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Marco Rubio Confirms Announcement at Miami Freedom Tower

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By    |   Friday, 03 Apr 2015 09:07 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio still isn't quite admitting that he'll officially announce his presidential candidacy on April 13, but he did confirm Thursday that he'll have a big announcement on that day at Miami's iconic Freedom Tower.

The news first broke last week that the Florida Republican's team had reserved the landmark for an unnamed event, but the location was also tentative while staff members staked out other locations, reports the Miami Herald.

However, on Thursday, Rubio confirmed the Freedom Tower with The Herald, saying that it's "a place that's symbolic of the promise of America."

The building is an especially symbolic venue for Rubio, who is the son of Cuban immigrants. Thousands of Cuban exiles fleeing the island and its dictator, Fidel Castro, made their first stop in Miami for processing at the tower between the years of 1962-1974.

There was speculation on Thursday that Rubio would be moving his announcement to another venue to avoid the parking and logistics issues that may be happen while making an evening announcement at the same time the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic square off across the street at the American Airlines Arena.

The team was looking at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, according to Politico, where Rubio held his election victory party in 2010.

However, there was a potential conflict, as former Gov. Jeb Bush has his full-time office for his real estate and development business at the Biltmore, and lives nearby.

The Freedom Tower, though, was always Rubio's choice.

"Literally, five decades ago, tens of thousands of people came here after losing their country and began their new life," he continued. "The first steps they took in this country were in the hall that we'll be standing in."

No time has yet been set for Rubio's announcement, reports The Miami Herald, but the doors will likely open at 4 p.m. The Heat/Magic game starts at 7 p.m., so an earlier announcement may help ease the parking situation at the downtown venues.

Rubio confirmed Monday on Fox News' "The Five" that he will announce his intentions about "what I'm going to do next in terms of running for president or the U.S. Senate."

He has said he won't be running for both offices in 2016, and his team has been lining up donors who have helped previous presidential candidates collect millions of dollars.

Rubio is facing as many as 20 other rivals for the GOP nomination, however, including Bush, his one-time mentor.

He has also told supporters to check out his website, www.marcorubio.com, which promises a "big announcement." It also allows donors the chance to win tickets for a campaign kickoff for $3.05, a reference to Miami's 305 area code, which will allow the campaign to attract low-dollar donors while building a database of names and addresses.

"We weren't looking for a 20,000-seat arena or some massive place," Rubio told The Herald Thursday. "We were looking for a place where we could invite friends and family and close-knit supporters, and people who have been with me throughout my career."

He said the tower was his first choice after he attended a Goldman Sachs program graduation in February there, where he spoke about the American Dream.

"It was a great event, honoring entrepreneurs and small businesses," Rubio told The Herald. "They were being rewarded with this diploma in the very room where many of their parents and grandparents had first been processed. That really brought it home for me."

The 11-story Mediterranean-style structure, built in 1925, served as the headquarters of the Miami News until 1957. It was turned over to Miami Dade College in 2005, and now houses the Cuban American Museum and the MDC Museum of Art and Design.
 

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Sen. Marco Rubio still isn't quite admitting that he'll officially announce his presidential candidacy on April 13, but he did confirm Thursday that he'll have a big announcement on that day at Miami's iconic Freedom Tower.
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