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Published On: Mon, Aug 16th, 2010

Florida Senate race: Bernie DeCastro makes his case over Marco Rubio

This is from Bernie DeCastro and his website as he runs for the Republican Senate seat in 2010. Whether you support either candidate, the series of questions/topics is a valuable list to pose to any and all candidates (in my opinion) – BBJ

Bernie DeCastro or Marco Rubio For U.S. Senate

There are also the following major differences between Rubio and DeCastro on the issues:


  1. Pro-Life – Rubio claims to be pro-life but refuses to endorse the “Personhood Movement” which ascribes personhood at the point of conception. This then would make Roe V Wade illegal that violates the Declaration of Independence which guarantees every person the right to LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.
    DeCastro has endorsed Personhood
  2. 10th Amendment – Rubio refuses to sign the 10th Amendment pledge
    “While Mr. Rubio and his handlers “consider” whether or not they support state sovereignty and lawful, limited constitutional government, I also want to offer a consideration.  I would like for every lover of liberty and state sovereignty in the state of Florida to consider asking Marco Rubio why he would have to “consider” supporting the Tenth Amendment.” -Andrew Nappi State Coordinator TAC, December 19th, 2009.
    DeCastro has signed the 10th Amendment pledge
  3. 912 Candidate Pledge – Marco Rubio has refused to sign the “Values” & “Principles” of the 912 Pledge
    DeCastro has signed the 912 pledge
  4. Vetting by the Tea Party – As of this date, Rubio who has been called the “Tea Party Darling,” and “Florida’s “Tea Party” candidate” has turned down repeated request from Tea Party groups around the State to be vetted. Now Marco is that anyway to treat your fans?
    DeCastro has been vetted by two Tea Party groups and a third is trying to schedule him.
  5. Agenda 21 – Rubio has refused to denounce the United Nations Agenda 21 otherwise known as Sustainable Development. This is one of the most dangerous policies ever to come out of the United Nation. It has to do with population reduction.
    DeCastro adamantly denounces Agenda 21
  6. Financial Accountability – Rubio refuses to make public his expense reports when he served as speaker of the house. That is when he spent over half a million dollars of tax-payer money to renovate his office. He says he will turn over his expense accounts when everyone else does.
    DeCastro’s books are and always will be open to the public
  7. Audit & eventual elimination of Federal Reserve – Where does Rubio stand on the audit and eventual elimination of the Federal Reserve? And where does he stand on returning America to the gold standard? There are currently four states, Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri and Indiana that are in the process of filing legislation to have their states return to the gold and silver standard. “The United States Constitution declares, in Article I, Section 10, “No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.” State-Level Constitutional Tender laws seek to nullify federal legal tender laws in the state by authorizing payment in gold and silver or a paper note backed 100% by gold or silver.” Would Marco Rubio support this legislation?
    DeCastro believes the Federal Reserve should be audited immediately and then they should be eliminated and America should return to the gold and silver standard.
  8. IRS – Where does Rubio stand on the getting rid of the IRS and repealing the 16th Amendment?
    DeCastro believes that the 16th Amendment should be repealed thereby eliminating the IRS and that we need to either replace the current taxing system with a consumption tax like the fair tax or something better.
  9. 17th Amendment – What is Rubio’s position on repealing the 17th Amendment and returning to the old way of electing our U.S. Senators by the State Legislatures?
    DeCastro believes the 17th Amendment should be repealed.
  10. 28th Amendment – Will Rubio endorse the passage of the 28th Amendment which says, “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”
    DeCastro would be glad to file the bill for the 28th Amendment and fight to see that it is passed.
  11. Special Interest Money – Marco Rubio has no problem taking special interest money for his campaign; thereby, obligating himself to these special interest groups.
    Bernie DeCastro refuses to take special interest money.
  12. Congressional Compensation – Marco Rubio sees nothing wrong with the current congressional compensation plan.
    Bernie DeCastro would refuse to take not only the congressional salary, but the Cadillac healthcare plan and the outrageous retirement plan currently offered.
  13. Party Allegiance – Marco Rubio will be easily influenced by the republican party to vote with “the group” on issues.
    Bernie DeCastro’s allegiance will be to God 1st, the constitution 2nd, and the American citizens 3rd.
  14. MANHATTAN DECLARATION – Is Marco Rubio willing to sign the Manhattan Declaration?
    DeCastro has already signed the Manhattan Declaration.

A Summary of the Manhattan Declaration:

“We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are (1) the sanctity of human life, (2) the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife, and (3) the rights of conscience and religious liberty. In as much as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

http://www.electbernie.com/2010/02/22/bernie-decastro-or-marco-rubio-for-u-s-senate/

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