Rubio: Republicans "Primarily" To Blame For Big Government, Crony Capitalism


RUSH LIMBAUGH: You have been, and your personal story is a profoundly motivational and inspirational one, the one that you tell about your father. But then I see polling data again that suggests that 70% of the Hispanic population in the country believes that government is the primary source of prosperity. I don't, therefore, understand this contention that Hispanics are conservatives-in-waiting.

SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL): Yeah. Well, I don't think... Let me say a couple things. First of all, I think the fastest... On the social issues, the fastest growing religious groups in America, some of the fastest growing churches are Christian -- or Hispanic evangelical churches, and I do think we have an opportunity on the social issues. As far as the issue you explained with the 70% of Hispanics -- and I haven't seen that poll, but I've heard similar numbers in other places so I understand your point. I'd say that's a growing problem in America in general. I think we have a growing problem in this country that too many people have forgotten what the true sense of prosperity is.

RUSH: That's true.

RUBIO: I think that's true across the board. And let me tell you who I blame for that first and foremost. I blame that primarily, quite frankly, on decisions made by the Republican Party in the past to embrace crony capitalism and corporate welfare as conservatism, when, in fact, that's not what we're about. We are about upward mobility. We're about the true free enterprise system. We're not about big companies being able to use the federal government to create rules and regulations that make it harder on their competitors.

And I also think that while we've had multiple candidates in the past that have campaigned as limited-government conservatives, it's of course until it's their government program that they're trying to protect or what have you. So I don't think necessarily Republicans have always governed as the limited-government movement and the result is you see this kind of confusion in the American electorate about what the source of prosperity is. We have to do a better job of explaining to all Americans that free enterprise is the only way to consistently create the kind of growth and opportunity that America's always been identified with.

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