February 27, 2016

For President Marco Rubio

Posted by Adam Graham in : Idaho Conservative, The

For those who followed me on Social media, I’ve been pretty clear what I’m against when it comes to the 2016 Presidential race, but I’ve had less to say about who I’m for since Governor Mike Huckabee left the race for the Presidency.

I’m officially endorsing Marco Rubio for President of the United States and he will have my vote on March 8th. I believe that he has the financial resources to carry the fight against Donald Trump’s fraud, indecency, and authoritarian tendencies all the way to Cleveland and prevail.

More importantly, I believe he offers a contrast to Donald Trump. In Donald Trump, we’re offered bluster, we’re offered a man who preys on people’s fear, anger, and ignorance, and stokes those fires of rage so that they will think their only hope is to vote for him.

Marco Rubio is cut from a different cloth. He is a principled conservative with a 98% Conservative Rating from the American Conservative Union, but he is also a person who speaks to our best hopes and dreams for our  country. He speaks in a way that inspires optimism about our country and after these last dark divisive years, Marco Rubio would represent a needed change.

He’s un-apologetically pro-life and will defund Planned Parenthood. He will stand for religious liberty and I trust him to pick the next Justices of the Supreme Court. If he is elected, he will be the most Conservative president America has ever had and he has a record of advocating and fighting for conservative principles.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that I don’t agree with all that Senator Rubio did in his career. The Gang of Eight immigration bill he pushed in 2013 was a mistake. It failed because you cannot address anything on immigration until you secure the border. Government has broken trust too often with the American people  I can understand why he supported it: with Obama as President, the only way our border would be secured is if a comprehensive deal was reached. However, Senator Rubio has learned from his mistake and has made clear that as President he will secure the border first.  Some will call the Gang of Eight an unforgivable betrayal. I’ll call it a mistake. I do not believe a healthy or wise political movement identifies otherwise outstanding leaders as “heretics” and excommunicates them.

As for Senator Cruz, I would vote for him in a second over Donald Trump, however all things being equal, I prefer Marco Rubio. In addition, I do not see a path to the nomination for Senator Cruz (Leon Wolf of Red State writes more extensively on this.) Governor John Kasich is a good man but I can’t trust him on religious liberty. As for Ben Carson, he’s a good man, but not long for this race.

This has been a long and difficult campaign and during such a campaign many things will be said that candidates don’t mean. If you wonder about the conservative bona fides of Senator Marco Rubio, I want you to consider this statement by a well-known conservative to Senator Rubio and the entire nation. Keep in mind this was  a statement he made after the Gang of Eight bill. H

“You inspire me. Senator Marco Rubio is a critical national leader…Let me tell you, I don’t know if there’s any more effective, more articulate, more persuasive voice for conservative principles than my friend, Marco Rubio. ..His victory in 2010 was a transformational moment in American politics.”

Who heaped such praise on Marco Rubio even after the Gang of Eight bill? None other than the junior Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz. (See: here)

In the end, I choose hope. I choose a proven pro-life conservative who can grow the Republican Party and the conservative movement. I choose a leader who has the intelligence and the personal skills to address the challenges our country faces. I choose one of the best-informed voices on foreign policy in our party I endorse Marco Rubio for President.

 

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