5/22/15 - Transcript - The Hon. Marco Rubio, Senator (R-Fla.) and Presidential Candidate, United States of America

On Tuesday, April 28th, The Hon. Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator (R-Fla.) and U.S. Presidential Candidate spoke at Town Hall Los Angeles about the upcoming presidential election and his priorities should he be elected president in 2016. Senator Rubio discussed his family background, his youth, and his perspectives on both domestic and foreign policies. The Senator also responded to questions from the audience regarding small businesses, the new U.S.-Cuba relationship, and America's role in geopolitical issues in the Asia Pacific, especially given Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's speech to Congress that week.

"Today in the 21st century global leadership isn???t just about national security anymore; it???s also about prosperity. Because you and I are 4 percent of the world???s population. We Americans are 4 to 5 percent of the world???s population. There is only so much prosperity we can create if all we do is sell things to each other. We need there to be millions of people on this planet that can afford to buy the services we offer, the goods we manufacture, and the products we invent, but you cannot have global prosperity without global stability, and you cannot have global stability without strong American leadership."

To read a transcript of his speech in its entirety, click here.