Sen. Rubio Outlines 3 Ways GOP 'Can Immediately Begin' to Move the Country 'in the Right Direction'

Susan Jones | October 25, 2022 | 7:21am EDT
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the ranking member of the Senate intelligence committee and a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee. (Photo by ANNA ROSE LAYDEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the ranking member of the Senate intelligence committee and a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee. (Photo by ANNA ROSE LAYDEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

( - As part of his campaign shtick, President Joe Biden often claims that Republicans have no plan to govern, as he told a Democrat fund-raiser Monday night.

"Now, ask what’s the Republican plan. Not a joke," Biden said. "When you’re on — if you’re with a friend who has a different point of view, say, 'Okay, you don’t like what we’re for.  Tell me what the Republicans are for.  What’s their platform?' Not a joke. What are they running on? If they win, what do they say they’ll do?" Biden asked.

Hours after Biden spoke, one Republican senator had a ready answer when Fox News's Laura Ingraham asked him what Republicans plan to do if they take control of Congress in the midterm election.

"So the first thing we have to do is, we are a nation that's been blessed with energy resources," Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said:

"And I know people maybe get tired of hearing about it, but the truth of the matter is, the cost of energy is the fundamental underlying, basic underlying cost of everything; when that goes up, everything goes up. We have depleted our strategic reserves; we are begging the Saudis to produce more oil--"

"But senator," Ingraham interrupted. "But what are you guys going to do?"

"I'll put that into three buckets, three directions that we need to move at the same time," Rubio said:

"Number one is, we have to stop bad things from happening, crazy people from getting into positions of power. In the Senate, we have that power and so forth. And I think just the election alone brings an end to some of that insanity.

"The second is, we have to make good things happen. Like energy independence, like ensuring that federal laws are not interfering with decisions that are being made at the state level, the school board level, things of that nature. We need to pass those bills, both on energy, and on things like education and the like, and crime, for that matter. And then challenge the Biden administration to veto it, to stand in the way of something that's popular. That's the second piece.

"And the third is accountability. We have to use our oversight role that we have to now -- we should have hearings, for example, on the riots of the summer of 2020. There's been no accountability about the summer of 2020 -- who was behind it, how much did the political rhetoric lend itself to it? For example, these efforts to bail people out of jail in 2020 -- how many people did that encourage to come back out and do that all over again?

"What about these pro-life pregnancy centers that are being firebombed across the country? There's been no examination into that. So there's a host of things like that that we can hold government agencies accountable for, and that includes the border. These guys love to come up and testify about, well, the border is secure -- I actually think that we have a role to play in Congress to hold them accountable for that.

"So, the accountability piece, the passing good things and challenging them to sign it or veto it and pay the consequences; and the keeping crazy people out of these positions, both on the bench and in the bureaucracy, are three key areas that we can, even without the White House, we can immediately begin to put this country in the right direction."

Rubio said the "woke" military policies fall under oversight, "especially the civilian leadership of the Pentagon."

"Why are we putting out these videos on the proper use of pronouns?" he asked.

"We should be worried about the Chinese wanting to blow up our aircraft carriers. We should be worried about their hypersonic weapons. We should be worried about the threat of global terror, which still exists. We should be worried about the 80-something people on the terror watch list that been apprehended at the southern border over the last year, an historic number, and those are the ones we caught. Usually if you're on the terror watch list you don't turn yourself in."

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