Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a telegenic rising star with appeal to conservative and establishment Republicans, told donors in a conference call today that he will run for president, according to multiple news reports.
Rubio told his supporters he feels “uniquely qualified” to be president and criticized Hillary Clinton as “a leader from yesterday,” the Associated Press reported. CNN and NBC News cite unnamed sources who have divulged Rubio’s plans.
The senator is set to hold a rally this evening at Miami’s Freedom Tower.
The 43-year-old senator elected in 2010 is now the third Republican in the race, joining Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. All three were elected with Tea Party support.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who went to law school with Rubio, said the expanding field is good for the GOP as it seeks to take back the White House.
“He’s a rising star in our party,” Priebus said this morning on WTOP radio. “And he’s a sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton, who right now voters look to as untrustworthy.”
Nathan Gonzales, editor of the non-partisan Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report said Rubio “doesn’t fit the typical Republican stereotype of being an old white Republican.” With his immigrant roots, Rubio “has an opportunity to connect with voters through his own story,” Gonzales said.
Rubio gave a preview of his campaign themes in a video released late last week, using clips of speeches discussing the need for a “new American century.” He has said concerns about maintaining American exceptionalism and the United States’ standing in the world were foremost in his mind as he considered a 2016 race.
“I honestly believe that the country is at a moment in its history where the choices it makes over the next four to six years is going to determine the identity of our nation moving forward and the choice before us is: Will it remain a special country?” Rubio said during a recent Fox News interview.
Rubio’s announcement comes the day after Clinton made her long-awaited entry into the race. Throughout the run-up to his campaign launch, the Florida senator has made little secret that he will make contrasts with the former secretary of State as the “architect of a failed foreign policy.”
SOURCE: Catalina Camia