U.S. Senate
Republicans

Marco Rubio

  • Incumbent seeking re-election
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Education: Doctorate degree
  • University of Miami Law (J.D.)
  • University of Florida (B.A.)
    • Recent Job: U.S. Senator, 2011-Present
  • U.S. Senator, 2011-Present
  • Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, 2007-2009
  • Member of Florida House of Representatives, 2000-2009
  • City Commissioner of West Miami, 1998-2000
  • Admitted to the Florida Bar, 1997
  • Previous races

    Won
    Lost

    U.S. Senator, (2011 - Present)

    President of the United States (2016)

    Member of Florida House of Representatives (2000 - 2009)

    Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives (2007 - 2009)

    City Commissioner of West Miami (1998 - 2000)

    Other Political Experience

  • Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
  • Foreign Relations Committee
  • Intelligence Select Committee
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
  • Should Congress pass a law requiring background checks for gun purchases made at gun shows, over the Internet or between private individuals?
    Do you favor a pathway to legal status or citizenship for any of the estimated 11 million people who are in the U.S. illegally?
    I support a piecemeal approach to immigration reform, beginning with strong border security. Only once the American people trust that illegal immigration is under control and we modernize our outdated legal immigration system can we have a conversation about how to deal with the 11-12 million illegal immigrants in our country. However, calls to grant amnesty to these people are unrealistic and irresponsible. Any approach to dealing with those here illegally must include the deportation of those who have committed serious crimes, as well as payment of back taxes, a prohibition on welfare, a requirement to learn English, and a background check.
    Aside from about 300 Special Forces troops now assisting in Syria, are more U.S. ground troops needed to defeat ISIS?
    The U.S. needs to take the lead on a strategy, in conjunction with our local allies, that will destroy ISIS and deprive it and other terror groups of safe havens. This will require a larger number of American troops on the ground, especially Special Forces, working with the Kurds, Sunni tribes, and other partners. The conflict is not just about ISIS, either: ISIS is only the most prominent manifestation of radical Islam, an ideology bent on destroying the West and eradicating its values. In this civilizational struggle, either we win, or they win. On the military front, We need to build a multinational coalition of countries willing to send troops into Iraq and Syria with embedded U.S. forces and U.S. logistical and intelligence support to aid local fighters on the ground in destroying ISIS safe havens and expand airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. We also need a plan to oust Bashar al-Assad from power, not cut deals with Moscow to save him.
    Do you favor repeal of the Affordable Care Act?
    Yes. I will continue to oppose mandates and taxes that increase the cost of health care, and push for consumer-centered reforms that decrease the cost of health care based on three core proposals: 1. Provide an advanceable, refundable tax credit that all Americans can use to purchase health insurance. 2. Reform insurance regulations to encourage innovation. Americans in high-cost states should have the opportunity to purchase coverage across state lines. 3. Save Medicare and Medicaid by placing on fiscally sustainable paths. I believe we must move Medicaid into a per-capita cap system and transition Medicare into a premium support system, empowering seniors with choice and market competition, as Medicare Advantage and Part D already do.
    Do you support higher payroll taxes to extend the life of Social Security beyond 2034 and Medicare beyond 2028?
    No, I don't support tax increases, because they hurt the economy and won't save our safety net programs. Instead, we must protect these programs without making any changes for those in or near retirement. For Social Security, I support gradually increasing the retirement age to keep up with increasing life expectancy, as well as reducing the rate of benefit growth for upper-income seniors while making the program stronger for lower-income seniors. For Medicare, we must repeal Obamacare and its $800 billion in devastating cuts to Medicare Advantage. The program should be gradually transitioned to a premium support system which gives seniors a generous amount of money with which to purchase health insurance. For both of these programs, I do not support any changes to those in or near retirement.
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