Marco Rubio's Speech: Is America Still an Exceptional Nation?

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Rubio’s Speech
Marco Rubio was born in Miami, Florida, the second son and third child of Mario Rubio and Oria Garcia. His parents were Cubans who had immigrated to the United Stated in 1956. Rubio’s family was Roman Catholic. He was confirmed and married in the Catholic Church. At the age of 28 Rubio was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, representing Miami in Florida’s 111th House District. He is the author of the book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future, which includes information that Rubio compiled while traveling through the state and talking with citizens. On November 2, 2010, Marco Rubio won the general election with 49 percent of the vote to Crist’s 30 percent and Democrat Kendrick Meek’s 20 percent. In his speech on February 9, 2010, addressed to the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C, Marco Rubio spoke about some issues we are facing currently, such as reforming the tax code, reducing national debt, and lifting the regulatory burden off the businesses. He also spoke about differences between conservative values and the values of liberals and emphasizes what makes America great. Trough his speech Is America Still an Exceptional Nation? Rubio establishes credibility with his audience and attracts new voters to the House of Representatives.

In order to establish a connection with the audience Rubio shares his grandfather’s background. Rubio's personal story can relate to the majority of immigrants who came from third world countries. By sharing his story with the audience he steps down from the podium and becomes one with the audience. Rubio is no more just a person is the person that understands and feels with his audience. He knows what the immigrants went through in their countries because his grandfather experienced the same thing. His grandfather was born in a poor family and unable to accomplish more than what the social status offered. He invokes compassion toward the ones that had to suffer the same fate as his grandfather. Not only, through his grandfather story associates himself with the audience but also through his own personal life as well. He shares the same socio-economic status with the audience. He was not born in a rich or connected family, but he was not limited to become the person that he is today. He presents hope to the audience by saying that “…it doesn’t matter who your parents were or where you come from. You can be anything you are willing to work hard to be.” His parents come from a working class like the rest of his audience. His rank makes him an ordinary person that the audience can correlate to. Working parents who “…never achieved wealth or influence, but their hard work opened doors for their children who had been closed for them, and so to me, their story is the very essence of the American miracle.” The sentiment of satisfaction expressed in the quotation, embodies the view that is possible to achieve wealth. Our social status should not stand in our away of switching form poor too rich because we are born in the greatest country. A country that relies on individual liberty which made “… us the freest people in history.” And America appear to be “…the most reliable defender of freedom in the history of the world.”, because it can stand in the terrorist way of spreading their world view on many people. Yet, some leaders think “… that America’s enemies exist because of something America did to earn their enmity.” He reveals that the leaders with this concept will let the terrorist to win the battle.

He leads his audience to fear the possibility of being killed by terrorists. However, he gives them the sense of relief that the Republicans will work together to defeat the threat that the terrorism poses. Trough the process of limiting the government to protect Americans rights and “…not grant them.” He assures the audience that the Republicans will expand the military and...
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