Rubio announces that he’s running for President in a speech at the grand hall of Miami’s Freedom Tower, the place where Cuban exiles were first welcomed into the United States.
Grounded by the lessons of our history, but inspired by the promise of our future, I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America.
Referring to Hillary Clinton’s announcement the day before:
Yesterday is over, and we are never going back. You see, we Americans are proud of our history, but our country has always been about the future. And before us now is the opportunity to author the greatest chapter yet in the amazing story of America. But we can’t do that by going back to the leaders and ideas of the past. We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them.
He mentions his father:
He used to tell me all the time: ‘En este país, ustedes van a poder lograr todas las cosas que nosotros no pudimos’” In this country, you will achieve all the things we never could.
After he finishes the speech, his wife, Jeanette, and their four young children — Amanda, Daniella, Anthony and Dominick — embrace him.