Candidate Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio was elected as a U.S. senator from Florida in 2010 after serving in the Florida House of Representatives for eight years. Rubio catapulted into the national political spotlight with his impressive senate victory in 2010, defeating both Independent candidate Charlie Crist, and Democratic opponent Kendrick Meek. Following his high-profile win, Rubio’s name was floated around as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney in 2012. Rubio would ultimately remain in the senate where he focused on immigration reform and helped to introduce the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. If elected, Rubio would be 46 years old on the day he’s inaugurated.

Marco Rubio, January 2016

When I'm president, America's light will shine again and the 21st century will be a new American century.

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About the Candidate:

Birth May 28, 1971 in Miami, Florida.

Age on Inauguration Day 45 years old

Religion Roman Catholic

Education University of Florida, University of Miami School of Law

Family Married to Jeanette Dousdebes since 1998, they have four children together: Amanda Rubio, Anthony Rubio, Dominic Rubio and Daniella Rubio.

Net worth $443,500

Political career Marco Rubio was elected to the United States Senate in 2010 to represent the State of Florida after serving in the state's House of Representatives from 2000-2008.

Top 5 donor industries Securities & Investment, Automotive, Retired, Electronics Mfg & Equip, Health Professionals

Marco Rubio on

Abortion

Strongly pro-life. Opposes abortion in all instances, including rape and incest, but supports the so-called morning after pill by arguing that it prevents fertilization, especially for rape victims.

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Has said that the Black Lives Matter movement poses a "legitimate issue" that needs to be confronted. “Because you have a significant percentage of our population that feels that they are locked out of the promise of this country, and the result is the anxiety and the frustration that you’re now seeing expressed.”

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Has not spoken about campaign finance policy in any detail during this campaign.

Says the climate is always changing and does not believe that climate change is man-made.

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Supports capital punishment. Complained in 2006 as a Florida state lawmaker that "endless appeals by convicted felons postpone a sense of finality and erode public confidence in the judicial system."

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Has said that federal laws with respect to marijuana should be enforced even in states where it has been legalized. Does not believe there is a "responsible way to recreationally use marijuana."

Opposes raising the minimum wage, saying it would lead to people being replaced with machines. Believes in deregulating and supporting the private sector in order to encourage job growth.

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Opposes Common Core and supports focusing on vocational career training to improve job prospects. Wants to help make higher education more affordable by establishing an income-based repayment system to repay federal student loans.

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Supports building the Keystone XL pipeline and other energy pursuits in the United States. Does not support favoring clean energy over traditional energy sources and instead wants to modernize regulations to "encourage energy diversity." Has advocated a free-market approach to protecting the environment.

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Wants to grow American military so the U.S. is prepared to face any threat, but insists that, "American strength is a means of preventing war, not promoting it."

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Does not support new gun control measures because he does not believe they will be effective. Responded to questions about new background check measures after the San Bernardino shooting by saying, "None of these crimes that have been committed, or in this case, what I believe was a terrorist attack in California, would have been prevented by expanded background checks. "

NRA rating: B+

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Has called for repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a system that provides Americans with an "advanceable, refundable tax credit" that can be used to purchase personal insurance. Says he would also put "protections in place to ensure those with pre-existing health conditions can get access to affordable coverage"

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Says that he would oppose anything that grants amnesty to immigrants who are in the country illegally. Would work to fix America's broken immigration system by first securing the border and enforcing immigration laws in the workplace. Also wants to deport criminal illegal aliens and hire 20,000 new Border Patrol agents

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Says he opposes marriage equality but that he accepts it is the law of the land today. Was one of a few Republicans who did not support Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her efforts to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds. Has opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act , which would provide job protection for LGBT individuals.

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Has said that he would change nothing for those at and nearing retirement age, but that he would gradually increase the retirement age to adjust for changes in life expectancy in the U.S. and that he supports reducing benefit growth rates for upper-income seniors while increasing those rates for lower-income seniors. Wants to put Medicare on a "pathway to fiscal sustainability by promoting market competition in the program."

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Wants to reduce the number of income tax brackets from seven to three: a 15 percent rate for the lower third ($75,000 or less), a 25 percent rate for the middle third ($75,000 to $150,000) and a 35 percent rate for everyone above. Wants to drop the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent to help spur job growth.

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