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@Ross -- Rubio is definitely in the 2016 presidential mix. This speech can be viewed as an early way station to a 2016 presidential run.
Rubio is supported by much of the Tea Party but he's not giving the "Tea Party response," he's giving the GOP response. The Tea Party response will come from Sen. Rand Paul.
Rubio was the speaker of the Florida House when he was term-limited out. When he decided to run for the Senate he was the longest of long shots. He was challenging a very popular GOP governor (Charlie Crist) in the Republican primary and nobody thought he had a chance. But, he plugged away and he connected with the rising insurgency of the Tea Party as it grew. He didn't start as a Tea Party candidate, but he connected with them and they connected with him to drive Crist out of the GOP. It's a pretty remarkable story.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is hitting Obama on taxes and spending. Bigger government and more taxes are not the solution, said Rubio.
"Raising taxes won't create private sector jobs. And there's no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion," said Rubio, who is delivering his speech standing up. "That's why I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy."