By Keith Laing - 07/01/11 08:27 PM EDT
"Everybody here agrees that our tax code is broken,” Rubio continued. “But don’t go around telling people that the reason you are not doing well is because some rich guy is in a corporate jet or some oil company is making too much money.”
In a news conference on Wednesday, President Obama said Republicans were more interested in protecting tax breaks for corporate jets than reaching an agreement on raising the federal debt ceiling. He invoked jets six times in his roughly one-hour news conference.
"It would be nice if we could keep every tax break there is, but we’ve got to make some tough choices here if we want to reduce our deficit," Obama said. "And if we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, if we choose to keep a tax break for corporate jet owners, if we choose to keep tax breaks for oil and gas companies that are making hundreds of billions of dollars, then that means we’ve got to cut some kids off from getting a college scholarship.
"That means we’ve got to stop funding certain grants for medical research," he continued. "That means that food safety may be compromised. That means that Medicare has to bear a greater part of the burden. Those are the choices we have to make."
Obama was criticized for the remarks by several groups that represent the aviation industry.