Marco Rubio Tells Political Donors He’s Running For President
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants who rocketed from the obscure West Miami City Commission to the U.S. Senate, told top political donors Monday that he’s running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a campaign he intends to officially launch at 6 p.m. at downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower.
In a conference call with benefactors Monday morning, Rubio cast the election as a choice between the past and the future, one of the fundraisers told the Miami Herald.
At his kickoff event, he’s expected to tie his Cuban immigrant parents’ journey to his own political success and outline a campaign built around the promise that, under the right national leadership, his story can continue to repeat itself for other families.
Rubio, 43, a first-term senator, will rely on his confident speaking skills and endearing personal narrative to try to break through a crowded group of GOP candidates, several of them vying for the same base of conservative voters. The pack already includes Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, with others waiting to step in. Democrat Hillary Clinton entered the race Sunday, though without the fanfare of a live event.
Follow the Miami Herald's updates below throughout the day, or watch the announcement live at 6 p.m. on MarcoRubio.com.
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