Marco Rubio in Fox Business 2015 GOP primary debate


On Budget & Economy: Raising the minimum wage is an economic disaster

If I thought that raising the minimum wage was the best way to help people increase their pay, I would be all for it, but it isn't. It's a disaster. If you raise the minimum wage, you're going to make people more expensive than a machine. Here's the best way to raise wages. Make America the best place in the world to start a business or expand an existing business.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Corporations: Regulations favor big banks because small ones can't keep up

Do you know why these banks are so big? The government made them big by adding thousands of regulations. The big banks have an army of lawyers and compliance officers. The small banks can't deal with these regulations. The big banks get bigger, the small banks struggle to lend or exist. In Dodd-Frank, you have actually codified too big to fail.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Families & Children: Pro-family tax code: increase child-care tax credit

Sen. Marco RUBIO: You can't have a strong nation without strong values, and no one is born with strong values. They have to be taught to you in strong families and reinforced in you in strong communities. And so when we set out to do tax reform, we endeavor to have a pro-family tax code, and we endeavor to do it because we know how difficult it is for families in the 21st century to afford the cost of living. It is expensive to raise children in the 21st century, and families that are raising children are raising the future taxpayers of the United States, and everything costs more. In 35 out of 50 states, child care costs more than college. And so, yes, I have a child tax credit increase, and I'm proud of it. I am proud that I have a pro-family tax code, because the pro-family tax plan I have will strengthen the most important institution in the country, the family.

Sen. Rand PAUL: He's talking about giving people money they didn't pay. It's a welfare transfer payment.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Families & Children: Most important job is being a parent

The most important job anyone in this room will ever have is being a parent because the most important institution in society is the family. If the family breaks down, society breaks down. You can't have a strong nation without strong values, and no one is born with strong values. They have to be taught to you in strong families and reinforced in you in strong communities.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Foreign Policy: Void in the Middle East, so gangster Putin steps in

I've never met Putin, but he is an organized crime figure that runs a country. His calculation in the Middle East is that he has seen what this president has done, which is nothing. There is only one pro-American free enterprise democracy in the Middle East, it is the state of Israel. We have a president that treats the prime minister of Israel with less respect than what he gives the ayatollah in Iran. So our allies in the region don't trust us.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Homeland Security: World is safer when America is the strongest military power

Sen. Rand PAUL: Rubio's plan for $1 trillion in new military spending--you get something that looks, to me, not very conservative.

RUBIO: I do want to rebuild the American military.

PAUL: How is it conservative?

RUBIO: I know that Rand is a committed isolationist. I'm not. I believe the world is a stronger and a better place, when the US is the strongest military power in the world.

PAUL: Yeah, but, Marco, you can not be a conservative if you're going to keep promoting new programs that you're not going to pay for.

RUBIO: We can't even have an economy if we're not safe. There are radical jihadist in the Middle East beheading people and crucifying Christians. A radical Shia cleric in Iran trying to get a nuclear weapon, the Chinese taking over the South China Sea. Yes, I believe the world is a safer--no, I don't believe, I know that the world is a safer place when America is the strongest military power in the world.

PAUL: No. I don't think we are any safer from bankruptcy court.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Jobs: Raising minimum wage would replace people with machines

Q: Picketers have gathered demanding an immediate hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Are you sympathetic to the protesters?

DONALD TRUMP: [If our] wages are too high, we're not going to be able to compete against the world.

CARSON: Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases.

MARCO RUBIO: If I thought that raising the minimum wage was the best way to help people increase their pay, I would be all for it, but it isn't. In the 20th century, it's a disaster. If you raise the minimum wage, you're going to make people more expensive than a machine. And that means all this automation that's replacing jobs and people right now is only going to be accelerated. Here's the best way to raise wages: Make America the best place in the world to start a business or expand an existing business.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Principles & Values: This election is a generational choice about 21st century

This next election is a generational choice. A choice about what kind of nation we will be in the 21st century. We have a society that stigmatizes those that hold cultural values that are traditional. We have millions living paycheck to paycheck. We have young Americans who owe thousands of dollars in student loans. The Democratic Party has no ideas about the future. All their ideas are the same, tired ideas of the past. They will be the party of the past, we will be the party of the 21st century
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Principles & Values: Each generation has left America better, until now

The story of America is the story of a nation that for over two centuries each generation has left the next better off than themselves. Now, for the first time in our history, that is in doubt. If the next 4 years are like the last 8, our children will be the first Americans worse off than their parents. This election is about making a different choice, about applying our principles of limited government and free enterprise to the issues.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Social Security: Child tax credit refundable against payroll tax

Sen. Marco RUBIO: [My tax plan includes] a child tax credit increase.

Sen. Rand PAUL: He's talking about giving people money they didn't pay. It's a welfare transfer payment. Is it conservative to have $1 trillion in transfer payments--a new welfare program that's a refundable tax credit?

RUBIO: First of all, this is their money. They do pay. It is refundable, not just against the taxes they pay on their federal income tax, but also it's refundable against the payroll tax. Everyone pays payroll tax. This is their money. This is not our money. And here's what I don't understand--if you invest that money in a piece of equipment, if you invest that money in a business, you get to write it off your taxes. But if you invest it in your children, in the future of America and strengthening your family, we're not going to recognize that in our tax code? The family is the most important institution in society.

PAUL: Nevertheless, it's not very conservative, Marco.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Technology: Fast change: Candy Crush got 100 million people in 1 year

Q: How do you reassure American workers that their jobs are not being steadily replaced by machines?

RUBIO: Well, you know, that's an excellent question, because what we are going through in this country is not simply an economic downturn. We are living through a massive economic transformation. I mean, this economy is nothing like what it was like five years ago, not to mention 15 or 20 years ago. And it isn't just a different economy. It's changing faster than ever. You know, it took the telephone 75 years to reach 100 million users. It took Candy Crush one year to reach some 100 million users. So the world is changing faster than ever, and it is disruptive. Our higher education system is completely outdated. If we do what needs to be done, then we can grasp the potential & the promise of this new economy. And we won't just save the American dream. We will expand it to reach more people & change more lives than ever before. And then truly this new century can be a new American century

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On War & Peace: ISIS hates our way of life; either they win or we win

Radical terrorist groups are not just in Syria and in Iraq, ISIS is now in Libya. They are a significant presence in Libya, Afghanistan, and a growing presence in Pakistan. Soon they will be in Turkey. They will try Jordan. They will try Saudi Arabia. They are coming to us. They don't hate us simply because we support Israel. They hate us because of our values. They hate us because our girls go to school. They hate us because women drive in the United States. Either they win or we win.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

The above quotations are from Fox Business/Wall Street Journal Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
First Tier: Top Eight by polls
Second Tier: Four other Republicans
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