Marco Rubio to release new book ahead of possible White House run

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A journey to the White House often starts with a single step: write a book.

In advance of a potential presidential run, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is releasing his second manuscript; this one an outline of his policy vision for the future of America.

American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone, according to Amazon, will have a Jan. 13 release.

His first book described his political rise as the son of Cuban immigrants who came to America in 1956. Rubio’s latest focuses more on philosophy, with the Republican Senator describing the American Dream as “on life support.”

“Seven years of government-centered, tax-and-spend liberalism have failed to lift the poor or sustain the middle class,” Rubio writes in the Amazon blurb. “Fewer Americans are working than at any time since Jimmy Carter was president. New business creation is 30 percent lower than it was in the 1980s. The stock market may be surging by the time you read this.”

Millions of average Americans are left behind “by an economy that doesn’t value their skills,” Rubio says, and the government would “rather give a handout than a hand up.”

Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, argues the country can restore the American Dream – work hard and play by the rules for a better life – to “reach more people than ever before.”

Before that can happen, we must “restrain our power-hungry, debt-ridden federal government” and help businesses create stable middle-class jobs, he says.

“In this book, you’ll meet an over-regulated small-businessman, a struggling single mother, an out-of-work and in-debt college graduate, and others who want nothing more than their own shot at the American Dream.

“Their stories are our stories; their challenges are our challenges.”

Rubio also calls for America to “rise to the challenge — and take back our legacy as the only nation on earth that offers unrestricted opportunity to all.”

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