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Palin: Rubio and Ayotte Should Face Primary Challenges
26 Jun 2013 By Sandy Fitzgerald
Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Kelly Ayotte will face consequences at the polls for their support of the Senate's immigration bill, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin promised Wednesday.
"Conservatives are getting ready for the 2014 and 2016 primaries," she told Breitbart News. "Competition makes everyone work harder, be better, and be held accountable. This applies to politics, too. No one is 'entitled' to anything."
Palin told Fox News Radio Tuesday that Rubio and Ayotte "turned their back" on voters. Both Rubio, of Florida, and Ayotte, of New Hampshire, are up for re-election in 2016.
"Every politician should be held accountable for breaking their campaign promises," Palin told Fox. "They turned their back on the American public, so why should they not be held accountable?"
Rubio had promised that border security would come first and that he wouldn't support legalization of illegal immigrants while running in the Florida primary in 2010. Meanwhile, Ayotte, who Palin said she endorsed, had promised on her website in 2010 that there were "no excuses" for not securing the border.
Both should be challenged during the Republican primaries, Palin said.
"I don't have a problem with heated debates and contested primaries where they have to answer to constituents regarding their flip-flopping on such a fundamental position as amnesty for illegal immigrants," she said.
Palin said she had said "nice things" about Rubio in the past, until he "blatantly flip-flopped on his position on immigration, on amnesty, and border security."
The two senators voted on Monday, along with 13 other Republicans, to end debate on an amendment to secure the border, and Palin said their failure "gives us more reasons not to trust politicians, not to trust our government, unfortunately."
There are comments going around that
Rubio can't be a vice president, because he is ineligible to be president,
because his parents were not natural born citizens. My reading of the Constitution says
nothing of a man's parents concerning his citizenship. Some say that both
parents must be citizens but if that were true then there is clear and
indisputable evidence that obama is holding office illegally, his father
was a British citizen.
So I wrote Rubio telling him to tell his detractors to kiss off. This is his reply.
From: Senator Marco Rubio [mailto:Do_Not_Reply@Rubio.senate.gov]
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2011 11:24 AM
Subject: Responding to your message
Dear Mr. Ogle,
Thank you for writing me in regard to my family history. I appreciate your concern. I wrote an op-ed explaining my family's story. They were people who came to America like so many others to achieve what they could not in their homeland. The op-ed was posted on Politico's website on October 21 and I have included it below:
The Washington Post on Friday accused me of seeking political advantage by embellishing the story of how my parents arrived in the United States.
That is an outrageous allegation that is not incorrect, but an insult to the sacrifices my parents made to provide a better life for their children. They claim I did this because "being connected to the post-revolution exile community gives a politician cachet that could never be achieved by someone identified with the pre-Castro exodus, a group sometimes viewed with suspicion."
If wants to criticize me for getting a few dates wrong, I accept that. But to call into question the central and defining event of my parents' young lives – the fact that a brutal communist dictator took control of their homeland and they were never able to return – is something I will not tolerate.
My understanding of my parents' journey class="apple-converted-space-H"> >has always been based on what they told me about events that took place more than 50 years ago — more than a decade before I was born. What they described was not a timeline, or specific dates.
They talked about their desire to find a better life, and the pain of being separated from the nation of their birth. What they described was the struggle they faced growing up, and their obsession with giving their children the chance to do the things they never could.
But the Post> story misses the point completely. The real essence of my family's story is not about the date my parents first entered the United States. Or whether they traveled back and forth between the two nations. Or even the date they left Fidel Castro's Cuba forever and permanently settled here.
The essence of my family story is why they came to America in the first place; and why they had to stay.
I now know that they entered the U.S. legally on an immigration visa in May of 1956. Not, as some have said before, as part of some special privilege reserved only for Cubans. They came because they wanted to achieve things they could not achieve in their native land.
And they stayed because, after January 1959, the Cuba they knew disappeared. They wanted to go back — and in fact they did. Like many Cubans, they initially held out hope that Castro's revolution would bring about positive change. So after 1959, they traveled back several times — to assess the prospect of returning home. In February 1961, my mother took my older siblings to Cuba with the intention of moving back. My father was wrapping up family matters in Miami and was set to join them.
But after just a few weeks, it became clear that the change happening in Cuba was not for the better. It was communism. So in late March 1961, just weeks before the Bay of Pigs invasion, my mother and siblings left Cuba and my family settled permanently in the United States.
Soon after, Castro officially declared Cuba a Marxist state. My family has never been able to return. I am the son of immigrants and exiles, raised by people who know all too well that you can lose your country. By people who know firsthand that America is a very special place.
My father spent the last 50 years of his life separated from the nation of his birth. Separated from his two brothers, who died in Cuba in the 1980s. Unable to show us where he played baseball as a boy. Where he met my mother. Unable to visit his parents' grave.
My mother has spent the last 50 years separated from her native land as well. Unable to take us to her family's farm, to her schools or to the notary office where she married my father.
A few years ago, using Google Earth, I attempted to take my parents back to Cuba. We found the rooftop of the house where my father was born. What I wouldn't give to visit these places where my story really began, before I was born.
One day, when Cuba is free, I will. But I wish I could have done it with my parents.
The Post story misses the entire point about my family and why their story is relevant. People didn't vote for me because they thought my parents came in 1961, or 1956, or any other year. Among others things, they voted for me because, as the son of immigrants, I know how special America really is. As the son of exiles, I know how much it hurts to lose your country.
Ultimately what the Post writes is not that important to me. I am the son of exiles. I inherited two generations of unfulfilled dreams. This is a story that needs no embellishing.
Your concern and attention to the truth are much appreciated. I am honored to serve the people of the state of Florida in the United States Senate. If you have any further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Senator Rubio Criticizes President's Rhetoric, Lack Of
Leadership On Senate Floor
Jun 30 2011
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio spoke on the floor of the Senate today to address the most critical issue facing our nation, Washington’s out-of-control spending and our nation’s massive debt. Senator Rubio also commented on President Obama’s press conference yesterday, during which his rhetoric failed to address these serious issues and stoked the flames of class warfare.
For a broadcast quality version of this speech, click here. You can also find the video on Senator Rubio’s YouTube account. For a full transcript of Senator Rubio’s remarks, see below:
Senator Rubio: “Thank you, Senator Johnson.
I too yesterday watched the President's lecture on television. Watched it again this morning just to make sure I was well informed before I came here. My reaction is twofold.
One is I'm disappointed, and the other is I'm alarmed.
First, I'm disappointed because America does not have a tradition of class warfare. It’s never been part of our nation. In fact, one of the things that distinguishes us from the world is that Americans have never believed that you somehow have to take money away from somebody else in order to be better off.
On the contrary, we've always looked to advance the cause of everyone in the belief that we can all be prosperous and in the hopes of growing our economy that way. That's the American tradition and that serves our nation well.
Unfortunately, you wouldn't know that from the speech yesterday, a rhetoric that, quite frankly, was deeply disappointing.
The idea that if we raise taxes, as the President said, on millionaires and billionaires, raise taxes on oil companies, raise taxes on owners of private jets, that that somehow is going to make a difference in America’s debt in terms of having a real impact, is not only misleading, I think, quite frankly, it's disappointing.
It's class warfare, and it’s the kind of language that you would expect from the leader of a third world country, not the President of the United States.
But I'm also alarmed and worried about the speech because I think from it you can only take two things. Either the president doesn't truly understand the nature of the problem that we face, or he's decided that this is a political issue, not a policy one.
I say he perhaps doesn't understand the nature of the case because, for example, he mentioned the corporate jet tax six different times, and yet the impact it would have is so insignificant that the White House to this very moment has not even been able to give an estimate about what it means in a dollar figure.
Going further, by the way, it’s important to note that that exact tax provision was part of the President's now-infamous ‘stimulus’ plan that passed in February of 2009.
The bigger problem, though, is maybe the President fundamentally doesn't understand how jobs are created. Politicians don't create jobs. U.S. Senators don't create jobs.
Senator Johnson pointed out jobs are created by everyday people from all walks of life that start a business or expand an existing one. And our job here in government is to make it easier for them to do that, not harder. And threatening to raise taxes, threatening to wage class warfare does not accomplish that purpose.
Here's what I would suggest to the President: I would suggest that we have done this before as a people of America, things like a simpler tax code. People around here are in favor of tax reform. A simpler tax code, a manageable and sane regulatory environment, and of course a government that doesn't spend money it doesn't have. These things have worked before, and they will work again. And I urge the President to lead us in that direction.”
Medicare solutions, not politics as usual
By Marco Rubio
For me, Medicare is not a political talking point. My parents immigrated to the United States in the late 1950s. They worked hard for over 40 years to provide their children the chance to do all the things they themselves could not. But they never made much money.
As a result, they retired with precious little in savings. Medicare was and is the only way they could access healthcare.
When my father got sick, Medicare paid for his numerous hospital stays. And as he reached the end of life, Medicare allowed him to die with dignity by paying for his hospice care.
Like most 80-year-olds, my mother has several age-related ailments. Without the access to quality healthcare that Medicare pays for, I cannot imagine what life would be like for her.
America needs Medicare. We need it to continue without any benefit reductions for those like my mother currently in the system. And we need it to survive for my generation and my children's generation.
But Medicare is going bankrupt. Anyone who says it is not is simply lying. And anyone who is in favor of doing nothing to deal with this fact is in favor of bankrupting it. Medicare will go broke in as little as nine years. No one likes this news, but it is the undeniable truth. And the sooner we begin to deal with it, the better off we are all going to be.
My goals are simple. First, I will not support any plan that changes Medicare for people like my mother who are currently on the plan. We cannot ask seniors to go out and get a job to pay for their healthcare.
Second, any solution must solve the problem. We need to save Medicare, not simply delay its bankruptcy.
And third, any solution cannot hurt economic growth. At a time of high unemployment, Americans cannot afford to pay more taxes.
I will support any serious plan that accomplishes these three things. It does not matter to me if it comes from a Democrat or a Republican. Saving Medicare is more important than partisan politics.
Rep. Paul Ryan has offered a plan that would make no changes whatsoever for anyone age 55 and older. I support it because, right now, it is the only plan out there that helps save Medicare. Democrats oppose it. Fine. But, if they have a better way to save Medicare, what are they waiting for to show us? What is their plan to save Medicare?
Either show us how Medicare survives without any changes or show us what changes you propose we make. Anyone who supports doing nothing is a supporter of bankrupting Medicare.
Where is the House Democrat plan to save Medicare?
Where is the Senate Democrat plan to save Medicare?
Where is President Obama's plan to save Medicare?
They have no plan to save it, and they do not plan to offer one. They have decided that winning their next election is more important than saving Medicare for my mother and retirees like her.
I have been in the Senate just long enough to be disgusted by the reality that Washington has too many people who think their personal political careers are more important than our country's future.
Maybe the Democrats' strategy to use Medicare as a political weapon will work. Maybe not offering their own plan to save Medicare will help them win seats in Congress and re-elect President Barack Obama. Maybe it is great for the Democratic Party. But it is terrible for people like my mother, and it is terrible for America.
Medicare is going bankrupt. If something does not happen soon, in just a few years whoever is in charge in Washington will have to go to people like my mother and tell them we can no longer afford to continue providing her with the same Medicare she is used to.
We have always had intense partisan politics in America. But throughout our history, on issues of generational importance, our leaders have agreed to put aside politics for the sake of our country. Shouldn't saving Medicare be that kind of issue?
I am ready to work with anyone in Washington who is serious about saving Medicare. I am open to any serious solutions they have.
We are running out of time to save Medicare for our parents and secure it for our children. If we fail, history will never forgive us.