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“”We should change the names of AR-15s to 'Marco Rubio' because they are so easy to buy.
|—Sarah Chadwick, a Parkland shooting survivor, calling out Rubio for his initial defense of the NRA.|
The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio first became interested in politics when majored in political science in the University of Florida, graduating with his B.A. in 1993. He began studying law at the University of Miami School of Law, earning his J.D. and graduating cum laude in 1996. That same year, he was an intern for U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and also worked on Senator Bob Dole's 1996 Presidential campaign.
Starting in 1999, Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives, eventually becoming Speaker of the House.
He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010, and is currently one of the only four Latino Americans serving in the Senate, alongside
fellow Cuban-American Canadian-American Ted Cruz, Bob Menendez, and Catherine Cortez Masto.
In April 2015, Rubio announced that he would be running for President of the United States, though would end up suspending his campaign after Donald Trump won Rubio's home state of Florida in the primaries. Initially stating that he would not seek reelection in the Senate, he changed his mind and was reelected in the 2016 general election.
Len Blavatnik, a Soviet Union-born dual national of the US and UK, is financially associated with Russian oligarchs, and he donated $1.5 million to political action committees associated with Rubio.
He is an outspoken opponent of Common Core.
In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, Rubio stated that he is against a ban on assault rifles, but is also against the idea of arming teachers, calling it a "bad idea", demonstrating that he is capable of stopped clock thinking. After pressure from the Never Again MSD activists, Rubio had another stopped clock moment when he announced his support for the ban of bump stocks as well as more stringent background checks.
Rubio supports a full repeal of Obamacare (because of course he does) and replacing it with tax credits and less regulation, saying that tax credits could be used for health insurance.
Rubio thinks that LGBT issues should be left up to the states to decide. Though he is not overtly homophobic, he thinks that marriage should remain traditional, between a man and a woman.
Rubio supported the Iraq War, as well as the current Saudi intervention in Yemen.
|United States 2016 presidential election articles on RationalWiki|
| Topics: Affordable Care Act - Citizens United v. FEC - DAESH - Gun control - Illegal immigration - Koch Industries - United States Electoral College - Trump's Wall
Parties: Democratic Party (primaries) - Green Party - Libertarian Party - Republican Party (primaries • Convention • Tea Party)
Candidates: Bush (R) - Carson (R) - Christie (R) - Clinton (D) - Cruz (R) - Huckabee (R) - Jindal (R) - Johnson (Lib) - Kasich (R) - Paul (R) - Perry (R) - Sanders (D) - Stein (Green) - Trump (R) - Walker (R) - Webb (D) • Running mates: Kaine (D) - Pence (R)
Winner: Donald Trump