Meet Marco Rubio, the senator making a 2016 bid for president
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told donors Monday morning that he is running for president in 2016 and that he is “uniquely qualified” to be the GOP nominee, a campaign source in Miami confirmed to msnbc.
Rubio is set to officially announce his campaign for president Monday at 6 p.m. in his hometown of Miami, adding his name to a growing list of official candidates that includes Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on the GOP side and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.
Rubio made his name in 2010 by knocking out moderate Republican Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida’s senate primary, an upset that showcased the growing power of the tea party movement ahead of the GOP’s blowout midterm election. He’s widely considered a top tier contender for the Republican nomination, but will face plenty of tough competition, including from fellow Floridian and onetime political mentor Jeb Bush.