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Marco Rubio's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 100% by Illinois Citizens for Life (
  • "I am pro-life. As a state legislator, I supported various pieces of pro-life legislation that, among other things, would require doctors to perform ultrasounds before performing abortions and another bill that would ban the use of taxpayer dollars to fund stem cell research." (
  • "I believe that Roe v. Wade was not only morally wrong, but it was a poorly decided legal precedent and should be overturned. I have a record of supporting pro-life policies, and will continue to do so in public and private life." (
  • "We have a tax code that punishes American companies for competing in the global economy." (
  • "That taxing successful people, overregulating job creators and pouring more money into outdated government programs doesn't actually help struggling people achieve the 21st century American Dream." (
  • Washington Post "I personally believe that legalizing drugs would be a great mistake and that any reductions in sentences for drug crimes should be made with great care." (
  • "To lift more Americans into the middle class, we need to move forward with a 21st century agenda that ensures an equality of opportunity, not one that doubles down on outdated proposals to tax and spend more." (
  • "We successfully built a national highway system in the last century, but now we need local flexibility to address our diverse nation's many different needs and problems. The federal gas tax feeds Washington's overspending. Transportation dollars are taken from the states and funnelled through a Highway Trust Fund that is pillaged every year by Washington special interests. And decades-old federal red tape adds cost and stands in the way of innovative solutions." (
  • "Instead of trying to manipulate our tax code to punish success, President Obama should work with Congress to fundamentally reform our tax code in ways that will grow our entire economy and provide relief to all families. Instead of rewarding repressive, anti-American regimes like Cuba and Iran with undeserved concessions that legitimize and enrich them, he should condition normalized relations on real, irreversible results that protect U.S. national security interests, safeguard human rights and ensure greater political freedoms." (
  • "Perhaps no function of the U.S. government is more antiquated and dysfunctional than its tax system, so we are joining together to propose a federal tax-reform plan that will remove obstacles to investment, innovation, growth and opportunity. The current tax code taxes too much, taxes unfairly, and conspires with our outmoded welfare system to trap poor families in poverty, rather than facilitate their climb into the middle class. Our reforms seek to simplify the structure and lower rates. How? By consolidating the many existing income tax brackets into two simple brackets--15% and 35%--and eliminating or reforming deductions, especially those that disproportionately benefit the privileged few at everyone else's expense." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3630 "Extends Payroll Tax Cut" (
  • Tampa Bay Times "Common Core started out as a well-intentioned effort to develop more rigorous curriculum standards. […] However, it is increasingly being used by the Obama Administration to turn the Department of Education into what is effectively a national school board. This effort to coerce states into adhering to national curriculum standards is not the best way to help our children attain the best education. Empowering parents, local communities and the individual states is the best approach." (
  • "While the Every Student Succeeds Act takes important steps in restoring some control over education decisions back to the States, it does not go far enough. Unfortunately, the bill does not grant States autonomy in all education decisionmaking, expands the Federal Government's role in pre-K, and fails to include important measures that broaden school choice. Due to these shortcomings, I am unable to lend my support to this bill." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • "I look forward to continuing close cooperation with Canada on mutual interests through projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline and the policies needed to keep our citizens safe." (
  • Signed a letter stating "Mr. President, six years is too long. We urge you to approve the Keystone XL pipeline immediately." (
  • "Instead of higher energy bills and job losses, the American people deserve a comprehensive, job-creating energy policy that promotes energy efficiency, alternative energy production and the development of our own natural resources." (
  • Signed a letter stating "Seeking to develop alternative energy technologies is a necessary goal in the long-term, but it is not sufficient for our nation's current and foreseeable needs." (
  • "At a time when our economy is struggling, a cap-and-trade scheme would further strain family budgets and destroy jobs. Creating jobs in the energy sectors and becoming more energy efficient requires entrepreneurial innovation, not big government mandates." (
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.27 "Disapproval of EPA Cross-Border Pollution Rule" (
  • Voted in favor of S.Amdt.719 "Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms" (
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association (
  • " I oppose Dr. Murthy's nomination because he has never served in the uniformed services, and one of the primary duties of the Surgeon General is to command the entire Commissioned Corps of uniformed public health officers. I am opposed to his advocacy efforts to weaken the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans as enshrined in the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution;" (
  • "Like the rest of our Constitution, I believe the 2nd Amendment is a cornerstone of our democracy. I believe the right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected right. The right of citizens to defend themselves by bearing arms is a fundamental human right that should be protected." (
  • "Hi, I'm U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. You know, anniversaries are usually a happy occasion. But there's one we commemorate today that is not -- the passage of ObamaCare in Congress. As we warned back then when the bill was being deliberated, if this bill passed it would disrupt our entire health care market place. And that's, in fact, what it's done." (
  • "As President, Marco will repeal Obamacare and strengthen Medicare" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (
  • "Legal immigration has been a great source of strength and prosperity for America, but I believe illegal immigration threatens the foundation of this system. If I had been in the Senate at the time, I would have opposed the McCain-Kennedy bill. I believe we must fix our immigration system by first securing the border, fixing the visa and entry process and opposing amnesty in any reform." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of S.744 "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" (
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (
  • "That is the definition of marriage that I personally support -- not because I seek to discriminate against people who love someone of the same sex, but because I believe that the union of one man and one woman is a special relationship that has proven to be of great benefit to our society, our nation and our people, and therefore deserves to be elevated in our laws." (
  • "First and foremost, we need to move now to degrade ISIS’s capabilities. The President’s decision to send 300 advisers to Iraq is a good first step, but their ability to deter ISIS will be limited unless we eventually engage in airstrikes to target their leaders as well as the supply lines that they use to transfer weapons and fighters between Syria and Iraq." (
  • "On the military front, Marco will: Build a multinational coalition of countries willing to send troops into Iraq and Syria with embedded U.S. forces and U.S. logistical and intelligence support to aid local fighters on the ground in destroying ISIS safe havens; Expand airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, deploying forward air controllers to call in air support; Develop a plan to oust Bashar al-Assad from power, including ramping up training of Syrian rebels to fight both Assad and ISIS and to establish safe zones within Syria; Provide arms directly to Sunni tribal and Kurdish forces if Baghdad fails to support them." (
  • Rated 4% by Alliance for Retired Americans (
  • National Review "In 2005, Pres. George W. Bush understood that entitlements were a ticking time bomb and called for bipartisan action to make Social Security solvent for future generations. Democrats demagogued Bush’s plan, falsely claiming the system was in no danger of insolvency, and instilled fear in the public by claiming Bush wanted to completely 'privatize' Social Security. Congressional Republicans, more concerned about their own careers than about saving entitlements, waved the white flag and allowed President Bush to fight alone in a public-relations battle he lost decisively. As they should have been, many of those congressional Republicans were swept out of office in the 2006 elections, after showing they lacked the will to address the nation’s critical challenges." (

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