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Interview with Florida Senate Candidate Marco Rubio

By Hannity, Hannity - August 24, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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LIZ CHENEY, GUEST HOST: The Florida Senate race has turned into one of the most watched races around the country.

Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist's decision to launch an independent challenge turned a traditional Republican-Democratic match-up into a three-way race. He and Republican candidate Marco Rubio will now face off against Representative Kendrick Meek, the winner of tonight's Democratic primary.

Many Republicans are watching my next guest, a true rising star in the Republican Party. Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio.

Marco, thanks so much for being here tonight.

SENATE CANDIDATE MARCO RUBIO, R-FLA.: Thank you for having me with you tonight. Thank you.

CHENEY: Absolutely. Well, listen, you look like you're surrounded by supporters there. And you also look to be pretty well positioned according to the latest poll by Public Policy Polling organization, shows you up ahead of Crist by eight points with Meek down at 17 percent.

So what do you need do between now and November to really maintain and solidify that lead?

RUBIO: Well, we have a pretty straightforward race here in Florida. It's very simple. If you like the direction that Washington is taking America there are two candidates on the ballot, Kendrick Meek or Charlie Crist. They support this Washington agenda. You should vote for one of them.

But if you're unhappy with the direction our country is going, if you believe as I do that the direction Washington is taking us is wrong. Well, then I'm the only one running that's offering an alternative to it and that's going to be our message here for the next 70 days. It has been our message for the last 18 months.

CHENEY: Marco, do you have a sense that voters in Florida are beginning to understand the extent to which Governor Crist actually expanded the size of the state government when he was in office? The extent to which he raised taxes? The extent to which he really -- although he was calling himself a Republican -- was governing in many ways much like the current Democrats in Washington are.

Is that message starting to get through the people?

RUBIO: Yes.

CHENEY: Do they understand that?

RUBIO: It is. It is and I'll tell you why it's getting through because our unemployment today are -- is higher than the national average. In fact it's almost three times as high as it was when he took office as governor.

And you look at almost every measurable in Florida today and four years ago when Governor Crist was elected, Florida is much worse off, not better off than it used to be.

But also the agenda that he's embraced. It's an agenda almost identical to Kendrick Meek's.

So as I said, you know, if you're happy with the direction Washington is taking America they're your candidates. But if you want your next U.S. senator to be someone that will stand up to Washington, D.C.'s agenda and offer a clear alternative we're the only one offering to do that.

CHENEY: You know we had more bad economic news today, Marco. We saw that the sales of preexisting homes were at their lowest level in 15 years. People are accusing the Republicans of being the party of no. But you have actually said that's not right, We have a positive agenda. You're running to be -- you've said -- the alternative not the opposition. Talk about some of the positive things that you'd like to see done if you are elected and get to Washington.

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This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," August 24, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

LIZ CHENEY, GUEST HOST: The Florida Senate race has turned into one of the most watched races around the country.

Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist's decision to launch an independent challenge turned a traditional Republican-Democratic match-up into a three-way race. He and Republican candidate Marco Rubio will now face off against Representative Kendrick Meek, the winner of tonight's Democratic primary.

Many Republicans are watching my next guest, a true rising star in the Republican Party. Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio.

Marco, thanks so much for being here tonight.

SENATE CANDIDATE MARCO RUBIO, R-FLA.: Thank you for having me with you tonight. Thank you.

CHENEY: Absolutely. Well, listen, you look like you're surrounded by supporters there. And you also look to be pretty well positioned according to the latest poll by Public Policy Polling organization, shows you up ahead of Crist by eight points with Meek down at 17 percent.

So what do you need do between now and November to really maintain and solidify that lead?

RUBIO: Well, we have a pretty straightforward race here in Florida. It's very simple. If you like the direction that Washington is taking America there are two candidates on the ballot, Kendrick Meek or Charlie Crist. They support this Washington agenda. You should vote for one of them.

But if you're unhappy with the direction our country is going, if you believe as I do that the direction Washington is taking us is wrong. Well, then I'm the only one running that's offering an alternative to it and that's going to be our message here for the next 70 days. It has been our message for the last 18 months.

CHENEY: Marco, do you have a sense that voters in Florida are beginning to understand the extent to which Governor Crist actually expanded the size of the state government when he was in office? The extent to which he raised taxes? The extent to which he really -- although he was calling himself a Republican -- was governing in many ways much like the current Democrats in Washington are.

Is that message starting to get through the people?

RUBIO: Yes.

CHENEY: Do they understand that?

RUBIO: It is. It is and I'll tell you why it's getting through because our unemployment today are -- is higher than the national average. In fact it's almost three times as high as it was when he took office as governor.

And you look at almost every measurable in Florida today and four years ago when Governor Crist was elected, Florida is much worse off, not better off than it used to be.

But also the agenda that he's embraced. It's an agenda almost identical to Kendrick Meek's.

So as I said, you know, if you're happy with the direction Washington is taking America they're your candidates. But if you want your next U.S. senator to be someone that will stand up to Washington, D.C.'s agenda and offer a clear alternative we're the only one offering to do that.

CHENEY: You know we had more bad economic news today, Marco. We saw that the sales of preexisting homes were at their lowest level in 15 years. People are accusing the Republicans of being the party of no. But you have actually said that's not right, We have a positive agenda. You're running to be -- you've said -- the alternative not the opposition. Talk about some of the positive things that you'd like to see done if you are elected and get to Washington.

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LIZ CHENEY, GUEST HOST: The Florida Senate race has turned into one of the most watched races around the country.

Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist's decision to launch an independent challenge turned a traditional Republican-Democratic match-up into a three-way race. He and Republican candidate Marco Rubio will now face off against Representative Kendrick Meek, the winner of tonight's Democratic primary.

Many Republicans are watching my next guest, a true rising star in the Republican Party. Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio.

Marco, thanks so much for being here tonight.

SENATE CANDIDATE MARCO RUBIO, R-FLA.: Thank you for having me with you tonight. Thank you.

CHENEY: Absolutely. Well, listen, you look like you're surrounded by supporters there. And you also look to be pretty well positioned according to the latest poll by Public Policy Polling organization, shows you up ahead of Crist by eight points with Meek down at 17 percent.

So what do you need do between now and November to really maintain and solidify that lead?

RUBIO: Well, we have a pretty straightforward race here in Florida. It's very simple. If you like the direction that Washington is taking America there are two candidates on the ballot, Kendrick Meek or Charlie Crist. They support this Washington agenda. You should vote for one of them.

But if you're unhappy with the direction our country is going, if you believe as I do that the direction Washington is taking us is wrong. Well, then I'm the only one running that's offering an alternative to it and that's going to be our message here for the next 70 days. It has been our message for the last 18 months.

CHENEY: Marco, do you have a sense that voters in Florida are beginning to understand the extent to which Governor Crist actually expanded the size of the state government when he was in office? The extent to which he raised taxes? The extent to which he really -- although he was calling himself a Republican -- was governing in many ways much like the current Democrats in Washington are.

Is that message starting to get through the people?

RUBIO: Yes.

CHENEY: Do they understand that?

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