Pointing toward a “new century,” Republican Marco Rubio gave a powerful, passionate and inspirational speech, announcing his official entrance into the 2016 presidential race on Monday, just one day after Democrat Hillary Clinton announce her candidacy (WATCH ENTIRE SPEECH BELOW).
At Miami’s Freedom Tower, Rubio candidly shared the heartening story of being the son of Cuban immigrants, one a bartender and the other a cashier and maid.
“My parents achieved what came to be known as the American Dream,” Rubio said. “But now, too many Americans are starting to doubt whether achieving that dream is still possible,” he confided.
In a thinly veiled shot at fellow Floridian, former Governor Jeb Bush, Rubio took exception with the notion that he shouldn’t run because it wasn’t his turn.
“I have heard some suggest that I should step aside and wait my turn. But I cannot. Because I believe our very identity as an exceptional nation is at stake, and I can make a difference as president.”
Most definitely referring to Hillary Clinton, Rubio painted the leftist, scandal-plagued Democrat as one whose is a leader of the past with old, failed ideas.
“But yesterday is over, and we are never going back. We Americans are proud of our history, but our country has always been about the future. Before us now is the opportunity to author the greatest chapter yet in the amazing story of America.
We can’t do that by going back to the leaders and ideas of the past. We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them.”
Rubio made several references to the importance of faith and family and reminded America that family, not government is the most important institution in American society.
“If we remember that family – not government – is the most important institution in society, that all life deserves protection, and that all parents deserve to choose the education that’s right for their children, then we will have a strong people and a strong nation.”
Initially elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, Rubio fell out of favor due to softening views on immigration and amnesty, and may still have work to do to regain lost trust from that constituency, even though his stance has firmed considerably over the past year.
Pro-amnesty, open border leftist radicals were seen protesting Rubio at today’s rally, holding signs saying, “Your American Dream is Our Nightmare.”