Warning against over confidence, Rubio rallies troops with pancakes in Tampa
"If people support us and stand with us and believe in what we're saying, but they don't go out and vote, what good does that do us? As hard as it is for you and I to believe that because we care about politics .. there are people out there who care too, but they get busy."
He asked everyone in the banquet room near the University of South Florida to reach out to two people who will not vote unless prodded. "Because this election truly matters," he said, casting it as a transformational period in American politics.
Rubio signed autographs and greeted supporters (none more enthusiastic, perhaps, than this woman who turned her baby into a campaign sign) before heading out to attend church services privately with his family. Next stop is a statewide GOP ticket rally in Sarasota.
On the way out, people were handed posters depicting the infamous Hug between Charlie Crist and Barack Obama, a reminder of how this race has represented a complete reversal of fortunes for Crist and Rubio. To some the election speaks to something larger.
"We have seen this country going down and down and down," said Mary Triay, 72, who came to the U.S. from Cuba a half century ago. "I travel a lot and people don’t respect the United States anymore. You know who is to blame, us? I think Marco Rubio is the answer."