RUSH: Did you happen to hear Marco Rubio’s acceptance speech? We have some sound bites of it. He struck an interesting tone as did Boehner. (paraphrasing) ‘It’s really not time to celebrate here, one in ten Americans are out of work, future in question because of all of this massive debt. There’s really not a whole lot to celebrate here. There’s a lot of hard work that needs to take place.’ Rubio was amazing, and, of all the Republican wins last night, it’s Rubio that has the Democrats probably as scared as anybody. They’re as scared of Rubio as they have been scared of anybody, because Marco Rubio is supposed to be the quintessential Democrat. Marco Rubio is supposed to be the kind of guy that could only be elected by Democrats, the only kind of Hispanic that could ever win as a Democrat and look what he did. Marco Rubio ran as a Reagan Republican and he got 50% of the vote in a three-way race.
RUSH: As promised, we’ll start with Marco Rubio and his acceptance speech last night in Coral Gables, Florida, after he won a three-way race with 50% of the vote. Now, this victory, the Marco Rubio victory, you may not hear it anywhere but here, this is the one that has the Democrats worried. I mean, they know they got wiped out last night. This man, Marco Rubio, and his future, this is something that they are deathly worried about. Here’s the first of three sound bites.
RUBIO: We make a grave mistake if we believe that tonight these results are somehow an embrace of the Republican Party. What they are is a second chance, a second chance for Republicans to be what they said they were going to be not so long ago. (cheers) You see, I learned early on in this campaign — in fact, it’s what propelled me to enter it — that what this race was about, was about the great future that lies ahead for our country, a future that Americans know is there for the taking.
RUSH: Marco Rubio, Coral Gables, Florida. He also said this…
RUBIO: I know America’s great, not because I read about it in a book, but because I’ve seen it with my eyes. I’ve been raised in a community of exiles, of people who lost their country, of people who know what it’s like to live somewhere else. By the way, a community that I am proud to be a part of. A community — (cheers and applause) A community of men and women that were once my age, and when they were they had dreams like we have now, and yet they lost all those things through an accident of history. No matter where I go or what title I may achieve, I will always be the son of exiles.
RUSH: They hate hearing this. They just hate it. I mean, every person like Marco Rubio should be registered as a Democrat, should be voting Democrat, should be running for office as a Democrat. Here he tells the story of the American dream as lived by his father.
RUBIO: He grew up largely in a society where what you were going to be when you grew up was decided for you. This is like almost every other place in the world. Think about what that means. That means that before you are even born, how far you’re going to get to go in life is decided for you by who your parents are or are not. He was fortunate enough to make it here to America where he was never able to capture his own dreams of his own youth. Instead, he made it the mission of his life to ensure that his children would have every opportunity he did not, that every door that was closed for him would be open for them, that the day would never come for them that came for him: The day when he realized that his own dreams would not be possible, and so now life was about opening the pathways for his children. This story I know well, and it verifies to me the greatness of our country. Because tonight, with your vote, you have elected his son to the United States Senate.
RUSH: Now, this is interesting because Marco Rubio has lived it. His father wasn’t born here. Marco Rubio didn’t read about it in a book, as he said. He does not have to wonder what the people who paid the price had to go through. You know, of all the things, I love that particular bite. He ‘grew up largely in a society where what you were going to be when you grew up was decided for you like almost every other place in the world.’ Here is a short explanation of American exceptionalism. ‘This is like almost every other place in the world. Think about what that means. It means that before you are even born, how far you were gonna go in life is decided for you by who your parents are or are not.’ It’s true, in part, in this country. The Kennedys are a great example. But it’s not true for everybody. You don’t need special circumstances to get anywhere in this country. You do everywhere else.