Florida Senator Marco Rubio has confirmed he will run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Mr Rubio, 43, said in a Miami speech he would “lead the way toward a new American century”. He said his Cuban parents had lived the American Dream but he questioned whether that dream was still possible. He is the third Republican to officially announce a candidacy after Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.
It comes a day after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would stand for the Democratic nomination. Referring to that, Mr Rubio said: “A leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday.” Mr Rubio, a Cuban-American, has been a harsh critic of President Barack Obama’s policies, especially on immigration and the diplomatic thaw with Cuba.