SENATORMARCORUBIO (R-FL): Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you.
Well, thank you for having me. There’s four bottles of water here. Isn’t that a bit much? (Laughter.)
(Chuckles.) Thank you.
I’m really honored to be with you. Thank you very much. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be with you here today and exciting times for us in terms of the future of our country. We face extraordinary challenges but also some real opportunities, and that’s what I wanted to talk about today. In fact, I wanted to announce a couple of policy initiatives today I haven’t discussed before, so I actually put it in writing, and the good news is I finally was able to retrieve them from my email system. (Laughter.) The bad — (chuckles) — so that’s the good news.
Anyway, thank you so much. I’m really honored to be here with you today, with all of you who are motivated to participate in the public square because of our values. And this is important, because we’ve always had this debate about, well, what role should faith play in your life, and what role should faith play in politics? That’s a silly debate. For starters, our country was founded on a spiritual principle, on the idea that every human being has rights that are given to you by God, not — not by your government, not by the king. It was a revolutionary idea. (Cheers, applause.)
SENATORTEDCRUZ (R-TX): Wow! (Cheers, applause.) God bless the Value Voters Summit. (Cheers, applause.)
So I’ve got to ask, what are these things? (Laughter.) Is Barack Obama coming? (Laughter.)
Let me say thank you to my friend, Jim Bridenstine. What an incredible, powerful, fighting conservative. (Applause.)
You know, there’s an ancient Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. These are interesting times.
Yesterday Pope Francis was in Washington. Wonderful to welcome him here. I have to say, the press conference was a little awkward, because every time the reporters addressed a question to your holiness, Barack Obama answered. (Laughter.)
Well, and then today the president of China, President Xi, is in town. Media all across the world are reporting on this historic meeting of the world’s most powerful communist and the president of China. (Laughter, cheers, applause.)
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“I’ve said the (Supreme) Court has ruled and I said we’ll accept it.” These were the words of Ohio Gov. John Kasich at last night’s GOP presidential debate concerning the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex “marriage.” This statement is wrong in so many ways. The Supreme Court has no constitutional authority to create rights or, through the judicial process, enact law or eviscerate the Tenth Amendment. That’s what it did in its recent ruling on homosexual unions. Do we just accept it? We did not “accept” Dred Scott or Plessy v. Ferguson. We do not accept Roe v. Wade (or do you, Gov. Kasich? Your reasoning last night implies you do). For the sake of children who need a mom and a dad and for the sake of the culture they will inhabit and later shape, conservatives do not accept Obergefell. The Supreme Court is a judicial body - it calls balls and strikes according to its rule book, the Constitution. At least that’s what the “rule book” that constitutes the Court itself says. Those who sit on the highest bench are not a despotism of nine. Gov. Kasich’s desire to get social contention behind us shows either a profound ignorance of the cultural, religious, and political nexus located in the same-sex marriage/gay “rights” battle or a sweet but naive interest in ameliorating a conflict that is hardly over. And his view of the Court’s role is, if taken at face value, not just troubling but dangerous for the continuance of constitutional government.