The news of Republican junior U.S. Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio assembling a team to make a bid for the position of President of the United States is a source of excitement for Latinos in the United States. The Miami born son of Cuban parents has built a solid reputation and could be a crucial player in getting the Latino vote in the coming election. A senior aide was quoted by ABC as saying,
“He has told us to proceed as if he is running for president.”
He is changing his calendar to make fundraising stops in California, Texas, and Illnois as well as promoting a book tour aimed at raising his visability in the mainstream. The recent news of the renewed relations with Cuba has brought that long time island nation to the spotlight. It is a perfect time for Rubio to continue the momentum by capitalizing on it.
The 43 year old senator showed how serious he is by hiring Anna Rogers, the finance head for Karl Rove’s American Crossroads. She would become finance chair when Rubio officially launches a presidential campaign. Two GOP donors, George Seay, CEO of Annadale Capital and Jim Rubrich, former CEO of RockTenn, will be added to the arsenal of the Tea Party Favorite.
The impending news has put a crux in the plans of Jeb Bush to run as well as make Milt Romney suddenly not as relevant. But the potential to use Rubio as a symbol as Obama was for the Democrats in the eyes of African-Americans the last eight years is viable.