Florida Senator Marco Rubio joined a steady stream of Mitt Romney’s top surrogates descending on Iowa this week. Along with visits by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the visit by Rubio highlights the importance of Iowa and one of the few states that could decide the presidential election.
Rubio spoke about the increasing burden of the national debt, telling attendees that Mitt Romney is the right man to tackle the issue.
“I don’t know of any other state in the country whose people more fundamentally understand the threat that this national debt poses to our country than folks in Iowa do,” Rubio said. “Our national debt cannot be overstated. It’s $15 trillion. It’s the size of our economy.”
Rubio became wildly popular with Tea Party conservatives during his successful 2010 U.S. Senate campaign. He was considered one of the frontrunners to become Romney’s running mate before the campaign eventually selected Paul Ryan. During the VP vetting process, Rubio was scheduled to visit Iowa in late-July, but the trip was cancelled due to plane troubles.
“Our plane had to make an emergency landing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was in New Mexico yesterday so I thanked New Mexico for saving my life,” Rubio mused.
Displaying a fiery delivery mixed with quick wit, Marco Rubio quickly showed why is one of the most popular rising stars in the Republican Party. The Florida senator seemed at ease talking to the crowd of 250 attendees gathered at the Ankeny airport, even while combating the noise of a nearby plane taking off.
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