Marco Rubio Suspends Campaign; Says ‘It’s Not God’s Plan’

In a graceful, powerful exit Rubio tells his supporters, God 'has plans for all of us and we wait eagerly for what lies ahead.'

By The Stream Published on March 16, 2016

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio suspended his campaign Tuesday night following his defeat in Florida’s primary, a winner-take-all caucus that awarded all delegates to Donald Trump.

In his concession speech from Miami, Rubio thanked supporters for fighting a good fight. He alluded briefly to Trump’s campaign style when he asked them to not give in to fear. “The politics of resentment against other people will not just leave us a fractured party,” he said, “they’re going to leave us a fractured nation … a nation where people literally hate each other because they have different political opinions.”

Rubio went on to say that America needs a strong conservative movement “based on strong principles and ideas, not on fear, not on anger, not on preying on people’s frustrations,” and reminded supporters of the Judeo-Christian values that formed the nation.

Rubio then told his supporters that he was suspending his campaign, after having operated in a manner of which he was proud. “After tonight it is clear that, while we are on the right side, this year, we will not be on the winning side.”

Toward the end of his speech, Rubio stressed his faith in God and the knowledge that God not only directed his path, but also has a divine plan for his future. “I take great comfort in the ancient words, ‘In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps,'” he said, quoting Proverbs 16:9. “While it is not God’s plan that I be president in 2016, or maybe ever, and while today my campaign is suspended, the fact that I’ve even come this far is evidence of how special America truly is.”

It may have been his quoting of 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 that exemplified Rubio’s strong faith and reliance on God — something that perhaps of which even conservative, evangelical voters were not entirely aware:

I want to leave with an expression of gratitude to God, in Whose hands all things lie. He has a plan for every one of our lives. Everything that comes from God is good. God is perfect. God makes no mistakes. And He has things planned for all of us. And we await eagerly to see what lies ahead. And so I leave tonight with one final prayer. And I use the words of King David, because I remain grateful to God: ‘Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.’

As Rubio suspended his campaign, there were no tears, no burst of anger, no self-righteous pity party. He simply asked God’s blessing on the nation and those who value her conservative, principled ideas:

May God strengthen our people. May God strengthen our nation. May God strengthen the conservative movement. May God strengthen the Republican party, may God strengthen our eventual nominee and may God always bless and strengthen this great nation, the United States of America.


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