Floridian Senator Marco Rubio officially announced today that he was running for president in 2016. Senator Rubio became the third major Republican candidate to announce, after Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. He promised to bring a “new American century” in his announcement at the Freedom Tower in Miami. Known as the “Ellis Island of the south” the venue was symbolic because it was the entry point for many Cubans, including Rubio’s own parents in 1966.
In his announcement, which was approximately 20 minutes long, Rubio said “in many countries, the highest office in the land is reserved for the rich and powerful. But 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.”