U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio charmed and entertained a mostly-receptive crowd at a meeting of the Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Rotary Club Wednesday, cracking jokes but getting serious about the wrong path he said the country was on.
Rubio, the former House Speaker, mostly focused on his plans to lower the national debt, fix healthcare, lower taxes and improve national security. He stressed that bringing the country back to its former glory would take hard work, sacrifice, and difficult decisions.
"The political process is America has been broken for at least 20 years," he told the crowd of about 100. "No one wants to do the hard things, everyone just wants to take a magic pill. I hope we will rise to the moment and do what needs to be done."
Wilkie Gilbert, a teacher and football coach at North Broward Preparatory School, said he was in strong support of Rubio.
"He best represents the fiscally conservative ideas that I hold dear," said Gilbert, 63. "I am hoping there is a choice, but he's the only choice at the moment."
-- CARRIE WELLS