Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will argue tonight that President Barack Obama's economic approach is damaging to the middle class.
"Presidents in both parties, from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan, have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity," Rubio will say in his official GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union. "But President Obama? He believes it's the cause of our problems."
Excerpts of the speech released in advance show the speech will focus heavily on the economy, according to the Wall Street Journal.
"The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families," Rubio plans to say. "It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs. And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security. So Mr. President, I don't oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors."
Rubio will also lay out a specific economic growth target.
"If we can get the economy to grow at just 4% a year, it would create millions of middle class jobs," Rubio will say. "And it could reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade. Tax increases can't do this. Raising taxes won't create private sector jobs. And there's no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion."
Via the Wall Street Journal