Marco Rubio Announces 2016 Presidential Bid | Senator Is Running For President | FULL Speech

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Marco Rubio Announces 2016 Presidential Bid | Senator Is Running For President | FULL Speech

Florida senator Marco Rubio officially announced that he is running for president during a speech in Miami on Monday. He told prospective donors he was launching his candidacy earlier today.

In his speech at the Freedom Tower, which served as an immigrant reception center, Rubio told the crowd: “In many countries, the highest office in the land is reserved for the rich and powerful. But I live in an exceptional country where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege.”

Rubio’s parents were both born in Cuba and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s. His father worked as a bartender to support his family. He worked long hours, Rubio recalled, often coming home well past midnight.

“My father stood behind a small portable bar in the back of a room for all those years, so that tonight I could stand behind this podium in the front of this room. That journey, from behind that bar to behind this podium, is the essence of the American Dream.”

But the 43-year old said that the American Dream was now beyond the average American. Families are living paycheck to paycheck and are mired in debt, he said. Small business owners are burdened with taxes and regulations.

He called for reforming the tax code, reducing regulations and repealing ObamaCare, in order to create millions of better-paying jobs.

The senator promised to move the nation beyond the politics of the past. “This election is not just about what laws we will pass,” he said Monday evening. “It is a generational choice about what kind of country we will be.”

Rubio told the audience that he offered leadership that was not stuck in the 20th century. This was taken as a swipe at 67-year old Hillary Clinton, who announced her candidacy on Sunday, as well as 62-year old Jeb Bush who is expected to launch his campaign soon.

Sen. Marco Rubio cast himself as the forward-looking candidate to lead the nation toward a new American century when he announced his presidential bid Monday, framing the election as a “generational choice” for Americans.

“Grounded by the lessons of our history, but inspired by the promise of our future, I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America,” Rubio told supporters at Miami’s Freedom Tower.

The 43-year-old freshman senator is the youngest contender in a rapidly-growing race for the presidency, and his speech Monday signaled he’ll aim to turn his youth and relative inexperience into a central calling card of his campaign. That offers him a clear and immediate point of contrast with two of the top contenders in the race, both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who became the first Democratic candidate with her launch on Sunday, and likely GOP contender Jeb Bush.

Rubio wasted no time in taking a swipe at Clinton.
MIAMI — Senator Marco Rubio of Florida announced on Monday that he is running for president, declaring that he is the best person to lead the United States into “another American century.”

Mr. Rubio made his announcement Monday evening during a speech here in which he presented himself as the embodiment of generational change who can unite the Republican Party’s factions and offer economic solutions for the 21st century.

At 43, the youngest candidate in the rapidly growing 2016 presidential field, Mr. Rubio cast himself as a forward-looking, next-generation leader — and an implicit contrast to Jeb Bush, 62, whose family has dominated Republican politics for nearly three decades, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67, the wife of a former president and the most likely Democratic nominee.

“Too many of our leaders and our ideas are stuck in the 20th century,” Mr. Rubio said, pointing to education and spending programs put in place by Democrats in the 1990s.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s announcement Monday that he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination makes him the fourth major candidate to announce a White House bid in the last three weeks — and he could be the last big candidate to join the fray until late May.

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Caleb Harrison says:

I just don’t want to see Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio go after each
other in a negative way….I always want the most likely Republican to beat
Hilary to get the GOP nomination.

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