Senator Marco Rubio's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Marco Rubio
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2016
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jeannette; 4 Children: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony, Dominic
Birth Date: 05/28/1971
Birth Place: Miami, FL
Home City: West Miami, FL
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Marco Rubio refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Marco Rubio. CS HB 1497. Regular Session 2007. Abortion Waiting Periods. Project Vote Smart Summary: Marco Rubio voted YES on 27 April 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Marco Rubio. CS HB 71. Regular Session 2007. Florida Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Marco Rubio voted YES on 27 April 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio Participates in Virtual March for Life, Urges Others to Join. 12 July 2010. "I believe committing to public policies that respect the sanctity of life is one of the most important actions an elected official can take. As Florida's next U.S. senator, I will continue to be a voice for not only winning hearts and minds on life issues but also to support pro-life policies. I also pledge to support well-qualified judicial nominees who will interpret the laws of our land, not establish new policy from the bench as the Supreme Court did in Roe v. Wade 37 years ago today." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • RNC for Life. 2010. "All pro-life Floridians should rally behind Marco Rubio in the November 2 election." (www.rnclife.org)
  • Family Research Council. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 29 September 2010. Family Research Council endorsed Marco Rubio in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 29 September 2010. National Right to Life Committee endorsed Marco Rubio in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Marco Rubio. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. "I am pro-life. As a state legislator, I supported various pieces of pro-life legislation that, among other things, would require doctors to perform ultrasounds before performing abortions and another bill that would ban the use of taxpayer dollars to fund stem cell research." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marco Rubio signed American Family Business Institute: Death Tax Repeal Pledge. (www.nodeathtax.org)
  • Grunwald, Michael. 2009. TIME: GOP at War with Itself in Florida Senate Race. 12 August 2009. "He clamored for term limits, states' rights and the abolition of the estate tax." (www.time.com)
  • Marco Rubio. 2010. National Review Online: Reform the Tax System, but Don't Forget to Cut Spending. 15 April 2010. "Furthermore, the death tax is not only anti-competitive, it is immoral. The notion that your family somehow should lose the family business when you die is absolutely immoral and wrong, and it should be completely abolished." (corner.nationalreview.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio Touts Agenda To Strengthen Families. 13 July 2010. "Among the measures outlined, Rubio believes that we need to permanently end the marriage tax penalty, make the increased child tax credit permanent and permanently eliminate the death tax." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Issue Position: Taxes. "In the mean time, I will support efforts to reduce the tax burden on American workers, entrepreneurs and businesses. This includes: eliminating the Death Tax; eliminating taxes on capital gains, dividends and interest, thereby encouraging greater savings and investment; and making America the most attractive place to do business by lowering corporate tax rates." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marco Rubio. Marco Rubio Comments On Disappointing Florida Jobs Report. 28 October 2010. "Today's jobs report is another blow to over one million Floridians who are looking for any glimmer of hope that they will soon find work. As evidence of Washington's failure continues to mount, I grow increasingly confident that what our state and nation need are leaders who will go to Washington, stand up to its big spending culture and offer a clear alternative. . . .It's clear Washington politicians refuse to listen to America's business men and women, who are worried about the crippling effect of more debt, higher taxes, and anti-growth policies like cap-and-trade energy taxes and card check. If they stopped and listened to the real job creators in America, they would quickly learn that the reason there's a reluctance to invest in their businesses and create new jobs is because the policies coming out of Washington today are crippling the free enterprise system in America." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • The Club For Growth . 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 29 September 2010. The Club For Growth endorsed Marco Rubio in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio for Senate Brochure: True Conservative Values. 13 July 2010. "Opposed the Federal Stimulus Package" (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio's Stimulus Bomb Surpasses Halfway Mark. 13 July 2010. "'There is no better symbol of Washington's broken politics and policies than the failed stimulus,' said Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Burgos. 'Through StimulusBomb.com, we're offering people a way to voice their support for limited government and opposition to the Crist-Obama agenda of tax, borrow and spend. With two days to go until the anniversary of the unforgettable Crist-Obama stimulus rally, we're pleased with the positive response we've received so far.'" (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Issue Position: Budget Reform. "With each new proposal out of the Obama administration to expand government, the Democrats are spending money we don't have. We need every tool at our disposal to end the wasteful spending in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Marco Rubio. FOX "Your World with Neil Cavuto" - Transcript. 29 June 2010. "My focus is twofold. Yes, my focus is pretty straightforward: I want to shrink the debt and grow the economy and try to do both simultaneously. And I think the way you do that is by re-embracing the free enterprise principles that have made us the freest, most prosperous people in all of human history." (votesmart.org)
  • Marco Rubio. Issue Position: Spending. "Marco Rubio is gravely concerned by a federal government that continues spending money it doesn't have. In early 2009, he joined Florida's entire Republican congressional delegation in opposing the $787 billion stimulus bill. In the U.S. Senate, he will support measures like a balanced budget amendment and the line-item veto that will help control the excessive and wasteful spending in Washington that threatens to leave future generations with crushing debt and a country worse off than that of their parents and grandparents. In Washington, Marco will work to: * Freeze non-defense and non-veterans discretionary spending at pre-Obama levels and actually enforce our goals to cut spending and reduce the deficit by making automatic cuts if politicians won't....* End the TARP bailout program and use the savings to pay down the debt. This administration is turning TARP into a permanent fund for their pet projects. * End the wasteful stimulus program that has failed our country. Stimulus money that has not been spent should be used for something that will actually help the economy and create jobs, or be used to pay down the debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Marco Rubio. Marco Rubio Comments On President's Economic Proposals. 10 September 2010. "More stimulus spending will empower Washington politicians to pick the winners in our economy, while the rest of us will lose and foot the bill for more reckless spending. It is alarming and, frankly, fiscally irresponsible of President Obama to call for even more stimulus spending, while we still have a chance to stop what's left of the failed $800 billion stimulus. What American entrepreneurs and workers need right away is for Washington to get serious about its out-of-control spending and eliminate the uncertainty surrounding the 2001 and 2003 tax rates that are set to expire on January 1." (votesmart.org)

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  • The Reid Report: Guess who else was for privatizing Social Security? 3 February 2010. "A spokesman for the Rubio campaign says the candidate 'supports giving people the option of investing a portion of their Social Security in personal retirement accounts,' which essentially is the Bush proposal." (blog.reidreport.com)
  • Farrignton, Brendan. 2010. Naples News: Florida GOP candidate Marco Rubio favors raising retirement age. 25 May 2010. "He also favors allowing workers to invest part of their payroll taxes on their own. That plan is similar to one that was advanced by former President George W. Bush six years ago and proved so controversial that Republicans then in control never brought it to a vote in either House of Congress. 'It's just going to have to be reformed because if left to its current status then it bankrupts itself and then it bankrupts America,' said the 38-year-old Rubio. 'If the system is now taking in less money than it's paying out, then it's only going to get worse as we have less workers and more retirees.'" (www.naplesnews.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Florida Senate Debate: Transcript Part I. 6 October 2010. "GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's-- let's try to wrap this up and then move on to the next round of questioning. On the question of privatization, you've raised some charges, as well. And I just want a yes or no answer. Is it still on the table? MARCO RUBIO: It is not. Because it doesn't work. Because you're taking payers out of the sys. And I said that in March, by the way, in a debate. Governor Crist was sitting right next to me. I said it to the Wall Street Journal. But once again, the Governor's mischaracterized my position. He's saying that this impacts seniors. Not a single senior watching this program would be impacted by any of the changes that I've discussed. Not one." (blogs.abcnews.com)
  • Marco Rubio. CBS "Face the Nation" - Transcript. 26 September 2010. "BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, you come from a state and are running in a state where a lot of folks are on social security. Do you believe that it's time to privatize social security? Has it outrun its usefulness? MARCO RUBIO: No. I do not believe it should be privatized. And I don't believe it's outlived its usefulness. On the contrary, I think social security it's an extremely important program and it should be preserved and saved. I view full social security through the eyes of--of two people--my four children and my mom. My mom is a beneficiary of social security. She turns eighty this year. It is her primary source of income. Without its existence her life would be very hard and very difficult. I to think social security faces some long-term challenges that need to be confronted because I want to see three things happen. Number one, I don't want to see any benefit reductions or changes for current retirees or people close to retirement. And at number two, I want to see social security survive for me, my generation and my children's generation as well. And, number three, I want to ensure that the long-term problems in social security don't bankrupt our country...No, Bob. I mean, I-- what I-- I say we want to keep it how it is for current beneficiaries because these are folks that have paid into the system given certain assurances of what the system is going to look like. Younger workers like myself, people thirty-nine years of age like I am, we're going to have to accept that there's going to be some changes to social security. And perhaps they're going to have to change the way the benefit is indexed. Perhaps we're going to have to continue to-- to allow the retirement age to fluctuate as it has been doing since the early 1980s. But again, that's for younger workers like myself, who have twenty or thirty years to prepare for this. People that are on the system now or let's say ten years from retirement or twelve years from retirement, these folks can't all of a sudden make a change to adjust for it. So I think we have to start talking honestly about the long-term challenges facing a very important program social security because we want to save it. It's important and we want to preserve it." (votesmart.org)
  • Marco Rubio. "Fox News Sunday" - Transcript. 2 May 2010. "Mr. Rubio, do you stand by that? Will you consider benefit cuts to Social Security for people who are now under age 55? RUBIO: I think the systems have to change. I don't think any serious observer of the process believes that we can get away with not doing that. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, these are programs that will bankrupt themselves and bankrupt our country. And the people of my generation, folks under 55 years of age, I think are starting to grow in their understanding that unless we reform these changes with serious proposals to reform them, not the status quo, they will bankrupt our country. These have to be dealt with. I stand by it squarely. I think almost any serious observer of what is happening in this country and the growing debt in our nation believes that as well." (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 2010. 29 September 2010. Home School Legal Defense Association endorsed Marco Rubio in the 2010 General Election. (www.hsldapac.org)
  • Robert Costa. 2010. National Review Online: Rubio Rises, Again. 4 June 2010. "The objection to the federal government is when it gets involved in things that are none of its business like the expanded role of the Department of Education and the growing role of the departments of transportation and commerce." (www.marcorubio.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marco Rubio signed the Contract from America. "Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Grunwald, Michael. 2009. TIME: GOP at War with Itself in Florida Senate Race. 12 August 2009. "He attacked government-run health care, warned that cap and trade would leave us with a 'Third World economy,' and noted that the words 'separation of church and state' were nowhere in our founding documents." (www.time.com)
  • Marco Rubio signed Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax! 29 June 2010. (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Charlie Crist's False Cap-And-Trade Attack. 12 July 2010. "Marco did not support a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade scheme. In fact, Marco is one of the main reasons Charlie Crist's reckless energy taxes were stopped dead in their tracks. * In 2007, Charlie Crist signed executive orders which, without action from the Legislature, would have mandated a California-style cap-and-trade regime in Florida. * Shortly thereafter, Marco made his opposition to these mandates clear in a Miami Herald op-ed: 'The potential to integrate greener approaches into the fabric of Florida's economy is unlimited, but we must be willing to embrace the free-market approach - not European-style big government mandates. ? Instead of adopting measures that will have little if any impact on our environment and make life in Florida more expensive, we need a strategy that encourages environmental conservation, fuel efficiency and energy diversity, while continuing to stimulate our economy.' ("Use Common Sense on Energy Policies," Op-Ed By Marco Rubio, Miami Herald, 7/25/07) * Marco and the House advanced legislation that substantially weakened Crist's cap-and-trade scheme while laying the groundwork for Florida to pursue market-based solutions should Charlie Crist and President Obama have their way with the implementation of a national energy tax. * Ultimately, Marco opposed giving Charlie Crist's Department of Environmental Protections the authority to design and implement a cap-and-trade system." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Issues: Environment. 12 July 2010. "As a U.S. senator, I would oppose a national energy tax on American consumers, farmers and business owners. At a time when our economy is struggling, a cap-and-trade scheme would further strain family budgets and destroy jobs. Creating jobs in the energy sectors and becoming more energy efficient requires entrepreneurial innovation, not big government mandates." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Florida League of Conservation Voters. 2000-2008. "2008: Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Florida League of Conservation Voters's position, Rubio received a rating of 44." "2006 Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Florida League of Conservation Voters's position, Rubio received a rating of 15.8." "Rubio supported the interests of the Florida League of Conservation Voters 37 percent in 2004." "Rubio supported the interests of the Florida League of Conservation Voters 12 percent in 2002." "Rubio supported the interests of the Florida League of Conservation Voters 4 percent in 2001." "Rubio supported the interests of the Florida League of Conservation Voters 4 percent in 2000." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marco Rubio. Rubio on Crist's Bailout, 2nd Amendment and Military Tribunals. 3:47: "The facts are something else. I have a consistent record--in fact, an undeniable record--of voting consistently on behalf of Second Amendment issues." (www.youtube.com)
  • Marco Rubio. HB 503. Regular Session 2008. Preservation & Protection of the Right to Keep & Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008. Marco Rubio voted YES on 26 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Marco Rubio. Charlie Crist's False Second Amendment Attacks. 12 July 2010. "Like the rest of our Constitution, Marco believes the Second Amendment is a cornerstone of our democracy. * Marco believes the right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected right and that the right of citizens to defend themselves by bearing arms is a fundamental human right that should be protected. * Marco earned an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association during his time in the Florida Legislature, and voted for legislation protecting gun owner rights and against legislation which sought to limit those rights. * Marco is endorsed by the Gun Owners of America, and is supported by two NRA Defender of Freedom Award Winners." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Stakes Are High In Chicago Gun Case. 12 July 2010. "For this reason, McDonald is constitutionally significant for the rest of the nation. The case challenges current anti-Second Amendment laws in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, which don't allow citizens to own or possess handguns, effectively denying them the right to armed self-defense. I believe these laws are unconstitutional because they infringe on Americans' fundamental right to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment is a cornerstone of our democracy, enshrined in our Constitution by our founding fathers. The Supreme Court should protect this right by striking down these blatantly anti-gun laws that violate the Second Amendment." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 29 September 2010. Gun Owners of America endorsed Marco Rubio in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Marco Rubio. Issue Position: Second Amendment. "Like the rest of our Constitution, I believe the 2nd Amendment is a cornerstone of our democracy. I believe the right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected right. The right of citizens to defend themselves by bearing arms is a fundamental human right that should be protected." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marco Rubio signed the Contract from America. "Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio Comments on U.S. House's Passage of ObamaCare. 12 July 2010. "Earlier this year, I pledged to support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover that eventually passed. While I am dismayed that we have reached that point, I reiterate my strong support for repealing it and offering alternative reforms that will lower health care costs without growing government and breaking the bank. I also reiterate my months-old support for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's efforts to prevent an unconstitutional federal health insurance mandate on Floridians, and urge the Florida Legislature to take immediate steps to prevent this health plan from being forced on the people of our state." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio signed The Club for Growth: Repeal It! "I hereby pledge to the people of my district/state upon my election to the U.S. House of Representatives/U.S. Senate, to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government." 2010. (www.repealit.org)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio Launches Petition to Repeal ObamaCare. 12 July 2010. "U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio today launched a petition drive at urging voters to stand against Congressman Kendrick Meek, President Obama and the Democrat Congress by repealing the health care legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night. 'Yesterday's vote puts our great nation on a path away from the limited government principles that have America exceptional,' said Rubio. 'Earlier this year, I pledged to support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover that eventually passed. I reiterate my strong support for repealing it when I get to Washington and offering alternative reforms to make health care more accessible and affordable.'" http://www.marcorubio.com/rubio-launches-petition-to-repeal-obamacare/ (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio: Health Care Proposal & Process Fundamentally Flawed. 12 July 2010. "In terms of both policy and process, this health care bill has been fundamentally flawed. At this stage of the debate, incorporating some of the sensible reforms Republicans like Tom Coburn have suggested does not address the underlying problems of a proposal that would mark the first step towards a government takeover, cost nearly $1 trillion, raise taxes, expand taxpayer-funded abortion, and add new anti-business regulations...It's about who Floridians can trust to go to Washington to unapologetically stand on principle against ideas like the stimulus, cap-and-trade and government-run health care." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio: Here's A Better Way To Reform Health Care. 12 July 2010. "When the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed its health-care bill, it brought America one step closer to merging our nation's health system with an intrusive, heavy-handed government. Although Democrats hailed this bill as health-care reform, it is really just the architecture for what will one day become a government-run, single-payer system. With a price tag estimated to be more than $1 trillion, it also shows Washington Democrats have no plans to curb their runaway spending....Altogether, these so-called reforms would hurt the ability of Americans to keep the coverage they are satisfied with, threaten the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship and bring the nation closer to a single-payer system. Americans deserve better." (www.marcorubio.com)

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  • Kessler, Ronald. 2010. Newsmax: "Marco Rubio: Obama Is Undermining Israel." 7 June 2010. "Rubio says he is for the new Arizona immigration law as passed and against granting amnesty to illegal immigrants?." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Charlie Crist's False Immigration Attack. 13 July 2010. "Marco believes that our nation's immigration policy should consist of border enforcement, securing the border, fixing the visa process and ensuring that no law extends amnesty to illegal immigrants." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Fox News Sunday. 13 July 2010. "As far as amnesty, that's where the governor and I disagree. He would have voted for the McCain plan. I think that plan is wrong, and the reason why I think it's wrong is that if you grant amnesty, as the governor proposes that we do, in any form, whether it's back of the line or so forth, you will destroy any chance we will ever have of having a legal immigration system that works here in America." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio for Senate Brochure: True Conservative Values. 13 July 2010. "Opposes Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants" (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Issue Position: Immigration. "Legal immigration has been a great source of strength and prosperity for America, but I believe illegal immigration threatens the foundation of this system. If I had been in the Senate at the time, I would have opposed the McCain-Kennedy bill. I believe we must fix our immigration system by first securing the border, fixing the visa and entry process and opposing amnesty in any reform." (votesmart.org)

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  • Leary, Alex. 2010. St Petersburg Times: Rubio bucks Steele on Afghan war. 2 July 2010. "But he said the war is vital. 'I think the Afghan war effort is an important part of our national security strategy,' Rubio said. 'It think it's imperative that we succeed. The best thing that can happen to our country short term and long term in the region is to have an Afghan nation that has a civil society that is strong, a government that is free of corruption and legitimate and a willing economic and political partner. What we can do to help that come about is to provide the safety that they need to build these institutions. So I think the Afghan war effort is important.'" (blogs.tampabay.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Florida Senate Debate: Transcript Part II. 6 October 2010. "The first thing, the Congressman's absolutely right. We first need to thank and congratulate our troops and express our gratitude. Because you're absolutely right, these are the bravest and finest young men and women that our country has. Our family knows this firsthand. My brother was special forces Army during the Vietnam era and that-- we know the strain that that puts a family through. That being said, the War in Afghanistan is extremely important that we be successful. And this is how we define success, I believe. It's by providing a level of security on the ground. Which I think General Petraeus and the President are gonna be successful at doing. If they commit themselves to doing it, as I believe that they-- and hope that they have. To provide a level of security on the ground so that the Afghan-- Afghan People can establish for themselves a government that functions. And create institutions and civil society that work. And let me explain why that's important. Number one, we don't ever want Afghanistan to ever again become a base of operations for the Taliban or any terrorist. But even more frightening is that Afghanistan could become a base of operations to destabilize Pakistan. And Pakistan is a nuclear power. It's a nuclear state. And the notion that Pakistan could fall into the hands of a Taliban-like regime is ubs-- absolutely unacceptable. And that's why it's so critical that we succeed in Afghanistan." (blogs.abcnews.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio Reacts To President's Afghanistan Speech. "Afghanistan is part of the greater global war against violent jihadists. Victory won't be achieved based on how quickly American troops can leave. A secure America requires us to defeat the jihadists in Afghanistan and prevent this fragile nation from once again becoming a safe haven for al Qaeda. This will require the full commitment and support of the President and Congress." (www.marcorubio.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Beam, Christopher. 2009. Marco Rubio for US Senate: An Idea in Every Pot - Can Marco Rubio's ideas-he has 100 of them!-help revive the Republican Party? 22 May 2009. "But, he tells me, he believes marriage is between a man and a woman. As for the federal marriage amendment, 'I have mixed feelings about that.'" (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Eagle Forum. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 13 July 2010. Eagle Forum endorsed Marco Rubio in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • 2010. Christian Newswire. Catholic Families for America Endorses Marco Rubio. 14 May 2010. "Roberts also commented that Rubio was a "natural fit" with CFA's key policy objectives, which include preservation of the sanctity of life, pro-family tax policies, traditional marriage, and education reform." (www.canadafreepress.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Marco Campaigns Across Central Florida?Orlando Sentinal. 13 July 2010. "Rubio delivered a 17-minute talk that focused on what he said is the intertwined nature of social, moral and economic well-being. A strong family consisting of a married mother and father who love each other gives children a big advantage that he also had, he said." (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Marco Rubio. Rubio for Senate Brochure: True Conservative Values. 13 July 2010. "Supports Traditional Marriage" (www.marcorubio.com)
  • Family Research Council. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 29 September 2010. Family Research Council endorsed Marco Rubio in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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