|United States Senator
January 3, 2011
Serving with Bill Nelson
|Preceded by||George LeMieux|
|Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives|
November 21, 2006 – November 18, 2008
|Preceded by||Allan Bense|
|Succeeded by||Ray Sansom|
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 111th district
January 25, 2000 – November 18, 2008
|Preceded by||Carlos Valdes|
|Succeeded by||Erik Fresen|
|Born||Marco Antonio Rubio
May 28, 1971
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jeanette Dousdebes (m. 1998)|
Marco Antonio Rubio (born May 28, 1971) is the junior United States Senator from the state of Florida, serving since January 2011, and is a candidate for United States President in the 2016 election. He previously served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
Rubio is a Cuban American native of Miami. He graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Miami School of Law. In the late 1990s, he served as a City Commissioner for West Miami and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000, representing the 111th House district. He was elected Speaker of the Florida House in September 2005, and served as Speaker for three years.
Rubio was elected to the United States Senate in 2010, and is one of three Latin Americans currently serving in the Senate. On April 13, 2015, Rubio announced that he would forgo seeking reelection to the Senate to run for President in the 2016 election.
- 1 Early life, education, and entry into politics
- 2 Florida House of Representatives
- 3 Adjunct professor at Florida International University
- 4 U.S. Senate
- 5 2016 presidential campaign
- 6 Political positions
- 7 Personal life
- 8 Electoral history
- 9 Books written by Rubio
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Early life, education, and entry into politics
Rubio was born in Miami, Florida, the second son and third child of Mario Rubio Reina and Oriales (née Garcia) Rubio. His parents were Cubans who immigrated to the United States in 1956, prior to the rise of Fidel Castro in January 1959. His mother made at least four trips back after Castro’s victory, including for a month in 1961. Neither of his parents was a U.S. citizen at the time of Rubio’s birth, but ultimately his parents applied for U.S. citizenship and were naturalized in 1975.
Rubio grew up in a family that was Roman Catholic, though from age 8 to age 11, he and his family attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while living in Las Vegas, where his father worked as a bartender at Sam's Town Hotel and his mother a housekeeper at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino. He received his first communion as a Catholic in 1984, before moving back to Miami with his family a year later. He was confirmed and married in the Catholic Church.
Rubio attended South Miami Senior High School, graduating in 1989. He then attended Tarkio College for one year on a football scholarship from 1989 to 1990, before enrolling at Santa Fe Community College (now Santa Fe College) in Gainesville, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Florida in 1993, and his J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1996. Rubio has said that his education resulted in $100,000 of student loans, which he paid off in 2012.
While studying law, Rubio interned for U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. He also worked on Republican Senator Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign. In April 1998, two years out of law school and 26 years old, Rubio was elected to a seat as City Commissioner for West Miami before moving on to the Florida House of Representatives in early 2000.
In October 2011, newspapers reported that Rubio's previous statements that his parents were forced to leave Cuba in 1959, after Fidel Castro came to power, were incorrect. His parents left Cuba in 1956, during the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. According to The Washington Post, Rubio's "embellishments" resonated with many voters in Florida, and the newspaper claimed they would be less impressed by his family being economic migrants instead of political refugees from a communist regime. Rubio responded: "The real essence of my family's story is not about the date my parents first entered the United States. Or whether they traveled back and forth between the two nations. Or even the date they left Fidel Castro's Cuba forever and permanently settled here. The essence of my family story is why they came to America in the first place, and why they had to stay."
Florida House of Representatives
Elections and concurrent employment
In late 1999, a special election was called to fill the seat for the 111th House District in the Florida House of Representatives, representing Miami. The seat had been held by Representative Carlos Valdes, who had run for and won an open Florida State Senate seat. It was considered a safe Republican seat, so Rubio's main challenge was to win the GOP nomination. He campaigned as a moderate, advocating tax cuts and early-childhood education.
Rubio placed second in the Republican primary on December 14, 1999, but won the run-off election for the Republican nomination, defeating Angel Zayon (a television and radio reporter who was popular with Cuban exiles) by just 64 votes. He then defeated Democrat Anastasia Garcia with 72% of the vote in a January 25, 2000 special election.
In November 2000, Rubio won re-election unopposed. In 2002, he won re-election to a second full term unopposed. In 2004, he won re-election to a third full term with 66% of the vote. In 2006, he won re-election to a fourth full term unopposed.
Rubio served almost nine years in the Florida House of Representatives. Since the Florida legislative session officially lasted only 60 days, he was able to spend about half of each year in Miami, where he worked first at a law firm that specialized in land use and zoning, and later starting in 2004, took a position with Broad and Cassel, a Miami law and lobbying firm, though state law precluded him from engaging in lobbying or introducing legislation on behalf of the firm's clients.
Tenure in legislature
At the time Rubio took his seat in the legislature in Tallahassee in January 2000, voters in Florida had recently approved a constitutional amendment on term limits. This created openings for new legislative leaders due to many senior incumbents having to retire. According to an article in National Journal, Rubio also gained an extra advantage in that regard, because he was sworn in early due to the special election, and he would take advantage of these opportunities to join the GOP leadership.
Majority whip and majority leader
Later in 2000, the majority leader of the House, Mike Fasano, promoted Rubio to be one of two majority whips. National Journal described that position as typically requiring a lot of arm-twisting, but said Rubio took a different approach that relied more on persuading legislators and less on coercing them.
Fasano resigned in September 2001 as majority leader of the House due to disagreements with the House speaker, and the speaker passed over Rubio to appoint a more experienced replacement for Fasano. Rubio volunteered to work on redistricting, which he accomplished by dividing the state into five regions, then working individually with the lawmakers involved, and this work helped to cement his relationships with GOP leaders.
In December 2002, Rubio was appointed House Majority Leader by Speaker Johnnie Byrd. He persuaded Speaker Byrd to restructure the job of Majority Leader, so that legislative wrangling would be left to the whip’s office, and Rubio would become the main spokesperson for the House GOP.
According to National Journal, during this period Rubio did not entirely adhere to doctrinaire conservative principles, and some colleagues described him as "a centrist who sought out Democrats and groups that don’t typically align with the GOP". He co-sponsored legislation that would have let farm workers sue growers in state court if they were shortchanged on pay, and co-sponsored a bill for giving in-state tuition rates to the children of undocumented immigrants. In the wake of the September 11 attacks, he voiced suspicion about expanding police detention powers, and helped defeat a GOP bill that would have required colleges to increase reporting to the state about foreign students.
As a state representative, Rubio requested legislative earmarks (called "Community Budget Issue Requests" in Florida), totaling about $145 million for 2001 and 2002, but none thereafter. Additionally, an office in the executive branch compiled a longer list of spending requests by legislators, including Rubio, as did the non-profit group Florida TaxWatch. Many of those listed items were for health and social programs that Rubio has described as "the kind of thing that legislators would get attacked on if we didn't fund them." A 2010 report by the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald said that some of Rubio’s spending requests dovetailed with his personal interests. For example, Rubio requested a $20 million appropriation for Jackson Memorial Hospital to subsidize care for the poor and uninsured, and Rubio later did work for that hospital as a consultant. A spokesman for Rubio has said that the items in question helped the whole county, that Rubio did not lobby to get them approved, that the hospital money was necessary and non-controversial, and that Rubio is "a limited-government conservative ... not a no-government conservative".
On September 13, 2005, at the age of 34, Rubio clinched the speakership after State Representatives Dennis Baxley, Jeff Kottkamp, and Dennis A. Ross dropped out. He was actually sworn in over a year later, in November 2006. He became the first Cuban American to be speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and would remain speaker until November 2008.
When he was chosen as future speaker in 2005, Rubio delivered a speech to the House in which he asked members to look in their desks, where they each found a hardcover book titled 100 Innovative Ideas For Florida’s Future; but the book was intentionally blank, because it had not yet been written, and Rubio told his colleagues that they would fill in the pages together with the help of ordinary Floridians. In 2006, after traveling around the state and talking with citizens, and compiling their ideas, Rubio published the book. The National Journal called this book "the centerpiece of Rubio’s early speakership". About 24 of the "ideas" became law, while another 10 were partially enacted. Among the items from his 2006 book that became law were multiple-year car registrations, a requirement that high schools provide more vocational courses, and an expanded voucher-like school-choice program. Rubio's defenders, and even some critics, point out that nationwide economic difficulties overlapped with much of Rubio's speakership, and so funding new legislative proposals became difficult.
At the time Rubio took office as speaker, Jeb Bush was completing his term as governor, and Bush left office in January 2007. Rubio hired 18 Bush aides, leading capital insiders to say the speaker's suite was "the governor’s office in exile." An article in National Journal described Rubio's style as being very different from Bush's; where Bush was a very assertive manager of affairs in Tallahassee, the article says, Rubio's style was to delegate certain powers, relinquish others, and invite former political rivals into his inner circle. As incoming speaker, he decided to open a private dining room for legislators, which he said would give members more privacy, free from being pursued by lobbyists, though the expense of doing so led to a public relations problem.
In 2006, Florida enacted into law limitations upon the authority of the state government to take private property, in response to the 2005 Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London which took a broad view of governmental power to take private property under eminent domain. This state legislation had been proposed by a special committee chaired by Rubio prior to his speakership.
Jeb Bush's successor as governor was Charlie Crist, a moderate Republican who took office in January 2007. Rubio and Crist clashed frequently. Their sharpest clash involved the governor's initiative to expand casino gambling in Florida. Rubio sued Crist for bypassing the Florida Legislature in order to make a deal with the Seminole Tribe. The Florida Supreme Court sided with Rubio and blocked the deal.
Rubio also was a critic of Crist's efforts to fight climate change through an executive order creating new automobile and utility emissions standards. Rubio accused Crist of imposing "European-style big government mandates," and the legislature under Rubio's leadership weakened the impact of Crist's climate change initiative.
Rubio introduced a plan to reduce state property taxes to 2001 levels (and potentially eliminate them altogether), while increasing sales taxes by 1% to 2.5% to fund schools. The proposal would have reduced property taxes in the state by $40–50 billion. His proposal passed the House, but was opposed by Governor Crist and Florida Senate Republicans, who said that the increase in sales tax would disproportionately affect the poor. So, Rubio agreed to smaller changes, and Crist's proposal to double the state's property tax exemption from $25,000 to $50,000 (for a tax reduction estimated by Crist to be $33 billion) ultimately passed. Legislators called it the largest tax cut in Florida's history up until then. At the time, Republican anti-tax activist Grover Norquist described Rubio as "the most pro-taxpayer legislative leader in the country."
As speaker, Rubio "aggressively tried to push Florida to the political right," according to NBC News, and frequently clashed with the Florida Senate, which was run by more moderate Republicans, and with then-Governor Charlie Crist, a centrist Republican at the time. Although a conservative, "behind the scenes many Democrats considered Rubio someone with whom they could work," according to biographer Manuel Roig-Franzia. Dan Gelber of Miami, the House Democratic leader at the time of Rubio's speakership, considered him "a true conservative" but not "a reflexive partisan," saying: "He didn't have an objection to working with the other side simply because they were the other side. To put it bluntly, he wasn't a jerk." Gelber considered Rubio "a severe conservative, really far to the right, but probably the most talented spokesman the severe right could ever hope for."
While Speaker of the Florida House, Rubio shared a residence with another Florida State Representative, David Rivera, which the two co-owned in Tallahassee. The house went into foreclosure in June 2010, after five months of missed mortgage payments. At that point, Rubio assumed responsibility for the payments, and the house was sold in June 2015.
In 2010 during Rubio's senate campaign, and again in 2015 during his presidential campaign, issues were raised by the media and his political opponents about some items charged by Rubio to his Republican Party of Florida American Express card during his time as House speaker. Rubio charged about $110,000 during those two years, of which $16,000 was personal expenses unrelated to party business, such as groceries and plane tickets. Rubio said that he personally paid American Express more than $16,000 for these personal expenses. In 2012, the Florida Commission on Ethics cleared Rubio of wrongdoing in his use of the party-issued credit card, although the commission inspector said that Rubio exhibited a "level of negligence" in not using his personal MasterCard. In November 2015, Rubio released his party credit card statements for January 2005 through October 2006, which showed eight personal charges totaling $7,243.74, all of which he had personally reimbursed, in most instances by the next billing period. When releasing the charge records, Rubio spokesman Todd Harris said, "These statements are more than 10 years old. And the only people who ask about them today are the liberal media and our political opponents. We are releasing them now because Marco has nothing to hide."
Adjunct professor at Florida International University
After leaving the Florida Legislature in 2008, Rubio started his own law firm, and also began teaching under a fellowship appointment at Florida International University (FIU) as an adjunct professor. In 2011, he rejoined the FIU faculty after entering the U.S. Senate, and he has taught on most Mondays and Fridays, when the Senate is usually not in session. Rubio teaches in the Department of Politics and International Relations, which is part of FIU's Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. He has taught up to four undergraduate courses per year, on Florida politics, political parties, and legislative politics.
Rubio's reviews from students have been positive, even from students who disagree with him politically. He generally gives the impression of being unbiased and nonpartisan, and when offering his own opinion identifies it as such. Rubio says that he wants students, when they watch the news, to have an appreciation for what is really going on behind the scenes, and says that teaching "forces me to stop sometimes and analyze things."
As of 2015, Rubio's appointment as an FIU professor is no longer a matter of partisan criticism, though it was initially. The university obtained considerable state funding when Rubio was speaker of the Florida House, but many other university jobs were being eliminated due to funding issues at the time FIU appointed him to the faculty. According to news reporting about Rubio's speakership, he "might have helped FIU get money early, but all the projects already had been scheduled for funding by the state's Board of Governors." The president of the faculty senate at the time criticized the appointment, and Charlie Crist raised the issue against Rubio during the 2010 U.S. Senate election. Both the university and Rubio's office deny that the teaching position was based on a 'sweetheart deal'. The director of FIU's School of International and Public Affairs says that Rubio "brings a great deal of insight and hands-on knowledge of the political process to the classroom...our students will learn from a sitting U.S. senator, which is an incredible opportunity." When Rubio accepted the fellowship appointment as an adjunct professor at FIU, he agreed to raise most of the funding for his position from private sources. A major contributor has been billionaire Norman Braman, also a major campaign donor to Rubio. Rubio's office says that his current arrangement with FIU was approved by the Senate Ethics Committee, and that other senators, such as then-Senator Joe Biden, have held teaching positions during their terms of office.
On May 5, 2009, Rubio announced on his website that he planned to run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martínez, who had announced that he would not seek reelection. Martinez subsequently announced (in August 2009) that he would resign before completing his term, and upon his resignation was replaced by George LeMieux. Prior to making his May 5, 2009 announcement, Rubio had been meeting with fundraisers and supporters throughout the state. Initially trailing by double-digits in the primary against the incumbent Governor of his own party, Charlie Crist, Rubio eventually surpassed Crist in polling for the Republican nomination. In his campaign, Rubio received the support of members of the Tea Party, many of whom were dissatisfied with Crist's policies as governor.
On April 28, 2010, Crist announced he would be running without a party affiliation, effectively ceding the Republican nomination to Rubio. Several of Crist's top fundraisers, as well as Republican leadership, refused to support Crist after Rubio won the Republican nomination for the Senate.
On November 2, 2010, Marco Rubio won the general election with 49 percent of the vote to Crist's 30% and Democrat Kendrick Meek's 20%. Following his victory in the elections, Rubio soon became the subject of speculation as a potential Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election.
Tenure in Congress
Shortly after taking office in 2011, Rubio said he had no interest in running for president or vice president in the 2012 presidential election. In March 2012, when he endorsed Mitt Romney for president, Rubio said that he did not expect to be or want to be selected as a vice presidential running mate, but was vetted for vice president by the Romney campaign. Former Romney aide Beth Myers has said that the vetting process turned up nothing disqualifying about Rubio.
Upon taking office, Rubio hired Cesar Conda as his chief of staff. Conda, a former adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, and former top aide to Sens. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) and Robert Kasten (R-Wis.), was succeeded in 2014 as Rubio's chief of staff by his deputy, Alberto Martinez, but Conda remained as a part-time adviser.
Rubio voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011, which included mandatory automatic budget cuts from sequestration. Rubio said in August 2012 that defense spending should never have been linked to taxes and the deficit, calling the policy a "terrible idea" based on a "false choice."
In October 2011, Rubio co-sponsored the Reducing the Size of Federal Government Through Attrition Act. The bill, which was not voted on in the Senate, would have reduced federal employment by 10% by 2015.
In November 2011, Rubio and Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, co-sponsored the American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act (AGREE Act), which would have extended many tax credits and exemptions for businesses investing in research and development, equipment, and other capital; provided a tax credit for veterans who start a business franchise; allowed an increase in immigration for certain types of work visas; and strengthened copyright protections.
In 2012, Rubio introduced a bill, co-sponsored by Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, to allow employers to be exempted from newly mandated coverage for contraception based on religious or moral grounds, but it was not adopted in the Senate.
Rubio voted against the 2012 "fiscal cliff" resolutions. Although he received some criticism for this position, he responded: “Thousands of small businesses, not just the wealthy, will now be forced to decide how they'll pay this new tax, and, chances are, they'll do it by firing employees, cutting back their hours and benefits, or postponing the new hires they were looking to make. And to make matters worse, it does nothing to bring our dangerous debt under control.”
In 2013, Rubio was part of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" Senators that crafted comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Rubio proposed a plan providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States involving payment of fines and back taxes, background checks, and a probationary period.
Rubio was chosen to deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address. It marked the first time the response was delivered in English and Spanish. Rubio's attempt to draw a strong line against the looming defense sequestration was undercut by fellow Republican senator Rand Paul's additional response to Obama's speech that called for the sequester to be carried out.
In May 2013, Rubio proposed the Regulation Costs to Small Businesses Act which would have required the Small Business Administration to conduct an annual study to estimate the total cost of regulations on small businesses.
In July 2013, Rubio and Senator Ben Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013. The bill would require federal agencies to monitor and regularly report on the performance of foreign assistance programs based on specified goals and metrics. The reports would be published publicly. According to Rubio: "America’s foreign assistance programs need greater transparency to ensure that they are advancing our values and interests overseas."
In 2014, Rubio co-sponsored legislation with Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, to revise the process for calculating and collecting student loans. The legislation would base student loan payments on the student's subsequent income and automatically collect payments from paychecks in order to simplify the process and eliminate loan servicer fees.
In 2015, at a summit organized by Concerned Veterans for America, Rubio said that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs was "simply buckling under the weight of its own bureaucracy" as he endorsed their proposal to open veterans' care to private providers.
In March 2015, Rubio and Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, proposed a tax plan which, according to The Wall Street Journal, combined thinking from "old-fashioned, Reagan-era supply siders" and a "breed of largely younger conservative reform thinkers" who are concerned with the tax burden on the middle-class. The plan would lower the top corporate income tax rate from 38% to 25%, eliminate taxes on capital gains, dividends and inherited estates, and create a new child tax credit worth up to $2,500 per child. The plan would set the top individual income tax rate at 35%. It also included a proposal to replace the means-tested welfare system, including food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit, with a new "consolidated system of benefits".
According to analysis by Vocativ as reported by Fox News, Rubio has missed 8.3 percent of total votes since taking office, from January 2011 to February 2015. From October 27, 2014, to October 26, 2015, Rubio voted in 74 percent of Senate votes, according to an analysis by GovTrack.us, which tracks Congressional voting records. In historical context Rubio's attendance record for Senate votes is not exceptional among senators seeking a presidential nomination, such as Senator John McCain whose percentage of missed votes in 2007 was much higher. However it is the worst of the three senators currently running for the presidency.
- Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Committee on Foreign Relations
- Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
- Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Subcommittee on Near East, South and Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
- Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues (chair)
- Select Committee on Intelligence
- Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
2016 presidential campaign
Rubio stated in April 2014 that he would not run for both the Senate and President in 2016, as Florida law prohibits a candidate from appearing twice on a ballot, but at that time he did not rule out running for either office. He has since indicated that, even if he does not win the Republican nomination for president, he does not plan to run for reelection to the Senate. Also in April 2014, the departure of Cesar Conda, Rubio's chief of staff since 2011, was seen as a sign of Rubio's plans to run for President in 2016. Conda departed to lead Rubio's Reclaim America PAC as a senior adviser. Groups supporting Rubio raised over $530,000 in the first three months of 2014, most of which was spent on consultants and data analytics, in what was seen as preparations for a presidential campaign.
A poll from the WMUR/University, tracking New Hampshire Republican primary voters' sentiment, showed Rubio at the top alongside Kentucky senator Rand Paul later in 2013, but as of April 18, 2014, he had dropped to 10th place behind other Republican contenders. The poll, however, also suggests that Rubio is not disliked by the primary voters, which could be positive for him if other candidates choose not to run. Rubio placed second among potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in an online poll of likely voters conducted by Zogby Analytics in January 2015.
In January 2015, it was reported that Rubio had begun contacting top donors and appointing advisors for a potential 2016 run, including George Seay, who previously worked on such campaigns as Rick Perry's in 2012 and Mitt Romney's in 2008, and Jim Rubright, who had previously worked for Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and John McCain. Rubio also instructed his aides to "prepare for a presidential campaign" prior to a Team Marco 2016 fundraising meeting in South Beach.
On April 13, 2015, Rubio announced that he would run for President in 2016. Rubio is acceptable to many parts of the GOP base in the 2016 presidential race; while not usually regarded by the base as a first choice as of July 2015, there was a growing audience for his youthfulness and oratorical skill.
During his campaign, Rubio has often pitched his candidacy as an effort to restore the American Dream for middle and working-class families, who may find his working-class and immigrant background appealing.
As of early 2015, Rubio had a rating of 98.67 by the American Conservative Union, based on his lifetime voting record in the Senate. Two other senators were tied with Rubio, and only two were rated as having more conservative ratings. According to the National Journal, in 2013 Rubio had been the 17th most conservative senator. The Club for Growth gave Rubio ratings of 93 percent and 91 percent based on his voting record in 2014 and 2013 respectively, and he has a lifetime rating from the organization above 90 percent.
Rubio initially won his U.S. Senate seat with strong Tea Party support, but his 2013 support for comprehensive immigration reform legislation led to a decline in that support. Rubio's stance on military, foreign policy and national security issues—such as his support for arming the Syrian rebels and for the NSA—alienated some libertarian-oriented Tea Party activists.
Energy and environment
Rubio disputes the scientific understanding of climate change, arguing that human activity does not play a major role in global warming and that proposals to address climate change would be ineffective and economically harmful. The website PolitiFact has said that Rubio "consistently either avoids the link between human activity and climate change, or outright denies it."
In response to the encyclical Laudato si' by Pope Francis in 2015 in which he warns of the dangers of climate change, Rubio replied: "I have no problem with what the pope did" and "He is a moral authority and as a moral authority is reminding us of our obligation to be good caretakers to the planet. I'm a political leader. And my job as a policymaker is to act in the common good. And I do believe it's in the common good to protect our environment, but I also believe it's in the common good to protect our economy."
Rubio has proposed a federal energy plan intended to address what he calls "one of the most politicized and regulated aspects of our economy" with "restrictions that result in higher prices and fewer jobs for our people in exchange for minimal environmental benefits". His plan would remove the crude oil export ban, block the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan for reducing carbon emissions which he says would result in the closure of coal-fired power plants, and transfer energy regulation to the states.
Rubio has stated that he would cap government regulation on businesses. He has praised 'on-demand' businesses, such as Uber and AirBnB, as drivers of innovation that should be protected from government interference, and has criticized efforts by New York City to limit those businesses.
In an op-ed for Politico, Rubio criticized net neutrality laws for expanding government control over the Internet and applying "a 1930s law to a 21st century issue". As alternatives, Rubio has pointed to a resolution he proposed with Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, which called for the federal government to oppose international efforts to grant greater control over the Internet to the International Telecommunication Union, as well as proposed legislation to increase mobile broadband by "expanding unlicensed spectrum".
Rubio has stated that he would repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In an opinion piece on the website Politico, Rubio proposed an up-front tax credit to be used for health insurance, along with federally-supported, state-based high-risk pools for those with pre-existing conditions to purchase health insurance and the expansion of health savings accounts (HSAs). The plan also calls for Medicaid to be funded through per-capita block grants to states, which would eliminate federal mandates, while Medicare would be transitioned into a premium support system, like Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D.
Rubio has proposed a plan to reform the country's higher education system which includes enlarged vocational and apprenticeship programs, a proposed "Student Right to Know Before You Go Act" which would require colleges to inform students prior to taking out loans of the future income they could expect after obtaining a degree, a proposal to automatically base student loan payments on subsequent income, and enabling students to partner with investors who would receive a percentage of the students' income in return for funding their education. The plan also includes a commitment to create a new college accreditation program in the first 100 days of Rubio's administration.
As part of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" in the Senate, Rubio co-authored the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 to give illegal immigrants a pathway to legal status. His proposal contrasted with the Republican party’s long-held view that offering citizenship to undocumented immigrants is virtually the same as amnesty. On October 2013, four months after the Senate passed the bill he co-authored, Rubio publicly opposed its passage in the House of Representatives, proposing instead a series of individual bills.
Rubio now advocates stopping illegal immigration before addressing those illegal immigrants who are already in the country. In an interview in September 2015 he stated: "I don't think it's a decision you have to make on the front end. The first two things you have to do is stop illegal immigration, then second you have to modernize our legal immigration system, and then third you can have a debate about how to even legalize people to begin with. And then ultimately in 10 or 12 years you could have a broader debate about how has this worked out and should we allow some of them to apply for green cards and eventually citizenship."
In addressing his change of posture, at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015, Rubio stated that his biggest lesson from the failure of enacting comprehensive immigration reform, was that Americans would not support it until the border is secure.
International relations and security
Rubio advocates for a more active presence of United States in the global affairs and "a robust American role in confronting" Iran, Russia and North Korea. He has opposed efforts by the Obama administration to normalize political relations with Cuba. Rubio also opposes the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action deal with Iran's nuclear program which was partly brokered by the Obama administration, and has stated that he would continue to increase sanctions against Iran until it agreed to end its uranium enrichment program, and has pointed to the possibility of military action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
In 2010, he stated that radical Islamist terrorists pose the greatest threat to the United States, and that these radicals intend to impose their beliefs on the world. He voted "yes" on extending the roving wiretaps provision of the Patriot Act, which governs surveillance of suspected terrorists.
In September 2013, Rubio voted against a resolution authorizing President Obama to use military force against Syria in response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons stating that he was skeptical that the planned military strike would have the intended effect. In July 2014, Rubio supported Obama's initial response to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's invasion of Iraq. He also called for arms to support moderate elements in the Syrian opposition and a bombing campaign to stop ISIL's advance.
Rubio favors the detention of terrorists at Guantanamo Bay so that they can be interrogated for intelligence purposes, and has stated that if necessary he would re-open the military prison there.
Rubio joined twenty-two other Republican senators in voting against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, stating that he largely supported it, but objected to certain new provisions added to the law by the reauthorization bill. His political opponents were pleased that Rubio cast a vote that could hurt him in 2016, though Rubio voiced support for the overall law.
Rubio identifies as pro-life, and opposes abortion, including in cases of rape and incest. Rubio has said: "I believe all human life, irrespective of the circumstance in which it came into being, is worthy of protection." Rubio strongly opposes the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark abortion rights decision in Roe v. Wade (1973), calling it a "historically, egregiously flawed decision" and "one of America's most blatant instances of judicial activism."
On March 14, 2013, Rubio reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying "that states should have the right to define marriage in the traditional way".
Rubio opposed the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court based on "her case history and testimony regarding the Second Amendment at the state level, eminent domain takings and the so-called constitutional right to privacy that resulted in the Roe v. Wade decision."
Rubio supports continued criminal penalties for recreational cannabis use. In January 2014, Rubio said: "I don't think legalizing marijuana or even decriminalizing it is the right decision for our country." In a May 2014 interview, Rubio said that he believed that there is "no responsible way to recreationally use" marijuana and that legalization of the substance would be "bad for the country." Rubio has said that he only supports the use of medical cannabis if it is the noneuphoric type (such as "Charlotte's web") approved by the Florida Legislature.
Regarding the legalization of drugs in general, Rubio has stated, "I personally believe that legalizing drugs would be a great mistake and that any reductions in sentences for drug crimes should be made with great care."
Taxes and spending
Rubio opposed Obama's stimulus package of 2009. He supports initiatives to balance the federal budget, including a balanced budget amendment and statutory caps on federal spending. Rubio supports Social Security changes to prevent projected future deficits in the program. He believes the program should have a higher age for the start of benefits for workers who are more than ten years away from retirement to account for Americans living longer. He has stated his support of federal R&D funding and space exploration funding to promote technological innovation, which he sees as critical to the development to the economy.
In 2014, Rubio proposed legislation to replace the earned income tax credit with a federal wage enhancement for qualifying low-wage jobs. The proposal would apply to singles as well as married couples and families with children. It would also arrive in sync with a monthly paycheck rather than a year-end lump-sum credit. Rubio asserted that this was a "better way to support low-income workers than simply raising the minimum wage." Rubio has also proposed a 25% tax credit for businesses that offer their employees at least four weeks of paid family leave. The tax break would be capped at 12 weeks, and at $4,000 per employee.
Rubio's tax reform proposal calls for a simplified tax code which would include just two tax rates: 15% for those earning less than $75,000 annually and 35% for those earning more than that. It would eliminate capital gains taxes and add a new $2,500 per child tax credit for families. The corporate tax rate would be reduced to 25%, and businesses would be able to fully deduct the cost of investments in the year made An analysis by the Tax Foundation found that Rubio's plan would result in a loss of government revenue of $2.4 trillion (using dynamic models which take into account the projected economic growth from tax cuts) to $6 trillion (using more traditional static models). The Tax Foundation says that under Rubio's plan, these revenue shortfalls would substantially increase the national debt, which would not return to its current level until 2040. Rubio's campaign has said that he will offset the lost revenue through spending reductions, such as by increasing the eligibility age for Social Security and by reducing Medicare spending. Using static assumptions and dynamic scoring, the proposed tax cuts would increase the after-tax income of the top 10% of earners by from 5.5 to 20 percent, while boosting the after-tax income of the bottom 10 percent of earners by from 44 to 56 percent respectively.
Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, criticized Rubio's proposals, writing that Rubio's plan "takes the cake" in making the tax code more regressive and would "hemorrhage revenues while bequeathing a massive gift of wealth to the top 0.0003 percent." In contrast, David M. McIntosh of the Club for Growth praised Rubio's tax plan, calling it a "pro-growth tax cut and reform plan that would fundamentally reform the tax code and the entitlement state," as well as lauding Rubio's support for free trade, tort reform, and reduced regulations.
In his role as a legislator, Rubio was active in pursuing K-12 policy including introducing the Educational Opportunities Act in 2013. As a presidential candidate, Rubio has argued on behalf of closing the federal Department of Education, expanding public charter schools, and for teaching both creationism and evolution.
Additionally, Rubio has taken a strong stance against the Common Core State Standards, arguing that, while they "started out as well-intentioned effort to develop more rigorous curriculum standards", that they'll eventually be "used to force on states policies the federal government wants".
When he was 8 years old and living in Las Vegas, Rubio joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), but he returned to Catholicism after receiving his first communion at 13 years old. Rubio attends Christ Fellowship, a Southern Baptist Church in West Kendall, Florida, as well as Catholic services.
In an interview in 2012, Rubio said: "I'm a Roman Catholic. I'm theologically in line with the Roman Catholic Church. I believe in the authority of the church, but I also have tremendous respect for my brothers and sisters in other Christian faiths. I recognize, as the Catholic Church does, that there are excellent teachings of the Word throughout other denominations. The elements of salvation are found in these churches as well."
|Florida U.S. Senate election 2010|
Books written by Rubio
- 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future. Regnery Publishing. 2006. ISBN 978-1596985117.
- An American Son: A Memoir. Sentinel HC. 2012. ISBN 978-1595230942.
- American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone. Sentinel HC. 2015. ISBN 978-1595231130.
- "Explaining the Senate's growing conservative Latino caucus". WBEZ91.5. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
- Linkins, Jason (October 20, 2011). "Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal Become Focus Of Bipartisan Birthers". The Huffington Post.
- Manuel Roig-Franzia. The Rise of Marco Rubio. Simon & Schuster. p. 26. ISBN 978-1451675450.
- Roig-Franzia, Manuel (October 21, 2011). "Marco Rubio's compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 21, 2011. See also Live Chat: Marco Rubio's embellished family story, The Washington Post (October 24, 2011).
- "Marco Rubio Once Benefitted From Birthright Citizenship, Now He’s Open to Restricting It". National Journal. 18 August 2015. Archived from the original on 11 October 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
- Burr, Thomas (June 18, 2012). "Marco Rubio's book explains why he left Mormonism". Salt Lake Tribune.
- "Marco Rubio About". Marco Rubio Senator. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- Marrapodi, Erin (February 23, 2012). "Sen. Marco Rubio's religious journey: Catholic to Mormon to Catholic to Baptist and Catholic". CNN. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "Representative Marco Rubio". Florida House of Representatives.
- Bennett, George (October 2, 2010). "Republican candidate Marco Rubio casts U.S. Senate race as battle for America". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- "Marco Rubio – Biography" (PDF). Republican Business Council. 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Transcript: Marco Rubio's State of the Union Response". ABC News. February 13, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
- Clark, Lesley (January 5, 2011). "Miami's Marco Rubio becomes new Florida senator". The Miami Herald. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
- O'Keefe, Ed (April 10, 2014). "In South Florida, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are forcing locals to pick sides". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
- Leary, Alex (October 9, 2010). "Marco Rubio's meteoric rise in Florida politics". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
- Samuels, Robert. "The story behind Marco Rubio’s frustrating first job as a politician", The Washington Post (July 30, 2015).
- Mishak, Michael. "What Kind of Leader Is Marco Rubio? An Investigation; A look at what happens when the Florida senator wields power", National Journal (November 5, 2015).
- Rubio, Marco (October 21, 2011). "My family's flight from Castro". Politico. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- CM-Azares, David (December 15, 1999). "Diaz De La Portilla Wins State Senate Seat". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- "December 14, 1999 Special Primary Senate 34 and House 111 & 115". Florida Department of State Division of Elections. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- Elfrink, Tim (July 22, 2010). "Marco Rubio, Tea Party pretty boy". Miami New Times. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- "Legislator says he got calls demanding he end sit-in Series: AROUND THE STATE: [SOUTH PINELLAS Edition]". St. Petersburg Times. January 26, 2000. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- "FL State House 111 Race – Nov 07, 2000". Our Campaigns. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "FL State House 111 Race – Nov 05, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "FL State House 111 Race – Nov 02, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "FL State House 111 Race – Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- Hamburger, Tom; Sullivan, Sean (June 29, 2015). "How Marco Rubio turned political star power into a soaring personal income". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
- "Dade Hispanics Set to Get Top Posts in House". Nl.newsbank.com. December 10, 2002. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
- "Two S. Florida Democrats To Lead Senate Committees". Nl.newsbank.com. December 18, 2002. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
- Sharockman, Aaron. "Marco Rubio wasn't always against earmarks, Florida Democrat claims", PolitiFact (November 16, 2010).
- Roig-Franzia, Manuel. The Rise of Marco Rubio, pp. 106-107 (Simon & Schuster 2012).
- Caputo, Marc. "Rubio's campaign image belies history of $250 million in pork requests", The Miami Herald (March 9, 2010).
- Kennedy, John. "Governor could ax these turkeys", Orlando Sentinel (May 23, 2007).
- "The Speaker". National Journal. July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
- Fineout, Gary (November 15, 2003). "Baxley backs off House leader bid". Ocala.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- Rubio, Marco. 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future (Regnery 2006).
- "Rubio claims 57 of his 100 ideas were made law by the Florida Legislature". Politifact. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "When Rubio Was the Man of Florida's House". National Review. April 13, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
- Deb, Sopan. Marco Rubio: Young, but a longtime fighter, CBS News (November 3, 2015).
- Perry Bacon Jr., In Florida House, Rubio Led a Conservative Revolt Against Fellow Republicans, NBC News, Meet the Press (April 14, 2015).
- "Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate campaign grew out of his 2007 antitax roots". Tampa Bay Times. July 12, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- Bousquet, Steve (June 16, 2007). "Confused now? It will get worse". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
- Roig-Franzia, Manuel. The Rise of Marco Rubio, p. 110 (Simon & Schuster, 2015).
- Chris Adams, Moderate Marco? Not quite, but Rubio has history of bipartisanship, McClatchy Washington Bureau (July 16, 2015).
- Bender, Michael C. (June 17, 2010). "Rubio faces foreclosure on Tally home; his campaign says it's resolved". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
- Marc Caputo, Marco Rubio sells his house of horrors, Politico (June 3, 2015).
- Associated Press, Rubio sells troubled house in Florida for $117K (June 3, 2015).
- "Marco Rubio Made Personal Charges on GOP Credit Card". HuffPost Politics. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- Condon, Stephanie (April 21, 2010). "Marco Rubio, Florida GOP Under Federal Investigation, Report Says". CBS News. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- Rubio releases more credit card statements, team says 'nothing to hide', Fox News (November 8, 2015).
- Patricia Mazzei & Alex Leary, Marco Rubio campaign releases previously undisclosed GOP credit card statements, Tampa Bay Times (November 7, 2015).
- "GOP Credit Scandal Threatens to Halt Rubio's Momentum in Primary". Fox News Channel. April 22, 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- Aaron Sharockman, Rubio says GOP credit card paid with 'my money', PolitiFact (March 11, 2010).
- Leary, Alex. Ethics panel dismisses 2010 claim about Rubio, Tampa Bay Times (July 27, 2012).
- Drew Griffin, Scott Zamost & Tal Kopan, Marco Rubio's Florida spending caused alarm for colleague, CNN (November 6, 2015).
- Eric Bradner, Marco Rubio releases Florida GOP charge card statements, CNN Politics (November 7, 2015)
- Reinhard, Beth (May 22, 2010). "Rubio's income grew with his political clout, tax records show". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
- Leary, Alex (April 20, 2012). "At Florida International University, GOP rising star Sen. Marco Rubio is professor Rubio". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
- Terris, Ben. What it's like to take a political science class with professor Marco Rubio, The Washington Post (February 10, 2015).
- Adjunct Professors, Department of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
- Bennett, George. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's teaching post at FIU draws scrutiny, Palm Beach Post (June 13, 2011).
- Alex Leary, Sen. Marco Rubio returns to teaching at FIU, Tampa Bay Times (June 2, 2011).
- Caputo, Marc. Professor Rubio: Inside the classroom, the Florida Republican gives clues about his political future, Politico (February 9, 2015).
- Alex Leary & Beth Reinhard, Senate run puts Rubio's ties to FIU under fiscal scrutiny, Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau (December 12, 2009).
- Barbaro, Michael and Eder, Steve. Billionaire Lifts Marco Rubio, Politically and Personally, The New York Times (May 9, 2015).
- Reinhard, Beth (March 5, 2009). "Marco Rubio quietly registers to run for U.S. Senate". The Miami Herald.
- "Rubio Edges Crist In Florida Gop Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; President Obama Under Water As Voters Disapprove". Quinnipiac University. January 26, 2010.
- "Election 2010: Florida Republican Primary for Senate". Rasmussen Reports. February 1, 2010. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- Leibovich, Mark (6 January 2010). "The First Senator From the Tea Party?". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
- "Charlie Crist will run for Senate with no party affiliation". Tampa Bay Times.
- Schwandt, Kimberly (April 28, 2010). "Crist to Run as Independent in FL Sen Race". Fox News Channel. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
- Romm, Tony (April 18, 2010). "McConnell: Crist would lose all GOP support if he ran as independent". The Hill. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
- Martin, Jonathan; Catanese, David (April 17, 2010). "Top Charlie Crist supporters torn over indy bid". Politico. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
- Farrington, Brendan; Kay, Jennifer (August 24, 2010). "Marco Rubio Wins Florida GOP Senate Primary". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
- "Florida Senate Election Results". NBC News. November 8, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
- Knickerbocker, Brad (November 6, 2010). "President Obama, Marco Rubio face off on tax cuts". The Christian Science Monitor.
- Goodman, Lee-Anne (November 5, 2010). "Florida's new senator seen as 'Great Right Hope'". Toronto Star.
- Michael O'Brien, Rubio rejects running as Republicans' VP nominee, The Hill (January 10, 2011).
- Philip Rucker, Romney: Marco Rubio is being seriously vetted as possible vice presidential pick, The Washington Post (June 19, 2012).
- Alex Isenstadt, Romney alum rebuts Bush whispers: Rubio passed our vetting, Politico (October 29, 2015).
- Hayes, Stephen (January 28, 2011). "Marco Rubio Picks a Chief of Staff: Cesar Conda". The Weekly Standard.
- "Rubio taps Cheney aide for chief of staff". Politico. Jan 26, 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- "Sen. Marco Rubio hires Cesar Conda to be chief of staff". Tampa Bay Times. Jan 28, 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- O’Keefe, Ed and Costa, Robert. "Marco Rubio announces staff changes sure to fuel 2016 talk", Washington Post (April 11, 2014).
- Michael McAuliff & Erin Mershon, Mandatory Budget Cuts From Sequestration Slammed By Republicans As 'Dumb,' 'Terrible', The Huffington Post (August 2, 2012).
- Amy Sherman, Marco Rubio says he never supported the sequester, PolitiFact (November 26, 2013).
- Ashley Lopez (October 12, 2011). "Rubio cosponsors bill that would eliminate one out of every ten federal jobs". The Florida Independent. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
- Laura Green (November 16, 2011). "Sen. Marco Rubio says bipartisan jobs bill built on common ground". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
- "White House Attacks Marco Rubio's Contraception Bill". The Huffington Post. Associated Press. February 13, 2012.
- Reinhard, Beth (January 3, 2013). "Paul Ryan vs. Marco Rubio: The Politics of the Cliff Vote". National Journal.
- "Sen. Marco Rubio (R)". National Journal Almanac. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- Reiff, Laura Foote; Nataliya Binshteyn (Jan 28, 2013). "President Obama to Outline Plan for Comprehensive Immigration Reform on Tuesday". The National Law Review. Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
- "Full text: Marco Rubio's Republican response". CNN. February 12, 2013.
- Wolf, Z. Byron (February 6, 2013). "State of the Union: Marco Rubio to Deliver Republican Response". ABC News. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
- "Has U.S. GOP Lost Its Standing as The Strong-on-Defense Party?". Defense News.
- Zach Carter, Marco Rubio: Background Checks In Gun Compromise Won't Capture 'Criminals', The Huffington Post (April 14, 2013).
- "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 1st Session". United States Senate. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
- J.D. Harrison (14 April 2015). "What a Marco Rubio White House could mean for businesses". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
- "Senators Rubio and Cardin introduce bipartisan bill to increase transparency of foreign aid". Gretawire. July 10, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
- FRENCH, LAUREN; MIN KIM, SEUNG (17 December 2014). "Marco Rubio calls out pope on Cuba". politico.com (POLITICO LLC). Retrieved 17 December 2014.
- Wagner, Dennis (February 26, 2015). "Veterans propose major changes in VA health care". USA Today (USA TODAY). Retrieved 19 April 2015.
- King Jr., Neil (March 13, 2015). "Lee-Rubio Plan Gives Life to 2016 Tax Debate". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
- "Absentee ballot: Ted Cruz a no-show at most committee meetings, floor votes". Fox News Channel. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
In February, an analysis carried out by Vocativ in partnership with GovTrack.us, showed that Rubio beats Cruz as the senator most absent from chambers, having missed 99, or 8.3 percent, of 1,198 total votes since taking office in January 2011 to February of this year.
- "Marco Rubio, Senator for Florida". GovTrack. Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- Rugaber, Christopher S. (October 28, 2015). "AP FACT CHECK: The Republican debaters and the facts". Associated Press. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- Bump, Philip. "The problem with Marco Rubio’s defense of his missed votes", The Washington Post (October 30, 2015).
- "Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation". U.S. Senate.
- "Committee on Foreign Relations". U.S. Senate.
- Berman, Matt (April 2, 2014). "Marco Rubio Won't Run for Senate in 2016 if He Runs for President". National Journal. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
- Camia, Catalina. "Marco Rubio: No Plan B to pivot back to Florida Senate race", USA Today (April 14, 2015).
- "Marco Rubio announces staff changes sure to fuel 2016 talk". The Washington Post. April 11, 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- "Marco Rubio Shakes Up Staff And Stirs 2016 Presidential Rumors". Fox News Latino. April 14, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
- "Paul, Rubio lead potential Republican 2016 contenders in spending". Chicago Tribune. April 16, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
- "Marco Rubio's long, hard fall in New Hampshire". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- "Latest Zogby Poll Declares Rubio a Real 'Player'". Sunshine State News. January 26, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
- "Marco Rubio leaps to second place in Zogby poll (tied with Jeb and just behind Mitt) – but he’s first among women". Daily Mail. January 23, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
- "Rubio signs on top fundraiser, lines up donors in move toward 2016 bid". Fox News Channel.
- Murray, Mark (January 23, 2015). "Marco Rubio Takes Steps Towards 2016 Run". NBC News. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
- Caputo, Marc (January 23, 2015). "Sen. Marco Rubio to aides: 'Prepare for a presidential campaign'". The Miami Herald. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
- Parker, Ashley. "Marco Rubio Announces 2016 Presidential Bid". The New York Times.
- "Marco Rubio tells donors he's running for president in 2016". CBS News. April 13, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- Steve Benen (April 13, 2015). "Marco Rubio rolls the dice". MSNBC. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- David M. Drucker (April 13, 2015). "Marco Rubio jumps in, will leave Senate". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- Siddiqui, Sabrina. “'The future is now': can Marco Rubio broaden Republican appeal and win?”, The Guardian (July 12, 2015).
- Downie, James. "Marco Rubio is in real trouble", The Washington Post (July 30, 2015).
- "Marco Rubio proposes tax break for employers who give paid family leave". The Guardian. September 25, 2015.
- "Sen. Marco Rubio sees opportunity for redemption on the right". McClatchyDC. February 26, 2015.
- "Club for Growth zaps votes by Illinois members of Congress". Crain's Chicago Business. March 10, 2015.
- "Rating GOP's pro-growth contenders: Club for Growth". USA Today. August 5, 2015.
- "Club for Growth: Ted Cruz was perfect in 2013". The Washington Post. February 24, 2014.
- Factbox: Republican 2016 presidential field swells to 14 with Christie, Reuters (June 30, 2015): "He was swept into the Senate in the Tea Party wave of 2010 but has fought to strengthen ties with conservatives after he helped lead a failed push for comprehensive immigration reform in 2013."
- Tim Mak, Tea Partiers Rage Against Rubio 2016, Daily Beast (April 13, 2015).
- Budget Brawl Gives Ted Cruz, Rand Paul a Chance to Break Out, Bloomberg News (June 22, 2015): "The budget and spending fight highlights widening divisions in the Republican Party between conservatives like Florida's Marco Rubio, concerned about shoring up the military, and Tea Party-aligned Republicans, like Cruz and Paul, more committed to limiting the size of government."
- Caputo, Marc (May 15, 2014). "Marco Rubio explains his climate-change skepticism". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
'I’ve never denied that there is a climate change,' Rubio said. 'The question is: Is man-made activity causing the changes in the climate?' Rubio, however, won’t answer that with a yes or no.
- Bennett, Brian (May 11, 2014). "Marco Rubio says human activity isn't causing climate change". Los Angeles Times.
I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it
- Kliegman, Julie (May 14, 2014). "Has Marco Rubio backtracked on climate change?". PolitiFact.
- Pope’s Views on Climate Change Add Pressure to Catholic Candidates in the New York Times
- Marco Rubio: 'No problem' with Catholic Church on climate change but economy more important in Miami Herald
- Rubio, Marco (September 1, 2015). "Securing America's Energy Future". National Review. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- Rebecca Leber, Marco Rubio Is (Now) the Most Dangerous GOP Candidate on Climate, New Republic (October 7, 2015).
- National Environmental Scorecard - Senator Marco Rubio (R), League of Conservation Voters (access November 9, 2015).
- Lemire, Jonathan (October 6, 2015). "Rubio criticizes government regulation of on-demand economy". Business Insider. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
- Rubio, Marco (March 17, 2015). "Government is Crashing the Internet Party". Politico. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
- Roy, Avik. April 14, 2015. Marco Rubio Pledges To Repeal And Replace Obamacare -- But With What? Forbes. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
- Sen. Marco Rubio (August 17, 2015). My Plan to Fix Health Care. Politico. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- Abby Jackson (July 7, 2015). Marco Rubio has a wild plan to have investors pay for college and make money off students' future earnings. Business Insider. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
- "Has Marco Rubio Really Learned His Lesson on Immigration?". National Review. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
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- "Marco Rubio Won't Even Consider Path to Citizenship During His Presidency". New York. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- "Marco Rubio Attempts to Win Back Conservatives on Immigration". The Huffington Post. February 27, 2015.
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- Leary, Alex (September 4, 2013). "Rubio votes against Syria strikes". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
- Memoli, Michael A. (7 July 2014). "Republican divide over strategy for Middle East, Iraq is growing". stripes.com (Tribune Washington Bureau). Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- Good, Chris (April 13, 2015). "Marco Rubio Would Reopen Gitmo, Reverse Obama Foreign Policy". ABC News. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
- Kim, Seung Min (February 12, 2013). "Marco Rubio opposes Violence Against Women Act". Politico. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- Hirschhorn, Dan. "Rubio, other GOP White House hopefuls oppose Violence Against Women Act", Daily News|location=New York (February 13, 2013).
- Mascaro, Lisa (August 7, 2015). "Marco Rubio takes tough stand against abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest". Los Angeles Times.
- Laura Bassett, Marco Rubio: Roe v. Wade Was 'Egregiously Flawed Decision', The Huffington Post (July 10, 2015).
- Evan Puschak, Rubio trashes Roe v. Wade as 'blatant' judicial activism, MSNBC (January 22, 2013).
- "At CPAC, Marco Rubio ducks a challenge". BBC News. March 14, 2013.
- "GOP Rob Portman Announces Support for Same Sex Marriage". NBC Politics. March 15, 2013.
- "Commentary: 6 reasons Ted Cruz is in trouble". Chicago Tribune. November 19, 2015.
- "Opposing the philosophy of Sonia Sotomayor isn't anti-Hispanic". Politico.
- Alex Leary, Rubio comes out in limited support of medical marijuana, Tampa Bay Times (July 30, 2014).
- Mollie Reilly, Marco Rubio Claims There's 'No Responsible Way To Recreationally Use Marijuana', The Huffington Post (May 19, 2014).
- Sullivan, Sean. How Rubio’s stance on drug laws stands out in GOP presidential field, The Washington Post (April 28, 2015).
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- "Fact Check: Study Says Rubio's Tax Plan Helps Rich More Than Middle Class, Less Than Poorest". Bloomberg. October 29, 2015.
- Jared Bernstein, Marco Rubio's tax plan gives a huge gift to the top 0.0003 percent, The Washington Post (November 11, 2015).
- Parker, Ashley (2015-04-17). "Marco Rubio Swings Through New Hampshire". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
- "Marco Rubio On Education: 5 Things The Presidential Candidate Wants You To Know". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
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- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Senator Marco Rubio official U.S. Senate website
- Marco Rubio for President campaign website
- Marco Rubio at DMOZ
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
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|Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
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|Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Florida
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|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Florida
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