Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told a Hispanic business group in Washington that their presence in the audience on Wednesday afternoon had much to do with the people who came before them. And he decried what he called the "divisive politics" of pitting people against each other.
"As we try to examine how we can continue to be a great nation, don't fall in the trap of looking to our politics...The source of our greatness has always been our people," Rubio told the Latino Coalition, which was meeting this week at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.
Rubio's speech followed one to the gathering by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Rubio also made a claim that seems ripe for our friends at PolitiFact: "This nation, this political process, has not solved one single major issue in the last three-and-a-half to four years," he said.
Rubio also got an award from the Latino Coalition named for Hector Barreto Sr., one of the founders of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He told the coalition he "may not deserve it, but now I'll have to earn it."