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Rubio: Obama will bring too much regulation, and McCain will win



State Rep. Marco Rubio, former speaker of the Florida House, predicted Republican presidential candidate John McCain will win the argument over which candidate can best right the economy because conservatives better understand the balancing act between too much regulation and too little.

In light of the nation's economic turmoil and the massive government intervention needed to shore up major financial institutions recently, Democrats have been accusing Republicans - including McCain - of having gone too far down the road to deregulation, and even Republicans on Capitol Hill seem prepared to tighten the reigns on Wall Street.

Rubio insisted Florida voters will be drawn to the lure of the free market and less regulation than Obama would bring.

"Florida is a state composed of people who came here to get away from that," he said, be it from Cuba or New Jersey. "They didn't just come for the weather."

He added that "Floridians understand that government cannot create economoic prosperity... Ultimately the reason that people become propserous, make more money for themselves... and allow their children to have a life better than their own is not government, but .. all of those things work when there is a fair, free market in place."

The conference call was organized by the McCain campaign while Obama was campaigning in Jacksonville Saturday. "I don't think to be a conservative, small government Republican is to accept the notion that all government regulation is wrong," he said. "It is, however, to recognize that there is a balancing act and that regulation, especially unnecessary regulation, is a form of taxation.''

Rubio also predicted that the race for Florida's 27 electoral votes will remain tight to the end but that McCain will prevail. He also blasted a new Obama TV ad that compares McCain to Rush Limbaugh when it comes to immigration, a patently false distortion that earned's vaunted "Pants on Fire" ruling. You can view it here.

"It doesn't just stretch the truth but offends it," Rubio said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:49am]


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