He does not believe in “transformative people in politics.” That is what Sen. Marco Rubio, the conservative man-of-the-moment, tells the December edition of GQ magazine. There are instead people with a “historic opportunity to speak the truth and take on the issues at a historic moment.” No one chooses the opportunity, the Florida Republican says.
“That’s something that just happens and falls on your lap. Usually, it falls on your lap during periods of extreme trial, and I don’t think any of us want to experience extreme trial for our country. We would much prefer to be not historic on those terms. I think I’ve been given a unique opportunity to serve during an important time in American history, and I would like to make a contribution,” Mr. Rubio says, adding his observations about Republican mistakes in 2012 and the way forward.
“I think the bigger challenge that we face, and that we continue to face, is that we have not done a good enough job of communicating to people what conservatism is. In fact, we’ve allowed a myth to take hold in the minds of some that conservatism is about helping the people who have ‘made it’ and not about helping the people who are trying to make it,” Mr. Rubio observes.
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