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Marco Rubio stumps for Heller in Las Vegas and Reno

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaks during a campaign event for Mitt Romney at Ronnow Elementary school, which Rubio attended from third through fifth grade, Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Dean Heller

Dean Heller

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller leaned on one of the Republican Party’s rising stars Thursday to help him build the case for his campaign against Democrat Shelley Berkley.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a conservative champion and oft-considered potential running mate to Mitt Romney, headlined rallies in Las Vegas and Reno before helping Heller raise money in Lake Tahoe.

Rubio declared that Republicans need to win Nevada and Massachusetts to take over the majority in the Senate and delivered a heated defense of his party’s approach to “saving Medicare.”

“If Dean Heller is not re-elected, we can’t be the majority,” Rubio said in an interview at a Reno brewery. “So in many ways, Nevadans aren’t just deciding who their next senator is going to be, they’re deciding who the next majority leader is going to be.”

Rubio also took on one of the major attacks Berkley has launched against Heller: That he supports a plan to “end Medicare.”

Rubio Campaigns for Romney in Vegas

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio takes the stage during a campaign event for Mitt Romney at Ronnow Elementary school, which Rubio attended from third through fifth grade, Saturday, July 28, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Rubio argued the Republican plan to revamp Medicare into a premium support model that would help senior citizens pay for private insurance is the “most serious plan out there” to save Medicare.

“Yes, my Medicare is going to look different than it does today,” he said of the program that would be available to those younger than 55. “But you’re going to have an option (to use the new program or the old program). The second thing is your Medicare (support) is adjusted for income and ability to pay and it’s also risk-adjusted depending on your health conditions.”

Rubio also touted his Nevada upbringing. His family lived in Las Vegas for several years, after his parents emigrated from Cuba. His father worked as a bartender and his mother worked as a maid.

“My parents worked jobs so that I could have a career,” Rubio said in a brief interview at a Reno brewery. “The purpose of their life became to give me the chance to do all the things they never had a chance to do. The reason they were able to do that is because of the American free enterprise system.”

Rubio later declared President Barack Obama and Democrats a threat to free enterprise.

“That’s the choice for voters in Nevada,” he said. “If they want to see more free enterprise and limited government, then you need to elect Dean Heller to the Senate,” he said. “He will support that and he will be part of a new majority that will support that.”

As Rubio was led away to go tour the Reno brewery, he got one last sarcastic jab in at Democrats: “Now, let’s go see this business the government built.”

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  1. Why change Medicare only for those younger than 55? If this plan is so great, let's put it into effect immediately. I'm 57 and I would NEVER expect anyone younger than me to take a bad deal that I wouldn't take myself.

  2. Rubio is a borrow and spender just like Berkley. He talks about limited government, but he wants the government to decide what a pregnant woman can do with her own body. He also wants the government to decide which consenting adults can get married to each other.

  3. This is no time to trust politicians who have no authority in the State of Nevada. Marco Rubio go back to Florida.

  4. Rubio coming here and campaigning for Heller is ridiculous.

    The simple fact of the matter is that the constant tendency by the entire Tea/Republican Party to demonize and dehumanize the entire population of Latino American votership in America is carved in stone. It has been going on for so long now, that it's in the Tea/Republican Party rule book to fearmonger and scaremonger all Caucasians by pointing out the illegal immigration boogeyman and the marauding Mexican gangs are going to beat everyone up and take their money and set fire to their houses.

    It's far easier for Tea/Republicans to coin terms like "anchor babies" than it is for them to figure out how to make the DREAM Act work, or come up with a solution by sitting down and taking steps to figure it out. Not to mention the fact they have demonstrated time and time again they could care less about any other issues facing Latino Americans.

    The only time they care about them is when Rubio comes to Nevada. They want their vote. After they get their vote? They could care less what they want.

    No matter how you look at it, may be unfair, but Heller is tied to a party that could care less about Latino American issues.

    It's so bad that it's a given that for a Latino American to vote for a Tea/Republican is pretty much the same as a deer asking for an extension to hunting season.

    Don't be blinded by the Tea/Republican stupidity.

    Berkley 2012!