Marco Rubio Bets It All On 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio is gambling that 2016 is his moment.

Rubio, a 43-year-old Florida Republican star who was Speaker of the Florida House just six years ago, is expected to announce Monday that he is seeking the GOP nomination for president.

Rubio will be surrounded by family and supporters in Miami as he launches a campaign that, if successful, would complete a meteoric rise that has already drawn comparisons to President Barack Obama. 

The stakes are high for Rubio, who could end the cycle without a political office. He’s up for reelection to the Senate next year, and he has said he won’t run for president and his current job simultaneously.

Some Republicans say it’s a gamble he’s wise to make. 

“The Republican Party has to modernize, and Rubio is in that sphere of folks pushing to do that,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said. “He’s going to focus on outreach and bringing in new voters. He has a real opportunity to build on that traction he’s getting with donors and turn it into traction with new voters.”

Read more from Jonathan Easley at The Hill

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