Marco Rubio Refuses to Compromise, Will Vote "No" on Debt Ceiling
Let's put it in perspective. The left is pretty much aghast today that President Obama has rolled over for a compromise in the debt ceiling debate that gives in to a staggering number of Republican demands. Paul Krugman is curled up in a ball somewhere whimpering about "economic disaster." Daily Kos commentators have their middle fingers firmly in the air. Even anonymous senate Democrats are acknowledging that the President bent over and took it.
And yet, after all the concessions, Florida Senator Marco Rubio refuses to join others in the sphere of political reality and plans to vote "no" on the compromise bill.
Even Tea Party poster boy Allen West is planning on voting for the thing. Yet, despite the fact that it includes no new taxes and forces a vote on a balanced budget amendment, Rubio's office has indicated he will not vote for a compromise.
Rubio addressed the Senate on Saturday in a fiery speech in which he went toe-to-toe with Sen. John Kerry.
"I would love nothing more than compromise," the Senator concluded. "But I would say to you that compromise that's not a solution, it's a waste of time. If my house was on fire, I can't compromise about which part of the house I'm going to save. You save the whole house or it will all burn down."
His office hasn't yet offered a reasoning for the no vote, but it's likely Rubio is concerned that the compromise only calls for a vote on the BBA and not a guaranteed passage.
Meanwhile, most other South Florida Republicans in Washington plan to vote for the bill.
"I was pleased to have participated in Speaker Boehner's conference call that outlined the bipartisan, common sense solution to the out-of-control fiscal spending nightmare confronting our nation," Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who used to employ Rubio as an intern, told The Miami Herald. "This process demonstrated the viability of our democracy even when there are substantial differences of opinion. I look forward to supporting the bipartisan compromise this week."
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