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Rubio: GOP must show Americans a better future
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during an interview at the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester on Friday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
"Of course, I have to feel like it's the right time in my life to do it," Rubio said. "I have to feel like I have a message that is not only right for the time, but that I'm willing to work for. Have a message that I'm passionate about that's going to allow me to get up at 5 in the morning and get in a rental car and cross the state back and forth in a 19-hour day.
Rubio gained national attention when he co-sponsored a controversial immigration bill that would toughen border security and enforcement measures while denying federal benefits to illegal immigrants.
Rubio said "we made some progress, but I think the key sticking point right now is very simple, and that is how can we verify enforcement is happening, because until you do that, I don't believe you'll have the political support to deal with those who are here illegally."
The New Hampshire Union Leader went to court to get the names, and a federal appeals court last month ruled ICE must release them. Rubio said the names should be made public.
Rubio said he opposes an Internet sales tax and would like cuts made in federal regulations and corporate tax rates.
"On many occasions, I had to do things that weren't as good as I wanted them to be but were better than we had right now and was willing to do that. I think where you go too far is when you abandon your principles. I'm willing to compromise on ideas. Where I think you can't compromise is on principles, and the reason why is because people elect you on those principles, and they expect you to follow through on principles. On ideas, I think there is flexibility on how you can accomplish things, and I always believe that if you are making things better, truly better, not cosmetically better, it's something you should be willing to work with people on."
"I think the real frustration with Washington is it doesn't seem plugged in to what life is like for real people in the real world on a daily basis," he said. "We fight and argue over things that most people are not worrying about at night before they go to bed or in the morning when they're making their coffee."
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