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Marco Rubio’s Great Speech Suspending His Presidential Campaign

This was an amazing speech. I thought it should be posted for those who missed it. I included the transcript below.

MARCO RUBIO: First of all, thank you all for everything. I want to begin — I haven’t had a chance to speak to him yet but I want to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory, big victory in Florida. We live in a republic and our voters make these decisions and we respect that very much and it was a big win. I want to begin by thanking all of you here today. And, I want you to know that I am the beneficiary of the best group of supporters, the hardest working people I have ever been associated with and I’m so grateful to you guys, thank you. Not just here in Florida. Not just here in Florida, but around the country.

I want you to know that you worked as hard, not just here, but all over the country. I want to talk to people in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina and in the great state of Minnesota, where I won and territory of Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. All over. We have a great team.

I’m so grateful for all the help that you guys have given us. I just want you to know that there is nothing more that you could have done. You worked as hard as anyone could have worked. I want you to know, we worked as hard as we ever could.

America is in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami, and we should have seen this coming. Look, people are angry, and people are very frustrated. It really began back in 2007, 2008 with this horrifying downturn. People are very frustrated about the direction of our country. People are frustrated. In 2007 and 2008, there was a horrible downturn in our economy and these changes to our economy that are happening are disrupting people’s lives. And people are very upset about it.

And they’re told that, you know, people are angry, they are frustrated, they’re being left behind by this economy and then they are told, look, if you’re against illegal immigration that makes you a bigot. And if you see jobs and businesses leaving to other countries you have no right to be frustrated. They see America involved in the world and Americans spending money and losing their lives and they see that there is very little gratitude for all the sacrifice America makes. And quite frankly, there’s millions of people in this country that are tired of being looked down upon. Tired of being told by these self-proclaimed elitists that they don’t know what they are talking about and they need to instead listen to the so-called smart people.

And I know all these issues firsthand. I’ve lived paycheck to paycheck. I grew up paycheck to paycheck. I know what it’s like to have to figure out how to find the money to fix the air conditioner that broke last night. I know my parents struggled and I know millions of people that are doing that.

I know immigration in America is broken. No one understands this issue better than I do. My parents are immigrants. My grandparents were immigrants. Jennette’s parents were immigrants. I live in a community of immigrants. I’ve seen the good, and the bad, and the ugly. I’ve battled my whole life against the so-called elites, the people who think that, you know, I needed to wait my turn or wait in line or it wasn’t our chance or wasn’t our time. So, I understand all of these frustrations.

And yet, when I decide to do run for president, I decided to run a campaign that was realistic about all of these challenges. But, also one that was — one that was optimistic about what lies ahead for our country. I know that we have a right to enforce our immigration laws, but we also have to have a realistic approach to fix it. I know that we are living through this extraordinary economic transformation that is really disruptive in people’s lives. Machines are replacing them, their pay is not enough. I know it’s disruptive. But, I also know this new economy has incredible opportunity. I know America can’t solve all of the world’s problems. But I also know that when America doesn’t lead, it leaves behind a vacuum and that vacuum leads to chaos. And most of all, I know firsthand that ours is a special nation because where you come from here doesn’t decide where you get to go. That’s how a 44-year-old son of a bartender and a maid, that’s how I decide that, in fact, I too can run for president of the United States of America.

So, from a political standpoint, the easiest thing to have done in this campaign is to jump on all those anxieties I just talked about, to make people angrier, make people more frustrated. But I chose a different route and I’m proud of that.

That would have been — in a year like this, that would have been the easiest way to win. But that is not what’s best for America. The politics of resentment against other people will not just leave us a fractured party, they are going to leave us a fractured nation.

They are going to leave us as a nation where people literally hate each other because they have different political opinions.

That we find ourselves at this point is not surprising, for the warning signs have been here for close to a decade. In 2010, the tea party wave carried me and others into office because not enough was happening and that tea party wave gave Republicans a majority in the House, but nothing changed. In 2014, those same voters gave Republicans a majority in the Senate and, still, nothing changed. And I blame some of that on the conservative movement, a movement that is supposed to be about our principles and our ideas. But I blame most of it on our political establishment.

A political establishment that for far too long has looked down at conservatives, looked down at conservatives, as simple-minded people. Looked down at conservatives as simply bomb-throwers. A political establishment that for far too long has taken the votes of conservatives for granted, and a political establishment that has grown to confuse cronyism for capitalism, and big business for free enterprise. I endeavored over the last 11 months to bridge this divide within our party and within our country because I know that after eight years of Barack Obama this nation needs a vibrant and growing conservative movement and it needs a strong Republican Party to change the direction now of this country or many of the things that are going wrong in America will become permanent, and many of the things makes us a special country will be gone. America needs a vibrant conservative movement, but one that’s built on principles and ideas, not on fear, not on anger, not on preying on people’s frustrations.

A conservative movement that believes in the principles of our Constitution, that protects our rights and limits the power of government. A conservative movement committed to the cause of free enterprise, the only economic model where everyone can climb without anyone falling. A conservative movement that believes in a strong national defense and a conservative movement that believes in the strong Judeo-Christian values that are the formation of our nation.

But we also need a new political establishment in our party, not one that looks down on people that live outside of the District of Columbia, not one that tells young people that they need to wait their turn and wait in line, and not one that’s more interested in winning elections than it is in solving problems or standing by principles.

And this is the campaign we’ve run, a campaign that is realistic about the challenges we face but optimistic about the opportunities before us. A campaign that recognizes the difficulties we face, but also one that believes that we truly are on the verge of a new American century. And a campaign to be president, a campaign to be a president that would love all of the American people, even the ones that don’t love you back.

This is the right way forward for our party. This is the right way forward for our country. But after tonight it is clear that while we are on the right side, this year, we will not be on the winning side. I take great comfort in the ancient words which teaches us that in their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. And so yet, while this may not have been the year for a hopeful and optimistic message about our future, I still remain hopeful and optimistic about America.

And how can I not? How can I not? My mother was one of seven girls born to a poor family. Her father was disabled as a child. He struggled to provide for them his entire life. My mother told us a few years ago she never went to bed hungry growing up, but she knows her parents did, so they wouldn’t have to. She came to this country in 1956 with little education, no money, no connections. My parents struggled their first years here. They were discouraged. They even thought about going back to Cuba at one point, but they persevered. They never became rich. I didn’t inherit any money from my parents. They never became famous. You never would have heard about them if I had never run for office. And yet I consider my parents to be very successful people. Because in this country, working hard as a bartender and a maid, they owned a home and they retired with dignity. In this country, they lived to see all four of their children live better off than themselves. And in this country, on this day, my mother, who is now 85 years old, was able to cast a ballot for her son to be the president of the United States of America.

And so while it is not God’s plan that I be president in 2016 or maybe ever, and while today my campaign is suspended, the fact that I have even come this far is evidence of how special America truly is, and all the reason more why we must do all we can to ensure that this nation remains a special place.

I ask the American people: Do not give in to the fear. Do not give in to the frustration. We can disagree about public policy, we can disagree about it vibrantly, passionately. But we are a hopeful people, and we have every right to be hopeful. For we in this nation are the descendants of go-getters. In our veins runs the blood of people who gave it all up so we would have the chances they never did. We are all the descendants of someone who made our future the purpose of their lives. We are the descendants of pilgrims. We are the descendants of settlers. We are the descendants of men and women that headed westward in the Great Plains not knowing what awaited them. We are the descendants of slaves who overcame that horrible institution to stake their claim in the American Dream. We are the descendants of immigrants and exiles who knew and believed that they were destined for more, and that there was only one place on earth where that was possible. This is who we are, and let us fight to ensure that this is who we remain. For if we lose that about our country, we will still be rich and we will still be powerful, but we will no longer be special.

And so I am grateful to all of you that have worked so hard for me. I truly am. I am grateful to my family, to my wife, Jeanette, who has been phenomenal in this campaign. To my four kids who have been extraordinary in this campaign. And I want you to know that I will continue every single day to search for ways for me to repay some of this extraordinary debt that I owe this great country. And I want to leave with an expression of gratitude to God in whose hands all things lie. He has a plan for every one of our lives. Everything that comes from God is good. God is perfect. God makes no mistakes. And he has things planned for all of us. And we await eagerly to see what lies ahead. And so I leave tonight with one final prayer, and I use the words of King David because I remain grateful to God:

“Yours O Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth. Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and you exalt yourself as head overall. Both riches and honor come from you and you rule over all. And in your hand is power and might and it lies in your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.”

May God strengthen our people. May God strengthen our nation. May God strengthen the conservative movement. May God strengthen the Republican Party. May God strengthen our eventual nominee. And may God always bless and strengthen this great nation, the United States of America. Thank you and God bless you all. Thank you very much.

One Presidential Debate Down

New Yorker Cover Oct. 2012The New Yorker cover says it all but there have been many excuses for Obama’s weak performance.

Many Obama supporters were furious with him for not bringing up the many issues used in his campaign ads. These would be the negative ads. Obama new he couldn’t bring these to the table because they were either petty, unsubstantiated or blatant lies. For instance, if he would have brought up Bain Capital it would have opened the door for Romney to explain what Bain Capital did and his leadership position at Bain. This would have been devastating for a clear explanation of those facts would have painted a picture of just the kind of experience and leadership that is needed at this time for our failing economy.

Then there are those who say Obama was “off his game” that night, even going to the extreme to say he hadn’t had time to adjust to the altitude in Denver. These folks must have a short memory because when Obama gave his 2008 party nomination victory speech in Mile High Stadium his rhetoric was soaring with teleprompter perfection.

I say, what you saw at the first Presidential Debate was Obama’s game. During the 2008 campaign the media did not vet Obama. All the public saw was hope and change wrapped in swagger. Any attempt to vet Obama was painted as petty, hateful and most often racist. This tactic was even used against Bill Clinton. So we had a media that didn’t do it’s job. We were not allowed to learn about the man and difficult questions were not asked of him. He didn’t really have much of a record to look at and what he had was protected by a twisted political correctness as well as Obama distancing himself from past associations. Now Obama has a record and the facts speak for themselves and empty rhetoric will not change the facts nor stand up against a prepared opponent with leadership experience.
Obama always uses a teleprompter when speaking, even at press conferences and the only glimpses of the man afforded us have been those few moments when he’s been caught without a teleprompter.

Any man that reaches this level should take responsibility and be held accountable for his record. This is the character and realization of this office that makes the job so overwhelming. The final decisions are made in that Office and for that reason Truman had “The Buck Stops Here” on his desk leaving no room for doubt where the responsibility lay. Again this only emphasizes just how monumental the job of POTUS is. This is something a CEO realizes as well for they are in the same position when running a large enterprise. This is something Romney, as a former CEO not only realizes but has done and done successfully.

But if you must blame someone other than Obama for his poor performance in this debate, then that blame should go to the press. Never has any President had such an adoring media. During his term in office they have never asked tough questions nor followed up when he skirted their questions with empty rhetoric. He surrounds himself with like-minded yes men and so has never had to face the fire. No one has talked to Obama or questioned Obama the way Romney did during the debate and Obama did not have the experience to defend himself or his policies just as he did not have the leadership experience needed for the office of President in the first place. This time there was a record which could be questioned and Romney questioned it aggressively with rebuttals that outlined a vision that was clear and not based on vague emotive slogans.

The simple fact:
Obama lost the debate and you saw the real Obama.

 

Newt Shows What He’s Made Of

Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House. November ...
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Well I started to write a few days ago that we would be hearing how surprised everyone was at how well Newt Gingrich did in the Republican Debate in Ames, Iowa. I don’t know why. He has written several books the last few years as well as several documentaries. Working with American Solutions he has consistently put forth ideas, not only to the public but congress as well that are comprehensive, common sense, knowledgeable, proven and workable.

He is a true statesman and as an American Historian has a knowledge of this country that I would submit exceeds any elected official.

Other that the fact that he sat on a sofa with Nancy Pelosi, which disturbed me but shows that he will do whatever is neccassary to bring people together to find an American solution. You can’t sway someone if you don’t spend time talking to them. As far as his position on energy and global warming if you think he is anywhere near the left’s view then you don’t know Newt and have not read any of his writings. I mean, after all, he started the Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less campaign.

And for those who consider Newt a RINO, I think you’re just wrong.

It’s obvious you’ve forgotten what a RINO looks like.

 

Gingrich to Run — Looks Like It

Newt published this on his Facebook page Monday

I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run. Thank you for your support. Be sure to watch Hannity this Wednesday at 9pm ET/8pm CT. I will be on to talk about my run for President of the United States.

That may still be a bit vague but considering Sean has been bugging him for years to announce on his show it could very well be the signal.

 I would say Newt is my man but when I consider the following he’s got some ‘splaining to do.
Ever since I saw this I’ve been scratching my head. Knowing what I know about Gingrich this is like something from an alternate universe. So, yeah, he needs to speak to this and his explination needs to be on par with the Gingrich I think I know… if not, he’s lost me.

Like I said, “… got some ‘splainin’ to do”.

The First GOP Presidential Debate

Newt Gingrich
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Even though he has admitted it was a mistake and has since apologized, the fact that Tim Pawlenty once advocated a “green economy” and entertained “cap and trade” speaks volumes to me about his knowledge base and common sense. He will not be getting my vote.

The two candidates that I thought were the most impressive were Herman Cain and Rick Santorum, although I do appreciate much of what Ron Paul says.

The focus group monitored throughout the debate and interviewed afterward seemed to be most impressed with Herman Cain. I have always liked Cain. I believe Americans are looking for a problem solver who will lead and do so with a clear well stated objective with practical, understandable solutions that pass the muster of common sense. This is the reason I believe Herman Cain as well as Donald Trump‘s messages have resonated so well. They approach America’s problems as a businessman, a problem solver, and both these men have been very successful businessmen.

That brings me to who I would, at this time, feel good voting for, Newt Gingrich. A great statesman with a proven successful track record. A proven leader who has demonstrated he can negotiate D.C. and win. An American Historian who has taught and understands American history and the founding and working of this country.
With American Solutions, Gingrich has brought together thousands of businessmen, engineers, medical professionals, government workers, elected officials and more to come together to solve problems with, what else, American solutions. He takes a very business, no-nonsense approach to problems. He is a problem solver like Cain and Trump but the working, the business of America has been the focus of his life’s work.

So at this point, if he chooses to run, for the reasons above, I feel compelled to lean toward Newt Gingrich… but I’m still open and would hope if not Newt someone who would utilize him as some sort of advisor.