Sen. Marco Rubio on Saturday delivered a sharp rebuke of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, saying Obama avoided discussing much of his administration's accomplishments because he's "made everything worse" during his time in office.
“It was an opportunity for the president to talk about his accomplishments over the last three years and to lay out his plans for the year ahead. And he missed on both counts,” the Florida Republican said, delivering the weekly GOP address. “You didn’t hear much talk about the success of his administration — and that’s because there isn’t much.”
Acknowledging that Obama inherited a significant national debt, high unemployment and a struggling economy, Rubio said the president's policies have only exacerbated a bad situation.
"This president didn't talk about his record for one simple reason: He doesn't want you to know about it. But you do know about it, because you feel the failure of his leadership every single day of your life," Rubio said.
Rubio, a Tea Party favorite, continued, "The bottom line is this president inherited a country with serious problems. He asked the Congress to give him the stimulus and Obamacare to fix it. The Democrats in Congress gave it to him. And not only did it not work, it made everything worse."
Rubio said Obama plans to "divide us against each other, to pit Americans against other Americans in the hopes of generating enough votes to get re-elected."
"He tells Americans worried about their jobs that the way to help them is to raise their bosses' taxes," Rubio said. "He tells those who are hurting that the only way they can be better off, is for others to be worse off. He tells all of us that the only way for some of us to climb up the economic ladder is for others to be pulled down."
Rubio, who has not yet endorsed a GOP candidate for president even as the days tick closer to Florida's Tuesday primary, said Obama is using "divisive rhetoric" to call for higher taxes on the rich.
"For the first time in my adult life, we have a president who's asking us to abandon our economic heritage," he said.