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Marco Rubio getting boxed in over support for Big Sugar



Marco Rubio is getting boxed in over his support for sugar subsides, increasingly a target of conservatives.

First Jeb Bush came out in support of ending the aid, and last night Ted Cruz ripped into “corporate welfare,” portending a line of attack on Rubio.

“I mention that the 25 programs that I put today, that I would eliminate them. Among them are corporate welfare, like sugar subsidies. Let's take that as an example. Sugar subsidies,” Cruz said. “Sugar farmers farm under roughly 0.2% of the farmland in America, and yet they give 40% of the lobbying money. That sort of corporate welfare is why we're bankrupting our kids, and grandkids. I would end those subsidies to pay for defending this nation.”

Bush has called for phasing out the government subsidies for an industry he had long supported and, like Rubio, has received plenty of financial support from.

And the Wall Street Journal editorial page last week knocked Rubio, saying he “has many talents, but one trait the presidential campaign has exposed is a tendency to hedge on his principles when he thinks it’s politically beneficial.”

Today on Good Morning America, Rubio repeated his stance that he’s in favor of ending the subsidies — but only if other countries do.

"I'm prepared to get rid of the sugar program. The problem is every country in the world that grows sugar has a program ... a subsidy,” he said, adding he didn't want to see an industry that creates jobs in Florida "wiped out."

“I want us to be able to compete with other countries, but it has to be fair," Rubio said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 1:22pm]


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