WASHINGTON, DC – The field of Republicans running for president could soon be expanding with the likely entrance of Florida Senator Marco Rubio. CBS News has confirmed Rubio is taking the first steps for a possible run.
A Rubio aide confirms he has hired a new fundraiser and is planning a trip to California and a swing through the early voting states. Last Sunday Rubio spoke to Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” about a possible run. Rubio said, “I’m going to go out and run a campaign where I explain to people, not only do I understand the national security threats that we face, but that I believe we need to turn the page and fully embrace all of the opportunities, and confront the challenges of a new century.”
A recent CBS News poll asking Republicans who they’d like to see run shows Rubio well behind Mitt Romney & Jeb Bush.
Thursday the former Florida governor got a celebrity welcome as he arrived in Salt Lake City for a sit down with 2012 GOP nominee – Mitt Romney. The meeting was scheduled before Romney expressed interest in a third run. Bush’s spokeswomen said they enjoyed visiting.
Other potential candidates are on their way to Iowa for Congressman Steve King’s Freedom Summit, including Senator Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie.