Senator Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio (R-FL) was born in Miami, Florida, in 1971 to Cuban immigrants. He grew up in Florida, earning his B.A. in political science at the University of Florida and his J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. Rubio began his career in politics with his election to the West Miami City Commission in 1998. In 1999, he won a seat in the Florida House of Representatives, eventually becoming the Speaker in 2006, where he served until 2008. After his time in the Florida House, Rubio ran for and won a seat in the U.S. Senate, where he currently serves. In recent polls, Rubio is in a shaky third place at roughly 11%, behind Ben Carson and Donald Trump by roughly 12 and 17 points, respectively.

Here is a brief and basic summary of Rubio’s stances on the basic issues of fiscal policy, education, and foreign policy: the three main topics found on his website.

On fiscal policy, Rubio’s tax code reform includes the following changes:

  • Reduce the marginal tax code from 7 brackets to 3: Marginal Tax Rate, Individual Filers, Joint Filers
  • A 25% tax rate for all businesses and eliminate Capital Gains, Dividends, and Estate taxes.

On education, Rubio opposes Common Core and wants more flexibility with state-chosen education, bringing education decision-making to a more local level. Rubio supports school-choice and empowering parents to send students to the school that best fits their kid’s educational needs. He also promotes high-skill vocational programs. In addition, he wants to implement a way to let students know how much they are expected to make with a certain degree before they pay tuition, as well as adjust the rate at which students pay back their loans according to how much they actually make after graduation.

Finally, on foreign policy, Rubio has laid out the Three Pillars of the Rubio Doctrine: American Strength, American Prosperity, and American Values. American Strength means building and maintaining a strong military as well as empowering our “intelligence community by permanently extending Section 215 of the Patriot Act.” As Rubio said in an interview on the O’Reilly Factor, “the world is a better place when America’s the strongest country in the world.” American Prosperity means completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), as well as oppose “any violations of international waters, airspace, cyberspace, or outer space.” American Values means spreading American ideals of freedom and Democracy throughout the world, such as demanding China remove its new “Two-Child Policy” and calling out radical Islam as the source of atrocities in the Middle East.

Again, this is a basic overview of Marco Rubio. If you are interested in learning more about him, should give you a fairly direct sense of what he believes are relevant issues should he be elected president.

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