Marco Rubio has made the announcement that he is running for President, making him the latest Republican candidate for the 2016 Race to the White House. The Florida Senator made his intentions to run for office clear to his top donors on Monday, April 13, 2015. This makes Rubio the third Republican contender in the race.
With his name now added to the list of candidates, Rubio becomes the youngest person currently running at the age of 43. He is expected to put himself out there as the next generation of Republican, with a focus on uniting the party and bringing a fresh perspective on politics and economics in the 21st Century. In this regard, it appears that Rubio will be focusing his campaign themes on topics he covered in his book, American Dreams. In the book, the Senator placed particular emphasis on the greatness of America and the age old idea of the American dream.
In Rubio, the Republicans have a younger individual who can appeal to a demographic that is not always focused on by the party. As the latest contender in the political ring, it is important to get an idea of who this candidate is and what he has to offer the American people.
- Rubio is Cuban-American and is fluent in Spanish.
- He is currently the Junior Senator for the state of Florida.
- Rubio serves on a number of committees including, Foreign Relations, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Senate Intelligence and Science & Transportation.
- He served from 2000 to 2008 in the Florida House of Representatives. He even became Speaker of the House.
- He was part of a bipartisan group of senators in 2013, who drafted up a bill on immigration that included allowing those immigrants already in the country unauthorized, citizenship.
- Although Rubio has emphasized his Catholic faith in the past when campaigning, he was actually baptized as a Mormon. He later converted to Catholicism and currently attends a Baptist church.
One challenge that Rubio will potentially face in the coming campaign is a lack of funds. Raising money may be difficult for a man who is not as well known as some of the other candidates. On top of this, he has issued his announcement in a state in which Jeb Bush was governor for a good eight years, and Bush has proven to be highly aggressive in campaigning. Plus with a large network of friends and allies at his disposal, Bush has a leg-up on the competition within the state.
If Rubio wants a real chance at making it to the White House, he needs to get his name out there for voters who have no idea who he is. This is especially important in the states that lead the country in the nominating process, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Rubio already looks poised to do this as he heads to New Hampshire on Friday, April 17, to meet with news media, students, business leaders and activists.
As the next Republican candidate for the 2016 campaign, Rubio has a long road ahead of him. He will need to get not only his name out to the voters, but he will also have to make his platforms stand out from the crowd, while still aligning with his own party. With three Republican and one Democrat already announcing their intentions to run for President of the United States, the campaign trail is already starting to heat up.
By Kimberley Spinney