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Interview with Senator Marco Rubio

By Fox News Sunday, Fox News Sunday - May 6, 2012

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Special Guests: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

This is a rush transcript from "Fox News Sunday," May 6, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHRIS WALLACE, HOST:  I'm Chris Wallace. Will Mitt Romney ask one of his party's young stars to be his running mate?

(MUSIC)

WALLACE: He's viewed as a vice presidential short-lister to close the gap with Hispanic, help win Florida and promote a bold foreign policy. We'll talk policy and politics with Senator Marco Rubio. It's a "Fox News Sunday" exclusive.

Then, six months before the Election Day, the economic recovery remains uncertain. We'll ask our Sunday panel what the latest jobless numbers mean for President Obama's reelection bid.

And our power player of the week takes us behind the scenes of "Jeopardy!".

All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

(MUSIC)

WALLACE:  And hello again from Fox News in Washington.

President Obama officially launched his reelection bid this weekend.

With Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, we wanted to discuss the economy and key foreign policy issues with a man many Republicans want to see as Romney's running mate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He joins us now from Miami.

And, Senator, welcome back to "Fox News Sunday."

SEN. MARCO RUBIO, R-FLA.:  Good morning.

WALLACE:  President Obama kicked off his campaign this week saying that voters face a choice between his agenda of reform and the old Republican agenda. Take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  This time, they want bigger tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. This time, they want even deeper cuts to things like education and Medicare.

And now after a long and spirited primary, Republicans in Congress have found a nominee for president who's promised to rubber stamp this agenda if he gets the chance.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE:  Senator, in fact, Romney has endorsed the House budget which does call for tax cuts for the wealthy and more spending cuts for programs for the poor and middle class.

RUBIO:  Well, this president doesn't have a budget and neither does Congress -- neither does the Senate, for example, hasn't produced a budget.

But, look, this campaign is very simple. It's not a difficult one to understand. This president asked us to hire him four years ago on the promise that he knew how to fix this economy and that he would be different, that he would unite this country. That's the standard we should judge him by, the standard that he set.

The economy is worse off. The debt is $5 trillion higher and he's become increasingly divisive. In fact, this president's rhetoric today quite frankly is just like anybody else in Washington. All of the things that made him different and special four years ago are gone, and now, all he does is run dividing Americans against each other, obviously, because he can't run on his record.

WALLACE:  But he says that he inherited a mess -- I know it's become an old phrase. But then he inherited a mess, his programs are working, yes, more slowly than he thought they would, and the Republican agenda is the one that would take us back to the mess.

RUBIO:  Well, of course, that's what he's saying. But the facts are something different. They did inherit a very difficult economic climate and he knew that when he was elected. But one of the reasons why he won is because he told the American people he knew how to fix it.

He's run up a $5 trillion debt and you have more people since 1981 that are either underemployed, unemployed or have stopped looking for work. You just saw the jobs report on Friday, they are abysmal. Things have not gotten better.

And let's not forget that for the first two years of his presidency, his parties control both chambers of Congress, he could have had anything he wanted. He got those things -- the health care bill, for example, and stimulus, and things keep getting worse under his watch.

He is accountable for that. And so, obviously, he doesn't want to run on that record, so he wants this campaign to about anything but his record on the economy.

WALLACE:  The Romney camp responded to the president's speech yesterday with a new video attacking the president's record on the economy. Let's take a first look at that.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA:  The real question --

NARRATOR:  Job creation number small for the third straight month.

OBAMA:  -- it's not just about how we are doing today, but how we'll be doing tomorrow.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE:  Romney says that job growth should be 500,000 jobs a month and not 115,000 it was in last month and that the unemployment rate should be 4 percent, not the 8.1 percent it was last month. But here are couple of statistics, Senator -- the fact is that this country has achieved 500,000 growth only two months in the last 20 years. And in fact, as governor of Massachusetts, Romney never had four percent unemployment.

RUBIO:  Well, first of all, we want a president with high expectations. We want a president that understands that the way things are now are not acceptable and that we have to make them better.

Second, I think the steeper your fall has been, in essence, the steeper recession is, the faster and the sharper the recovery should be. And I think that's what Governor Mitt Romney is talking about, and rightfully so.

Look, I have faith -- there's nothing wrong with the American people. And the American people are the backbone of this economy. They haven't run out of good ideas, they haven't run out of ideas for businesses they want to open. American people haven't forgotten how to create jobs.

But they do need a government whose policies make it easier for them to do these things, not harder. And if you look at the president's record over the last 3 1/2 years, it is a record of policies that make it harder for Americans to start a business or grow an existing business and thereby create new jobs.

And so, I'm glad that we have a nominee who has high expectations for the American economy because the American people have high expectations for the American economy.

WALLACE:  When you say that the president's policies make it harder to start a new business or hire people, give me two examples where you think, the Obama policy would make it harder and Romney would make it easier.  Print  Email  Share    Recommend Tweet

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WALLACE: He's viewed as a vice presidential short-lister to close the gap with Hispanic, help win Florida and promote a bold foreign policy. We'll talk policy and politics with Senator Marco Rubio. It's a "Fox News Sunday" exclusive.

Then, six months before the Election Day, the economic recovery remains uncertain. We'll ask our Sunday panel what the latest jobless numbers mean for President Obama's reelection bid.

And our power player of the week takes us behind the scenes of "Jeopardy!".

All right now on "Fox News Sunday."

(MUSIC)

WALLACE:  And hello again from Fox News in Washington.

President Obama officially launched his reelection bid this weekend.

With Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, we wanted to discuss the economy and key foreign policy issues with a man many Republicans want to see as Romney's running mate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He joins us now from Miami.

And, Senator, welcome back to "Fox News Sunday."

SEN. MARCO RUBIO, R-FLA.:  Good morning.

WALLACE:  President Obama kicked off his campaign this week saying that voters face a choice between his agenda of reform and the old Republican agenda. Take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  This time, they want bigger tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. This time, they want even deeper cuts to things like education and Medicare.

And now after a long and spirited primary, Republicans in Congress have found a nominee for president who's promised to rubber stamp this agenda if he gets the chance.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WALLACE:  Senator, in fact, Romney has endorsed the House budget which does call for tax cuts for the wealthy and more spending cuts for programs for the poor and middle class.

RUBIO:  Well, this president doesn't have a budget and neither does Congress -- neither does the Senate, for example, hasn't produced a budget.

But, look, this campaign is very simple. It's not a difficult one to understand. This president asked us to hire him four years ago on the promise that he knew how to fix this economy and that he would be different, that he would unite this country. That's the standard we should judge him by, the standard that he set.

The economy is worse off. The debt is $5 trillion higher and he's become increasingly divisive. In fact, this president's rhetoric today quite frankly is just like anybody else in Washington. All of the things that made him different and special four years ago are gone, and now, all he does is run dividing Americans against each other, obviously, because he can't run on his record.

WALLACE:  But he says that he inherited a mess -- I know it's become an old phrase. But then he inherited a mess, his programs are working, yes, more slowly than he thought they would, and the Republican agenda is the one that would take us back to the mess.

RUBIO:  Well, of course, that's what he's saying. But the facts are something different. They did inherit a very difficult economic climate and he knew that when he was elected. But one of the reasons why he won is because he told the American people he knew how to fix it.

He's run up a $5 trillion debt and you have more people since 1981 that are either underemployed, unemployed or have stopped looking for work. You just saw the jobs report on Friday, they are abysmal. Things have not gotten better.

And let's not forget that for the first two years of his presidency, his parties control both chambers of Congress, he could have had anything he wanted. He got those things -- the health care bill, for example, and stimulus, and things keep getting worse under his watch.

He is accountable for that. And so, obviously, he doesn't want to run on that record, so he wants this campaign to about anything but his record on the economy.

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