Las Vegas, NV – After a disastrous week chock-full of bad headlines, Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s campaign will officially open its Las Vegas office on Saturday morning. Rubio has come under fire this week for misleading the public about his tax plan and his personal finances, slamming the door on comprehensive immigration reform and vowing to end the DACA program to keep families together.
“Marco Rubio will have a lot of questions to answer the next time he comes to Nevada. From misleading voters on his plan to cut taxes for the wealthy over the middle class, to lying about his personal finances, to slamming the door on immigration reform and DACA, Marco Rubio has demonstrated he can’t be trusted to lead.” — Nevada State Democratic Party Press Secretary Stewart Boss
Here’s just a sampling of Rubio’s rough week in the news:
Huffington Post: Rubio’s Tax Cut Is A Huge Giveaway To The Rich, And This Graph Proves It
About half of the benefits would go to the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans
Presidential candidate Marco Rubio doesn’t want voters to think he’s just another Republican promising huge tax breaks for the wealthy.
But that’s what he is, and a new analysis proves it.
Rubio’s plan came under scrutiny during CNBC’s Republican primary debate last week, when the Florida senator got into a testy exchange with moderator John Harwood. When asked whom the tax cut would help most, Rubio boasted that “the largest after-tax gains is for the people at the lower end of the tax spectrum.”
Whatever the details of the refundable credit, the bottom line is clear. If enacted, the bulk of the money in Rubio’s tax cut would go to the affluent and a huge chunk would go to the very richest of the rich. Meanwhile, the loss of so much revenue would require some combination of higher deficits and deep cuts to government programs, most of which disproportionately benefit the poor and middle class.
He wants to dispel the perception that his tax plan would primarily give money to the wealthy. Unfortunately for Rubio, that perception is accurate.
It has become legend in Florida political circles, a missing chapter in Marco Rubio’s convoluted financial story: two years of credit card transactions from his time in the state House, when he and other Republican leaders freely spent party money.
As speaker of the Florida House, Rubio was one of about a half-dozen lawmakers given Republican Party of Florida credit cards. During the Senate race, the Times/Herald obtained Rubio’s statements from 2006 and 2007, showing he routinely charged personal expenses, from a $10.50 movie ticket to a four-day, $10,000 family reunion.
In those two years he charged about $110,000, and he said he sent about $16,000 to American Express to cover personal expenses, though the expenses were never detailed.
Now questions are resurfacing. During the GOP presidential debate last week, a CNBC host ran down Rubio’s history and asked if he has “the maturity and the wisdom to lead this $17 trillion economy.”
His response avoided the question. “You just listed a litany of discredited attacks from Democrats and my political opponents, and I’m not gonna waste 60 seconds detailing them all.”
The next morning, television commentator Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, said he was “stunned” moderators let him off the hook instead of pointing to records. “And yet everybody’s going, ‘Oh, Marco was great.’ No, Marco lied about his financials.”
GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Wednesday in New Hampshire the deportation deferral program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young immigrants to stay and work in the country has to end with or without immigration reform legislation.
Critics said Rubio’s position on ending DACA had been unclear but that he made clear Wednesday he would end it.
“Let’s be clear, by taking away my DACA, Sen. Rubio wants to deport me, and hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth,” Jassiel Perez, a DACA recipient with the immigrant activist group United We Dream.
“This is a personal attack and is further proof that he does not stand with the immigrant community,” Perez said in a statement.