United States Senator Marco Rubio (Republican of Florida) makes remarks at CPAC 2013 At the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP Photo by: Ron Sachs/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

Rubio skips immigration in favor of conservative standbys at CPAC

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, R, served up a familiar portion of conservative red meat to CPAC attendees on Thursday, endearing himself to activists who could help propel him to a higher political office in the future.

Rubio received a rock star’s welcome before speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he used his 15-some-minute slot to extol traditional conservative positions on taxes, education, abortion, same-sex marriage and trade with China.

“We don’t need a new idea. The idea’s America, and it still works,” said Rubio, to major applause, anticipating that liberals would criticize his remarks for offering no new ideas.

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