Florida Senator Marco Rubio will be giving the GOP response to the State of the Union tonight in both English and Spanish. Before he has had the chance to utter a single word in either tongue, the Democrats have already decided that he is wrong. Yesterday, Debbie Wasserman Schultz held a conference call with reporters to pre-emptively rebut what Rubio may offer in his response. Clearly, they are worried that Rubio’s message may resonate. So here is some of the spin-zone advice they had to offer:
“What we are unlikely to hear from Senator Rubio are new ideas, solutions or a willingness to work with Democrats and the President to find a balanced approach to strengthening our economy and getting our fiscal house in order.”
“Senator Marco Rubio is likely to endorse the same extreme budget priorities which were enshrined in the last two budgets offered by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and which Republicans ran on last fall – priorities which include ending Medicare as we know it to protect tax breaks and loopholes for millionaires and billionaires.”
Rubio and the Republicans would be unwise to take the bait on these Democrat scare tactics that became so tiresome throughout the campaign. What Rubio needs to do tonight, and what Republicans need to continue to do, is to clearly communicate the core values of conservatism, among those are limited government and personal freedom. Remember Dr. Benjamin Carson from the National Prayer Breakfast last week? Why do you think his speech has turned so many heads? Because of his ability to speak about common sense solutions, which, if you noticed, were based on conservative core values. Republicans need more of this, and Marco Rubio is capable of doing just that.