Sen. Marco Rubio makes campaign stop in Sanford

- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in Sanford tonight for a campaign rally as the Republican candidate continues to vie for the party's nomination during the primary season.  

Sen. Rubio brought an optimistic message to an airport hanger.  He said the country has a chance to create a new American century.  He also criticized President Barack Obama’s policies and told supporters that Hillary Clinton would bring much of the same.  

Rubio never mentioned Donald Trump by name but told people the conservative movement and the Republican Party should not be about anger and fear, adding that he would unite and grow the party.  “If we nominate someone a third of the party hates, we lose,” he said.

Rubio said as president, he would get rid of "Obamacare" and the nuclear deal with Iran.  He claimed the military had been weakened under President Obama and said he would strengthen the armed forces and increase its size.  He also addressed student loan debt.  "We are going to leave for your children what Americans always leave their children: the single greatest nation in the history of all mankind."

Earlier, Rubio made a stop in Tampa where he dismissed Ted Cruz' momentum in the state ahead of the March 15 primary on which Rubio has staked his presidential campaign.
 
Rubio said Cruz has had a good week, mostly because of the states that have voted, particularly Kansas and Louisiana, that have been won by social conservatives like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have won in the past. 
 
"These are the states that were tailor-made for the kind of campaign (Cruz) is running." Rubio adds that the upcoming slate "gets a lot tougher" for Cruz and better for the Florida senator. "We feel good about the long-term prospects," he said. "We just gotta do it." 
 
Rubio is expected to campaign in Sarasota on Tuesday.
 
 
Some information taken from the Associated Press.
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