If his strong support of immigration reform and unabashed pro-life views weren’t enough to make me a fan of Senator Marco Rubio, his sponsorship of school choice legislation just gave me another reason. Joshua Mercer of CatholicVote reports:
“I don’t like federal involvement in education, but I’m a big supporter of school choice. I’ll have to research this proposed legislation some more. But if Rubio gets it right, this could be an excellent reform.”
I agree, this is very good news. In some ways, it represents a paradigm shift: up until now, the conservative push for education reform/school choice has been relegated to the state level. Republican Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and (now ex-Governor) Mitch Daniels of Indiana have all been very active in promoting education reform in their respective states, but Republicans at the national level seem reluctant to embrace it. As I’ve mentioned before, I believe this is a winning issue for the GOP, as well as an issue of great moral significance (Condeleeza Rice and Jeb Bush have both identified it as “the civil rights issue of our time”) so I’m glad to see a Republican Senator with a national profile embracing this cause so visibly. Any Republican officeholder eyeing the presidency in the near future would be wise to follow his lead.
Andy Kirchoff is the Illinois Leader of Cafe con Leche Republicans.