Is Marco Rubio Running For Senate Or President?

By Jenny Schlesinger

Oct 26, 2010 5:46pm

ABC’s John Berman reports:  The talk of the political world today is the new ad from Florida Senate Candidate Marco Rubio. It’s a heartfelt nod to nostalgia, patriotism, and the American spirit.  And it might just be enough to land him the 1988 Democratic Presidential nomination.  The Rubio ad blends extremely well with the campaign rhetoric of former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.  The Duke would often refer to the fact the he is the child of Greek immigrants; Rubio likes to talk about his roots as the child of Cuban exiles.   Cue the Neil Diamond music:  Here’s Rubio’s ad annotated with some favorite moments from Mike Dukakis’ acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in 1988.  America is the greatest country in the world, but it didn’t get that way by accident, and it won’t stay that way automatically.  Every generation before has been asked to make sacrifices.  Some went to war, other survived depressions. But every American generation confronted the great challenges of their time, and because they did, we lead the life we do today.  So now we are faced with a world as dangerous and uncertain as ever.  Trillions in foreign debt.  Unsustainable federal spending. And an ever growing government that wants us to be more like the rest of the world than the other way around.  These consequences are so consequential so generational, that we cannot afford typical politicians that will say or do anything.  Or fall for  the same false attacks they recycle almost every election. It’s very clear.  If we stay on this road Washington has us on right now, we will risk the essence of what makes us exceptional.  We will lose what makes us unique. “I know this because this idea about America being exceptional is not something I read in a book." (Dukakis: “I know, because my friends, I'm a product of that dream and I'm proud of it")  As the son of exiles, (Dukakis: “as a son of immigrants.”) my parents were born into a society pretty much like every other in the world where if you’re not from the right family or with enough money you can only go so far. “And that is a very different place from our America – a place where the son of bartender doesn’t have to become a bartender and where the son of a maid can achieve any dream.  (Dukakis:  ”A dream that brought my father to this country 76 years ago; that brought my mother and her family here one year later–poor, unable to speak English; but with a burning desire to succeed in their new land of opportunity.”) “So now we’re being asked whether we want to keep all that or whether we want to become more like the place my parents came from. And that's why I am running for the Senate, to change the direction Washington has taken our country.  So that my 4 children can be part of one of the great generations in American history, and so that you and I can do as every great generation before us has done, and pass on the single greatest society in all of mankind. (OR AS MIKE DUKAKIS SAID: To build the future so that when our children and grandchildren look back in their time on what we did in our time; they will say that we had the wisdom to carry on the dreams of those who came before us; the courage to make our own dreams come true; the foresight to blaze a trail for generations yet to come.)

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