I’m hooked on this Marco Rubio dude… I wrote about his appearance a couple of weeks ago on Face the Nation, and now he’s outdone himself with today’s Senate floor speech.

Pay attention especially at the 7:40 mark for John Kerry to ask for Rubio to yield some time to ask him some questions, and Rubio does yield (which you don’t see every day, but you could tell Marco was welcoming the opportunity for a one-on-one with Kerry, and Kerry might now regret asking the questions). Rubio hit Kerry’s questions out of the park. Rubio has more discipline than I do, because his responses contained nary a “have you paid your friggin’ luxury taxes yet, Thurston?”

I’m going to go out on a short limb and predict I’ll be voting for this guy for president some day:

“I would love nothing more than compromise — but compromise that’s not a solution is a waste of time.”

Not to mention money… lots of money.

We’ve talked about it here many times. What good is “compromise” if it simply means going to hell in a slightly slower handbasket? Even worse, often it results in a faster handbasket. Rubio nailed it.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)


21 Responses to “Marco Rubio’s Terrific Senate Floor Speech, Including John Kerry Debate Goodness”

  1. Gehrig Saldana on July 30th, 2011 9:53 pm

    Great speech Senator Rubio! Senator Rubio needs to be someone's VP candidate for November 6, 2012!

  2. OK_Loyalist on July 30th, 2011 10:04 pm

    Every time I hear this man speak I like more and more of him. A conservative political rock star indeed.

  3. Dandapani on July 30th, 2011 10:08 pm

    How can he talk without a couple of teleprompters flanking him? How dare he make Obama look bad? Where's his crib notes? Where's the ear bud with his handlers feeding him talking points? [/snark]

    He's my Senator. I'm proud to have voted for him. He will take our country far.

  4. OK_Loyalist on July 30th, 2011 10:26 pm

    He's not my Senator, but I donated to him for sure. Best return on investment I have ever gotten IMO.

  5. Michelle on July 31st, 2011 1:22 am

    Love, love, love him and the speech but…. as his parents are Cuban immigrants, where does this leave him in the whole natural born citizen position? I am just asking because I do not know and would hate to get too excited about his chances.

  6. Joe Redfield on July 31st, 2011 1:33 pm

    Sen. Rubio spoke more common sense in 14 minutes than Barack Obama has in 50 years. And, if it turns out he's ineligible for the Presidency, majority leader of the Senate wouldn't be a bad job.

  7. mcmeador on July 31st, 2011 5:25 pm

    I like how John Kerry's rebuttal essentially amounted to, "You can only stand up for your principles if you don't actually have to stand up for your principles. It's only ok to oppose raising the debt ceiling if your opposition has no consequences."

  8. Daily Dive 31 July 11 | adeliemanchot on July 31st, 2011 5:50 pm

    [...] Marco Rubio’s Terrific Senate Floor Speech, Including John Kerry Debate Goodness “I would love nothing more than compromise — but compromise that’s not a solution is a waste of time.” [...]

  9. SignPainterGuy on July 31st, 2011 5:58 pm

    I got great mileage out of John Kerry`s pres. campaign when he wanted us to look at his Vietnam service without actually "looking" at his Vietnam service. IOW, look, but don`t look into it beyond the surface. "Old Rice Ass" !

  10. Doug on July 31st, 2011 6:22 pm

    Speaking of that, I'm assuming most of you saw this about the guy who vouched for Kerry's Vietnam service:

  11. SignPainterGuy on July 31st, 2011 7:10 pm

    Yes ! Too funny ! More please !

    Poor to unqualified voucher vouching for the vouchee.

  12. SignPainterGuy on July 31st, 2011 7:25 pm

    The "voucher", Sanders, had child porn on his `puter. His lawyer claimed it was only for research……and was doing the research because of PTSD. (I assume as a treatment exercise.) ?

    Sanders` Bronze Star and Purple Heart were awarded for "gallantry"; no other details. What, did he not scream at the sight of the anesthetic needle ?

  13. Juan on July 31st, 2011 8:43 pm

    It will be bad if he cannot be president. But even if he can't what he is doing is just
    great. At least he was born in Florida and not far away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

  14. Jim on July 31st, 2011 9:31 pm

    Mr. Kerry repeatedly attempts to tell Mr. Rubio that Obama's vote against raising the debt ceiling was different than today's conservatives because it was a symbolic one. He interrupted 3 times to say this.

    I was surprised Mr. Rubio did not respond by saying that Mr. Kerry appeared to be implying that politics is much more about gestures than standing on one's principle when it really matters. For it is that very opinion by Mr. Kerry and Mr. Obama that explains the mess we are in.


    [...] Republicans leaders could unite their party overnight if they would only realize that a “compromise that’s not a solution is a waste of time.” [...]

  16. Dexter_Alarius on August 1st, 2011 11:01 am

    I get uneasy when I hear people pushing Rubio for President. I love the guy, too. But, I've had enough of presidents with zero executive experience. If he wants to do a couple terms as Florida governor, then okay. I'd rather see him as Senate Majority Leader, personally.

  17. SignPainterGuy on August 1st, 2011 10:31 pm

    While governorships are excellent experience for pres. candidates, just how DC-outsider are they ? Just askin`.

    Military service is a good prerequisite too.

  18. Mari on August 3rd, 2011 6:19 pm

    His parents are Cuban Immigrants- he is not. He was born in Miami, Florida, USA. If you ask me- he has all of the qualifications necessary to be a magnificent Senator and President one day. May God bless and guide him.

  19. VoiceofReason on August 6th, 2011 1:40 am

    Giving great speeches is what got Obama elected. Rubio needs to bring more than just good speeches if he wants to be taken seriously. I'll be impressed when he actually proposes a plan for job creation, which, as he pointed out, is the biggest issue, yet neither he nor anyone in Congress has addressed this fundamental key to our economic recovery.

  20. Carla on August 9th, 2011 2:12 pm

    I love him! He's got spunk and is not Arrogant!

  21. carla on August 9th, 2011 2:13 pm

    Bteer yet, how do we get him to run for president.

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