He did a great job today!! I'm proud. The Man!!!
Marco Rubio speech at CPAC conference brings conservatives to their feet
Marco Rubio, the 38-year-old son of Cuban immigrants and candidate for an open Senate seat in Florida, electrified thousands of conservatives Thursday morning with an impassioned defense of American exceptionalism.
In the opening address at the three-day Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington, Rubio delivered a fiery assault on President Obama's economic policies and his administration's handling of national security.
The annual conference, known as CPAC, comes at a time of heightened optimism among the nation's conservatives about their chances in November's midterm elections, when they hope to knock off not only Democrats but Republican moderates such as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Rubio's opponent in the state's Aug. 24 primary.
The morning session belonged to Rubio, the former Florida House speaker who has become a darling of the conservative "tea party" movement during his underdog primary campaign against Crist for the state's open U.S. Senate seat.
"They are using this downturn as cover, not to fix America but to try and change America, to fundamentally redefine the role of government in our lives and the role of America in the world," Rubio said of the Obama administration. "The good news is it didn't take long for the American people to figure this out."
A crowd hungry for new conservative leaders repeatedly interrupted Rubio's speech with standing ovations. The speech served as his debut on the national stage.
"Every time somebody starts yelling 'Marco,' I'm afraid they are going to be yelling 'Polo,' " Rubio said with a smile, "and that would ruin the speech."