Rubio's plan slashes the corporate tax rate and scrap taxes on dividends, estates and capital gains. It also creates a $2,500 child tax credit and replace the standard deduction and personal exemption with a refundable personal credit. It's not clear how the plan, co-authored by Senator Mike Lee and released earlier this year, a Utah Republican, would be paid for. Democrats say it would increase the deficit.
"If I'm our nominee ... We will be the party of the bartenders and the maids, of the people that clean our rooms and fix our cars," Rubio promises. The choice of working-class occupations is hardly an accident -- Rubio is describing the occupations held by his parents when they came to the United States. Rubio's idea of a "party of" is quite literal -- he means the party would be identified with the classes of the parents of its candidate rather than, say, its policies. [...] Rubio is unusually clear about his strategy to respond to Clinton's arguments about policy with appeals to his background. "If I'm our nominee, how is Hillary Clinton gonna lecture me about living paycheck to paycheck?" he said at the first Republican debate. "I was raised paycheck to paycheck. How is she -- how is she gonna lecture me -- how is she gonna lecture me about student loans? I owed over $100,000 just four years ago." This is Rubio's plan. Clinton will attack the Republican economic program, and Rubio will talk about his life story.