Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:09 pm
Now that Sen. Marco Rubio is officially running for president, he's already being hit with a barrage of attack ads. One of them says he tried to deport so-called "dreamers." We talk about that - and whether Gov. Rick Scott is taking both sides of the Medicaid debate - with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen.
On the day Sen. Marco Rubio announced his presidential campaign, opponents wasted little time attacking his record.
Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says he’s running for president in 2016.
Rubio made the announcement to about 1,000 supporters packed into downtown Miami's Freedom Tower.
Marco Rubio said the lessons he’s learned as the son of Cuban immigrants will guide him if elected president.
“I am humbled by the realization that America – America doesn’t owe me anything; but I have a debt to America I must try to repay,” he says. "This isn't just the country where I was born. America is literally the place that changed my family's history."
Marco Rubio will speak this afternoon at the historic Freedom Tower where he will share his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race. During his time as Florida senator, he’s also held another title: Professor Rubio.
Abel Ramos Taype was 23 years old and a few electives short of graduating with a degree in international relations from Florida International University.
Upon looking for one of those final electives needed to graduate, an international relations course billed with two lecturers caught his eye.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants who rocketed from the obscure West Miami City Commission to the U.S. Senate, told top political donors Monday that he’s running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a campaign he intends to officially launch at 6 p.m. at downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower.
In a conference call with benefactors Monday morning, Rubio cast the election as a choice between the past and the future, one of the fundraisers told the Miami Herald.
On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's top news with area journalists.
Summit of the Americas
The State Department recommended this week removing Cuba from the U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism - a move that could speed up normalizing relations with the island. Though no formal announcement has been made yet to remove Cuba from the list, Obama said a decision on it would be soon. The two leaders will be together at the Summit of the Americas for the first time.
Senator Marco Rubio or former Governor Jeb Bush? That’s a question Republican primary voters in Florida are likely to be asking themselves next year. But many in the state’s congressional delegation are already wrestling with it.
“Jeb Bush. Bush. Bush. Bush,” says Daytona Beach Congressman John Mica. It’s early in the process: only Texas Senator Ted Cruz has officially announced his run. Still, when it comes to Floridians, Mica says he’s firmly a Bush-man.
Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:33 am
With voters pointing to concerns about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's honesty, former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have gained ground on the Democrat in the presidential race in Florida, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Bush, who has been traveling the country and raising tens of millions of dollars in anticipation of a bid for the Republican nomination, leads Clinton by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent in Florida, the Quinnipiac University poll said. A similar survey in early February showed Clinton ahead 44 percent to 43 percent against Bush.
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently brought a handful of Democrats with her to Cuba – a trip she calls a sign of “friendship” between the U.S. and the island nation that remains under a congressionally mandated embargo.
Today concluded three days of U.S. congressional hearings on President Obama’s plan to restore diplomatic relations with communist Cuba. The administration faced tough skepticism – at times some outright hostility – but the new policy came out largely unscathed.
Senate and House committee members from both parties questioned President Obama’s efforts to normalize Cuba relations. Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio warned Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson the policy change “will not be effective” in democratizing Cuba.