Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has promised to announce “something on April 13 that I hope you all watch.”
Rubio confirmed that a big announcement is coming in a Fox News appearance after tweeting that he’s “making a huge announcement on Monday, April 13th in Miami.” The tweet included a link to reserve tickets for the event.
“We haven’t reserved the specific site yet, that I will confirm on that. But I will announce on April 13th what I’m going to do next, in terms of running for president or the U.S. Senate,” Rubio told Fox.
Asked why he should be picked by voters over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Rubio replied, “I’m not a declared candidate for anything yet.”
“Let me just say, were — the time will come for comparison shopping for voters and others. I would just say that I strongly believe that the future of this country will depend on the next election. And what’s at stake in 2016 is not simply what party is going to win, or what candidate is going to run. The fundamental question for in 2016 is what kind of country do we want to be in this new century? Do we want to remain an exceptional country? A land of equality of opportunity, the strongest nation on earth, or are we prepared to diminish and decline?” he said.
“And decline is a choice. It’s not our destiny. So I think in order to transition to that new better 21st century, what I think will be another American century. This nation is need of leadership that understands this new era and has new ideas for a new — a new age and — so, again, I’m looking forward to talking about that and many other things on April 13th.”
Addressing critics of his participation in the Group of Eight that negotiated a compromise immigration bill, Rubio said he’s “realistic on immigration.”
“The two things that are clear, one, we have a problem that needs to be fix and address, what we have today is not sustainable. And number two, we can’t do it all at once, especially because of the two executive orders, the latest one in particular. The American people will not support doing anything further on immigration until first they believe that illegal immigration in the future is under control. If that happens, I think people are willing to be very reasonable about what we do with those here now, that have been here for a long time and not that otherwise violated our laws,” the senator argued.
“But until you can show them, not tell them, until you can show them that you are going to bring future illegal immigration is under control, I think it’s impossible to move forward on anything else on immigration. That’s just the fact that given what has happened over the last couple of years.”
A presidential announcement on the 13th would put Rubio after Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) expected announcement April 7 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky.
That kicks off Paul’s “Stand with Rand” tour, stopping in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada.