Over the last few months, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has been one of the frontrunners in the GOP presidential race. However, this newly surfaced video might change all of that…
According to Western Journalism, a video from 2008 has surfaced showing a young Rubio voicing support for Florida preparing for an “inevitable” federal cap and trade program. As Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Rubio said that “Florida should do two things.”
“First, Florida should position itself for what I believe is inevitable and that is a federal cap and trade program. Florida should do everything it can to be an early complier so it can access early compliance and so that it can help influence what that cap and trade looks at the federal level. So I’m in favor of giving the Department of Environmental Protection a mandate that they go out and design a cap and trade or a carbon tax program and bring it back to the legislature for ratification some time in the next two years.”
Conservatives everywhere are outraged by what Rubio said in this video.
“Cap and trade is an environmental system that hardcore liberals including former Vice President Al Gore support,” wrote Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News.
Cap and trade limits the amount of carbon dioxide companies can put into the air, and also allows businesses to trade credits with other companies for more revenue. Ted Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said Rubio’s record “shows a questionable fidelity to some of the most important issues for conservatives.”
“And even where he might agree on the substance, he hasn’t stood on the front lines with Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and the millions of conservatives trying to restore the rule of law, oppose amnesty, protect religious liberty, defend the Second Amendment, and resist environmental extremism. Indeed, on several issues- like gun rights or amnesty- he has either been AWOL or on the wrong side altogether. For instance, cap and trade is a massive job killer in places like Iowa, but he’s supported it in the past. I’ll let others determine whether or not that makes him a conservative, but his record is certainly a stark contrast to Cruz, who has been in the middle of every fight that matters to conservatives.”
Rubio has tried to defend himself in a brief statement issued by spokesman Alex Conant.
“Charlie Crist made the same allegation in 2010 and it was debunked then,” Conant said. “Fact is that Marco stood up to Charlie Crist to defeat cap-and-trade.”
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