When Donald Trump called Marco Rubio a “clown” at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit on Friday, the entire ballroom booed at Trump with extreme passion. This could have been because Rubio had already won the crowd earlier in the day.
When Trump spoke, there were people talking amongst the crowd annoyed by Trump’s apparent insincerity and lack of policy. When Rubio spoke, everyone was highly engaged with clapping, cheering, and attentive listening as he unveiled a new policy plan.
Rubio explained that right now, the law allows for 12 days of unpaid leave for workers, whether it is sickness or newborn. But 12 days of unpaid leave is 12 days where a mom or dad is not making money in order to care for their family.
Rubio proposed a limited non-refundable 25% tax credit for any company that changes a certain amount of those days from unpaid leave to paid leave. Rubio advocated that this would help support families in their times of need.
Rubio emphasized that you cannot have a strong government without strong families. In fact, the entire time he spoke, whether it was unveiling his new policy or talking about his family, Rubio emphasized that it is we the people, not the government, that should have the power.
“In the year 2020, I want to be able to talk about the accomplishments of the people, not the accomplishments of the government,” Rubio exclaimed. He said that America need leaders who don’t place trust in the government but place trust in the people.
Rubio’s speech had the most content, emotion, passion, and positive audience feedback that I saw all day.