Rubio, Obama Lay Out Opposing Views

Florida Senator-elect Mark Rubio and Obama both Addressed Nation Early Today

ByABC News
November 6, 2010, 3:18 PM

Nov. 6, 2010— -- Four days after midterm elections that saw a seismic shift in political power in Washington, tea party-backed Senator-elect Marco Rubio of Florida drew a line in the sand against the Obama administration, saying that Republicans must stick to their principles.

In a radio address this morning, Rubio warned against what he calls the "path to ruin" that he has seen over the last two years, which he said will lead to a "Greece-like day of reckoning" for the country.

Rubio warned of what he and other Republicans say is the Democrats' wasteful spending, the country's growing debt and a government reaching ever further into citizen's lives -- all problems that he and the Republicans say they will work to solve.

"This means preventing a massive tax increase scheduled to hit every American taxpayer at the end of the year," Rubio said. "It means repealing and replacing the disastrous health care bill. It means simplifying our tax code, and tackling a debt that is pushing us to the brink."

Meanwhile in his weekly radio address this morning, President Obama reaffirmed that he will not compromise on tax cuts for the richest Americans. Attempting to find common ground with Republicans, Obama reiterated his stance on letting the cuts expire for all but the wealthiest Americans.

"The campaign season is over," Obama said. "And it's time to focus on our shared responsibilities and work together."

"All of us want certainty for middle-class Americans, he added. "None of us want them to wake up on Jan. 1 with a higher tax bill. That's why I believe we should permanently extend the Bush tax cuts for all families making less than $250,000 a year. That's 98 percent of the American people.

"I want to make my priorities clear from the start," he said. "One, middle class families need permanent tax relief and two, I believe we can't afford to borrow and spend another $700 billion on permanent tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires."

Though Obama is licking his wounds after Tuesday's stinging midterm results, he has invited Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to meet with him on the economy and jobs after he returns from his 10-day trip to Asia.