Marco Antonio Rubio was born on May 28, 1971 to Cuban immigrants in Miami, Florida. Rubio graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Miami Law School. He gained his first political experience when working on Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. Rubio was elected a Miami City Commissioner before serving in the Florida House of Representatives eventually serving as the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. Rubio was elected a US Senator in 2011, and has risen as a prominent figure in the Republican party following Rubio’s delivery of the Republican Response to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address.
Rubio’s family is a product of the American Dream, as his family was not born into the privileged class of pre-Castro Cuba which was made up of the wealthy elites that fled from Cuba following Fidel Castro’s communist revolution.
His mother worked as a maid, and his father as a bartender. Rubio believes that America does not owe him anything and that he, in fact, owes a great deal to America for providing so many opportunities to his family who have always seen America as that shining city upon a hill.
Rubio is an accomplished member of the US Senate, most recently sponsoring the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Act of 2015 which provides for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on their performance or misconduct. The legislation is seen as a much needed solution to the many issues that surfaced in the recent years at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
According to the most recent poll from ABC and the Washington Post, Rubio is garnering 7% of the vote nationwide, placing fourth behind Republican candidates Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. In a FOX News hypothetical General Election poll, Hillary Clinton is leading Marco Rubio by only 1% of the national vote with Clinton winning 45% of the vote and Rubio with 44%.
Marco Rubio maintains good connections with the Latino vote (as a Cuban American) which is a very large portion of the electorate. Rubio appeals to both young Americans and minorities, both crucial portions of the vote which was gained by Barack Obama and the Democrats in 2008. While many far right conservatives are displeased with Rubio’s immigration views, he could be Republican Party’s answer to attracting a larger voting base. Despite not being a frontrunner in the Republican primary when compared to Donald Trump and Jeb Bush, Rubio’s emphasis on conservative family values offer a unique plan for the country which will generate a New American Century.