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Marco Rubio kicks off Rick Scott’s summit via video

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In a five-minute videotaped message from Washington, Marco Rubio kicked off Rick Scott’s Economic Growth Summit with a quick summation of some of his ideas to turn around the American economy if he’s elected president next year.

He began with his familiar tale of how his Cuban immigrant parents came to this country and said that since he officially kicked off his campaign he’s met many people who remind him of his mother and father.

“My parents never got rich, but they were successful, because in just a few years they achieved a happy life. They achieved what’s become known as the American Dream,” he said.

The senator then segued into how our elected officials haven’t kept pace with the dizzying levels of transformation happening with the American economy, saying that while the economy has been transformed, our policies and leaders haven’t been.

He then threw in a lot of large numbers, saying that since 2008, federal regulations have cost the U.S. economy $740 billion. “We have more businesses dying than starting,” he bemoaned.

Rubio says he’ll “revolutionize” higher education, “so that all of our people can acquire the skills that they need to fill these new 20th Century jobs.” He said he’d allow employers to “expense the money they invest in their businesses,” so that the more people they hire, or the more raises they give, the less they’ll pay in taxes.”

Rubio threw in another plug for “The New American Century,” a central tagline of his candidacy.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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