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This other struggle involves the competition among former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. History suggests that whoever emerges triumphant in this three-way rivalry will be in a strong position to claim the nomination, though admittedly the past has been a poor predictor of events so far in this campaign.

Though Mr. Rubio, never mentioned any opponents by name, his arguments for generational change were barely disguised shots at Florida’s former governor, Jeb Bush, a rival candidate. “The time has come for both the Republican Party and the United States of America to elect a new generation of leaders with ideas relevant to the times in which we live,” Mr. Rubio said.

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After a summer largely spent raising money for his Republican campaign for president, Marco Rubio says he's about to start spending a whole lot more time in Iowa and the other early voting states.

"There were obviously other things we needed to do," the Florida senator said this past week in an interview with The Associated Press. "We need the resources to be able to have staff here and be on the air and do the things a campaign requires. But, we were just here a few days ago. We're going to be back a lot more."

Trump Goes After Rubio

Sep 24, 2015

In Columbia, S.C., it was Trump’s broadsides against Rubio that turned heads. He twice knocked the Florida senator’s spotty attendance record and called him a “lightweight” — a dig he’s also aimed at Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal — in pushing back against Rubio’s criticism that Trump has not delved into foreign policy specifics. (“You don’t want the enemy to hear what you’re doing,” Trump explained.)

The Donald continues to lead his Republican presidential opponents while U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has leapfrogged a onetime mentor, former Gov. Jeb Bush, in a poll of Florida voters released Wednesday by Florida Atlantic University.

In critical swing-state Florida, Hillary Clinton holds a significant edge over her Democratic rivals but struggles in match-ups against most Republican contenders, including Rubio and Florida pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the survey found.

Book Deals Rewrote Rubio’s Story of Financial Woe

Sep 22, 2015

Running in a field of largely wealthy competitors, Rubio is making an asset of having the same kind of debt as average Americans have. He's using his history of borrowing money to fund an upper middle-class lifestyle to underscore a tenet of his autobiography: Even the son of a bartender and a maid can get ahead in America through pluck and drive. Rubio’s personal financial picture has come a long way since his 2011 election as Florida’s junior senator, but he still has a negative net worth.

In the battle for the soul of the Republican Party, Trump's gain has come at Rubio's expense. Rubio's candidacy is an outgrowth of a consensus among GOP elites that the party must “modernize” and appeal to a diversifying electorate if it ever wants to win the White House again. Trump represents the opposite: the white and nativist faction of the party that is anxious about the country's changing demographics. In a way, Rubio represents the “mind” of the GOP, which considers demographic shifts in its goal of retaking the White House, while Trump represents the “heart,” which longs for a more culturally traditional America.

Marco Rubio, a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, has missed 77 of 263 roll call votes this year, through Wednesday, an absentee rate of nearly 30 percent. That’s more than any other senator, according to a USA TODAY review of votes cast through Wednesday. Since June 1, the freshman senator has been absent for 60 percent of votes, as he’s stepped up his appearances at campaign events and fundraisers. He’s skipped votes on amendments to a massive education bill, changes to defense policy legislation, and a short-term extension of the federal Highway Trust Fund.

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio says the U.S. doesn't need a federal Education Department, arguing that its recommendations to state and local governments often turn into mandates tied to money.

The Florida senator made the comments Tuesday during a town hall meeting in Carson City. About 200 people attended the gathering in a community center, part of a tour of northern Nevada.

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, is giving up his seat to run for president -- and the battle has begun to take his job.

Florida Poll: Jeb Takes Big Lead Over Marco

Jul 24, 2015

Marco Rubio’s 15 percentage-point drop coincides with the rise of Gov. Scott Walker, who’s now in third place with 13 percent – an 11 point increase for the Wisconsin governor since the April survey. “And the center of the GOP political universe of late — Donald Trump — is in fourth with 11 percent,” Mason Dixon pollster Brad Coker said in a written analysis.

Jeb v. Marco: Round 1 Goes to Jeb

Jul 17, 2015

Bush backers say their candidate is only picking up steam, in polls as well as fundraising. He announced his campaign just days before the end of the fundraising quarter. “If you look at what his schedule is and the number of events you have to host to raise that kind of money, it’s something like $700,000 a day. Just from a standpoint of human capacity and what you can do in 24 hours, it’s impressive,” said Al Cardenas, a lobbyist and former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida under Bush, who served as governor from 1999-2007.

Marco Rubio Reports Raising $12 Million

Jul 13, 2015

Of the Rubio campaign’s total, $2.2 million came from more than 12,000 homestate Floridians. That indicates the senator’s support in Florida and the nation could be broader, but financially shallower at the outset, than Gov. Jeb Bush — who reported raising $11.4 million since late June from about 9,900 donors nationwide.

Marco Rubio Is Hardly a Hero in Cuba-He Likes That

Jul 6, 2015

Resistance to Fidel Castro’s Communist government has served as the foundation of Mr. Rubio’s personal and political identity. A Florida Republican who has been identified in the state-controlled newspaper here as a “representative in the Senate of the Cuban-American terrorist mafia,” he has argued for years that normalized relations with the United States would only strengthen an oppressive Cuban government that impoverishes its people, limits access to information and violates human rights.

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Both of the statements made this week by two Republican presidential candidates in Florida came up half true on the Politifact Florida Truth-O-Meter. 

First up for consideration, Jeb Bush in officially announcing that he is running for president, brought up a statement made by political rival Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

In Bush's words, "Secretary Clinton insists that when the progressive agenda encounters religious beliefs to the contrary those beliefs, quote, 'have to be changed.' That’s what she said and I guess we should at least thank her for the warning."

Clinton delivered the keynote address at this year's Women in the World Summit. She said, "Yes, we’ve cut the maternal mortality rate in half but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. All the laws we’ve passed don’t count for much if they’re not enforced.  Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper.  Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed."

Josh Gillen of Politifact Florida  said they determined Bush's statement to be half-true because he took Clinton's words out of  context. Gillen said, "She's talking about these ideas,  in order for women across the planet really, to have access to proper healthcare and maternal medicine, and the right to not be abused by their partners, these are the things that are gonna have to change. He (Bush) is making it sound like she is attacking religious beliefs in general." 

Jeb Bush Maintains Florida Lead, Marco Rubio Surges

Jun 11, 2015

Bush was at 30 percent in the Saint Leo University survey, virtually unchanged from March. But Rubio had support of 24 percent of Florida Republicans — up from 16 percent in March. Rubio has received a burst of mostly favorable media attention since the previous poll, starting with his April 13 announcement that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination.

Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera publicly confirmed Saturday that he is "strongly considering" a U.S. Senate bid in 2016, drawing closer to throwing his hat in a GOP primary ring that already has one congressman and could soon include a handful of other candidates.

Lopez-Cantera's speech announcing that he is mulling entering the campaign drew a standing ovation from the audience at a meeting of the Republican Party of Florida's executive board during the party's quarterly meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

USF Policy Expert Weighs in on 'Rubio Doctrine'

May 14, 2015
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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is making moves to establish himself with the foreign policy community. 

He gave a speech Wednesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. 

The Florida Senator's experience with foreign policy includes serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His speech highlighted his vision for America in the international arena. 

 Defending the use of American military power, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday called for an increase in military spending and for the U.S. to aggressively confront Russia, China and others that he says threaten the nation's economic interests.

In what his campaign billed as a major speech on foreign policy, the Florida senator sought to draw a sharp distinction with President Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination who spent four years as Obama's secretary of state.

Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis will announce Wednesday that he’s running for the Senate seat Marco Rubio is giving up to seek the GOP presidential nomination.

Two advisers close to DeSantis confirmed his plans to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made public yet.

PolitiFact Florida recently put a pair of claims from two of the leading candidates on the Republican side in the 2016 race for the White House under the microscope.

First, on April 19, Senator Marco Rubio appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation," where his take on the subject of climate change veered into the economic effects addressing the problem would have.

Navigating cultural issues like same-sex marriage and immigration has proved tricky for Republicans.

The country has grown rapidly more accepting of gay and lesbian marriage and relationships. And despite a shrinking base of white support and a fast-growing Latino population, Republicans have struggled to adjust.

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Readiness to be president is a threshold question for many candidates. That's especially true when that candidate is 43 years old and a freshman senator.

No, not Barack Obama, but Marco Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida, who announced Monday that he's running for president.

"I'm certainly capable from Day 1," Rubio told NPR's Steve Inskeep in an interview in Miami hours before he announced. "I'm very confident that I have the capability from Day No. 1 to lead this country."

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced today that he will be running for president on the Republican ticket  in 2016 - a day after Democrat Hillary Clinton announced her presidential plans. WUSF's Steve Newborn spoke with USF political science professor Susan MacManus about the implications for the race ahead.

She says it's looking like Florida is going to once again be the epicenter of presidential politics.

Marco Rubio, the charismatic, Hispanic, young (and even younger-looking) freshman senator from Florida is launching his campaign for the White House Monday in Miami.

Rubio, 43, will be entering a growing field of candidates. Right now, he's considered a second-tier candidate, polling behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the man Rubio has called a mentor.

That could change once he gets in. Rubio's advisers believe he has a path to the nomination, with assets few other candidates can match.

  Five months after narrowly rejecting a medical-marijuana ballot initiative, Florida voters overwhelmingly support allowing doctor-prescribed pot in the state, according to a poll released 

Poll: Jeb, Rubio Get Boost in Florida

Mar 31, 2015

With voters pointing to concerns about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's honesty, former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have gained ground on the Democrat in the presidential race in Florida, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Bush, who has been traveling the country and raising tens of millions of dollars in anticipation of a bid for the Republican nomination, leads Clinton by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent in Florida, the Quinnipiac University poll said. A similar survey in early February showed Clinton ahead 44 percent to 43 percent against Bush.

Murphy Announces Candidacy, Grayson Considering Senate Run

Mar 23, 2015

South Florida congressman Patrick Murphy, D- Jupiter, says he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2016. Murphy could have some competition from Central Florida.

Murphy says he’ll work to raise the minimum wage, strengthen social security and protect the everglades. He says Sen. Marco Rubio has ‘put the needs of Floridians behind his presidential ambitions.’

Florida Democratic Party chair Allison Tant released a statement saying she is glad Murphy has joined the race.  

Fact-Checking Marco Rubio's Immigration Stance

Feb 11, 2015

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is still pondering a run for the White house.

And Democrats are already taking shots at Rubio -- especially on his big issue, immigration.

Some are claiming he has back tracked on favoring immigration reform that that includes a pathway to citizenship for people in this country illegally now.

One of those Democrats is the Democratic National Committee Chair -- Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Republicans are even more adamant that Rubio should stay in the Senate: More than two-thirds, 68 percent, want Rubio to seek reelection. Only 19 percent want him to run for president. Voters are more on board with former Gov. Jeb Bush running for the White House: 42 percent think he should, while 43 percent think he shouldn’t. Among Republicans, 59 percent think he should run for president, and 31 percent say he should not.