Unfortunately, President Obama is not coming to listen to the problems affecting Floridians, but to glean Floridians' checking accounts. Florida's unemployment rate is over 11% and the state is #1 in mortgage foreclosures, and people behind in their mortgage payments. Below is a rough transcripts of the comments of their initial comments prior to questions and two press reports on the conference. In full disclosure, America's Best Choice has endorsed Marco Rubio for the US Senate.
Sen. LeMieux On President Obama’s Florida Fundraiser: As you know the President is going to be here tomorrow on a fundraising mission, he’s been frolicking around the country fundraising on I guess is his largest fundraising effort since he has been elected President. What I think he’s going to find when he comes to Florida is that Florida is suffering and Floridians are hurting."The Miami Herald - Rubio, LeMieux comment on Obama visit
Sen. LeMieux: While it [Florida] might serve as political gold for fundraising, I wish he was down here focusing on the economy. I wish the Congress was focusing on the economy instead of trying to pass these thousand page job-killing bills. So, Mr. President, welcome to Florida, it’s always a privilege to have the President of the United States in our state, but know that the policies of this administration are killing jobs in Florida, and putting us in a very difficult spot.
Sen. LeMieux On Florida’s Economy: The economy is in very difficult shape, worse shape than anyone can remember. We have 11.4 percent unemployment, well higher than the national average of 9.5 percent. We’re number one in the country in mortgage foreclosures for the first half of the year, number one in being behind on our mortgage payments. And there’s a lot of anger out there and I think the President, if he talks to everyday Floridians is going to get a sense of that. Anger at a government that’s creating thousands of pages of bloated new federal programs that are job killers.
Sen. LeMieux On The Failed $862 Billion Stimulus: 18 months ago, this administration told us that they would create 3.5 million new jobs by August of 2010. Instead, we’ve lost more than 3 million jobs. In terms of the stimulus which was supposed to create all these jobs, it didn’t work. And I guess most disappointing, Florida was 50 out of 50 in stimulus dollars received, according to a recent USA Today article.
Sen. LeMieux: Florida is…50 out of 50…in stimulus dollars. And it goes to the problem…that the debt is the number one issue facing this country right now. We are on an unsustainable path...We need to reign in government spending, cap government spending, cut government spending, and let the private sector have some confidence about what the taxation and regulatory environment is. Unfortunately the stimulus program didn’t provide any stimulus, and it cost us a great deal of money and furthered our debt.
Marco Rubio On President Obama’s Florida Fundraiser: I think one of the important things the President needs to hear is that politicians don’t create jobs. Jobs are created by everyday people who start a business, or expand an existing business, and the reason why that’s not happening today in America is because folks aren’t certain about the future.
Rubio: This is a state that has suffered greatly because of job losses and an anemic recovery, and I think it’s a state that will benefit greatly from the right kind of leadership in Washington, D.C. So we hope that when the President comes down here tomorrow, he’ll take time to listen to the job creators, the small businessman and women who, every single day, are creating jobs for people or are in a position to create jobs, but can’t do that because of the policies of the administration and his allies in Congress have pursued.
Marco Rubio On The Obama Administration Taking America Away From A Free Enterprise System: And this administration has taken us further from the free enterprise system than any administration in modern American history, and we need to get back on the right road in regards to that.
Marco Rubio On Debt: I think the other thing the President will hear here in Florida is that there’s a lot of concern about the debt. The fact is that we have now reached the point where America is heading towards a Greece-like day of reckoning, if our federal leaders do not take seriously the structural problems that exist in our budgeting that have created and built up this debt to dangerous levels.
by Patricia Mazzei: With President Barack Obama visiting Miami Beach Wednesday for a fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Alex Sink, Republican Sen. George LeMieux and GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio held a conference call with reporters Tuesday to highlight their differences with the president and Democrats in general.The Palm Beach Post - Rubio, LeMieux preempt Obama visit
This administration has taken us further from the free-enterprise system than any [other]," Rubio said. In Florida, Obama will hear a lot of concern about the debt -- which Rubio referred to as a "Greece-like day of reckoning" -- and about jobs and why the federal stimulus hasn't created more of them.
"Every major national issue can be found here," Rubio said of Florida. "This is a state that has suffered greatly...It's a state that will benefit greatly from the right kind of leadership.
We hope that when the president comes down here tomorrow, he'll take time to listen."
LeMieux, for his part, added: "The stimulus hasn't worked. It's done a little -- it's saved some teacher jobs...We're on an unsustainable path. We can't create jobs with government."
By Michael C. Bender: U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., and Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Marco Rubio held a press conference this afternoon to offer their critiques of President Obama, who will be in Miami tomorrow for a fundraiser to help his fellow Democrats.
“He’s been frolicking around the country fund-raising,” LeMieux said.
“What I think he’s going to find when he comes to Florida is that Florida is suffering and Floridians are hurting,” LeMieux said. “The economy is in very difficult shape — worse shape than anyone can remember.”
But LeMieux said that was the fault of the federal government, not state government that his fellow Republicans have been running for the past 12 years.
“There’s a lot of anger out there,” LeMieux said. “The President, if he talks to everyday Floridians, is going to get a sense of that anger at a government that is creating thousands of pages of bloated new federal programs that are job killers.”
LeMieux said the stimulus has not worked.
“Florida is a very difficult place. And while it might his serve his political goals to be fund-raising, I wish he was down here focusing on the economy,” LeMieux said.
“It’s always a privilege to have the President of the US in our state,” LeMieux said. “But know that the policies of this administration are killing jobs in Florida and putting us in a very difficult spot.”
Some quotes from Rubio:
“This administration has taken us further from the free enterprise system than any administration in modern American history. We need to get back on the right road in regards to that.”
“The fact is that we have now reached the point where America is headed toward a Greece-like day of reckoning if our federal leaders do not take seriously the structural problems that exist in our budgeting that have created and built up this debt to dangerous levels.”
“In Florida, every major national issue can be found here. All the major national debates are happening here as well. This is a state that has suffered greatly because of job losses an anemic recovery. And I think it’s a state that I think will benefit greatly from the right kind of leadership from Washington D.C.”
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