Rubio returns to NH, tells Hollis voter he has ‘tremendous admiration’ for Giuliani

Monday evening, Feb. 23:

For the first time since the mid-term election, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came to New Hampshire Monday to meet with first-in-the-nation primary voters and continue what appears to be a move toward a presidential candidacy.

 

Rubio met with voters at the Lawrence Barn Community Center in Hollis and then headed to a book signing of his “American Dreams” at the Barnes and Noble store in Manchester.

 

Tomorrow, he will speak to the traditional “Politics and Eggs” breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics before heading out of the state and to private meetings in the region.

At his first stop, a town hall style meeting in Hollis, Rubio was immediatelyhasked about “big money” politics and about former New YHork City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s controversial allegation that President Barack Obama does not love the United States.

 

“We do have a constitutional right to free speech and political donations is part of that speech,” Rubio said, adding that “full disclosure and sunlight is critical.

 

“I tell people where I stand,” he said. “I believe disclosure is critical. You should know who is behind the money and how much they are giving.”

 

Rubio said he has “tremendous admiration” for Giuliani. “I believe the President loves this country but I just think he has bad ideas.”

 

He then cited Vice President Joe Biden, who will visit the state on Wednesday.

 

“Every single day Joe Biden says something that would end my career if I said it once,” yet Democrats are not asked to comment, Rubio said. “Why must I always answer for someone else in my party?”

 

Earlier, Rubio said that as the child of poor Cuban immigrants who struggled as a bartender and a maid, but provided for four children, he feel privileged, and not because his family was wealthy.

 

“They were able to buy a safe home in a safe and stable neighborhood,” he said. “They were able to retire with stability and dignity.”

 

But he said that with the economy having undergone a “rapid transformation,” there are real challenges that we have but they are no insurmountable. If we confront these challenges and embrace the challenges of the 21st Century, our future can be better than our past.”

 

Rubio said the U.S. tax code needs to be changed so that it is no longer “the most expensive on the planet.” He called for innovation in education and more focus on trades.

 

“A four-year degree is important,” he said. “But it has to lead to a job.”

 

“We need a pro-family tax code,” Rubio said, adding that currently, “there are safety net tax benefits in America you lose if you get married.”

 

But “none of it matters,” Rubio said, if the world is not safe. And, he said, “The world today is less safe than it has been in almost a century.”

 

But, Rubio said, “We are governed by a President who often believes America is the cause of these problems and not the cure for these problems.

 

“We have to turn the page,” he said. “the 21st Century faces real challenges but also extraordinary opportunities…America doesn’t owe me anything. America doesn’t owe any of us anything. But I, for one, can say that I owe America everything.”

 

Rubio also said it is unrealistic to say believe that the U.S. can deport every illegal alien.

 

(Our earlier report follows.)

Monday morning, Feb. 23:

 

 

For the first time since the mid-term election, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will be in New Hampshire today to meet with first-in-the-nation primary voters and continue what appears to be a move toward a presidential candidacy.

 

Rubio today will meet with voters at the Lawrence Barn Community Center in Hollis and then will host a book signing of his “American Dreams” at the Barnes and Noble store in Manchester.

 

Tomorrow, he will speak to the traditional “Politics and Eggs” breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics before heading out of the state and to private meetings in the region.

 

Today will mark Rubio’s first trip since he announced the hiring of veteran GOP operative Jim Merrill as a senior adviser for New Hampshire and the Northeast for his political action committee, Reclaim America. Merrill will presumably stay on if – as expected – Rubio mounts an official campaign.

 

Merrill told the New Hampshire Journal: “Senator Rubio is looking forward to meeting as many of our residents as possible during this visit. He deeply respects our state and our tradition of one-on-one, person to person engagement as evidenced by him hosting a town hall meeting as his first public event here in 2015. Should he become a candidate for President, New Hampshire voters can expect to see many, many more.”

Author: John DiStaso

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