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There’s one less Republican considering a 2016 run for the U.S. Senate. As Jim Ash reports, state Senator Don Gaetz of Niceville won’t be throwing his hat in the ring.

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Charlie Crist’s former running mate in Florida’s last gubernatorial race is now seeking a Congressional seat.

Senate President Praises Bush

Dec 17, 2014

A day after former Governor Jeb Bush sent the strongest signals yet that he is running for a president, a powerful Florida lawmaker appears ready to jump on the bandwagon.

Senate President Andy Gardner, an Orlando Republican, was asked to compare Bush with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, one of Bush’s top rivals for the Republican nomination.

While he didn’t issue a formal endorsement, he left little doubt who he prefers.

“I’m really going to be looking at executive experience and Gov. Bush certainly has a record to run on.”

Florida Politicians Rally Behind Oyster Industry

Aug 16, 2013
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More than 200 community members filled the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse, waving signs, chanting slogans and signing petitions. There was also no shortage of politicians in Franklin County Tuesday. Those running for office like Democratic congressional candidate Gwen Graham and those holding office like her opponent Republican Congressman Steve Southerland found themselves on the same side of an issue. State Senator Bill Montford, whose district includes Apalachicola, told a thunderous crowd oysters aren’t a partisan issue.

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Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio a one of a bipartisan group of senators backing an immigration overhaul bill in Congress. But Rubio is trying to balance the wants of immigration reform supporters, with members of political his base: who largely oppose things like a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Republican leaders have tapped Marco Rubio, a 41-year-old Cuban-American senator from Florida, to deliver the official GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

It's a chance for a party that has fared badly with both young and Hispanic voters to showcase a fast-rising, youthful Latino with a new stance on immigration.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will deliver the Republican response to the president's State of the Union address this upcoming Tuesday.

NPR's Tamara Keith filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Rubio is a rising star of the Republican party, who was elected as part of the Tea Party wave in 2010.

"He's the son of Cuban immigrants and is part of a bipartisan group of senators working on immigration reform legislation. He'll deliver the response in both English and Spanish.

Bipartisan Group Drafts Plan For Immigration Reform

Jan 28, 2013

Eight U.S. Senators, four Republicans and four Democrats unveiled their plans on Monday for what they call “successful permanent” immigration reform. The plan creates a path for undocumented immigrants to live legally in the U.S. and a plan for long term permanent residency.

The Republican National Convention wrapped things up with Mitt Romney accepting the Republican nomination as planned. But the convention as a whole went off with more than its fair share of stops, starts, and interruptions.  

Rubio Heckled By Convention Protesters

Aug 28, 2012
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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a rising star in the Republican Party, is set to introduce presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney later in the week at the Republican National Convention. But Rubio had his own speech against President Obama interrupted several times by hecklers. Rubio was speaking to the Florida delegation during a breakfast at the Innisbrook Resort Tuesday, when protesters interrupted Rubio’s speech by yelling things like “Republicans are beholden to big corporations”.

“Apparently he stumbled into the wrong convention,” Rubio quipped at the interruption.

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