It’s official! We have another candidate in the election! Bernie Sanders, a democrat, declared that he would be running for President on April 30th. I’ll be doing a profile on him next week. Also, I really wish I had done Hillary Clinton this week instead of last, because I have gotten SO much more information on her stance on the criminal justice system since then. I’ll be sure to touch base on it in a few weeks when I revisit all the candidates. But, for now, here is all you need to know on Marco Rubio.
Who is Marco Rubio?
-Senator from Florida
-Member of the Tea Party movement
Where does Marco Rubio stand on certain issues?
- Gay Rights: Believes that the issue of same sex marriage belongs to the states. “There is no Federal Constitutional right to same sex marriage.” States should have the right to define marriage in the traditional way. Personally opposed to same sex marriage.
- Women’s Rights: Voted against the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.
- War: Supports airstrikes on Syria. War with Iran is an option in order to stop them from creating nuclear weapons.
- Foreign Policy: Doesn’t want to be passive in regards to Chinese and Russian aggression. Wants to make sure that Iran does not have access to any nuclear weapons because it would threaten the balance of power between Iran and other Middle Eastern states and increase the risk of pre-emptive strikes by Israel. Introduced an amendment that would force Iran to acknowledge that Israel has a “right to exist.” He doesn’t want to reduce the sanctions because if we take that away, they can increase trade to fund their own research to produce weapons. Voted “yes” on extending the roving taps on the Patriot Act in search of terrorists.
- Abortion: Pro-Life. Wants ultrasounds required before receiving an abortion.
- Student Loans/Debt: Wants more transparency in regards to student loans. Promotes an act titled “Students Right to Know Before You Go Act” “I believe that before any of our young people take out student loans, that school has to tell you how much you can expect to make when you graduate from that degree from that school so people can decide whether it’s worth borrowing tens of thousands of dollars to major in basket weaving.”
- Healthcare: Wants to repeal and replace ObamaCare
- Criminal Justice: Wants to simplify the criminal code. “Americans now unknowingly commits three felonies a day. This state of affairs is intolerable in a republic and practically invites selective enforcement.”
- Marijuana: Would not permit marijuana. States should not be allowed to make the decision to legalize marijuana. Would shut down the marijuana trade through federal means. Believes legalizing marijuana sends a bad message to young adults that marijuana isn’t bad.
- Immigration: Wants to secure the border. Has a plan to change the immigration system so that undocumented immigrants could get a non-permanent work visa after they undergo a background check, pay a fine, pay taxes, and learn English. After having that non-permanent visa for a long period of time, you could then apply for a permanent visa.
What are the highlights of Marco Rubio’s campaign?
-Pledges not to raise taxes. Wants to lower taxes for US Businesses
-Reform immigration laws
-Get rid of ObamaCare
-Foreign Policy. Rubio has a lot of ideas in regards to Iran and Israel, as well as dealings with other foreign countries.
Huge shout-out to my good friend Ryan, (who was also one of many who encouraged me to start this blog- Hey David! Hey Dannele!) for giving me a run-down on foreign policy in regards to Iran and Israel and the Middle East, as well as some more background on Rubio’s Amendment. Foreign policy is not my strong suit and he was so kind to help me out in understanding it more fully. Thanks, Ryan!!!!