The Job Creators Network, one of the country’s largest pro-jobs grassroots organizations, aired an emotion-laden TV ad during Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate featuring Dina Rubio, a Florida small business owner who survived socialism in Nicaragua in the 1980s.
“With the Democrats tripping over themselves to embrace socialist policies, they should listen to the words of Dina Rubio, a real-life survivor of socialism and American success story,” Alfredo Ortiz, Job Creators Network President and CEO, said of the 60-second ad. “As someone who built their own business from scratch, Dina knows better than any Democratic politician what America’s economy needs to grow and prosper. Dina is the living embodiment of JCN’s motto that “socialism takes, capitalism creates.”
The ad, which aired in Miami on Telemundo and in Washington, DC, on MSNBC during the debate, sees Rubio warning American voters of how she saw the promise of socialism lead to destruction.
“My family lived through the socialist revolution in Nicaragua. We saw firsthand how the promises of equality and government assistance quickly turned into government control and oppression,” Rubio said. “When the government takes over the economy, it also takes away people’s opportunities.”
“I love America and the American dream. So it’s very scare to see socialistic ideas gaining popularity in this country,” Rubio says, as photos of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) flash across the screen.
“Some people say that America can have democratic socialism and it will never be like Cuba, or Venezuela, or Nicaragua. But I lived through the changes and if we’re not careful, it could happen here,” said Rubio, who owns the Don Ramon Restaurant in West Palm Beach, Florida. “America is the greatest country in the world and our free-market capitalist economy is what keeps us great.”