Moving Forward; Why I Endorse Marco Rubio

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This past week has been a roller coaster ride, not just for me, but for all Rick Santorum staffers, volunteers and supporters.  The results in Iowa did not come out as we had expected and left us stunned.  So we did what we knew best and had done for weeks leading up to the caucus.  We prayed.  For clarity, for guidance, and for Rick and his family.  Because we knew that God’s plan is greater than ours.

Then the next day came and Rick made his two announcements.  Both did not surprise me, and I have enthusiastically chosen to go along with Rick and give my full support to Marco Rubio.

Marco, though I have not seen eye to eye with him on all issues.  He is firm in his values and beliefs, something that is crucial to me in a candidate.  He also has shown that is open to hearing ideas and learning, something that he has obviously done already as he’s surely read Rick’s message and plan for blue collar America.  His stance on immigration has softened, though I would like to see him change more to what Rick had planned.  But overall his plan is not the end of the world, or the end of America as most would have you believe.  He supports deporting all criminal illegal aliens, including those with serious single misdemeanor (domestic violence and drunk driving among others).  And he would immediately revoke Obama’s 2014 executive order that protects as many as 5 million adult illegal aliens from deportation.  Here is an excerpt from his book American Dreams, on what his plan is for illegal immigrants:

Rubio, from American Dreams, 2015: First, those here illegally must come forward and be registered. If they have committed serious crimes or have not been here long enough, they will have to leave. With the new E-Verify system in place, they are going to find it difficult to find a job in any case. Second, those who qualify would be allowed to apply for a temporary nonimmigrant visa. To obtain it they will have to pay an application fee and a fine, undergo a background check and learn English. Once they receive this work permit, they would be allowed to work legally and travel. To keep it, they will have to pay taxes. They would not qualify for government programs like Obamacare, welfare or food stamps. And if they commit a crime while in this status, they would lose their permit. Third and finally, those who qualify for a nonimmigrant visa will have to remain in this status for at least a decade. After that, they would be allowed to apply for permanent residency if they so choose. Many who qualify for this status will choose to remain in it indefinitely. But those who choose to seek permanent residency would have to do it the way anyone else would, not through any special pathway.

As you can see, the record that he has and espouses is different than the one the other candidates want you to believe.

In the senate he has been leader and has actually done more take out Obamacare than its self proclaimed arch enemy, Ted Cruz, has done to get rid of it.  Below is a list of Marco’s accomplishments in the Senate.

Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 01/08/2015) Became law.

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 10/20/2015) Became law.

Investing in Student Success Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 10/20/2015) Became law.

Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 04/23/2015) Became law.

United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 07/16/2015) Became law.

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 02/04/2015) Became law.

A resolution designating September 2015 as “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month”.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 07/29/2015) Became law.

A joint resolution to express the disfavor of Congress regarding the proposed agreement for cooperation between the United States and the People’s Republic of China transmitted to the Congress by the President on April 21, 2015, pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.

Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 07/15/2015) Became law.

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 07/16/2015) Became law.

Florida Fisheries Improvement Act
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 05/20/2015) Became law.

Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 06/18/2015) Became law.

Wireless Innovation Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 06/18/2015) Became law.

Girls Count Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/19/2015) Became law.

A bill to require the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to maintain a project to improve hurricane forecasting, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 05/14/2015) Became law.

Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/26/2015) Became law.

Educational Opportunities Act
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/19/2015) Became law.

Escambia County Land Conveyance Act
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/18/2015) Became law.

Let Seniors Work Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/17/2015) Became law.

As it the above makes clear, Rubio has done a lot in the senate.  He may not have huge accomplishments like what Rick did with welfare reform and the partial birth abortion ban.  But it is quite hard to get things done when in your first four years in the senate the majority leader, Harry Reid did not let anything get done.

So given Marco’s committed to stance to pro-life and religious freedoms and values, it was a no brainer for me to gravitate toward him after the departure of my own candidate. He is natural born leader who when he stands up and speaks, others take notice, and he is not afraid to take strong and firm stances in what he believes.

That is why I am happy to fully support and endorse Marco Rubio for president of the United States.

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