I would like everyone right now to think about their kids; if there in the room, look at them. If you don’t have kids then dream of them, picture them playing in the living room. If you don’t want kids, then just think of someone you love. Now take the image or idea of your children, take a look at your house or job then go to a mirror and say “There is something strong in my soul, I passed that something to my kids and because we live in the greatest country in the world, my little boy or little girl can do anything”. Like in this case, be a United States Senator.
I read a great article a while back about the “other guy” running in the Republican primary for Senator here in Florida. That other guy’s name was Marco Rubio; he was a former house speaker in Florida with poll numbers in the single digits. There was a picture of an older woman, in what looked like a church handing over a crumpled $20 dollar donation with a huge smile. He was running against the powerful Governor of Florida who had no problems finding the money to fund his campaign. He had a comfortable lead in the polls and had done very little to help small businesses here in the Sunshine State. I remember feeling some hope that this Rubio guy, who came from as modest of a background as you can (his dad a bartender, his mom a housekeeper) and worked his tail off to graduate from law school; would find a way to beat Goliath and get to Washington, armed with the knowledge of what it’s like to grow up in working class Florida and to serve all of it’s people. I set the paper down and went back to work.
One night on the way home, I saw a Rubio bumper sticker. I recalled the article I had read and the few mentions he had gotten since. His numbers climbed into double digits and I thought “Good for him”. The next morning I saw two….over the next few weeks they’re were magazine covers, news interviews and the numbers rose. There was a surge in popularity and coverage that was unbelievable. This guy was a contender; this guy was real product from real people, this guy was Rocky Balboa. Charlie Crist was confined to playing Apollo Creed, the high priced talent in his mansion, that was unaware of what was happening. His opponent, who a few months was collecting 20 dollar bills here and there, had arrived and was here to give him a fight.
He appeared at a local event a while back and there was a stampede of people to meet the man, that a few months back, no one thought had a real chance. I met him briefly, and had a few words before he was rushed away by a crazy campaign schedule.
Marco Rubio now has the lead in the polls; his fundraising has taken off with hopefully enough muscle to fight the television war with Charlie Crist. This primary will capture national television attention; it will be crazy and vicious. It will be thee race in the nation to watch.
I believe that a Marco Rubio victory will be a victory for the working class here in Florida. Contractors, Nurses, Schoolteachers, dream with me. It’s not the amount of your paycheck, not the house you live in…It’s the strength of your values and the size of your heart that determine your child’s future. That is the great thing about living in this country.