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Working class neighborhood?

February 15, 2013 - Chris Tomassucci
Florida Senator Marco Rubio was the lucky one chosen this week to give the Republican response to President Obama’s State of The Union address.

Although Rubio’s response will likely be remembered for that strange reach for the water, I was more interested in the way Sen. Rubio decided to stick with the boilerplate GOP talking points that served his fellow Republicans so well in 2012.

I was hopeful Republicans would perhaps moderate a bit, maybe try to start repairing their brand with a fresh new approach to the whole darn thing. I thought Mr. Rubio would at least tone down the attacks on strawman Obama. I was wrong.

He attacked President Obama for being anti free-market, neglecting to mention the Dow Jones industrial average almost reached its all-time high just this week.

He spoke of family values and free-market fixes for all that ails us. He accused the current administration of fostering dependence on “big government,” right before he talked about how his family benefits from Medicare, federally subsidized student loans and Social Security.

He attacked Obama for not mentioning Medicare in his State of The Union address despite the fact that Obama most certainly did so.

In short, it was any Mitt Romney stump speech from last year repackaged to look more moderate.

Rubio is supposed to be the new face of the Republican Party. He’s Latino. He comes from a family of immigrants. He’s young, etc. Time Magazine even put him on their cover recently, calling him the Republican Savior.

The problem is, he believes in all the same policies and talks all the same talking points.

His one saving grace then was to be his biography.

In an attempt to distance himself from the perception so many voters have of the GOP — that it’s the party of super-wealthy people concerned mainly with helping super-wealthy people — Sen. Rubio highlighted what he called his working class roots.

From the speech:

“Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.”

If you watched Mr. Rubio’s speech you would have been left with the impression that he lives in a poor Florida community full of destitute immigrants and retirees dependent on that terrible “big government” for things like Medicare and Social Security.

I don’t know how Mr. Rubio or the rest of the GOP defines a “working class neighborhood,” but Sen. Rubio’s Miami home most certainly is not in one.

Here, take a look for yourself and see what you think.

Mr. Rubio’s cherished “working class” home is a spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom pad in a great Miami neighborhood. He’s got it on the market right now for $675,000, as he’s looking to move his family to the Washington area.

Working class neighborhood? Right.

 
 

 

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A rising star in the Republican Party, Florida Senator Marco Rubio found himself on the cover of Time Magazine recently as "The Republican Savior."