The Tea Party favorite, who beat out fellow Floridian Charlie Crist for the Senate seat last year, has officially declared that he will not be running to replace Barack Obama in next year’s elections.
That certainly narrows down my first draft choices. I’d next select Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. But considering that he has his hands full trying to deal with an activist judge right now, I doubt he’s any more set on 2012 than Rubio is.
All the same, Rubio is somebody to keep an eye on, considering his strong conservatism. Unlike too many other elected officials, he not only talks well on the campaign trail but also follows through and actually does what he says after election night.
As the showdown over raising or retaining the debt ceiling continues, Senator Rubio isn’t afraid to speak the truth… bluntly. He expostulates in the Wall Street Journal:
“Betting on America used to be a sure thing, but job creators see the warning signs that our leaders ignore. Even the world's largest bond fund, PIMCO, recently dumped its holdings of U.S. debt.
“We're therefore at a defining moment in American history. In a few weeks, we will once again reach our legal limit for borrowing, the so-called debt ceiling. The president and others want to raise this limit. They say it is the mature, responsible thing to do.
“In fact, it's nothing more than putting off the tough decisions until after the next election. We cannot afford to continue waiting. This may be our last chance to force Washington to tackle the central economic issue of our time.”
Rubio also isn’t afraid of calling Obama out for his John Kerry-esque flipflopping:
“‘Raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.’ So said then-Sen. Obama in 2006, when he voted against raising the debt ceiling by less than $800 billion to a new limit of $8.965 trillion. As America's debt now approaches its current $14.29 trillion limit, we are witnessing leadership failure of epic proportions.”
And he stands firm in his conviction to: “defeat an increase in the debt limit unless it is the last one we ever authorize and is accompanied by a plan for fundamental tax reform, an overhaul of our regulatory structure, a cut to discretionary spending, a balanced-budget amendment, and reforms to save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”
If Rubio can keep this level of conservatism up, the United States of America would be fortunate to have him as commander-in-chief.