In 1998, Marco Rubio was a city commissioner in West Miami. In 2000, he was elected to Florida's House of Representatives. Just six years after that, he became the second youngest House Speaker ever — and the first Cuban-American to hold that position. Now he's a 44-year-old Senator in his first term who insists he's fully prepared for the White House. Some Republicans call him their party's Obama — and they don't mean it kindly. Others call him their best chance of heading off Donald Trump. We hear about the meteoric rise of a Cuban-American in Florida, his brief term in Washington and what happened between him and Jeb Bush.
In 1996, Marco Rubio worked on Bob Dole's presidential bid in Miami-Dade County.
Photo: Marco Rubio campaign
Susan MacManus, University of South Florida (@DrMacManus)
Marc Caputo, Politico (@MarcACaputo)
Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post (@RoigFranzia)
Peter Schorsch, FloridaPolitics.com (@SaintPetersblog)
MacManus' 'Florida Politics: Ten Media Markets, One Powerful State'
Politico on Rep. Hardy's endorsement of Rubio, inability to name accomplishments