Florida U.S. Senator and GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio focused on the future during a town hall stop on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia on Thursday.
Rubio said it’s time the federal government moves into the 21st Century. “We have government policies from the past that just don’t work anymore.” He told the crowd of roughly 1,000 attendees that the economy is very different than it was 15-30 years ago and the U.S. must change to move forward.
He said America must do more to keep companies inside its borders. “If we keep the highest combined corporate tax rate, more companies are going to keep moving to other countries,” he said. “That’s why they move to Canada.”
Rubio is hoping to kickstart his campaign. He currently sits among the half-dozen Republican candidates whose support varies from 4 percent to 8 percent in the polls — far behind frontrunner Donald Trump. The most recent poll of South Carolina voters found just 6 percent supported the junior Florida senator.
Rubio told the crowd of mainly college students that he supports a student investment plan where private companies help pay for students to attend college, rather than taking out student loans. In return, a small percentage of the student’s income will go to the private company for the first ten years the student is employed.
He said many Americans are disillusioned with the future of the country. “They call it ‘The American Dream’ because it happened for so many people in this country and it’s been so rare everywhere else. And so it should trouble us, it should concern us that there are now millions of people who think that ‘The American Dream’ is no longer possible. And there are a lot of reasons why people feel that way,” Rubio said.
Rubio was one three GOP presidential candidates in South Carolina Thursday. Rick Perry at different event, also spoke in Columbia. Primary frontrunner, Donald Trump, spoke in Greenville.