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Marco Rubio 2016: 8 Facts About Political Background of GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 04:36 PM

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is often called the crown prince of the Tea Party thanks to his stance as a fiscal conservative pledging to keep taxes down and shrink government.

With Rubio expected to make a bid for the White House in 2016, here are eight things to know about his political past.

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1. When he was in his final year of law school, Rubio joined Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. Though his candidate lost, Rubio got his foot in the political door.

2. In 1998, Rubio ran a grassroots campaign that helped him win a seat on the West Miami City Commission. Halfway through his four-year term, Rubio left to pursue a larger political office.

3. Rubio was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000 when he was just 28. He moved up the ranks from majority whip to majority leader to House speaker in 2006. In the process, he authored “100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future,” with many of his proposals later signed into law.

4. After practicing law for a couple of years, Rubio won a seat on the United States Senate in 2010. He co-sponsored a bill aimed at reducing the size of the federal government, pushed for tax credits for businesses and veterans, and called for accountability for foreign aid. He’s spoken against abortion, same-sex marriage, and legalized marijuana, while supporting party causes such as gun rights.

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5. Rubio’s position on immigration conflicts with some conservatives. A son of Cuban immigrants who speaks Spanish, he helped draft an immigration reform plan that includes a path to citizenship and an alternative to President Barack Obama’s Dream Act. Rubio’s views have attracted support from some Hispanic voters, though that’s waned a bit as he’s leaned further toward his base in recent years.

6. Rubio became a household name after he delivered the Republican Party’s official response to Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address. Rubio spoke in both English and Spanish, drawing as much attention for his repeated water breaks as for the content of this speech.

7. A few controversies have marred Rubio’s political image. He had to correct an earlier statement to media that his parents had fled Castro’s Cuba when it was documented that they’d left the country two years before the dictator seized power. Rubio has also been caught up in scandals over pricey renovations to his offices and use of party credit cards.

8. Rubio was rumored to be a front-runner to become Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate during the 2012 election, though he was ultimately passed over for Paul Ryan. Rubio hasn’t made an announcement yet about a run for the White House in 2016, though he’s told many media outlets that he’s mulling the possibility.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is often called the crown prince of the Tea Party thanks to his stance as a fiscal conservative pledging to keep taxes down and shrink government. With Rubio expected to make a bid for the White House in 2016, here are eight things to know about his political past.
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