Tuesday, September 13, 2011


TODAY: Watch U.S. Senator Marco Rubio as part of the Jesse Helms Lecture Series
As part of the Jesse Helms Lecture Series, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R, Fla.) will deliver a speech entitled “The Role of America in the World” today, September 13, at 5 p.m. at Wingate University’s George A. Batte Fine Arts Center.  This will be Rubio’s first speech in North Carolina and his first major speech on foreign policy since taking office in January 2011.  Though tickets for this event are sold out, it will stream live at 5 pm.  To watch the live streaming broadcast of Senator Rubio’s lecture, please visit www.jessehelmscenter.org
Rubio was elected to the Senate in November 2010.  He currently serves on the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  During his first eight months in office, Rubio has been a forceful advocate for a U.S. foreign policy that is on the side of citizens around the world stepping up to demand their rights and freedoms in places like Egypt, Libya, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela, among other nations. He has also focused his early legislative work on promoting solutions to create jobs and fundamentally address the national debt.  From 2000-2008, Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives.  During this period, he served as Majority Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, effectively promoting an agenda of lower taxes, more accountable schools, a leaner and more efficient government, and free market empowerment.  Rubio and his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes Rubio, have been married since 1998. They are the parents of four children: Amanda, Daniella, Anthony and Dominick. They currently live in the working class city of West Miami, just four blocks from the home his parents moved the family to in 1985.
For over 20 years, the Jesse Helms Lecture Series has welcomed national and international figures to Wingate.  Previous speakers include Lady Margaret Thatcher, former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, among others.  The Jesse Helms Center is a non-profit organization established to promote traditional American values and the principles upon which our nation was founded and that Senator Jesse Helms advanced throughout his 30-year career.