Opinion: Fiscal cliff vote showcases Rubio’s and Becerra’s future aspirations

My latest at NBC Latino…

NBC Latino

What do you get when 92 percent of your colleagues in the Senate or 62 percent in the House disagree with you on an important roll call vote? The answer is the next aspiring candidates for President of the United States.

Both Senator Marco Rubio, the Tea Party darling of the GOP, and Xavier Becerra, the steadily influential Democratic wonderboy, voted against their respective bills on the fiscal cliff earlier this week for very different reasons. But their motivation to vote against the bill was the same.

The fiscal cliff has served these Latinos as a fiscal springboard for each to demonstrate their commitment to their ideological base, and they could not be further apart in their vision for a prosperous America.

Both Mr. Becerra and Mr. Rubio felt that the bill didn’t go far enough in focusing on job growth and restructuring taxes for a long-term solution. Mr. Becerra…

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