Marco Rubio Defends Pro-Family Tax Plan During Debate

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks to CNBC correspondent John Harwood, left, during an interview at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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During the CBS debate tonight, Wall Street Journal moderator Kim Strassel challenged Marco Rubio on his tax plan that would triple the Child Tax Credit suggesting it was social engineering.

But Rubio responded by reminding the audience that their tax money was “their money.”

“This is the money of parents. You don’t earn the tax credit unless you’re working,” he said. “That’s your money, it doesn’t belong to government.”

Rubio argued that if businesses were allowed to take tax credits for investing in their business with a piece of equipment, families should earn the same benefit.

“Family formation is the most important thing in society … parents who are working get to keep more of their own money, not the government’s money to invest in their children to go to school, to go a private school, to buy a new back pack.”

Rubio closed by explaining why it was important to invest in families.

“I’m going to have a tax plan that is pro-family because the family is the most important institution in society,” he said. “You cannot have a strong country without strong families.”


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