Marco Rubio is a Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States in 2016. On April 13, 2015, Rubio announced his presidential run on a conference call with donors. He referred to himself as “uniquely qualified” for the nomination. The call came hours before a scheduled campaign rally in Miami.
Previously, in May 2014, when ABC reporter Jonathan Karl asked Rubio if he thought he was ready to be president, Rubio said, “I do … but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run … I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize, I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years. Most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there and I think we’re very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria.” Sixteen senators have been elected to the presidency, including President Barack Obama.
In recent candidate rankings, Crowdpac ranked Rubio as a 6.5C (C being conservative) on a scale ranging from 10L to 10C, making him the eighth most conservative Republican presidential candidate. Rubio received a grade of a “A-/91” from the Leadership Project for America PAC.