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Rubio Campaigns in New Hampshire
On Sunday, just two days before the New Hampshire Primary, Senator Marco Rubio hosted a Town Hall at McKelvie Intermediate School in Bedford, New Hampshire. The Republican presidential candidate drew hundreds of people to the event. Rubio, who finished third in the Iowa Caucus, had a lot of momentum coming into New Hampshire.
Rubio was enthusiastic as he introduced his wife and four children, who had traveled from Florida to be with him. “Having [my children] with me this week has helped every single day vividly remind me of what this election is going to be about,” Rubio said. “Here is what it is going to be about: What is America going to be like when they are my age?”
Rubio talked about rebuilding the military, taking care of war veterans, and minimizing the threat of terrorist attacks. He also expressed concern about the national debt, which is now more than $19 trillion.
“If we don’t find a way to pay this debt,” Rubio said, “we’re going to have to explain to our kids how we grew up in the land of opportunity and they didn’t.”
“PRAYING FOR TUESDAY NIGHT”
The crowd of 700 seemed to enjoy listening to Rubio. But one attendee said that he still wasn’t sure which candidate he would vote for in Tuesday’s primary.
I asked Erik Wills, a young Rubio supporter, why he likes the candidate. “I think he has a good message,” Erik said, “and I think he is going to attack the issues that are important, like immigration and building America up again.”
Rubio ended the event by saying that his children had never seen snow. “They prayed for snow,” he added, “ and they got it. Now they are praying for Tuesday night.”