Rubio was his usual easygoing humorous self. One of the hot-topic issues at the conference is going to be the Obama decision to force Catholic charities to provide contraceptives, including Plan B and Morning After pills, either directly or through their insurance. Rubio clarified the issue, saying it wasn’t a religious issue, it was a constitutional issue. Wholeheartedly agree, as did most of the crowd.
One of the dangers of CPAC is that it can be incredibly repetitive, with the same issues rehashed over and over. Rubio’s lucky he’s speaking early, but he’s also being creative. He’s worried China and Russia will step forward if America backs down as a power in the world, and points to Syria as an example of what will happen.
City on a Hill analogy is going to get a lot of time, but Rubio explains the biblical reference.
Best quote from the Rubio speech:
“The president of the United States looks like a really good father. He looks like a really good husband. But he is a terrible president.”
I’m currently battling an incredibly unhelpful CPAC media staff trying to get access to a media filing room. Until then, expect posts to be sporadic at best.