With the Florida Republican primaries coming up next week, I’m paying very close attention to what goes on in my home state. Although I no longer live (or vote) there, I’m still keeping a close watch in particular because Senator Marco Rubio is a front runner for the Vice President candidateship.

But I’m not watching it because I’m excited that a fellow Cuban is up for the second highest position in the country. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’d love to see a Latino in the White House represent our community, just not this Latino. Although he says he doesn’t think he’ll be VP, he’s a heavy favorite because he could bring in the much-needed Florida swing state and Hispanic community vote. When it comes to his policies, though, I don’t think he’ll be helping our community much.

His stance on abortion would impose a lot more regulations while his opposition of stem cell research could stop a lot of progress in science. Whether you like it or hate it, I don’t want the government telling me what I can and can’t do with my body. And I certainly wouldn’t want my government stopping potentially life-saving research.

Same-sex marriage is a polarizing issue in our community, I know. I can understand those that say it should be up to the states, but I can’t support Senator Rubio’s belief that there should be an amendment to prevent same sex marriage. The Constitution was created to give rights, not take them away. He also supported banning gays in the military and I’m really glad that he didn’t get his way on this one.

He’s also flip-flopped on his support of SOPA and PIPA, is against restrictions on gun control and is surprisingly tough on immigrants despite coming from Cuban immigrant parents. He didn’t want to count them in the 2010 census, opposes granting amnesty to illegal immigrants and wants full implementation of current border security laws. Does this guy even remember where his roots are?

There are a few things I like about Marco Rubio: he’s toughened laws against sex trafficking, incentivized foreign language curriculum in elementary schools and supported tax incentives for energy-efficient appliances. But a couple of good things don’t make up for the fact that he’s a Tea Party member whose tougher stances on women’s rights, civil rights, and immigration don’t make this Latina very happy. When it comes to VP candidates, I hope the republicans look elsewhere. Because I certainly won’t be voting on a ticket with Marco Rubio’s name on it.

Do you want to see Marco Rubio elected as the Republican VP candidate?

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Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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Thanks RK, I've been a Marco Rubio supporter for many mtnohs and contribute a small stipend to his campaign on an automatic payment plan on his website... I consider it a preventive measure as it would cost me a hell of alot more if that Obama loving, liberal in conservative clothes, dipstick Charlie Crist got elected... (I know I probably shouldn't sugar coat my feelings) The other concern for Floridians is sending Bill Nelson back into space where he belongs... Can I get a chorus of David Bowie's "Major Tom"...
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