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.
BERKELEY, Mo. – A St. Louis area police officer shot and killed an armed 18-year-old late Tuesday in Berkeley, Missouri.
Berkeley is just a few miles from Ferguson, Mo. where Officer Darren Wilson defended himself against a black teen who had just robbed a store and charged at him in August of last year. A grand jury decided not to indict Officer Wilson in Brown’s shooting death. Violent protests sparked due to the constant racial tensions that remain from the Michael Brown case.
This incident also involved a white police officer who shot a black teen, which seems to be the only reason for the protests and outrage regardless of what actually transpired. The 18-year-old Antonio Martin was armed and pointed a gun at the police officer at a gas station.
The officer was responding to a larceny call at a Mobil on the Run station about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday when the shooting happened.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officer was questioning the 18-year-old and another man about a theft late Tuesday at a convenience store in Berkeley when the young man pulled a 9mm handgun on him. The officer stumbled backward but fired three shots, one of which struck the victim, Belmar said.
One of the individuals “produced a pistol with his arm straight out, pointing it straight at the officer kind of from across the hood,” Belmar said.
At that point, the chief said, the officer got his service revolver “and fired what we think is three shots.”
The officer who shot Martin was a six-year veteran of the Berkeley Police Department and is on administrative leave pending an investigation, Belmar said.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS units.
Police released a video from the gas station parking lot, which shows two men being questioned by the officer and near the end of the video, a figure can be seen holding what could be a gun and pointing it at the officer.
Each shooting that occurs seems to garner protesters showing up to demonstrate their hatred for police even without knowing what actually occurred. This one was no different as approximately 300 people turned out and protested, which escalated quickly and more than 50 police officers were called in.
Violent protesters threw explosive devices, fireworks, rocks and bricks at officers who showed up in riot gear.
At a news conference later Wednesday, Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said “you can’t compare this to Ferguson or the Garner case in New York.” He said the videotape showed the suspect pointing a gun at the officer. He also said that the city would conduct its own complete investigation, separate from the St. Louis County Police investigation.