The Washington Post recently reported that some Republicans in the U.S. Senate are vowing to hold up legislation until the chamber finds a way to seriously cut spending and overhaul the budget. One of them is Marco Rubio, who is making the fight about President Barack Obama and drawing cheers from the conservative gallery.
“You cannot solve issues of this magnitude without presidential leadership,” he told conservative radio jockey Mark Levin during a discussion of the national debt. “This president isn’t just leading. He’s missing in action on this issue.”
That prompted Levin to ask him: Why haven’t you considering running for president? Rush Limbaugh began piling on:
“Marco Rubio has had it, and it hasn’t taken long for Marco Rubio to have had it,” conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on his show Tuesday. “Marco Rubio says, ‘What is this continuing resolution crap? I didn’t come in here to fund the government every two to three weeks, and $6 billion here and $6 billion there. What the hell is going on here?’”
“Wish the damn guy, wish the guy would run for president,” Limbaugh added.
During his Levin appearance, Rubio called for cuts in discretionary programs — 14 percent of the budget that he said is “not an insignificant thing,” along with overhauls of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, which make up a much larger share of the federal budget.
“If we do not reform those programs, they will bankrupt themselves and bankrupt America, and nobody around here wants to talk about it,” he said.