Though he refuses to talk about the possibility of a vice presidential run, Sen. Marco Rubio made a fine surrogate for Mitt Romney on Sunday, repeatedly slamming Obama as “divisive” while working to portray the Republican Party as compassionate.
The Florida senator, speaking on Fox News Sunday, depicted President Obama as a run-of-the-mill politician bent on pulling Americans apart rather than uniting the nation, in contrast to his promises in 2008.
“This president's rhetoric today, quite frankly, is just like anybody else in Washington. All the things that made him different and special four years ago are gone, and now all he does is he runs dividing Americans against each other, obviously because he can't run on his record,” Rubio said.
Rubio cited the tax code, which he called a tool of “class warfare” for Obama, and his politicization of the bin Laden raid as examples of the ways in which Obama has been divisive.
In contrast, Rubio said the Republican Party is one that has “more tolerance” than the Democratic Party on issues like abortion rights.
“There are such a thing as pro-choice Republicans. There are very few pro-life Democrats that are certainly tolerated within the mainstream of the Democratic Party,” he said.
On immigration, Rubio, who is developing a Republican reform bill, said the Republican Party can and should produce solutions that will resonate with Latino voters.
“If you’re in the Hispanic community you probably know someone or have a family member that’s been deeply impacted by the illegal immigration problem, and so you’re sensitive and compassionate to that. That’s why I think it’s so important that the Republican Party be clear about the things that we are for,” he said.