The Upstate continues to be a magnet for presidential campaigns in 2016.
Monday, Republican Senator Marco Rubio made several stops in Greenville, talking about why he should be your next President. With beer cans as a backdrop, the setting of Rubio’s first stop at Brewery 85 was, perhaps, as unconventional as Rubio, himself.
The son of Cuban immigrants and a father who was a hotel bartender, much of Rubio’s story focuses on his appeal as an average citizen who benefitted from the American dream. Still, despite the story, he’s one of 16 in the Republican candidate pool, making the race for the nomination especially tough.
Before Rubio moved to his second event at Swamp Rabbit Cross Fit, 7 on your side’s Addie Hampton asked Rubio what makes him the best person for the job out of 16 Republican candidates.
“Well, that’s why we have a campaign to see who the best person is. I know that our message is pretty straight forward. We honestly believe the 21st century is going to be the greatest in America’s history, but there are some things we’re going to have to do to make that happen,” said Rubio.
Specifically, he champions for a reformed tax code that better serves businesses which create more high paying jobs to stimulate the American economy.
Hampton asked him what will be the biggest issue that’s going to come up in this campaign.
“Well, the biggest issue for the federal government is always national security,” said Rubio.
Rubio vows a laser focus on boosting America’s prestige as a world superpower, both on the defense and economic fronts. He says these are issues where Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, is out of touch.
“I just think it’s critically important that the next President of the United States be someone who understands the 21st century. I don’t think she can,” said Rubio.
Hampton got the final question.
“Obviously you’re here in South Carolina. We just had a big debate about the confederate flag. Hillary Clinton focused a lot of her discussion when she was here last week about race. Do you feel we have a race problem in America and how do we fix it,” asked Hampton.
“Yeah, I mean, look…the country has a history with race that is painful, complicated and I think its impacts are still felt in many communities across the country. I think it’s important that we confront these issues because we can’t fulfill our promises as a nation if you have a significant percentage of the population feeling as if the American Dream is out of reach for them,” said Rubio.
Rubio will talk foreign policy on Tuesday as part of a forum at Furman University. The event is free to the public, but a ticket is required. It starts at 10am at the Younts Center.