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What Marco Rubio Should Say in His State of the Union Response

The Florida senator is giving the GOP response to President Obama tomorrow night. Here's what he should say.


Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is scheduled to give the Republican response to President Obama's state of the Union address Tuesday night. Here's one approach he may want to consider for his speech:

My fellow Americans, Good evening.

You just heard President Obama outline his views of the challenges facing our country, and of some possible solutions. Often in our democratic system, the two parties disagree both about goals and about the means of achieving those goals, and the president can express frustration at Congress for obstructing those goals.

But our nation's challenges are too great to allow partisan divisions to prevent us from working together to solve our nation's problems. That is why, first thing tomorrow, I will introduce legislation in the Senate called the Barack Obama Campaign Promise Implementation Act of 2013. Also tomorrow morning, similar legislation will be introduced in the House by my fellow Republicans.

The legislation has a variety of provisions, but they have one thing in common — they've all been endorsed already by President Obama.

The first provision would lower the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from 35 percent. "Obama proposes lowering corporate tax rate to 28 percent," was the headline The Washington Post put on this story a year ago when Mr. Obama first proposed it.

You know what, Mr. President, it's a fine idea. Lower corporate tax rates mean businesses have more money left over to hire new employees and pay them more, pay dividends to shareholders, or lower prices for customers. We think the managers of the business can spend that money more wisely than we politicians in Washington can. So let's move ahead with this proposal. If it were up to us Republicans alone, we'd cut the tax rate even more, but we realize that Mr. Obama was re-elected. He's the president, and we want to work with him.

The second provision relates to energy. In the second presidential debate, Mr. Obama said, "yes, we still continue to open up new areas for drilling. We continue to make it a priority for us to go after natural gas. We've got potentially 600,000 jobs and 100 years worth of energy right beneath our feet with natural gas….I'm all for pipelines. I'm all for oil production." The Barack Obama Campaign Promise Implementation Act would write into law that presidential campaign promise of opening up new areas for drilling, because we agree with President Obama that more drilling means more jobs.

The third provision relates to immigration. In May 2011, President Obama gave a speech on immigration that mentioned how the current laws encourage foreign students who receive science or engineering degrees at American universities to return home instead of to stay in America and start or help build businesses. He also spoke about this in his 2011 State of the Union speech. Republicans agree that this part of the immigration law should be changed to promote economic growth and technological innovation, and it is part of the bill we'll be introducing tomorrow.

The fourth provision of the Barack Obama Campaign Promise Implementation Act relates to Iran's ambition to obtain nuclear weapons. In a press conference last year, President Obama said, "we will not countenance Iran getting a nuclear weapon. My policy is not containment; my policy is to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon—because if they get a nuclear weapon that could trigger an arms race in the region, it would undermine our non-proliferation goals, it could potentially fall into the hands of terrorists." Our Campaign Promise Implementation Act would wrote that policy into American law and authorize the "military effort" that the president has said  is an option if necessary to prevent an Iranian bomb.

The fifth provision of the Barack Obama Campaign Promise Implementation Act is to make any tax increases on individuals optional. When Mr. Obama campaigned, he spoke of "asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little bit more." He used the language of "asking," not forcing, or telling, or threatening with jail if the taxpayer responds to the "ask" with a "no, thanks." If individual Americans like Warren Buffett or President Obama want to pay more in taxes, we Republicans welcome the voluntary contributions. But if President Obama wants to be true to his campaign promises, these additional contributions—including those from non-wealthy Americans via the payroll tax increase—need to be a voluntary response to an "ask," not a mandatory tax increase.

Make no mistake about it; there are plenty of areas where I and my fellow Republicans disagree with President Obama and the Democrats. But let's not let those areas of disagreement delay us from taking swift action on the important areas where there is agreement. We Republicans are prepared to move forward quickly. We want to place the emphasis on cooperation, not obstruction. We invite the president and the members of his party to join us. By doing so, the president will get a chance to demonstrate that his campaign promises were genuine, and that the promises were not merely campaign season posturing aimed at pandering to voters and designed to be abandoned immediately after the election in the face of pressure from liberal interest groups. In fact, I look forward to appearing at the White House with President Obama by the end of the month as he signs the Barack Obama Campaign Promise Implementation Act into law.

Good night, and God bless America.

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  1. We need to stop with this British-style shadow government shit. No one gives a shit about what Obama says, and even less of a shit will be given to what Rubio has to say about the shit Obama said.

    1. No one gives a shit about what Obama says, and even less of a shit will be given to what Rubio has to say about the shit Obama said.

      True, but someone might give a shit what Rand Paul has to say, because while Obama’s 2011 SOTU and Mitch Daniel’s reply were enough to put most people in a coma, Herman Cain’s tea party response was pithy, entertaining, and made half a point.

      1. Yep,

        Whoever does the response should ignore Obama and make their own points.

        The problem with typical responses is that they are responses.

  2. What Rubio should say:

    “Fuck you, cut spending.”

    1. I’m hoping Rand Paul says that in his rouge SotU response.

      1. His rouge response? What does that mean? Are you suggesting he’ll be wearing make-up or is a communist of some sort?

        1. It means he’ll be broadcasting from his moon base before demanding one billion dollars in gold from the world’s governments.

          1. I happen to be commenting from the secret moonbase subdivision, and I’m not aware of Rand having one. Newcular Titties is up here, but he’s actually just renting from Ted Turner.

            1. There are two units on the Moon: Moon Unite Alpha and Moon Unit Zappa.

              1. Ignignokt: On the moon, the weekend has advanced beyond your wildest dreams. Weekends now take up the entire week, and jobs have been phased out accordingly.

                Err: We get checks from the government. And we use them to buy beer.

              2. As in, “Frank”?

        2. I have a bad tendency to misspell rogue rouge.

          Although it would be pretty awesome and visually more palpable if Rand gave a rogue response surrounded by dancers from the Moulin Rouge.

          1. You could put “Going” before either and have a book about Sarah Palin.

    2. If he said that, my opinion of him would be greatly raised.


    3. “Fuck you, cut spending.”…and then fling the mic at the camera…

  3. Does anyone besides the talking heads and media jerkoffs and political class watch TSOTU? Anyone?

    1. Democracy junkies who eat up the bread and circuses our Betters toss at us from on high.

      An ex of mine loves watching SOTU, Debates, and she stays up late to watch national results come in. Sad really.

      1. So why did she dump you? Was it because you kept leaving crumbs in the bed, or because of your full-sized Joan Crawford body suit with the bag of wire hangers?

        1. I dumped her actually. Someday I will find the woman of my dreams who is willing to wear the Bette Davis bodysuit so we can live the rest of our lives like the most glamorous couple in Hollywood history.

          1. I would have taken you for more of a Katherine Hepburn person myself.

            1. That’s just because of my affair with Howard Hughes.

      2. If what you mean by “bread and circuses” are silly speeches like the STOTU and a bunch of dimwit talking heads repeating it back to us as “commentary”, then the bread is tasteless and the circus is boring.

    2. I haven’t watched one since I saw part of one during the Clinton years. He told me that the Era of Big Government was over, so I figured my work here was done.

      1. Bush killed that one fleeting moment of Smaller Govt.

        Yes, I know. I am not supposed to bring Dumbya up here.

    3. I can’t stand to see the president’s face or hear his voice.

      I could hardly make myself watch the debates.

      I’m all about free speech, but if Congress introduced a law prohibiting the president from saying “Let me be clear…”, I might look the other way.

      Obama’s a buffoon.

      1. Those of us who had to suffer through 8 years of George W. Bush’s dry drunk Texas middle manager shtick feel so sorry for you.

    4. Does anyone besides the talking heads and media jerkoffs and political class watch TSOTU? Anyone?

      Good point.

      The response should be Rubios MCing a 30 minute bikini competition. Have him do a two minute political speech before the winner is announced with at least 1/4 of it devoted to how much the dems and O hate womyns in bikinis.

  4. I’d settle for someone, anyone, keeping a list of the logical fallacies in Obama’s speech (particularly the false dichotomies) and then just reading them to the camera.

    1. Oh, yes, this, please.

  5. Ira Stoll on What Marco Rubio Should Say in His State of the Union Response

    “Uh… everything that guy just said is bullshit… Thank you.”

  6. I’d love to see a poll on the percentage of people who think the POTUS (or any pol) is doing anything but lying, stretching the truth, or otherwise prevaricating.

    1. Re: Libertarian,

      I’d love to see a poll on the percentage of people who think the POTUS (or any pol) is doing anything but lying, stretching the truth, or otherwise prevaricating.

      You need to see it to have confirmation that you’re not taking crazy pills?

  7. What happened to Rand Paul? I saw on CNN that he was going to be giving the response, so it must be true…

  8. OT. Can’t tell the players without the program:
    “Labor unions oppose overhaul of environmental law”
    The backstory is that Moonbeam wants the law ‘modified’ since it allows the enviros to challenge his choo-choo, which choo-choo is nothing other than a union hiring hall on wheels.
    Now, it turns out the unions don’t want it modified, because: “we feel CEQA is a landmark piece of legislation that protects communities, protects our workers and protects our families,” Smith said.”
    Or maybe: “labor sometimes uses CEQA lawsuits, or the threat of lawsuits, to force private developers to use union workers.”
    I’m betting on the later and it looks like the unions figure Moonbeam’s choo-choo isn’t as likely as the continued use of the law as an extortion vehicle.…..ental-law/

  9. I pay attention, sometimes to my own mental demise. I believe it was Pericles who said; “Just because you don’t take an interest in politics, doesn’t mean politics wont take an interest in you.” Ignore at your own peril. These clowns at virtually every level of government are taking down our liberty one piece at a time. I must wonder if those who don’t watch, don’t vote…

    1. I don’t do either, and frankly the results are the same as if I did.

  10. “…the Barack Obama Campaign Promise Implementation Act of 2013.”

    You made me laugh Ira.

  11. Just stare into the camera, breathing heavily whilst fondling oneself for twenty straight minutes. It’d be as meaningful as anything that will actually be said.

    1. Someone’s been watching Epi’s webcam.

      1. Finally my viewership breaks into double digits!

  12. Like Ken, I cant stand to see Captain zero or hear his meaningless drivel. I try to like people, but when I see so many eating that shit up I despair.

    Almost anything that comes out of washington these days means nothing. This government has reduced itself to a parody.

  13. Dear Mr Rubio, please say this tonight:

    “Boo! Boo!

    His supporters saved him in the election, and he treated them like garbage. And that’s what he is, the President of Refuse. So bow down to him if you want, bow to him. Bow to the President of Slime, the President of Filth, the President of Putrescence. Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. ”

    Boo! Boo! Boo!

    1. –slow methodical hand clap —

    2. Please tell me that a young Fred Savage will interrupt, at which point Peter Faulk will skillfully narrate that the whole second term of President Obama was nothing but a horrible horrible nightmare.

  14. I don’t quite get why promising to attack Iran is a good idea?

    1. yup…that one had a huge red flag to me, too. The others I can live with. The war boner, not so much.

      1. It gave me pause as well. I took its inclusion to be not really a good idea in and of itself, but just to show what a mendacious piece of shit Obama is–that in opposing the measure, Obama would be made to squirm.

  15. Please, Rubio and the all the other mainstream Republicans are all cut from the same cloth as Obama. He can’t say anything that is actually in opposition to Obama’s methods, policies, and philosophies because he embodies them all himself.

    1. Abandon all hope.

      There’s something to be said for that.

      Maybe someday we’ll all be surprised, but until then, we probably shouldn’t believe it until we see it.

  16. Rubio is giving the reply… Interesting.

    Obama will never uphold his campaign promises unless it involves more/bigger government. We have seen this.

  17. Seems pretty excellent, barring the Iran bit.

    1. In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama promised that he would “eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.”

  18. Rubio is just like Obama, neither is a natural born Citizen.

  19. Rubio should man up and say “We Republicans want big government, just like the Democrats.”

  20. You’re all so fucking stupid it’s painful.

    1. And your nasty ad hominems say more about you, the strength of your arguments, and the ethics of your convictions, than they say about anyone or anything else.

    2. “You’re all so fucking stupid it’s painful.”

      Note the use of “stupid” rather than, say, “uninformed,” “ignorant,” “misguided,” “mistaken,” etc.

      Us proles’ congenitally low IQ’s are simply too painful for an elitist like Toni to endure. Me, I stand with the blue?collar, non-Ivy League, hard-working common people, allegations of “stupidity” notwithstanding.

  21. I don’t understand why there are so many articles here focused on the GOP.

    Trying to inject libertarianism into politics is like trying to inject charity work into the mafia. They don’t mix. It’s not going to happen.

    The GOP are never going to be libertarians. Sure, they may fake it, but the second winning an election requires endorsing big government, they’ll drop all pretense of liberty.

    We had a limited government in 1776. It didn’t stay limited for a reason: government never restrains itself. That wouldn’t serve its interests. You could take us back to 1776, and watch it all roll forward again, and have this conversation again in 200 years.

    Why libertarians want to focus so much time trying to convince the GOP to be more libertarian is beyond me. They’ll just pay you lip service.

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