Marco Rubio set to announce presidential bid Monday

Washington Post, By Ed O’Keefe & Manuel Roig-Franzia, April 13

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the son of Cuban immigrants whose rapid political ascent was nearly blocked five years ago by national Republican leaders, will formally launch his campaign for president Monday evening in his hometown of Miami.

Rubio, the junior senator from Florida, will make the announcement in front of the city’s Freedom Tower, an iconic, Ellis Island-like downtown landmark where the federal government once processed Cuban immigrants fleeing the Castro regime. The site holds great personal importance for Rubio, his family and the city’s influential Cuban-American community.

The announcement is expected to launch Rubio near the top of a crowded field of GOP presidential candidates even as recent polls have suggested that he will have to compete for support among other frontrunners, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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  • Marco Rubio: the 2016 presidential campaign’s $40 million man

    Reuters, By Michelle Conlin, April 18

    New York – Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn’t need to worry about money.

    It’s as good as in the bank.

    “Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined,” said billionaire Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, a former Jeb Bush supporter who is now one of Rubio’s highest-silhouette donors.

    Annandale Capital founder George Seay, who is hosting a Rubio fundraiser with the moneyed Dallas elite at his 7,000-square-foot, seven-bath home on Tuesday, said: “Marco has had zero trouble raising money.”

    At least seven other Rubio mega donors say their candidate has already received monetary commitments in excess of the $40 million he will likely need to battle through a presidential primary season that will feature a crowd of seasoned Republican candidates with strong financial backing.

    Rubio’s whirlwind money-raising comes after a network of Senator Ted Cruz super PACs raked in $31 million following Cruz’s announcement in March that he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe endorses Rubio

    The Washington Examiner, By Daniel Chaitin, January 10

    Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe endorsed Marco Rubio for president on Saturday, calling him a “solid conservative” and the GOP’s best chance at defeating Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

    “Marco and I have shared, similar values, such as working for a smaller federal government and putting an end to wasteful spending,” said Inhofe in a prepared statement provided to the Oklahoman.

    “At the same time, we both recognize the need for the United States to be a global leader and that it requires a well-supported, world-class military that can safely and effectively answer when called upon,” Inhofe continued.

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