Nearly eight years have passed since a young Democrat named Barack Obama captured the White House. Now, another up-and-coming politician has a chance to take a similar path.
This time it’s a Republican and his name is Marco Rubio.
The Florida senator sees Iowa as the first stop on his road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s the ultimate American dream, and for this 43-year-old, the future is now.
“I’ve been told, ‘Why don’t you wait? You could be the candidate of the future.’ And I say, ‘Well that’s good news because this election is in the future,'” Rubio told a hundred gatherers at a local house party in Iowa.
That philosophy of the future will be the centerpiece of his presidential run. His campaign theme is “A New American Century.” While on the road in Iowa, Rubio told CBN News his overall plan.
“We have to have policies, tax policies, regulatory policies, debt policies, healthcare policies that make us globally competitive,” he explained.
“We are engaged in a massive global competition for investment and for innovation and we are falling behind because our government has policies that are holding us back,” he charged.
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Today, his deep faith drives public policy positions on social issues such as traditional marriage.
“If you think about it, we are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,” Rubio told CBN News. “Because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.”
“So what’s the next step after that?” he asked.
“After they are done going after individuals, the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church is hate speech and there’s a real and present danger,” he warned.
Rubio said he’s ready to face danger, here and around the world.
“You don’t want to be engaged in every conflict on the planet. We’re not the world’s policemen,” he said. “But I question – what would happen in the alternative? If America doesn’t lead, what happens? Well, what happens is chaos.”
SOURCE: David Brody