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Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio made a rare appearance in the Tampa Bay area today, speaking at a boat manufacturer in Manatee County. 

He came to Sarasota for a long-planned fundraiser, and added on a last-minute campaign stop with about 300 people at boat manufacturer Marine Concepts.

There, he spoke for more than a half hour on lowering taxes to make America competitive globally, keeping the prison open at Guantanamo Bay, and promising a more robust campaign in the fight against terrorists.

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Does the fact that people getting married in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator mean that states have the power to regulate marriage? And did Sen. Marco Rubio really compare Muslims to Nazis (not really...) To get the answers to those questions, we ask Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has always opposed same-sex marriage, and when he was asked if he'd work to overturn the recent Supreme Court ruling, he said he doesn't think the Constitution gives the federal government the power to regulate marriage.

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As Marco Rubio campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, he's pledging to bring generational change to Washington. Yet Rubio's policy toward Cuba hinges on reinstating a half-century-old diplomatic freeze that failed to unseat the communist government on the island where his parents were born.

The Florida senator sees no contradiction between his pledge to usher in new ideas and his call to restore an old, punitive relationship with Cuba.

Florida Poll: Trump Getting Stronger, Bush Weaker

Nov 19, 2015

Nationally, GOP leaders have been predicting Trump’s demise for months. It hasn’t happened. “Despite conjecture that Donald Trump has plateaued, his support in Florida remains very strong and could be growing,” FAU’s associate political science professor Kevin Wagner said in a news release. Aside from Trump, U.S. Sen. Rubio has consistently started to eclipse Bush, his former mentor, at home.

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Orlando was the center of the Republican political universe over the weekend, as all the major candidates for president spoke at the GOP's Sunshine Summit. WUSF's Steve Newborn was there, and caught up with University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus.

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Orlando was the center of the Republican political universe over the weekend, as every major presidential hopeful spoke at the GOP's Sunshine Summit to several thousand of the state's Republican voters.

The New York Times is profiling a new wave of attacks from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on his one-time protege, Sen. Marco Rubio.

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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, who has been attacked by GOP rivals and others for using an American Express card issued by the Republican Party of Florida for some personal spending as a state lawmaker, released two more years of charge card statements Saturday to help quell the furor.

The New Hampshire primary is just over three months away, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is stepping up his presence in the state after a relatively low-key approach there so far in his presidential bid.

Rubio has been rising in polls and starting to draw the attention of rivals and undecided voters. He's using the buzz his campaign has been attracting since the last debate to reintroduce himself to voters.

He highlights his belief that at 44 years of age, he sees the world differently than do older candidates.

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Conservative Solutions Project, a nonprofit group funded by secret donors that has so far spent $8 million in ads promoting Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, has drawn another complaint from Washington watchdog groups.

Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center on Thursday asked the Justice Department to investigate the group, alleging that it was set up primarily for the benefit of the Florida senator.

Until recently, Sen. Marco Rubio has kept a fairly low profile in the GOP presidential race. Now he's starting to show momentum, and is eclipsing his political mentor Jeb Bush.

Rubio Gives up on Senate: ‘He Hates it’

Oct 26, 2015

This year, as Rubio runs for president, he has cast the Senate — the very place that cemented him as a national politician — as a place he’s given up on, after less than one term. It’s too slow. Too rule-bound. So Rubio, 44, has decided not to run for his seat again. It’s the White House or bust. “That’s why I’m missing votes. Because I am leaving the Senate. I am not running for reelection,” Rubio said in the last Republican debate, after Donald Trump had mocked him for his unusual number of absences during Senate votes.

A Washington watchdog group filed a complaint Tuesday with the IRS about a secret-donor nonprofit organization that is spending millions of dollars on commercials to boost Marco Rubio's 2016 prospects.

Conservative Solutions Project has aired pro-Rubio TV ads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, in addition to sending mail to voters in those early presidential primary states.

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Hundreds of donors to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign will gather later this month in Houston. They'll shake hands with a pair of former presidents, and high-profile lieutenants of the former Florida governor will push them to write generous checks.

This weekend in Las Vegas, dozens of donors met up with Marco Rubio. They ate fast-food hamburgers, shook hands with a celebrity pawn-shop owner and played flag football with the Florida senator.

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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio vowed Tuesday to cap the number of regulations government can impose on businesses, particularly "on-demand" startups like Uber and Airbnb that he considers models for a changing national economy.

Speaking in New York City to tech enthusiasts, Rubio praised the "disruptive" companies but said such businesses and the people who work for them are unfairly burdened by a meddlesome and "out of touch" government.

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.