On Monday evening, Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced his 2016 presidential campaign and delivered a speech outlining his platform. The event took place at the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami, which is significant for its symbolism to Cuban refugees.

Here is the full video of Rubio’s announcement speech:

Report from the AP:

Hoping to turn his youth into a benefit, Sen. Marco Rubio entered the presidential race Monday with a promise to move the nation beyond the politics of the past, a jab at both Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton and his one-time Republican mentor, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Standing in front of a banner that proclaimed “A New American Century,” the 43-year-old Cuban-American used his first speech as a presidential candidate to take on two of America’s political dynasties. In doing so, he bet heavily on the electorate’s frustrations with Washington and his ability to change how his party is seen by voters.

“This election is not just about what laws we will pass,” he said Monday evening. “It is a generational choice about what kind of country we will be.”

He said it’s also a choice between the haves and have-nots, nodding to his own upbringing by working-class parents. “I live in an exceptional country where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege.”

Rubio’s entrance now marks three major announced candidates on the Republican side.


  1. Marco Rubio conveniently forgot to mention that the bartender and the maid were illegals living in the United States and were living as such when Marco Rubio was born in1971. In 1956, Mario and Oriales Rubio applied to American Consulate in Havana (long before Castro came to power) for an immigrant visas. The elder Rubio waited nineteen years to seek American citizenship. Mario Rubio was four years old when the family applied for citizenship (Information from: National Archives Data). Regardless, Mario Rubio was born on US soil and is entitled, but unworthy, to the presidency if elected.

    What I find unacceptable about Rubio is his stance on immigration. Cuban illegals can show up anywhere on land in the U.S. and immediately be allowed to enter the country. They get a work permit, social security card, public assistance for food and accommodations, medicare if eligible or medicaid, all the necessities of life without question.

    BUT if you are an illegal Mexican, Asian, even Canadian, or otherwise, Rubio’s immigration bill boldly stated: No One gets Amnesty. In fact, this bill will eliminate today’s de facto amnesty.
    No Federal Benefits. This bill stipulates no immigrant can obtain a green card if they can’t prove they can support themselves and won’t become government dependents – by verifying that they are earning at least 25 percent above the poverty level (exactly how many American born would qualify) and are gainfully employed. They will have to do verify this more than once, at different
    parts of the process. Current law, which we do not change, also bars permanent residents from receiving federal benefits for the first five years of that status.

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