"For me, it's about the fact that the tax increases he wants would fail to make even a small dent in the debt but would hurt middle-class businesses and the people who work for them."
He highlighted his own story: one of four children born to working class Cuban immigrant parents, including a father who tended bar. All his siblings are now "college graduates working in a professional field and enjoying a standard of living significantly higher than our parents."
"Our story is not rare in America. But it is rare in the world," he said. "Had we been born almost anywhere else, at any other time in history, our lives would have been very different."
Without aid to pay for colleges and good paying jobs for his parents, Rubio said, "I would probably have been a very opinionated bartender."