Chad’s Morning Brief: Marco Rubio Calls for a New Generation of Leaders, Mitch McConnell Won’t Say if He Thinks Rand Paul Would Make America Safer, and Other Top Stories
Your Morning Brief for June 3, 2015.
Marco Rubio kicked off an event in Florida yesterday with other 2016 Republican contenders by calling for a "new generation of leaders" according to the Washington Times.
“I believe the time has come for a new generation of leaders — leaders who will create a growing economy, not a growing government,” Mr. Rubio said in a videotaped message. “Leaders who will help increase our families’ paychecks, not their bills.”
Mr. Rubio, who could not attend in person because of votes in the Senate, has a narrow lead in a crowded 2016 GOP field in a new CNN/ORC poll out on 2016, and was just behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in a separate ABCNews/Washington Post poll out Tuesday.
“As president, I will reform government to spur private sector innovation so that we quicken our economy’s transition to the better-paying jobs of this new century,” Mr. Rubio said, adding that he will “revolutionize” higher education “so that all of our people can acquire the skills they will need to fill these new 21st century jobs.”
He also ran through some of the pieces of the tax plan framework he’s rolled out with Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, called for employers to be allowed to expense capital put into their businesses, lower the corporate tax rate, and increase the child tax credit.
When Rubio speaks of a new generation of leaders, he isn't just talking about Hillary Clinton. Rubio knows that while Jeb Bush is considered one of the front-runners for the GOP nomination, he is weak when it comes to support. There is no enthusiasm from Bush supporters just like Democrats are less than enthusiastic about Hillary.
Polling shows that while Bush might rake in serious money, Republican voters want someone else. Rubio will continue to hit both Bush and Clinton as leaders of the past and that is something a lot of voters are fine with.
Making America Safe
National security is a huge priority for Republican primary voters and voters throughout America. Voters want to hear from candidates what their plans are to make America safe. Rand Paul is the one candidate Republican primary voters are concerned about when it comes to national security. On Tuesday, Senator Mitch McConnell didn't do Paul any favors on the topic according to POLITICO.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t say Tuesday whether Rand Paul would make the country more or less safe as president of the United States.
Though McConnell (R-Ky.) has endorsed his Bluegrass State colleague Paul (R-Ky.) for president, the two have been publicly and privately at odds over extending three crucial PATRIOT Act provisions. Despite McConnell’s myriad attempts to mollify Paul and pass short-term extensions to avoid a shutdown, Paul on Sunday evening forced a temporary shutdown of surveillance programs. The Senate is now trying to revive those authorities.
Both men have signaled they’re prepared to move past the run-in. But McConnell appeared caught off guard when asked by a reporter if the country would be more or less safe under a President Paul after his pointed stand against the anti-terrorism provisions.
“I’m not going to start making — you’re trying to get me to make a derogatory comment about members of the Senate,” McConnell said. “I admire and respect them all. We have different points of view on this important issue.
Not a ringing endorsement there from McConnell. I'm not sure how many Americans care what Mitch McConnell thinks, but it doesn't help Paul in the primary when another Republican refuses to say that he would keep the country safe.
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