Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is telling an influential community of seniors that he'll overhaul higher education and strengthen the nation's military muscle.
The Florida senator spoke Monday at The Villages, a sprawling Central Florida development of overwhelmingly conservative voters that no GOP candidate can ignore. The crowd spilled from the auditorium into two holding rooms. Rubio got a standing ovation for promising to build a strong military.
The visit was Rubio's third stop in Florida since launching his campaign earlier this year.
Rubio is touting his foreign policy expertise in a Republican field of more than a dozen candidates with a wide array of backgrounds. Real estate mogul Donald Trump remains in the lead, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former corporate executive Carly Fiorina among Rubio's other rivals.
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