Marco Rubio Tells ABC: I Can Lead This Country

April 13, 2015

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is running for president in 2016, the Florida senator told ABC News’ Chief Anchor and This Week host George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview in West Miami Monday.

“I think this country’s at a generational moment where it needs to decide not what party it wants in charge but what kind of country are we going to want to be moving forward.” Rubio told Stephanopoulos in an interview at the Florida senator’s home. “I think the 21st century can be the American century, and I believe that I can lead this country in that direction. I can help lead it there from the Senate. I can lead it there as president.”

When asked whether Rubio believed he was the most qualified candidate to be the president, he said: “I absolutely feel that way.”

The announcement came just a few hours before Rubio will speak to supporters at an evening event at the Freedom Tower, a downtown Miami building with historical significance for thousands of Cuban-Americans.