Florida Senator announces his 2016 presidential bid

by Yaritza Rocha (Staff Writer) – 4/28/15

Florida Senator Marco Rubio speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland
Florida Senator Marco Rubio speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland

Florida Senator Marco Rubio recently announced his 2016 presidential bid as a Republican candidate during a speech in Miami on April 13.

At age 43, Rubio is the youngest candidate who just entered a rapidly growing presidential race. During his speech, he presented himself as a forward-thinking, next-generation leader.

Rubio has already brought up his stance on issues he would face as the next potential leader of the free world. He wants to “repeal and replace Obamacare” and work toward immigration reform, piece by piece. He believes in banning abortion after 20 weeks with exceptions for rape or incest. On same-sex marriage, he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, but the Supreme Court decides what he must follow in the end.

Rubio is basing his campaign around the American dream. He wants to emphasize American greatness and have the opportunity to allow others that same access to this luxury.

During his announcement speech, Rubio directly attacked his opponent Hillary Clinton. He explained, “Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday. Yesterday is over and we’re never going back.”

As a young Latino male who is fluent in Spanish and the son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio hopes to draw in a majority of Hispanic voters, which is critical in the election.

Rubio also contrasted himself from Republican candidate Jeb Bush, as he highlighted himself as the son of Cuban immigrants unlike Bush.

“In many countries, the highest office in the land is reserved for the rich and powerful, but I live in an exceptional country where 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,” said Rubio.

Rubio absolutely believes he is the best suited to make the American dream he experienced with his family accessible to others.

Against Clinton, Rubio is less accomplished with less leadership, foreign policy and domestic policy experience. He was elected to the Senate in 2010. Prior to that, he was a speaker then a representative for the Florida State House of Representatives.

But Clinton’s experience as a U.S Senator and Secretary of State show the type of decisions she is keen to make, such as the 2012 Libyan terrorist attack that occurred on her watch. However, she was also the one who supported the raid that led to Osama Bin Laden’s death.

When asked about his opinion on Clinton, Rubio said, “First, I think she’s going to be asked to account for her time as secretary of state, and I don’t think it’s the sterling success people think it is. Quite frankly, much of the foreign policy failures we see in place today began when she ran the Department of State.”

According to polls, Rubio is trailing behind his fellow candidates Clinton and Bush. But when it came to the Senate seat in 2010, Rubio beat a popular governor who was expected to win.

If Rubio is elected president, he will be the second youngest person ever elected. Rubio wants to “reclaim America” by looking towards the future, but what the future holds for him is in the hands of American voters.