Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced the long-awaited big announcement on Monday night that he will be running for president in 2016 and he isn’t going to look back.
The first term Senator from Florida has now become the third Republican to officially enter the 2016 primary fray joining his two other Senate colleagues, Ted Cruz from Texas and Rand Paul from Kentucky. Rubio, 43, the youngest candidate in the field, chose the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami just weeks before his announcement. Located in his hometown, it’s historically known as an iconic Ellis Island landmark for Cuban immigrants in the 1960s that fled the Castro regime. The site holds personal importance for Rubio when it comes to his family and the Cuban-American community.
“In this very room five decades ago, tens of thousands of Cuban exiles began their new lives in America,” Rubio said. “Their story is part of the larger story of the American miracle. United by a common faith in their God-given right to go as far as their talent and work would take them, a collection of immigrants and exiles, former slaves and refugees, together built the freest and most prosperous nation ever.”
The timing of Mr. Rubio’s kickoff was seen as a risk of being overshadowed by Hillary Clinton, who formally announced her candidacy the day before in a video that was tweeted online. Rubio didn’t see this as a threat and took a direct swipe at the Clinton announcement emphasizing that he is a new crop of leader. “Yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday,” Rubio said. “Yesterday is over and we’re never going back.”
Rubio also took an implied swipe at former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, his former political mentor. It was rumored that he would sit out of running for president if Bush joined the race. “I have heard some suggest that I should step aside and wait my turn, but I cannot, I believe our very identity as a nation is at stake and I can make a difference as president.”
Framing his speech of his message of the “New American Century”, Rubio said it has been left behind by the political establishment. ““The time has come for our generation to lead the way toward a new American Century,” Rubio said to an audience of over 1,000 supporters. Giving a narrative of his life by telling the story of his Cuban immigrant parents and being an example of what the American Dream looks like. Drawing the loudest cheers when Rubio mentioned the struggles his family endured when arriving in Miami from Cuba in the 1950s. “I live in an exceptional country where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege.” Rubio argued that now the dream is slipping away for many Americans who are now facing unequal opportunities to succeed.
Rubio’s impeccable announcement energized the crowd positioning himself as the young face and the ‘generational choice’. “After months of deliberation and prayer about the future of our country, I have come here tonight to make an announcement on how I believe I can best serve her.”
In regards to policy, Rubio touched on America returning to prosperity by “reforming the tax code, reducing regulations, controlling spending, modernizing immigration laws and repealing and replacing Obamacare.”
Rubio is a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s damaged foreign policy. Laying out the foreign policy errors of its “dangerous concessions to Iran and hostility toward Israel.” “The United States must abandon the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and renew its commitment to Israel,” Rubio said.
Rubio is currently trailing behind the increasingly crowded field of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul along with a host of other bigger-name candidates announcing in the upcoming weeks ahead. In order to stand out, Rubio must repair the name damage he created in 2013 for his efforts in sponsoring an immigration reform bill. The stakes remain high for Rubio to win the Republican nomination.
“Today I announce with God’s help, with the help of liberty lovers everywhere, that I’m putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States of America,” Paul said Tuesday at a rally in Louisville.
The first term Kentucky Senator who cast himself as a ‘different kind of Republican’ declared his presidential bid on Tuesday in Louisville. His 30-minute speech inside a crowded hotel ballroom outlined his libertarian-conservative vision of smaller government as Paul promised to shake up Washington.
“Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration and is now tripling under Barack Obama’s watch,” Paul said. “We’ve come to take our country back from the special interests that use Washington as their personal piggy bank.”
Paul’s announcement was not left to any suspense as part of his announcement was put on social media adding “I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government.”
On foreign policy, Republicans paint Paul as weak against foreign defense, but Paul hit this issue by making it clear that he will not take a back seat on defending America. “The enemy is radical Islam…not only will I name the enemy, I will do whatever it takes to defend America from theses haters of mankind.”
Bringing up the Iran deal and the negotiation over its nuclear program, Paul who has been silent on this issue, stated any “deal must be approved by Congress and will oppose any deal that does not end Iran’s nuclear ambitions and will have strong verification measures.”
The Senator who is known for criticizing President Obama’s domestic surveillance program drew a loud crowd when mentioning the United States has been compromising liberty for a false sense of security. Talking about the dangers of the NSA spying, Paul states “As president, on Day 1, I will immediately end unconstitutional surveillance.”
On economic policy, Paul outlined that poor cities have failed from Liberal policies and can benefit from “economic freedom zones by creating manufacturing jobs that will return overseas profits back to the United States and cutting taxes for American companies.”
Paul portrays himself a different new kind of Republican by reaching out to young people and African Americans. These two voting blocs have overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in the past. His brand of politics with an aggressive social media presence can be seen as a challenge as his name ID and strong rally base can put Rand Paul as a top tier candidate.
Paul, the son of Texas Congressman, and former presidential candidate Ron Paul is seen to continue on his father’s legacy of building the libertarian movement. However, the Senator will focus on a strategic operation of combining liberty and conservatism in hopes to compete with others who establish themselves as conservatives for the White House seat. The elder Paul is not expected to join his son on the campaign trail as the younger Paul tries to build the momentum of his father’s already established support base.
Paul’s announcement makes him the second official candidate from both parties to announce. His fellow Republican colleague, Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced two weeks ago, released a press statement welcoming ‘my friend Rand Paul’ into the primary. “I am glad to welcome my friend Rand Paul into the 2016 GOP primary..his entry into the race will no doubt raise the bar of competition, help make us all stronger, and ultimately ensure that the GOP nominee is equipped to beat Hillary Clinton and to take back the White House for Republicans in 2016.”
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is expected to announce early next week as well. The Republican field for 2016 is expected to be crowded, as others such as Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) and Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) are expected to declare soon. Paul will start his campaign this week to four early voting states of New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa, and Nevada.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced on Monday morning at Liberty University that he has thrown his hat into the ring for president in 2016. Cruz has become the first candidate of either party to officially declare his candidacy.
Opening his speech by stating, “I believe God is not done with America, yet”, he began with his family and his connection to his faith as he provided a detailed story about his parents. His mother, who grew up in Delaware and became a computer programmer, while his father was a Cuban teenage rebel fighter that fled the chaos at the age of 18 to America. Moving along, he mentioned his family problems from alcohol abuse to marital problems until his parents had a religious awakening that helped find their faith. “There are people who wonder if faith is real, I can tell you in my family there isn’t a second of doubt because if not the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would have been raised by a single mother.”
Cruz, the first to officially declare his candidacy via Titter Monday at Midnight, his announcement included a 30-second video of “I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight, will you join me.” A day before, it was reported by the Houston Chronicle of his official announcement for the presidency will occur on Monday.
Mentioning many conservative principles, Cruz told an energetic crowd of students using ‘Imagine’ at the beginning of each sentence laying out what America would be like if he takes office, as each sentence drew many loud applauses. “Imagine instead of economic stagnation, booming economic growth…Imagine abolishing the IRS…Instead of the lawlessness and the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders…Instead of a federal government that seeks to dictate school curriculum through Common Core, imagine repealing every word of Common Core…imagine a president who stands unapologetically with the nation of Israel…Imagine a president who says we will stand up and defeat radical Islamic terrorism, and we will call it by its name. We will defend the United States of America.”
Cruz mentioned Obamacare, as Monday’s anniversary marks its fifth year into law. Gaining national media attention for his 21-hour filibuster on the Senate floor, Cruz and his vocal opposition of the law led to a tense standoff between Republicans and Democrats. Liberty University is also known for filing a lawsuit once President Obama signed Obamacare into law. Cruz mentioned the failures since it was signed into law of “joblessness, millions forced into part-time work, millions forced into part-time work and millions losing their health insurance and doctor.” Cruz ended by repealing “every word of the Obamacare” come 2017.
Ending his speech, Cruz stated his full announcement with “God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation and I believe God isn’t done with America yet. And that is why today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States…We will get back and restore that shining city on a hill that is the United States of America.”
A conservative shooting star and firebrand to the Tea Party coalitions, Cruz a first-term senator is seen as a figure who is outspoken, passionate and energetic of his conservative positions to fight against Washington’s status quo. Disliked by some of his colleagues due to his constant pushback against establishment republicans. In 2013, he is known for the 17-day government shutdown as many democrats and some republicans saw this approach of destroying the country due to his battle to defund Obamacare.
His early announcement now puts Cruz in the advantage as he can seize the attention of the tea-party coalition as well as the big donors. Debuting his campaign announcement at Liberty University, an evangelical university, Cruz is also looking to gain traction of evangelical voters with his Christian conservative message to cut through a crowded field. Evangelicals are looking into former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as their contender as well as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Cruz, if he wins the nomination and the presidency in 2016 is set to become the nation’s first Hispanic president. Although Cruz was born in Canada, stated by the constitution, he is able to run for president since his mother is a natural born US citizen which meets the standards to run. If Cruz fails to win the nomination or drops out, Cruz will still retain his Senate seat through 2019.
Early Tuesday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush revealed that he has decided to explore the possibility of a run for president in 2016. Bush made this announcement via Facebook discussing his plans to establish a leadership PAC that will give him more of an opportunity to travel and talk with voters across the nation. His announcement comes on the heel of a number of appearances he made in several early primary states. He also recently announced plans to release documents from his time as governor.
Jeb is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of George W. Bush. He is a favorable candidate among the Republican establishment but faces many challenges from strong conservatives. He also has the potential of raising more money than anyone in the field, but is expected to be attacked over his support of Common Core guidelines, immigration reform and other issues. This move to form a committee will ultimately lead to questions on how he will set himself apart from his dad and brother who both were unpopular as they began to leave office. Bush’s announcement puts pressure on his fellow colleagues both from the establishment wing as well as the conservative wing of the party.
Award winning entrepreneur and acclaimed filmmaker, Dennis Michael Lynch, rocked the grassroots world Saturday night in Scottsdale, Ariz. when he announced his concrete plans for a 2016 bid for president. The news was met with thunderous applause at the packed Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the pinnacle event of his Fighting for America Tour 2014.
“I’ve made decision. I will throw my hat in the ring. Sometime in the near future I will officially announce I am running for POTUS in 2016,” Lynch told the crowd as they erupted in applause and celebration. After weeks hinting at the prospect, it’s official, his mind is made up and there is no turning back.
Following Saturday’s event, Lynch posted his reaction on Facebook:
I made a few promises. I promised to never mud sling at another man or woman who seeks the same nomination. I promised to always keep my humility. I vowed to give it everything I’ve got to ensure a victory and that when we do win, the biggest problems facing this country – illegal immigration, terror, the economy and national debt — will be addressed immediately and correctly.
I vowed to always salute members of our military with the respect they deserve. I explained how I will light a spark in people who have lost hope. I promised I will bring people together and make it so the vicious name-calling comes to an end. I vowed never to be politically correct. I vowed to bring greatness back to America.. And I explained that I will surround myself with the best people – people who love this country.
Here is the announcement speech in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Here is DML filming his upcoming and final documentary film, “Fighting For America”:
Lynch’s wife Mary told the audience that she knows her husband will protect Americans like no other man will or can. She concluded by stating we all must work towards improving the future of our country which means we all have to work together in fighting for America.
Dennis Michael Lynch is the premier grassroots candidate of 2016. Much like Ben Carson, another well-respected prospective candidate, he is not owned or controlled by politicians and lobbying groups. Unlike Ben Carson, Dennis Michael Lynch wants the job and is ready for the challenge.
Keep up with Dennis Michael Lynch and see his work at DMLDaily.com.
Video from the pinnacle event of the 2014 Fighting For America Tour (10/4/2014):
George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said he has no plans to endorse a candidate in the 2016 GOP presidential primary — even if his father throws his hat in the ring.
In 2012, the younger Bush endorsed Tea-Party favorite Ted Cruz in his successful Texas Senate primary against then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the GOP establishment’s pick.
Cruz is now eyeing a presidential bid, along with outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry. And Jeb Bush, the son of President George H.W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush, has been receiving encouragement from moderate Republicans to jump in the race as well.
George P. Bush on Friday night called Cruz “fearless” and a “force of nature,” adding that they text message each other from time to time. But asked whether he’d back Cruz for president, George P. Bush, the GOP nominee for Texas land commissioner, replied: “I’m staying out of that race.”
His remarks came during a lighthearted moment during an hour long interview at the Texas Tribune Festival. When Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith followed up and asked if he wouldn’t even endorse his father, Jeb, the younger Bush replied: “I think folks know that I love him.”
“You know the headline tomorrow will be: George P. Bush: Too Busy to Endorse his Dad,” Smith joked.
“You caught me on that one,” said Bush, who is 38.
Pressed whether his famous uncle or grandfather could survive a GOP primary today given the rise of tea-party conservatives, Bush sidestepped the question.
“I’m a man of my own right. I’ve been running in my campaign, presenting my own ideas,” Bush said. “My campaign is about the future and not talking about the past. … We’ll leave that to historians to assess as to what was conservative and what was not, and what is conservative enough now.”
Credit: The Hill