Video: Marco Rubio vs. John Kerry on the debt crisis

posted at 5:00 pm on July 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

A long clip but worth every minute. Trust me. Just watch it.

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“Compromise without solutions is a waste of time.”

Idiots on the left and right. You know the Bradkys take note.

CW on July 30, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Rubio voted in support of the House bill yesterday in the Senate. So who is going to primary this RINO?

Mark1971 on July 30, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Watched it live. Excellent.

txmomof6 on July 30, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I watched it live too. It was good.

Brat4life on July 30, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I am having second thougts about having to wait until 2020 for Rubio to be in the WH. I know it’s too early though. Isn’t it?

Nelsa on July 30, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I was watching this live. Jeb Bush and I were crying. Why isn’t Rubio the spokesman for the GOP? Even Bill O’Reilly thinks Rubio should be the leader on this issue. There is no more persuasive communicator in government than Rubio now and since Reagan.

Terrie on July 30, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I also liked Rand brought up adding the Balanced Budget Amendment to Reid’s bill and that Rand had 10 votes for it to pass and it was rejected.

Brat4life on July 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Hopefully Robert Reich listened to this.

This is also very entertaining and enlightening.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Rubio scares Obama silly.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:13 PM

“The esteemed Sen. from Nevada” is filibustering his own bill “to run out the clock”.

Expose them nakid, all of them.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I can’t see the GOP Elite asking a Freshman Senator to be their spokesperson.

Brat4life on July 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM

The House debate on CSPAN right now is as noisy and rambunctious as Sunday nights with the House of Commons. Applause and boos aplenty with David Dreier leading the GOP.

Terrie on July 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Marco Rubio will be POTUS one day. I’d put a lot of $$ on it.

nickj116 on July 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Engel “Why don’t you try working with democrats.” LOL

Brat4life on July 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Marco Rubio will be POTUS one day. I’d put a lot of $$ on it.

nickj116 on July 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM

There is little doubt that he is an adult. Unlike Obama it is a given.

CW on July 30, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Rubio scares Obama silly.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:13 PM

He scares all Dems. Look how Clinton pulled out the stops to try to keep him from being elected.

txmomof6 on July 30, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Lurch… what a tool…

but..but..but they made those statements and votes when it didn’t mean anything

phreshone on July 30, 2011 at 5:19 PM

working with democrats

Brat4life on July 30, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Working with and compromising are words defined by the Dems. As long as we know into political battle understanding that fact then we may be successful.

CW on July 30, 2011 at 5:20 PM

So Obama’s vote as a senator to not raise the debt ceiling was symbolic — “everyone knew that” said Sen. Kerry. Does this mean that when people vote there should be a column beside the yea or nay to define whether it is a meaningful vote or a symbolic vote? Perhaps they should be weighted differently? What is this garbage?

msactionjackson on July 30, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Wow! I am SOOO proud of my Senator!

Minorcan Maven on July 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

He’s good.

artist on July 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Rubio voted in support of the House bill yesterday in the Senate. So who is going to primary this RINO?

Mark1971 on July 30, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Why should he be primaried? Aren’t we allowed to take the totality of his service into account?

And besides – the bill he voted yes on – the Boehner bill – was irrelevant and still is.

HondaV65 on July 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Imagine how Charlie Crist would have handled this.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America’s debt problem.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.

Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is “trillion” with a “T.” That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion…

Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.
Senator Barack Hussein Obama March 16, 2006

derft on July 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

He’s got my vote! Now we just have to get him to run.

BillyRuffn on July 30, 2011 at 5:23 PM

That clip really was amazing. Such a grasp of the crux of the issue, and such an ability to CLEARLY communicate it! I’m convinced that he should become the Senate Minority leader. Then, after we win the Senate in 2012, he should be Senate Majority leader.

Weight of Glory on July 30, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Bahahahahha

Rubio FTW.

Poor John Kerry, couldn’t even believe Rubio gave him the floor. Shows how long it’s been since they have seen a real gentleman there, someone who takes his oath of office seriously. Kerry looked completely nonplussed!

Bahahahahahaha

rockmom on July 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM

“House on fire” analogy was marvelous.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I hope he isn’t picked to be the VP nominee. I want him to have a long and fruitful Senate career. Something like Ted Kennedy had.
Y’know for good instead of evil.
And without the dead interns and drunkeness.

billy on July 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM

In both the House and Senate debates, you can tell the Republicans that are most threatening to Democrats by the speakers they interrupt and try to silence — Sean Duffey from Wisconsin, for example.

Terrie on July 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM

“The esteemed Sen. from Nevada…”

Not sure how he said that with a straight face. I sure wouldn’t want to play poker against Sen. Rubio.

Yakko77 on July 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM

That was so good if I smoked I would light up a ciggie.

gophergirl on July 30, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Has anyone seen his commencement speech from Ave Maria Law School? It was amazing. Brought tears to my eyes.

txmomof6 on July 30, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Brilliant. Simply, brilliant.

I get the feeling it was a Presidential Has Been asking a President-to-be questions and discovering what he was missing.

Imagine how Charlie Crist would have handled this.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

With a fan off to the side and a pollster on the other giving guidance.

amazingmets on July 30, 2011 at 5:26 PM

gophergirl, I lit up one for the both of us.

I have a man-crush on him.

Ian on July 30, 2011 at 5:26 PM

So Obama’s vote as a senator to not raise the debt ceiling was symbolic — “everyone knew that” said Sen. Kerry.

msactionjackson on July 30, 2011 at 5:21 PM

You make great points . If his vote though was purely symbolic did he need to say:

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” he said. “It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

CW on July 30, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Imagine how Charlie Crist would have handled this.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

He wouldn’t have…..

sicoit on July 30, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Imagine how Obama, sans prompter, would handle a debate with Rubio.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Rubio voted in support of the House bill yesterday in the Senate. So who is going to primary this RINO?

Mark1971 on July 30, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Ohhh, he talked pretty.

You idiots will never learn.

Aquateen Hungerforce on July 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM

I hope he isn’t picked to be the VP nominee. I want him to have a long and fruitful Senate career.

billy on July 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I would like to see him run for POTUS and not VP.

CW on July 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM

His commencement speech at Ave Maria Law School.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:31 PM

I love this guy. He’s gonna make someone a great VP candidate next year.

JohnInCA on July 30, 2011 at 5:32 PM

“Compromise without solutions is a waste of time.”

‘Terrorist talk’. Go Marco! You get it.

JimP on July 30, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Imagine how Obama, sans prompter, would handle a debate with Rubio.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM

There would be smirking, condescenion and blathering. Same thing he does all the time to hide his inadequacies. Still amazes me that some think he’s brilliant.

sherry on July 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM

I sure am proud of my Senator.

Grunt on July 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

CW on July 30, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Exactly. But then Sen. Kerry (who by the way served in Viet Nam) didn’t read Sen. Obama’s speech as he was trying to distract Sen Rubio’s reasoned remarks.

msactionjackson on July 30, 2011 at 5:38 PM

This guy is awesome. Rubio will imo opinion definitely be POTUS one day. Perry/Rubio 2012

Southernblogger on July 30, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Could you imagine a VP debate between Rubio and Biden? I’m laughing just thinking about what an ass-kicking that would be.

JohnInCA on July 30, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Why can’t McCain and other republicans speak like Rubio?
Instead of calling Tea Party people Hobbits and jumping on the blame bandwagon, why doesn’t McCain and others recognize that it was Tea Party candidates that have held the line on these Socialist policies?

Tired of go along to get along.

Kini on July 30, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Passion. Check.
Conviction. Check
Facts. Check.
Teleprompter. None.
Ugh Count: Zero.

Wow. Just wow. And he’s just 40 years old. Great future. Let’s not push him too far, too fast. 2020 sounds good.

SleeplessinChicago on July 30, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Everyone should listen to this monologue from Rush yesterday if you have not heard it. It is worth the listen. The link to the page is below.

http://www.therightscoop.com/rush-we-are-all-sarah-palin-now/

SheetAnchor on July 30, 2011 at 5:42 PM

So Obama’s vote as a senator to not raise the debt ceiling was symbolic

Of course it was…

If it had been important, and required taking a stand on a contraversial issue, the Jr Senator from Illionois would’ve votede “Present

OnlyOrange on July 30, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I desperately want to volunteer/donate/vote for the Rubio/Ryan ticket.

Laura Curtis on July 30, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Bang, taste that night stick. Rubio!

andy85719 on July 30, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Why can’t McCain and other republicans speak like Rubio?

Kini on July 30, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Because one must posses substance in order to project it.

katy on July 30, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Kerry is part of the cancer that has taken this country to the verge of bankruptcy. He, like Obama, has never considered the best interests of the American people and his traitorous acts with the enemy during the Viet Nam War was as despicable as Harry Reid declaring the “the Iraq War is lost” from the podium on the Senate floor while Americans were dying on the battlefield. Marco Rubio is a breath of fresh air, but to the incompetents in charge of the government, he is an enemy that they will attack, not with ideas or solutions, but with lies and deceptions. This is an extremely critical time for our country and those in charge don’t have a clue.

volsense on July 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Love him! I wish I lived in FL just so I could vote for him! I guess I’ll have to wait until he runs for national office.

tnmama on July 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM

There would be smirking, condescenion and blathering. Same thing he does all the time to hide his inadequacies. Still amazes me that some think he’s brilliant.

sherry on July 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM

…and filibustering

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:46 PM

That was so good if I smoked I would light up a ciggie.
gophergirl on July 30, 2011 at 5:25 PM

I do and I did. That was absolutely fantastic.

Naturally Curly on July 30, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Why is it only Republicans are supposed to compromise?

Dasher on July 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I sure am proud of my Senator.

Grunt on July 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I have Brown & Kerry for mine.

;-(

roy_batty on July 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Rubio voted in support of the House bill yesterday in the Senate. So who is going to primary this RINO?

Mark1971

Good grief …. save up some money & buy a clue.

BD57 on July 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM

I sure am proud of my Senator.

Grunt on July 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I have Brown & Kerry for mine.

;-(

roy_batty on July 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Even worse I have Franken and Klobuchar

Dasher on July 30, 2011 at 5:52 PM

President Rubio. Done.

pullingmyhairout on July 30, 2011 at 5:53 PM

For those on the left and right who criticize Marco Rubio for signing onto the Boehner Bill sent to the Senate, they scream compromise and when they get it, they attack without an answer to solve the problem, but with hatemongering rhetoric that destroys any possibility to attain a just solution. Those that have created the problem work to remain in power, and in turn, will only make it worse.

volsense on July 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I have Brown & Kerry for mine.

;-(

roy_batty on July 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Could be worse. Boxer and Feinstein

JohnInCA on July 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Holy crap he is good. Why can’t they all be this articulate?

El_Terrible on July 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Could be worse. Boxer and Feinstein

JohnInCA on July 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM

w00t w00t

In a state of nearly 40 million, we can’t find one Marco Rubio to run against Feinstein in 2012?

El_Terrible on July 30, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I have Brown & Kerry for mine.

;-(

roy_batty on July 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Me too; (1/2 hour north of Boston off 93.)

massrighty on July 30, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Very well said, BD57@5:51 PM As long as there is ignorance of that magnitude, the hope for the future of our country seems dim indeed. Allen West voted for that bill too and both are leaders of the Tea Party. West knows war. You win the war one battle at a time. The bill, though nothing great, does address a balanced budget which will address the insane spending. Take what you can get and live to fight another day. Refusal to do so, makes another day seem like a bad dream.

volsense on July 30, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Leadership

hadsil on July 30, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Thanks Schadenfreude!

txmomof6 on July 30, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Gave me chills.

darwin on July 30, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Wow. The whole thing is brilliant and the end had me almost near tears. Just, wow.

Kerry, whose hair is even pouffier than I remembered it, looked like a silly, whiny, unimportant member. One wouldn’t believe that he had served decades and Rubio mere months. Or, actually, that’s the problem. Kerry is inured to the absurdities and Rubio, as he stated, is not.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 30, 2011 at 6:16 PM

This is also very entertaining and enlightening.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Noonan calls Obama a loser, but the truth is, Obama is a child. His presidency is perhaps the most glaring case of arrested development that can be found in all of human history. Now, we are told that the vacuum of leadership that this empty suit has demostrated in this latest crisis is somehow a “mystery”? The real mystery is, why are people SO surprised? There were many of us that predicted this outcome when Obama was elected 2 1/2 years ago. Right from the get-go, we hung the label on him that would come to characterize/define his time in office. Barack Hussein Obama — the Being There president.

My collie says:

OF COURSE, Barack Obama doesn’t have ANY idea how to lead the nation out of this crisis. Just like Chauncey Gardiner, Obama “likes to watch”.

CyberCipher on July 30, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Watching C-span. What a joke.

derft on July 30, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Why the long Face, Thurston?

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2011 at 6:23 PM

I love that it’s Kerry who provided vapid comments on the ‘against it before they were for it’ nature of the quotes.

James on July 30, 2011 at 6:30 PM

roy_batty on July 30, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Me too; (1/2 hour north of Boston off 93.)

massrighty on July 30, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Just returned from a terrific afternoon of music at the 25th Anniversary of the Lowell Folk Festival-some terrific performers this year. Highlight was sitting literally at the feet of the “Titan of the Telecaster” Bill Kirchen as he double-clutched his way thru a 10 roaring minute version of “Hot Rod Lincoln”, which he first made famous 40 years ago as the original guitarist for Commander Cody. Amazing player.

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2011 at 6:32 PM

No teleprompter, no stack of cards, no script he sticks to. He’s like that in person. REAL. Ask him a question, you get HIS answer, not what he thinks you want to hear and the same answer he’ll give 400 miles away.

I adore him. Have since the first time I met him and couldn’t be prouder to have had a small part in helping him get to that floor today, where we so desperately need him.

tree hugging sister on July 30, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Mark 1971 @ 5:08 PM

Your claim that Marco voted for the Boehner Bill is bogus. The Boehner Bill originated in the House, chief. Marco is a senator in the Senate where it was tabled so his vote was to let it be debated and voted on, not for passage as in the House as you suggest.

volsense on July 30, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Future president, right there.

Jim-Rose on July 30, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Rubio 2016!

terryannonline on July 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Well I have to admit that I voted for Rubio largely because he wasn’t Crist or Meeks, but darn he’s good.

whbates on July 30, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Future president, right there.

Jim-Rose on July 30, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Yep. If we lose November 2012 (which I hope we don’t) I will watch video and look forward.

terryannonline on July 30, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I will NOT yield to you

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 6:50 PM

So you can only have a symbolic vote that is with your principles if that vote does not hold up, stop a bill or count in the overall vote count. You have to vote against your principles to compromise.

Hold firm. What is Obama bill. What is the Tea party approved bill because even Bachmann voted against CCB.

tjexcite on July 30, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Imagine how Charlie Crist would have handled this.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Do we really have to imagine, you know he would be getting hugs at the WH and be a solid vote for Harry!

Marco has a good grasp of what the underlyi g issues are and he can relay that in laymen terms they need to use him more. Well, use him more if we are still believing the GOP leadership was serious about cutting spending, which they do not!

bluemarlin on July 30, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Rubio is the anti-Obama. He and Obama are both able speakers, but where Obama spews empty platitudes, Rubio speaks passionately of principles. To Rubio, an election is a chance to change the system from within; to Obama, it’s a chance to continue campaigning in order to seize more power. The buck stops at the president, but Obama fancies himself above the fray, like a schoolteacher scolding his students on a lack of results; Rubio, on the other hand, is in the ring scoring hits. Rubio’s weapon of choice is his intellect; Obama’s, a teleprompter.

OneGyT on July 30, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Rubio 20162020!

terryannonline on July 30, 2011 at 6:43 PM

just a little FIFY, there`s this small matter of who runs the Nation from 2012 thru…

NY Conservative on July 30, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Rubio vs. Obama

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Too bad we can’t dump McConnell & Boehner and replace them with Rubio & Ryan… Ah, well…

golfer1 on July 30, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Damn that was good. Thanks AP. Lurch had a great smackdown from the youngster.

simkeith on July 30, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Nice… Rubio used every second. Even the few he gave to Kerry were an illustration of Marco’s willingness to listen to other opinions… and John F*in Kerry’s ‘stuck in stupid’ worthless hackedness.
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RalphyBoy on July 30, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Hmmm, he voted for the Boehner plan, but doesn’t seek to denigrate other GOPers who voted against it.

Curious.

Inclusive, smart, and passionate. Almost like having an adult in the room.

mockmook on July 30, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Well done, Senator Rubio.

cadenza on July 30, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Rubio voted in support of the House bill yesterday in the Senate. So who is going to primary this RINO?

Mark1971 on July 30, 2011 at 5:08 PM

At least he didn’t call us Hobbits or Schizoids.

fossten on July 30, 2011 at 7:26 PM

It’s official. I am asking this video to be my prom date.

sybilll on July 30, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I’ve long held that governors are much better suited to serve as chief executive than legislators.

I stand corrected.

eyesky on July 30, 2011 at 7:36 PM

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