Republican Front Runners Part 3 of 3

The Iowa caucus has completed and the prominent front runners have been picked.  Raphael (Ted) Cruz came in first with 27.6% of the vote, Donald Trump came in second with 24.3% of the vote and Marco Rubio came in third with 23.1% of the vote.  The remaining Republican candidates received less then 10% of the vote.  This series of posts will cover the top 3 candidates.  I have already written about Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.  Now it is time to move on to the Iowa Caucus third place winner, Marco Rubio.

Official Portrait

Women’s Health

Marco Rubio believes that Roe v. Wade was not only morally wrong, but it was a poorly decided legal precedent and should be overturned.  Let that one sink in for a minute.  Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court case that held that the Constitution protected a woman’s right to an abortion prior to the viability of the fetus; thus, government regulation of abortions must meet strict scrutiny in judicial review.

Immigration

Marco Rubio’s immigration plan consists of asking Congress to pass a very specific bill that puts in place E-Verify, an entry-exit tracking to prevent visa overstays, and improve security on the border. Next, Rubio would modernize our legal immigration system, to a less family- based, more merit-based system.  Then Rubio would pass a bill that that would require the 12 million illegal immigrants that have been here longer than a decade to pass a background check, learn English, pay taxes and pay a fine to allow them to get a work permit.  After a substantial period of time in this status, assuming the immigrants haven’t violated any of the conditions of this status, they would be allowed to apply for legal residency and, after a number of years, apply for citizenship.

Terrorism

Marco Rubio promised that when he’s elected president, “We are going to rebuild our intelligence capabilities, and they’re going to tell us where the terrorists are.” It appears that Rubio is unaware that the Obama Administration has vastly increased spending on intelligence and made the #1 priority of the NSA and CIA to find terrorists. Rubio also said, “If we capture terrorists, they’re going to Guantánamo, and we will find out everything they know.” It sounds as if Rubio would bring back torture, something that would be a direct violation of all four Geneva Conventions’, Article 3, “conflicts not of an international character.”

Obamacare

Marco Rubio will repeal Obamacare and strengthen Medicare.  Rubio plans to do this by shuttering Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel of un-elected bureaucrats whose ultimate aim is to ration care for the elderly.  Strengthening Medicare Advantage, which gives many seniors a choice of plans offering a wide range of benefits.  Making the Medicare trust fund permanently solvent, so that every senior enrolled in Medicare today can rely on the program for the rest of his or her life.  Giving seniors, and future retirees, more options to choose the coverage they need and the doctors they see.  Rubio’s plan, at least he has one, would still take coverage away from millions of Americans.  Rubio’s plan would also eliminate the requirements that insurance plans cover essential benefits, and let them charge higher prices to sicker customers.

Climate Change

Marco Rubio is different from the rest of the Republican Presidential Candidates because he actually does believes climate change is happening.  The problem is that he doesn’t believe that it is caused by man. Rubio has said, “I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.”  Rubio supports the Keystone XL pipeline and offshore oil and gas drilling.  Rubio has said that he will lift the ban on oil exports, stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and nullify federal regulations on fracking if he is elected.

Gun Control

Marco Rubio is proud to have an “A” rating from the NRA and fought to protect the Second Amendment by voting to block the Manchin-Bloomberg expansion of background checks, protecting the Second Amendment rights of veterans and their families, standing against any federal attempt to ban commonly owned sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines, pushing to make concealed-carry permits function like drivers’ licenses, so gun owners’ constitutional rights don’t end at state lines, opposing U.S. involvement in the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, working to expand opportunities for sportsmen on federal lands, fighting to defund the Department of Justice’s radical “Operation Choke Point” and other federal attacks on law-abiding gun manufacturers and dealers and pushing to bring fundamental Second Amendment rights back to D.C. residents.  Rubio has said that, on Day One, he will repeal President Obama’s “unconstitutional” executive orders that infringe on the Second Amendment.

LGBT Rights

Marco Rubio generally opposes gay marriage, but seemingly refuses to directly answer questions regarding whether he supports a federal amendment banning gay marriage.  In 2011 Rubio praised House Speaker John Boehner’s fight to save the Defense of Marriage Act, which allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, calling DOMA a “critical law.”  Rubio said of his own 2013 immigration bill, “If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I’m done.”

These are just a few of the many reasons why Marco Rubio must not become President of the United States of America and why we must get out there and vote this election year. As many of you know, I am a major supporter of Bernie Sanders and I am doing all I can to make sure he receives the nomination.  However, if Hillary Clinton should receive the nomination, I will vote for her over whoever they pick as the Republican nomination.  This election is far too important to allow another Republican into the White House and we absolutely must get our Congress back.

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