TAMPA –This week in Tampa, politics will be written with the letter “R”: Republicans, Romney, Ryan — and Rubio.
The premier Hispanic face at the Republican National Convention will be the 41-year-old Republican senator from Miami, Marco Rubio, who was mentioned as a vice presidential possibility until the moment Mitt Romney named U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Now, Rubio has been tapped to introduce Romney during the presumptive nominee’s convention speech, scheduled for Thursday night at the Forum in Tampa. In a phone interview last week, Rubio told Centro he’ll use his own 20-minute speech to sharpen the difference between the choices voters face in the Nov. 6 election.
“We are not only choosing between two people,” Rubio said. “This is not only choosing between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama; we are choosing between two different futures, two different paths for the country.”
The GOP is looking to Rubio to help close a growing gap between the parties among Hispanic voters in Florida. In 2006, Republicans outnumbered Democrats among registered voters in Florida, a Pew Hispanic Center survey says. But since then, Democrats gained a lead of 112,000, the study says.
Rubio is well aware of the difference.
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