Received via press release:
(Atlanta, GA) – Florida senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio will speak at the 2015 Georgia Republican Party Convention in Athens.
Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Rubio was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. He serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Committee on Foreign Relations, Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Rubio announced his candidacy for president on April 13, 2015 at the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida.
Senator Rubio is scheduled to speak on Friday, May 15, at approximately 3PM in the Athena Ballroom.
You can obtain a ticket to the GOP convention here. Purchasing a “guest” ticket will allow you access to the venue to hear speeches from folks like Rubio. Other 2016 GOP contenders are scheduled to appear as well.
Rubio surged to the top of the early GOP Presidential heap in a Fox News poll released last week:
Announcing your candidacy helps your poll numbers. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio receives a five percentage-point bump after his April 13 announcement and has the backing of 13 percent in the race for the Republican nomination — just a touch over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who gets 12 percent among self-identified GOP primary voters. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul comes in at 10 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee earn 9 percent each and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz gets 8 percent.
And some observers think Rubio might actually win:
Marco Rubio stands alone as the candidate best prepared to articulate a conservative message in a way that will inspire and actually teach people who aren’t already conservative that conservatism is the best philosophy to help them achieve the American Dream—that there is, as Arthur Brooks has famously argued, a moral case for capitalism.
As a cosmopolitan conservative, Rubio also has the potential to appeal to people—urbanites, Millennials, etc.—who might not even know they have deep-seated conservative instincts. These people reflexively reject conservatism because they don’t think of it as a philosophy, but rather as a manifestation of cultural signaling. They can’t imagine belonging to a Southern party that looks and sounds like, say, George W. Bush.
I said on Facebook recently that my first choice right now is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, but I’m impressed with Rubio. In fact, a Jindal/Rubio ticket would be pretty strong and would get me fired up. What do y’all think?