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The Forces Driving Republican Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio

Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio (C) had his breakthrough moment when he responded to fellow candidate, and one-time mentor Jeb Bush's reprimand with composure. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio (C) had his breakthrough moment when he responded to fellow candidate, and one-time mentor Jeb Bush's reprimand with composure. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

It was the moment that some said cemented Senator Marco Rubio’s position in the GOP race for the presidential nomination.

After being reprimanded by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for missing a record number of Senate votes, Rubio responded, “I will continue to have tremendous admiration and respect for Governor Bush. I’m not running against Governor Bush. I’m not running against anyone on this stage. I’m running for president because there is no way we can elect Hillary Clinton to continue the policies of Barack Obama.”

Rubio is standing steady in the polls, a solid third place behind Ben Carson and Donald Trump, and a few points ahead of his Florida rival and one-time mentor Jeb Bush.

Amy Hollyfield, deputy managing politics editor for the Tampa Bay Times, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to round out our picture of Marco Rubio — starting with his years in the Florida Legislature.

Guest

  • Amy Hollyfield, deputy managing politics editor for the Tampa Bay Times. She tweets @amy_hollyfield.

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