(CNN) - Republican Senate Candidate Marco Rubio heads to Tampa, Florida Tuesday for a town-hall event during which he will announce the first in a series of proposals to spur job creation.
In a web video released ahead of Rubio's town-hall event, the former Florida House speaker says Washington has done little to create new jobs and is in need of conservative solutions to create economic growth.
"For over a year now, I've traveled across Florida and listened as people told me not only about the challenges they are talking about at their kitchen tables and the problems they see in Washington, but also about the solutions they want," Rubio said. "Today, I will begin laying out simple ideas to start to reclaim America's future from those in Washington who are taking us down the wrong path."
Rubio, who was the Florida House speaker from 2007-2009, said he is no stranger to proposing new ideas.
"When I was Speaker, we put forth '100 Ideas' to improve Florida's future that were proposed to us by Floridians. Today in Tampa, we will begin proposing a new set of 'ideas' to help Floridians, grow our economy, get spending under control and reclaim America's future," he said.
Rubio's new job push comes a day after he announced raising $4.5 million over the last three months, a cash boost puts him in prime position to blanket the expensive Florida airwaves in what's expected to be a tight three-way battle come November.
Rubio's campaign said it has raised $11 million since the beginning of the tumultuous Senate race, which once pitted Rubio against Gov. Charlie Crist in the GOP primary.
Crist fell out of favor with Republican activists and is now seeking the Senate seat as an independent, non-party affiliated candidate. He has not yet released his second quarter fundraising totals.
Two Democrats are squaring off for their party's nomination: Rep. Kendrick Meek, the establishment-backed candidate, and billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, who is funding his bid largely out of his own pocket. An aide to Meek said the Democrat raised slightly over $1 million in the second quarter, while Greene has yet to file his financial report.
– CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report