Could Senator Marco Rubio become the next Vice-President of the United States?
by Adryana Aldeen on February 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM
Many Americans in the United States are asking what could be a good ticket for the presidential nomination. The candidates in the Republican Party have been on the race for several months, some for several years. One thing that most Americans are in agreement with is that President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden need to go. They cannot continue for another four more years. We need to fix the economy; this can only grow when Americans are working. We need to have an energy plan that would maximize energy production from all sources—We need to repeal Obamacare but have instead a find replacement healthcare at low cost and where competition is feasible, we need to find a fair or flat tax, religious rights should be protected, Second Amendment rights should be protected, we need to reduce the national debt and stop the wasteful spending, and we need to fix the broken immigration system.
As people are listening to the candidates in debates, forums, interviews, etc., some of us have openly declared our top favorite, some rather be quiet but most people in the Republican party should be in agreement that we will support our nominee once the primary is over. A common question that we are asking ourselves is: Who could be a great vice-president? Many names come to people's minds; the ones that I have heard the most are the following: J.C. Watts, Rick Perry, Condoleezza Rice, Susana Martinez, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Francisco Canseco, and Mitchell Daniels. All of them outstanding men and women, but the one name that we all have heard the most is: Marco Rubio
Senator Marco Rubio is a young Senator from Florida. He is only 40 years old, but he is an outstanding man. At the age of 28, he was elected as State Representative of Florida winning each of his election bids and then becoming the Speaker of the House of Florida Representatives.
Then he was elected in 2011 as the Junior United State Senator from Florida.
I have had the honor of meeting Senator Marco Rubio, back in 2010 as he was running for Senator. I have heard him give several speeches in Washington DC, Dallas, Texas and recently in Florida. He always inspires me, and he does not need a teleprompter in order to explain his ideas and philosophy. Certainly I also watch via C-Span every time he speaks at the senate chamber or other places. Listening to him is something that is not easy to avoid. His voice and his words are powerful. Convicting and well delivered. During his recent keynote speech in Miami, FL at the Hispanic Leadership Network Conference he began with a brief discourse in Spanish. The he switched to English and told the audience that before he came in the Doral Golf and Resort Hotel there was a propeller plane circulating with a banner saying: “Hey Marco: No Somos Rubios”, which translates to "We aren't Rubios." which in Spanish means “We are not blond”. He said he is not blond either, but in few years his hair will probably turn grey.
Then Sen. Rubio began to give an immigration speech asking for a compassionate solution to the immigration problem and asking both parties to “modernize” the current immigration system. During the speech, he was interrupted by several young men asking why he is not really helping to resolve this issue. They carried signs that said: Marco Rubio: "Tu partido o tu gente" ("your party or your people") and Marco Rubio: "Latino o Tea-Partino" ("Latino or Tea Partier"). Some people in the audience asked the young men to leave but Marco Rubio knew they were there in peace just asking Senator Rubio why he does not support the Dream Act. The Senator asked please “Let them stay”, but the men were escorted out and they did not express whether they desired to stay.
Rubio said, "I ask that you guys let them stay, because I think that they're going to be interested in what I'm going to say." Rubio got a standing ovation. "I don't want them to leave," he repeated. "I want them to stay." "Let them stay!" chanted the crowd. But the protesters were escorted out.
"They came here to a crowd that they know may not be friendly," Rubio said. "I thank God that I'm in a country where they can do that. I’m not who they think I am," he said. "I don't stand for what they claim I stand for."
"Our country has a broken legal immigration system," he began. "The status quo is unsustainable." Rubio asked for bipartisan support for a guest worker visa and said the immigration system has to be modernized.
"We must admit that there are those among us that have used rhetoric that is harsh and intolerable and inexcusable," Rubio said. "And we must admit -- myself included -- that sometimes we've been too slow to condemn that language for what it is." On the left of the political spectrum, politicians too have been guilty, Rubio said, of setting "unrealistic expectations" to appeal to Hispanic voters.
"It's not realistic to expect that you're going to deport 11 million people," he acknowledged. He added later, "No, we cannot legalize 11 million people."
Then Rubio shared about his family, at one point appearing to get choked up, I could even see a tear coming down his cheek. He told of his grandfather's polio and hardships and asks the audience to put themselves in the shoes of people in other countries facing similar hardships today for their children and families. He reminded us we are talking about PEOPLE!
"There is no fence high enough, there is no ocean wide enough that most of us would not cross to provide to them what they do not have," he said. "I hope never again that young people will have to stand up in an event like this and hold up a sign because the issues were taken care of."
At the end of the speech, Rubio cited "The New Colossus," a poem engraved in a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty by Emma Lazarus. Senator Rubio said: “I’m not a big poetry fan, there’s nothing wrong with poetry...now I'm going to get the poetry people upset. You got to be careful every vote counts."
Here is a video of the whole speech:
Here is the part where he is interrupted:
After the speech Univision National News made a report. I was interviewed for my opinion on the young men who came in and protested:
I said: It would be very nice if these young men, who had the boldness to come and stand up for themselves and other people, would have stayed and listened to the Senator’s message. The Senator’s message was a message of pro LEGAL immigration.
It takes courage to confront both parties with common sense and Rubio did. A man who understands faith, family and freedom. Could this be a good thing in order to choose a runneing mate for the presidential bid? Yes. Is Marco Rubio a person, who in spite of his young age, could be our Vice president? A Vice President oversees procedural matters and may cast a tie-breaking vote. If the presidential nominee considers Marco Rubio as vice president, he will have a great team player by his side, nodoubt. Marco Rubio is well liked by many Americans, and he is willing to converse not only with those who like him but also with those who do not like him.