Q & A: Marco Rubio on His Faith of Many Colors
I have to ask about your possible vice presidential nomination.
I'm not going to discuss the vice presidential nomination process. I know Mitt Romney is right now going through a process with the people he's considering, and I am in no way going to comment on that, because it wouldn't be fair to them.
Some have cited irregularities in your record as reasons you might not be asked to be vice president. What would you say to those who claim you have made financial slip-ups?
I'm not above criticism. I'm sure people will find fault with what I've done or failed to do. I would be the first to recognize that I'm not perfect. Sometimes these things are exaggerated. There are things I wish I had done differently because of perceptions. Most of these issues have been talked about extensively during my campaign in Florida. I confronted those issues and answered questions repeatedly, and I'd be more than happy to answer them again if people want to ask them specifically. Ultimately, I've lived a life with real mistakes and real successes. I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish thanks to the opportunities this country has given me and the sacrifices my parents made.
In preparation for the 2012 election, how should Christians engage in the public sphere?
Well, there's the spiritual activism, which saints are called to and which is separate from the political realm. If you're living out your faith, it influences every aspect of your life. It teaches us to glorify God in everything we do. In everything we do in our lives, we're called to bring glory to God, primarily by the way we live our lives and the things we do so people will look to us and say, "That's what it means to be a Christian; that's what it means to be ambassadors of Christ." If our faith influences every aspect of our lives, then if we decide to become politically active, it should influence that as well.
You distinguished spiritual activism from political activism. Do you see political activism as a ministry?
You can if that's what you're called to, for example, with how we treat the less fortunate. I believe in a safety net, not as a way of life, but as a way to help those who cannot help themselves. But I also believe the number one economic system that's ever been created that allows people to rise above the circumstances of their birth and accomplish things beyond what they were born into is the American free enterprise system. My faith influences me in believing that. I don't think everyone's called to political engagement. No matter what we're called to do, we are called to glorify God in what we do. For those of us who have been called to political action, we're called by our faith to glorify God in the way we carry ourselves in these roles.
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