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Rubio on cap and trade, then and now

U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio's campaign said this week:

Were it not for Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist would likely have succeeded in imposing an oppressive cap-and-trade scheme in Florida that would have deepened Florida's economic crisis. While it might not have won him the adulation of Hollywood liberals, Marco Rubio stood his ground and defended Floridians from Charlie Crist's plans. As a result, cap-and-trade does not exist in Florida. As President Obama pursues the same type of job-killing, business-crippling cap-and-trade policies that Charlie Crist tried to impose, Marco Rubio offers Floridians reassurance that he's the only candidate in this race with a proven record of standing up to this agenda.

But wait. Then-House Speaker Marco Rubio told a Tallahassee public television station in early 2008:

Florida should position itself for what I believe is inevitable, and that is a federal cap and trade program.  Florida should do everything it can to be be an early complier so it that can access early compliance funds
and so that it can help influence what that cap and trade looks like at the federal level. So I'm in favor of giving the Department of Environmental Protection a mandate that they go out and design a cap and trade or a carbon tax program and bring it back to Legislature for ratification sometime in the next two years.

Said Manley Fuller of the Environmental Defense Fund: "Rubio knew a greening of the econony was going to take place, and he wanted to position Florida to take advantage of it...I think he's taking a different tack than he did from the year before. I guess he's entitled to change his mind."

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Billy

Don't miss the true conservative in action!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X1GlvJt-2U

whasup

There's a huge difference between Governor Shucking Chuckles cheerleading for cap-and-trade policies at the state and federal level, and Rubio's realistic assessment of what Florida should do to prepare best for this massive, devastating hurricane of an energy tax increase.

This difference is Chuckles has wanted Floridians to come out on the beach, risking their economic livelihoods to watch this gathering storm and appreciate its black and green magnificence. Rubio has wanted Floridians to batten down the hatches and try to protect our livelihoods from the cap-and-trade menace, championed by Chuckles.

alice

THIS IS NOT A GENERAL ELEECTION WITH UNINFORMED VOTERS. THIS IS A REPUBLICAN PRIMARY WITH INFORMED VOTERS AND THEY KNOW WHO THE REAL REPUBLICAN IS. RUN MARCO RUN WE NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER.

Floridian

Both Rubio and Crist should be against cap and trade, regardless of their previous positions. Here's the true impact of that bad policy:
http://www.jamesmadison.org/pdf/materials/705.pdf

FLPD

OMG, the Herald screams Rubio is a greenie!

In fact, politicians are able to change their minds, often for the better, as in this case.

Sometimes it's for the worse, as in the case of Barak Obama, who said C-Span would televise the health care bill negotiations before they went underground, said he wouldn't sign a bill with earmarks before signing one with nearly 9,000 (no exaggeration) earmarks, said there would be no lobbyists in his administration and there are at last count 46 lobbyists in his administration, etc.. etc.. etc...

This doesn't even get into the issues of him saying he would work for change in Washington before hiring over 100 people that worked in the Clinton and Bush administrations.

FLPD

More Obama LIES: Just google the phrase Obama lies.

5.) My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian - LIAR, she does her daily Salat prayers at 5am according to her own interviews. Not to mention, Christianity wouldn’t allow her to have been one of 14 wives to 1 man. Source: According to NYTimes story of April of last year, Sarah Hussein Obama told the New York Times she is a devout Muslim.

6.) My Name is African Swahili - LIAR, your name is Arabic and ‘Baraka’ (from which Barack came) means ‘blessed’ in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.

7.) I Never Practiced Islam - LIAR, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years,until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.

8.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian - LIAR, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).

9.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian - LIAR, not one teacher says you could speak the language.

10.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience - LIAR, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn’t even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.

11.) I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs - LIAR, except for Africa (surprise) and the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have never been anywhere else on the planet and thus have NO experience with our closest allies.

12.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion - LIAR, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify - your classmates said you were just fine.

13.)An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office - LIAR, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.

14.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life - LIAR, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.

15.) I Won’t Run On A National Ticket In ‘08 - LIAR, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.

16.) Present Votes Are Common In Illinois - LIAR, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 NO VOTES.

17.) Oops, I Misvoted - LIAR, only when caught by church groups and democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.

18.) I Was A Professor Of Law - LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

19.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer - LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

20.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill - LIAR, you didn’t write it,introduce it, change it, or create it.

21.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass - LIAR, it took just 14 days from start to finish.

22.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill - LIAR, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation - mainly because of your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.

23.) I Have Released My State Records - LIAR, as of March, 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.

24.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess - LIAR, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.

25.) My Economics Bill Will Help America - LIAR, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.

26.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois - LIAR, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

27.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year - LIAR, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.

28.) No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA - LIAR, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.

29.) I Am Tough On Terrorism - LIAR, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.

30.) I Am Not Acting As President Yet - LIAR, after the NAFTA Memo, a dead terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter stating how you and he were working together on getting FARC recognized officially.

31.) I Didn’t Run Ads In Florida - LIAR, you allowed national ads to run 8-12 times per day for two weeks - and you still lost.

Tim

Please Crist is for cap and trade! Rubio is and always was against it! Go Rubio!!

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