Rubio Speaks Welders’ Language in NH Campaign Stop

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

When Sen. Marco Rubio, in a recent Republican presidential debate, argued that American colleges weren’t equipping their students for the job market, he said, “The world needs less philosophers and more welders.”

That remark, picked up by the Wall Street Journal, was music to the ears of Kyle Reagan, executive vice president of Decco Inc., a pipe-manufacturing firm in Brookline, NH. Watching the debate, Reagan contacted his colleagues and said, “Did you hear what Rubio just said?” The company turned the statement into a banner at its annual welding competition. And it was hung over its shop floor when Rubio arrived to address workers.

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