Source: Rubio convention address will focus on American exceptionalism
August 30th, 2012
04:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Source: Rubio convention address will focus on American exceptionalism

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio's introduction of Mitt Romney Thursday at the Republican National Convention will touch on themes of Americans exceptionalism, including Rubio's own experience growing up as the son of Cuban exiles, according to a source familiar with Rubio's plans.

The source said Rubio would delve into themes he's used for the past several years, including the sacrifices his parents made to ensure their children had every opportunity they themselves were denied.

Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker, catch the latest updates from the GOP convention on CNN's 2012 Conventions Live Blog, and check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator to game out your own strategy for November.

Rubio will also tell delegates that America is headed in the wrong direction, making the case that Mitt Romney is the candidate to turn around a struggling American economy. Romney, Rubio will stress, understands what makes America exceptional: people taking chances by starting businesses and hiring workers.

The Florida senator will also point beyond Romney's experience as a business leader to his roles as a husband, father, and community and church leader, arguing the candidate's personal attributes qualify him as a great leader.

Rubio is slated to take the stage around 10 p.m. ET Thursday, and will introduce Romney before the GOP presidential candidate formally accepts his party's nomination.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Marco Rubio • Republican National Convention
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    Will he finally fess up to how his Cuban family got here? Are they refugees who fled the dictator, did they come legally or illegaly? Were you born here or there?

    August 30, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. cali girl

    sorry... illegally

    August 30, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. the Situation

    Is this clown going to forget which part of his speech is at like he did in the spring talk to Jewish leader about foreign policy.

    August 30, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Cil

    Rubio just can't understand a person like him a party that is against your own people. Do you need to be accepted that bad? Did your parents drop you on your head when you were small. Are you legal/

    August 30, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Pete

    Cali,Rubios family came before Castro in "55 and he was born here,so your thinking of him being deported won't work,but thanks anyway...Rubio was booed at a campaign speech somewhere at the convention in Tampa,the hecklers were Democrates,how did they get such stupid looking people that looked republicans for that job I just don't know!!

    August 30, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Facts R Facts

    Will he mention his exceptional brother-in-law?

    August 30, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. ValarMorghulis

    What does Rubio know about exceptionalism? His parents fled Cuba before Castro came to power, but that is not the story he likes to tell. Amazing how all these Republicans fabricate their past.

    August 30, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. batjones

    To my Birther friends – If Senator Rubio and Senator McCain are qualified to be President, why is not President Obama? Senator Rubio was born in the United States but both of his parents were not citizens at the time of his birth. Senator McCain was born outside of the United States, in Panama, but his parents were US citizens. President Obama was born in the United States and one of his parents was a US citizen. There are several other instances of US Presidents who have been born to non-US citizen parents. Honestly, if there was any doubt about President Obama's legitimacy do you not think the hardball politicians of Chicago would have blocked him long before he got to the Illinois State Senate?

    August 30, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Is this Cuban dude that wanted vp slot? Pathetic Cuban dude.

    August 30, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. myviewis

    cali girl

    Will he finally fess up to how his Cuban family got here? Are they refugees who fled the dictator, did they come legally or illegaly? Were you born here or there?
    ------------------------

    President Kennedy passed a law that all Cubans would be legal when they touched American soil, however, the same rule does not apply to Haitians, Mexicans or anyone else.

    August 30, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. drake mallard

    The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

    He's a crook, and a liar. No more needs to be said.

    A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general population of the
    Hispanic community. Most Latin Americans don't like Cubans

    Cubans have enjoyed a status not accorded to any other immigrant group over time. In this work,Illegal Immigrants from Cuba: Preferential Treatment

    Of course no republican will say anything about this as most cubans tend to vote republican

    when will Rubio start working for jobs in Florida ??? he should stop campaigning and vacationing and self promoting his book on our Florida time and get to work !!!

    it time to recall marco rubio

    August 30, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. myviewis

    Gurgyl

    Is this Cuban dude that wanted vp slot? Pathetic Cuban dude
    -------------------

    So you call him Pathetic without knowing who he is. Talk about a racist comment.

    August 30, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    Is he going to talk about how his Cuban family really and truly arrived in the US? He lied through his teeth to get elected. I bet a lot of Cubans are not too happy with him knowing full well how much suffering they have endured and how many of them arrived on these shores!

    August 30, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    batjones

    To my Birther friends – If Senator Rubio and Senator McCain are qualified to be President, why is not President Obama? Senator Rubio was born in the United States but both of his parents were not citizens at the time of his birth. Senator McCain was born outside of the United States, in Panama, but his parents were US citizens. President Obama was born in the United States and one of his parents was a US citizen. There are several other instances of US Presidents who have been born to non-US citizen parents. Honestly, if there was any doubt about President Obama's legitimacy do you not think the hardball politicians of Chicago would have blocked him long before he got to the Illinois State Senate?

    August 30, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |

    ================================================

    STOP !

    You're using more than enough facts and making way too much sense.

    I'm sure some people won't let that get in the way of trying to argue or 'de-bunk' your obviously correct position.

    August 30, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. myviewis

    Facts R Facts

    Will he mention his exceptional brother-in-law?
    ---------------------

    Carlos Ponce the actor and singer?????

    August 30, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Rubios speech tonight : I'm here. Got my money, great life........screw the rest of you immigrants trying get here and make a better life.

    August 30, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. myviewis

    drake mallard
    Cubans have enjoyed a status not accorded to any other immigrant group over time. In this work,Illegal Immigrants from Cuba: Preferential Treatment
    -------------------------

    I don't think this was the way President Kennedy saw it when he made the decision about Cubans.

    August 30, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rubio is Bush's boy and he's sticking to them, he knows without the Bush's he's nothing. Boot licker.

    August 30, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. M

    Rubio's parents were economic migrants, not political refugees fleeing a communists regime as the lie he told to connect with real Cuban exiles to get elected. Castro was living in exile in Mexico when Rubio's family came to the United States.

    August 30, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    Oh, boy! I can't wait to see how many lies are going to be told tonight. These people have no shame. Republicans need to call them on it.

    August 30, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Leroy

    I thought Robio would discuss how his home in Florida was almost foreclosed on until he magically came up with some funds...

    August 30, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Caeser

    I dn't believe in racism

    August 30, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Caeser

    If the world is to change then people should be paranoid of political ambitions.facts about obama and romney are stil skeptical to me

    August 30, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |