RUBIO TELLS CO-HOSTS CHARLIE ROSE AND ERICA HILL, “I RESPECT THE PROCESS THAT GOVERNOR ROMNEY’S GOING THROUGH. I’M PRETTY CONFIDENT HE’S GOING TO MAKE AN EXCELLENT CHOICE”
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) responded to vice presidential vetting reports and shared his views on immigration and the economy with co-hosts Charlie Rose and Erica Hill, live today, June 20, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below is an excerpt from the interview.
ROSE: When you heard these reports that you were not being vetted, were you already being vetted?
RUBIO: I made a decision a long time ago not to discuss the process and that's not going to change today. I respect the process that Governor Romney's going through. I'm pretty confident he's going to make an excellent choice. I think those of us involved in politics and supportive of him should give him the space to do that.
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ROSE: It sounds to me like you agree with what the President is doing [regarding immigration], you'd just like to see Congress do it?
RUBIO: There's no secret that we were working on a plan to help accommodate these kids. I think the plan we were working on was much more comprehensive, much more balanced, much more detailed in terms of some of the unintended consequences of this policy. What I fear is that politicizing this issue, by linking this issue to election-year politics, it is now going to get harder to do the kind of balanced, reasonable, approach these kids deserve.
HILL: Former Governor Jeb Bush, who I know you're close with, spoke with Charlie Rose about the need for a grand bargain or compromise. It seems we always hear both sides pointing the finger. Wouldn't this be a good opportunity to step up and be the person or party who starts to do away with the obstructionism, even if it may seem like that's contrary?
RUBIO: Irrespective of where you fall on these issues, there's no sense of urgency. For example, in the Senate about tax reform, regulatory reform, long-term debt, the lack of an energy policy. I wish there was more urgency irrespective of how you feel about these issues so we can start to have the debate people deserve.
ROSE: Senator Rubio, Mitch McConnell was on this program, and he said he's in favor of a grand bargain and that he also thinks it has do with entitlement cuts as well as revenue. Are you in favor of the same thing that your leader is in favor of in the Senate?
RUBIO: The debate is how do you get the revenue to the government? I think you get it through growth. The Democrats, many Democrats, and those on the left believe you get it through higher tax rates. I think if our economy grows, that generates more revenue. It's very simple. I believe we need more tax payers, not more taxes. I think that's the only way. Growing our economy is the only way you're going to get a grip on this debt. You cannot tax or simply cut your way out of this situation. You've got to grow your way out of this and then you've got to have the fiscal discipline to make sure that revenue is not being used to add more to the debt.
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