Marco Rubio speaking at the Reagan Library OH HECK YEAH

In case you missed the live webcast Tuesday evening, here’s the video from Marco Rubio’s incredibly inspiring speech at the Reagan Library:


YouTube | copyrightphotos | Senator Marco Rubio Live @ The Reagan Library August 23, 2011

Lots of red meat for conservatives in that speech, but here are two of my favorite quotes:

Conservatism is not about leaving people behind. Conservatism is about allowing people to catch up.

Our rights don’t come from our government. Our rights come from our God. Rights come from God.

After the speech, Rubio took several minutes to answer questions that had been submitted by audience members. As expected, several people asked about a potential role for Rubio in the upcoming 2012 elections. Rubio demurred, saying that he wanted to make a difference in the Senate.

I know a lot of people are in a frenzy about this issue, but here’s the reality check: Marco Rubio is an awesome Senator. He would also be an awesome VP candidate. We really can’t lose here.

Rubio also got a question about the tea party, and his response was followed with enthusiastic applause:

Question: If you could give the tea party one idea or topic for them to focus on, what would it be?

Rubio: I think they are focused on it, and that’s the proper role of government in America.

Being a Floridian really is awesome. We have sunshine, no state income tax, and MARCO RUBIO.

(Hat tip to @FloridaJayHawk who posted a link to the video on Twitter)

[Cross-posted at Sunshine State Sarah and The Minority Report]