Where does Marco Rubio stand on the issues?
State: West Miami, Florida
Family: Wife Jeanette and four children
Current position: U.S. senator
Professional background: Was an attorney, 1996-March 1998, but he didn’t like litigation; taught a politics course at Florida International University, 2008-09
Political background: Miami city commissioner, April 1998-January 2000. Florida House of Representatives, February 2000-December 2008: House majority leader, 2003-06; House speaker, November 2006-December 2008; U.S. senator, 2010-present.
Biggest campaign controversy: Being one of the Gang of 8 bipartisan sponsors of a 2013 immigration reform bill that passed the Democrat-controlled Senate and died in the GOP-led House. Led to the accusation he supported amnesty for illegal immigrants. Has said during the debates that he always wanted more conservative immigration reforms and wouldn’t seek a path to citizenship until Americans are assured the southern border is secure.
Signature campaign line: “Now the time has come for our generation to lead the way towards a new American century.”
Number of delegates: 106 of 1,237 needed to win
Flint: “There was a significant government breakdown” when Flint was switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River. Calling it a “tragedy,” he said it’s “a systemic and ugly breakdown at the local and state level.”
Auto bailout: Opposed subsidies for GM and Chrysler even though he wasn’t in Congress at the time. “I don’t think that was the right way to handle it, but certainly our auto industry is important.”
Taxes: Shrink income tax code from seven brackets to three — 15 percent for individuals up to $75,000, 25 percent for $75,001-$150,000 and 35 percent for more than $150,000. Keep the charitable-contribution and a reformed mortgage interest deductions for all taxpayers. Create a new, partially refundable child tax credit up to $2,500 per child. Cut taxes for all businesses to 25 percent. Allow all businesses to immediately expense every dollar that they invest.
Immigration: Cancel President Barack Obama’s “unconstitutional executive orders.” Deport criminal illegal immigrants. Hire 20,000 Border Patrol agents. Create an entry-exit visa tracking system. Reform and mandate government’s eVerify electronic background system to check immigration status of workers. One of Gang of 8 who proposed letting illegal immigrants in the country before Dec. 31, 2011 apply for provisional resident status — after paying fines and back taxes — and eventually try to gain a 13-year path to citizenship.
Health care: Would repeal Affordable Care Act. Proposes three-part reform plan: 1. Create a refundable, annually increasing tax credit to purchas health care. 2. Reform insurance rules to let those with pre-existing conditions get care, allow shopping for insurance across state lines and allow expansion of health savings accounts. 3. Reform and strengthen financially unstable Medicare and Medicaid, including per-capita Medicaid blocks grants for states to manage.
Abortion: Opposes except when when it threatens the life of the mother. Says it’s a “human rights issue.” Wants to overturn Roe v. Wade as a flawed legal precedent and as morally wrong. Supports eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions, among other services.
Islamic State: Proposes creating a multinational coalition of nations to send troops into Iraq and Syria to destroy IS. The U.S. would coordinate strategy with Sunni Muslims, Kurds and others, and provide “a larger number of American troops on the ground” to provide logical and intelligence support. Would increase U.S. airstrikes. Would try to oust Syria’s Bashar al-Assad from power.
Syrian refugees: Opposes Donald Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants. “To have a religious test would violate the Constitution,” he said. Proposes that security forces better vet people entering the country.
Source: Detroit News research