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ICYMI: In Federalist Society Remarks, Rubio Decries False Choice Between Big Government & Big Business

Nov 10, 2011 | Press Releases

Rubio Decries False Choice Between Big Government and Big Business
By Mary Crookston
November 10, 2011

Marco Rubio, the freshman senator from Florida, has wowed conservatives with his candor and repeatedly been touted as a possible vice presidential choice.  But Rubio has rebuffed this speculation, and is focusing instead on a message: America is more than big business versus big government, it’s about individuals working, innovating and succeeding with a government system that encourages this success.

And for that message he found an eager audience at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington D.C. on Thursday, November 10th. The topic of the conference was “The Constitution of Small Government?”

Rubio began by criticizing the feisty land of Washington — saying that all this “fighting, bickering, and partisanship” is for show. Using the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as an example, the senator joked that there is no more crushing experience than a young fan of WWF going to an event and seeing two rivals having drinks afterwards.  But that too is the way of Washington. “I see politicians when the lights aren’t on — and they don’t act like that. People get along.”

With that, Rubio abandoned the angle of partisanship and boiled his message down to a core principle: “The central issue behind all these issues is what should the government be doing and what should it not be doing,” He clarified that a step further, saying that the real debate is how to balance competing desires: how can we be a nation of both prosperity and compassion?

He admitted that for a free enterprise system to truly work  — one where people can “reach for the stars” — there should be a net in case they fall, so they can pick themselves up again. But balancing this idea with reality, Rubio said that even America, the wealthiest and most prosperous country, can’t pay for the government it has crafted. That’s a problem. ‘It’s much harder to go to people and explain to them how the market works than explain how a new government program works — but we have to… What’s at stake is not only our prosperity but our economic freedom,” said Rubio.

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