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Rubio Visits Chester County

RubioFour months ago, I witnessed Scott Walker speak to the NRLC in Philadelphia. Last night, I saw Marco Rubio address the Chester County GOP Fall Reception. The latter man gave a much better performance. Although given that the former isn’t even a presidential candidate anymore, that shouldn’t be surprising.

Many of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s top Republicans ventured to King of Prussia and the Crowne Plaza ballroom to hear a man some major prognosticators believe is best positioned to win the GOP nomination.

Congressman Ryan Costello and Pat Meehan were there as well as a slew of local state officials. Among them were State Sen. John Rafferty and State Rep. Todd Stephens, who are each seeking the Republican nomination for Attorney General in 2016. PA-8 hopeful and State Rep. Scott Petri was also in attendance.

Later, the former Florida House Speaker who the endorsement of Pennsylvania’s House Speaker in Pittsburgh.

Back in the east, Rubio delivered his stump speech to about 700 to 800 attendees, according to County Party Chair Val DiGiorgio.

His theme was making the 21st century “the New American Century”, a clever way of capitalizing on the fact that his main competition (and former political mentor) Jeb Bush, has a close connection to the politics of the past.

The candidate also touched on his own humble roots.

“I know what it’s like to graduate from college with over $100,000 in student loans,” Rubio stated before transitioning to a joke. “If my wife had known that, she might have answered differently when I asked her to marry me. She wanted to know who Sallie Mae was and why I kept paying her.”

The Florida Senator touched on plenty of other issues important to Republicans including repealing Obamacare, reforming Social Security and Medicare as well as the education system. At different points, he called for a “manufacturing renaissance” and an “economic renaissance”.

Rubio went on to accuse the educators and schools of steering kids away from jobs involving physical labor.

“A welder makes a lot more than a philosopher,” he stated. “The market for philosophers has tightened over the last two thousand years.”

He also criticized President Obama’s foreign policy record and pledged to increase military spending and improve America’s relationship with the Israeli government.

The presidential hopeful then shifted to a discourse on the country’s history and its revolutions, wars and depressions. It was nearly Kennedy-esque in its style.

“Now it’s our turn. Now the time has come for this generation, for you and I and those alive in this time and place, to do our part. To write our chapter in the amazing story of America,” Rubio said. “While America owes me absolutely nothing, I have a debt to America.”

As any good politician should, his finished with his strongest material. He noted that his father worked in hotel bars in rooms like the one he was speaking in. Rubio asserted that the journey from his father’s bar in the back of the room to his place behind the podium at the front was “the essence of the American dream.”

At this moment, he has started to emerge from the back of the pack in the Republican presidential field, but he’s not at the podium yet.  

18 Responses

  1. H3, would you classify Rubio as a Repervlican, or simply an occupant of the Clown Car? I’d ask for a more nuanced analysis, but I know that’s all you’re capable of.

  2. I really hope Rubio is the GOP’s nominee … especially since Trump is already driving Hispanics to Hillary.

  3. To fake aaron. Rubio would crush any dem candidate in pa and nationally. He’s not my first choice but he would destroy any dem if he got the gop nomination. not even debatable.

  4. Actually, the Chesco GOP chose a meeting place just over the Montco line in this case.

  5. What happened to Turzai’s endorsement of Santorum in July? Did Turzai withdraw that or is he just going to endorse any candidate that shows up in Pittsburgh?

  6. The only person I imitate is David Diano, because I, too, aspire to be a robot in all political conversations, spewing talking points in the face of a contrary reality. If the Democratic Party tells me the sky is yellow, then the sky is yellow and I will call you names for disagreeing. If you say the sky is blue, then you are a bigot and you’re on the wrong side of history.

  7. H3 imitators …. Wow …. You guys are obsessed … with another mm on the Internet …,

  8. gulag, you seem to grind up lead paint and snort it before logging onto PoliticsPA. Do you realize there are long-term health consequences from doing that?

  9. Perhaps the best of a bad bunch. woo hoo!!
    Took so long to get to the podium because he needed to stock up on bottled water first.

  10. He was also just endorsed by Turzai and Jim Roddey in Pittsburgh at a massive fundraiser in Pittsburgh. Unknown – really?

  11. Marco also had a wildly successful fundraising swing in Philadelphia starting with a private breakfast fundraiser in the morning, a lunch fundraiser at the Union League and a round table at hotel in the afternoon. raised huge money yesterday.

  12. Many thanks for the update, Nick. Incidentally, the Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia is located in Montgomery County – so Rubio did not actually visit Chester County.

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