To fans, Rubio is `future of Republican party’

By BETH REINHARD
The Miami Herald

ORLANDO, FL — Let there be no doubt: U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio believes America is the greatest country in the world. He believes the world is safer when America is stronger. He believes in free enterprise.

His stump speech also touches on policy — taxes, energy exploration, the national debt — wraps it in sweeping, patriotic themes and sprinkles his own American dream success story on top.

That way, he manages to “take a stand” — as he dubbed his recent bus tour through the political battleground of central Florida — and tell Republican voters what they want to hear.

It’s working. The former Miami lawmaker has rocketed from distant second to commanding first in the polls against Gov. Charlie Crist, potentially driving the governor out of the GOP primary for Florida’s open Senate seat. To read full story, click here.