Keeping a close eye on the upcoming Florida primary, Politic365 recently attended a “constituent coffee” and meeting where Senator Marco Rubio interfaced with job creators, workers, and community leaders in Orlando. The Senator, who is being whispered about as a possible future running mate to the eventual Republican nominee, discussed an array of issues, with a considerable amount of attention spent on economic concerns.
The foreclosure crisis continues to resonate deeply with Floridians struggling to keep a roof over their heads. For Rubio, the solution to the foreclosure crisis lies in the employment crisis.
“I believe and I know, for a fact, that if the economy turned around and people started making more money, people could afford to make their payments.” Rubio told the crowd. “The number one thing you can do to stop foreclosures is to get people working.”
On immigration, Rubio expressed concern for the plight of undocumented immigrants, posing questions about the future of immigration reform. “What do you do with nine to eleven million people that are here without documents?” Rubio asked rhetorically. “What do you with that population?”
But, beyond acknowledging the complexity of the issue, Rubio was short on solutions. “There’s no easy answer,” Rubio said “because in one hand you can’t grant nine million citizenships and on the other hand you can’t deport nine to eleven million people.” From you just can’t do it to it’s just not feasible Rubio appeared to want something to cut both ways.
Rubio covered other issues related to energy resources, education, and economic growth of other countries in the Western Hemisphere. Observers are paying closer attention to Rubio as Republican primary candidates head into Florida for what may be a bruising face-off, especially for pockets of Latino voters in the state. For certain, the campaigns will be aggressively wooing the young Senator for his open endorsement.