FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a rally at Town Hall in Cleveland. Announcements by Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush to seek the presidential nomination were one of the top Florida stories of the year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Marco Rubio to Virginians: “This election is about you”

On Monday night, former 2016 presidential candidate and current Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) visited Sterling, Virginia, to campaign for Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie.

Rubio, a longtime favorite in the Commonwealth of Virginia, highlighted Gillespie’s conservative principles and dedication to all Virginians.

Gillespie, the former RNC Chairman of Virginia, is running against current Lieutenant Governor and Democrat Ralph Northam.

In his speech, Rubio discussed the importance of the free market, American values, and the diversity of the United States.

“I haven’t given a campaign speech in about a year, so I’m a bit rusty,” Rubio joked.

“[This election] isn’t about the press corps in New York, it isn’t about the press corps in Washington, it isn’t about any of these things. It’s about YOU. And it’s about your future. And it’s about your children’s future.”

In addressing to community safety, Rubio referenced Gillespie’s detailed immigration policy ad commitment to cracking down on gang violence.

“He’s going to work for you. He’s here to solve problems for everyone because he understands fundamentally that it is impossible for our nation and for Virginia to get ahead if we end up leaving anyone else behind. He will be a Governor for all Virginians, and that is something that is interesting that we have to say in the 21st century but we do, and he’s committed to it, and his policies show what is the core of that campaign. The core of that campaign is to keep you safe.”

Rubio also highlighted the conservative principles of former President Ronald Reagan. He also discussed why he became a Reagan Republican, implying that Gillespie’s commitment to fiscal conservatism and traditional values plant him firmly in the Gipper’s camp.

Rubio also referenced the diversity of Virginia and of the nation as a whole, noting it is our differences that bind us together.

“We are endowed by our Creator with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I’m a Republican because I believe in what our country stands for. That’s why I support the free market. It’s the only system in the world where someone can get ahead without pulling anyone else back. I’m a Republican because I believe that a strong America is good for the world and in America, where people are safe in their communities, it’s good for our nation. And that’s why I just think it’s so important that this race goes where it goes and Ed Gillespie needs to win.”

Jordan Russell, a spokesperson for Senator Rubio’s office, explained why electing Gillespie would be beneficial to all Virginians.

“Ed Gillespie is running a campaign focused on the issues important to Virginia families,” Russell said. “He is a strong conservative who has a vision for economic growth, fighting crime, and making sure all Virginians receive a quality education. Senator Rubio was proud to be in Virginia to help get out the vote for Ed ahead of next week’s election.”

The election will be held on Nov. 7th.

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