PANAMA CITY BEACH--U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is spending the next few days in the state he represents.
His main focus is to confront issues dominating the agenda in Washington.
"The primary challenge that we face today is our economy just isn't growing fast enough," said Rubio.
Rubio says one way the government contributes to the slow growth is uncertainty.
"At the end of the year if nothing happens, explained Rubio, literally nothing happens there'll be massive tax increases across the board for all americans for the most part."
Some questions among residents involved the Restore Act bill that the house passed.
"That money should not be diverted to other parts of the country that had nothing to do with the oil spill, added Rubio, I know that's how they cut deals in washington but that's not what i went to washington to do."
Rubio says he hopes the house will correct what he thinks the senate did wrong.
Another topic of concern Rubio addressed was medicare.
"Is it too much to ask that our medicare look a little different so that medicare can survive our country can balance it's budget, and our parents and grandparents will be unaffected by those changes."
Rubio says the medicare program is facing a financial emergency.
"I think probably by this time next year if we don't have a solution to that problem in place you're going to see markets begin to react to the situation that we're facing and not in a positive way."
One resident asked Senator Rubio if he would run for vice president alongside, Mitt Romney but Rubio declined to answer.
He said Tuesday's meeting was not a campaign event it was simply an opportunity for him to listen to and answer residents' concerns and questions.
Senator Rubio says he will spend the next two days touring military facilities in Florida.