Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) informed donors Monday morning that he was entering the race for the 2016 GOP nomination, making him the next major figure in an increasingly crowded primary field.
Rubio called himself “uniquely qualified” for the office ahead of a public announcement this evening, which has been somewhat upstaged by Hillary Clinton’s much-anticipated announcement yesterday.
A freshman Senator from Florida, Rubio was elected to office in the 2010 tea party wave. Considered a rising star in the party, he made comprehensive immigration reform his primary issue, which backfired when the House declined to take up the Senate bill and his party’s conservative wing turned against him. Rubio also spoiled a potential star-turning moment when he paused a drink of water in the 2013 State of the Union response, which became a forever gif.
Nonetheless Republicans place a lot of value in his family’s story, which he has pitched as an embodiment of the American dream, and his hawkish foreign policy stands.
Under Florida law Rubio cannot run simultaneously for Senate and President, opening up his seat to Democrats, who can count on better election year turnout.
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