- Marco Rubio
United States Senator
- Marco Antonio Rubio is the junior United States Senator from Florida, serving since January 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.Wikipedia
- Born: May 28, 1971 (age 43), Miami, FL
- Nationality: American
- Spouse: Jeanette Dousdebes (m. 1998)
- Office: Senator (R-FL) since 2011
- Education: University of Miami School of Law (1996), More
- Parents: Oria Garcia, Mario Rubio
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Marco Rubio to score big endorsement from Tim Scott
By ALEX ISENSTADT
02/01/16 08:48 PM EST
DES MOINES -- Marco Rubio is expected to secure the widely coveted endorsement of South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott on Tuesday, according to three sources.
Scott, the only black Republican is the U.S. Senate, will be Rubio’s second major congressional endorsement in the state; the Florida senator has also secured the backing of South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy. Rubio is expected to make a major play in South Carolina’s Feb. 20 primary.
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The endorsement comes at a time of growing anxiety in establishment GOP circles, with many in the party hierarchy worried that Rubio, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie are dividing the establishment vote. There is hope among Rubio’s backers that Scott’s support, coupled with at least a third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, will help him unite the party.
Spokespersons to Rubio and Scott did not respond to requests for comment.
Scott’s endorsement had been sought by several candidates, including Bush. Bush, who has the backing of South Carolina’s other senator, Lindsey Graham, is expected to have a poor showing in Iowa and is spending Monday evening in New Hampshire. So, too, are Kasich and Christie.
Villagers eagerly snap up tickets for Rubio event at Eisenhower
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 BY STAFF REPORT
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is bringing his presidential campaign to The Villages.
He will take the stage at 3:45 p.m. Monday at Eisenhower Recreation Center.
Unfortunately, if you weren’t one of the early birds claiming tickets, you won’t get to see Rubio. All of the tickets for the event have already been claimed.
Rubio has been trailing in the polls while Donald Trump and Ben Carson have taken an unlikely lead. But many Floridians remember Rubio’s patience and strategy when he launched his uphill 2010 Senate bid. He faced then-popular Gov. Charlie Crist, eventually forcing the governor to abandon the GOP and launch an independent Senate bid. Rubio won a three-way race that included Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.
Last year, Rubio spent time in Iowa stumping for Joni Ernst who prevailed in a bitter U.S. Senate contest. It was an opportunity for Rubio to make plenty of friends in the Hawkeye State.
And Rubio has reportedly been running a tight-fisted campaign with the candidate flying commercial more than 90 percent of the time.
This week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker flamed out, thinning the Republican presidential field. A week earlier, Texas Gov. Rick Perry quit the White House race.
Marco Rubio Plans TV Ads Worth $7 Million in Early-Voting States (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Wednesday, 01 Jul 2015 04:27 PM
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is preparing to swarm the airwaves in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada before primary voters head to the polls.
The Florida senator has reserved more than $7 million worth of television ads in those states, a Rubio aide said, confirming an earlier New York Times report. According to the Times, nearly $5 million of that money is poised to fund ads in Iowa from late November to February, when caucus-goers will kick off the nomination contest.
A Quinnipiac University poll of Hawkeye State Republicans released Wednesday places Rubio seventh in a crowded field that may feature as many as 16 contenders.
Rubio's standing with Republican voters nationally has dipped over the last month as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and businessman Donald Trump entered the race and shot to the front. Rubio fell to 6 percent nationally in late June from 14 percent in late May, according to CNN/ORC polling.
The top 10 contenders in an average of the five most recent national polls will win spots on the stage for the first primary debate, which is set to be hosted by Fox News in Cleveland in August.
If Rubio has an ace up his sleeve, it's his relatively low unfavorable ratings with Republicans. His campaign is betting that elevating his limited name identification with a message of optimism delivered to voters' living rooms will give him a boost when it matters most. Many of his ads in Iowa are slated to run around Christmas.
Marco's Memorial Day Message: A Time To Put Aside Partisanship
Here’s the Republican Leading the 2016 Pack in New Fox News Poll, and It’s Not Rand Paul or Ted Cruz
Apr. 23, 2015 7:15pm Oliver Darcy
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) leads Republican hopefuls in the race to become the 2016 GOP nominee, according to a new Fox News poll.
13-percent of likely Republican primary voters said Rubio was their top choice. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker placed second with 12-percent of the vote, followed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who scored 10-percent of the vote.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Heritage Foundation April 15, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Rubio took part in a discussion on ‘The Case for the Lee-Rubio Tax Reform Plan.’ (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who many expect will secure the nomination, came in fourth with 9-percent of the vote. He was tied for that position with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) placed fifth. The conservative firebrand earned only 8-percent of the vote in the Fox News poll.
The results among likely Republican primary voters have an error margin of plus or minus five points.
Here are the full results:
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April 13, 2015, 10:50 am
Rubio jumps into White House race with jab at Hillary Clinton
By Ben Kamisar
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Monday entered the race for the White House, telling donors on a conference call that he is “uniquely qualified” to lead the Republican Party into battle against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
"I feel uniquely qualified to not just make that argument, but to outline the policies that we need to have in order to achieve it," Rubio told the donors, according to The Associated Press.
Portraying Clinton as a candidate of the past, Rubio, 43, talked about the opportunity awaiting the GOP as it seeks to recapture the White House after eight years out of power.
"The Republican Party, for the first time in a long time, has a chance in this election to be the party of the future," Rubio said on the call.
"Just yesterday, we heard from a leader from yesterday who wants to take us back to yesterday, but I feel that this country has always been about tomorrow."
Rubio is expected to officially launch his candidacy Monday evening in Miami against the backdrop of the Freedom Tower, a setting that will give him a chance to tout his heritage as the son of Cuban parents who fled to America in the 1950s.
The Florida senator, who is serving in only his first term, is entering an increasingly crowded GOP field that already includes Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.). A host of other candidates are waiting in the wings, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
It had long been thought that Rubio would not run for the White House against Bush, given their personal history and shared base of support in the Florida Republican Party.
But much like Obama in 2008, Rubio appears willing to gamble his political future on the notion that his party will be looking for a fresh face, particularly given the GOP’s difficulty in attracting minority voters in the last two presidential elections.
If elected, Rubio would become the first Hispanic president in American history.
Rubio is trying to generate buzz for his presidential campaign the day after Clinton jumped into the race with an online video where she declared her desire to be the “champion” of “everyday Americans.”
While Clinton’s rollout could overshadow Rubio’s, it could also play to his advantage by allowing him to draw a contrast with the former secretary of State, who has been a presence on the national stage for nearly three decades.
Thus far in the race, Rubio is polling outside the top tier of Republicans hopefuls.
But Rubio, a staunch conservative who was deemed a rising star after his election victory in 2010, is very well liked among Republican voters. Recent numbers from Democratic Public Policy Polling found that 55 percent had a favorable view of him, the highest of any potential GOP candidate.
Still, in order to win the nomination, Rubio will have to assure conservatives who were turned off by his involvement in the Senate’s failed immigration reform effort in 2013.
Rubio helped write a bill with Democrats that passed the Senate but died in the House after an outpouring of conservative opposition.
He has tried to make amends for his role crafting that bill, telling activists in February that he’s “learned” from the experience that securing the border must come first.
"You can't just tell people you're going to secure the border. … You have to do that, they have to see it, they have to see it working, and then they're going to have a reasonable conversation with you about the other parts, but they're not going to even want to talk about that until that's done first,” he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Rubio is expected to make foreign policy one of the centerpieces of his campaign, and has emerged as one of the most vocal critics of Obama’s move to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Following his campaign launch, Rubio will return to Washington for Senate business, including a high-profile Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Iran.
On Friday, he'll head to New Hampshire for a full day of campaigning in the critical primary state.
— Updated at 12:41 p.m.
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Rubio bets it all on 2016
Rubio Pins Presidential Hopes on Foreign Policy Focus
Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 03:27 PM
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is pinning his presidential hopes on the prospect that Republican voters will have the troubled world on their minds in the 2016 primaries — and that they'll see a 43-year-old freshman lawmaker who argues for an aggressive U.S. posture abroad as the best candidate to take on global crises.
For Rubio, who remains unknown to many Americans, it's a gamble of necessity as he searches for a way to break through the GOP pack.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Rubio said tumult in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Latin America may drive voter interest in foreign policy higher than at any point in the last decade, despite the fact that international issues barely registered for voters in the last Republican primary and general election. He also previewed a campaign message that links U.S. economic prosperity to stability around the world.
"We're 4 to 5 percent of the world's population," Rubio said. "So for us to grow our economy robustly and provide more economic opportunity to more people, we need to have millions of people around the world that can afford to trade with us, that can afford to buy our products and our services."
Foreign policy often isn't a winning formula in presidential politics, however.
Even in the 2008 election, when worries about terrorism and weariness with the long, expensive and deadly conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were elevated in people's minds, the economy was by far the biggest concern of voters surveyed in exit polls, cited by 63 percent as their main issue.
But William Galston, a former policy adviser to President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential campaigns, said current crises, combined with improvements in the economy, could make Rubio's bet on foreign policy a wise one.
"Changes in the world over the past year or two have been pretty alarming," Galston said. "There isn't much that's gone right for the United States but there are a fair number that have gone wrong."
If voters do care about foreign policy, though, there's a risk for Rubio that they may not consider him seasoned enough. President Barack Obama faced that criticism in his primary and presidential campaigns as he sought the White House in his 40s while serving his first term in the Senate.
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Whoever wins the GOP nomination may face Hillary Clinton, who served four years as secretary of state and has no serious rivals for the Democratic nomination as yet, if she runs as expected.
Rubio is expected to announce his presidential campaign within weeks.
He was elected to Congress as part of the 2010 tea party wave and was a darling of conservatives who wield significant influence in Republican primaries. But he angered some of his supporters by helping to negotiate a bipartisan immigration bill that included a pathway to citizenship for millions of people already living in the U.S. illegally.
A member of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rubio became a frequent critic of Obama's foreign policy and staked out hawkish positions on the Islamic State group, on Iran and on combating Russia's actions in Ukraine.
Rubio was among 47 Republican senators who signed a letter to Iran's leadership warning that Congress could upend a deal being worked out with Obama to control Tehran's nuclear program. Rubio has also said that if elected president, he would be willing to defy European allies if necessary to revoke a deal he might inherit.
A Cuban-American whose parents left the island before Fidel Castro took power, Rubio has assailed Obama's resumption of diplomatic relations with the communist nation after a half-century freeze. And he's become one of Capitol Hill's leading voices accusing Venezuela's government of human rights abuses and a brutal crackdown on political opponents.
Dan Senor, a top national security official in the George W. Bush administration, said Rubio displays an interest in foreign policy that his rivals appear to lack.
"Of the top tier candidates, Rubio is pretty much in a league of his own in terms of his level of discourse and his depth of knowledge on foreign policy and national security," said Senor, who has consulted with Rubio but so far not endorsed a 2016 candidate.
Over meetings in his Senate office and dinners in Washington and elsewhere, Rubio has been speaking with a wide range of Republican foreign policy experts. Among them: former Bush and Reagan adviser Elliott Abrams, historian Robert Kagan and Eric Edelman, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Finland.
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