Rising Republican star and widely-rumored potential 2016 presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (FL) has made his first post-election trip to Iowa, where he delivered a speech at the birthday party of Governor Terry Brandstad. The speech was red meat conservatism at its best. Rubio announced that raising taxes wasn’t the conservative goal; raising take-home pay was. He also stated that the Party needed to embrace an immigration overhaul to solve the illegal immigration issue.
“We need to do a better job of going out and convincing our fellow Americans who perhaps don’t see things the way we do,” Rubio said. “The way to turn our economy around is not by making rich people poorer, it’s by making poor people richer,”
“I’ve been sensing a lot of folks are just trying to figure out what this all means in this new era, with this election having passed,” Rubio said after his speech. “I think we’re all going to move on and move forward.” Rubio did say that principles should not be traded for votes.
According to Brandstad, the fundraiser had generated over $600,000 before Rubio took the stage – a testament to the grand hopes conservative have for Rubio. It was the single best fundraising event Brandstad had ever had, he said.
Rubio played with the press when asked about whether he was in Iowa to prep for a presidential run. “I am not, nor will I ever be, a candidate for … offensive coordinator of Iowa,” said Rubio. “I know there’s rumors.”