alternative to student loans. From Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-rubio-education-idUSBREA380BJ20140409) “private investors or organizations provide students with financing for their education costs in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings.”
I could go on and on pointing to his principled, conservative positions. But moving along…
Winning Independents to Our Cause
I know some of you are concerned with his highly criticized attempt at working on immigration with Democrats in the Senate in 2013. I was as well and looking back, it still irks me. But his poorly conceived effort to find middle ground on this issue actually can be spun into a positive. First, his willingness to reach across the aisle is a good thing and will be perceived as such by independents, even if this particular instance wasn’t good.
And unlike most politicians, Rubio admitted his attempt was misguided and has since clarified what he would like to see happen moving forward.
I realize some of you are one issue voters (which is silly but an issue for me to address at another time) and immigration might be that issue. But I would caution you not to fail to see the value of a candidate who is with you on the majority of issues because they got it wrong on one. Side note: if Donald is your candidate, take into consideration his own strange immigration evolution and the fact that he has been more than cozy with amnesty touting Democrats for years and has donated big money to their campaigns.
The same people who are stuck on Rubio’s immigration blunder are quick to say he is not a conservative. That couldn’t be further from the truth for all the reasons I’ve already listed. But if you’re a numbers minded person, here are a few you should take into consideration. He has a 98% rating from American Conservative Union and a 93% from the ultimate standard bearer of conservative measures, the Heritage Action for America scorecard. Not bad at all!
Destroying the Latino Vote Gap
We aren’t the Left so identity politics is something we generally cringe at BUT in an election year where the Democrat candidates include a washed up criminal grandma and a Marxist grandpa, having a vivacious young Latino on the Republican ticket is something we can be proud of!
The Best Communicator Since Reagan?
And of course I must point out the obvious: Rubio is an excellent orator. This matters! He can convey optimistic conservatism in a way that leaves you wanting to hear more. With a media that is largely slanted against us and the likely opposition candidate a first rate liar, we need an oratorical talent. Versus Hillary on the debate stage? Kennedy vs. Nixon, Part II. A principled, unifying conservative that can bring people in, win independents, unify the party and most importantly, the country… and explain it all without stumbling all over himself?
Is it any wonder why Marco is my guy?