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Rubio begins Obamacare tour today in Jacksonville



Sen. Marco Rubio will take his argument to defund Obamacare on the road starting with speech today before the Rotary Club of Jacksonville at noon.

He's also putting his reputation to the test. 

Assailed by some conservatives for his role in immigration reform, Rubio will likely get a feel for where he stands among the party faithful.

Later Monday he'll drop by the University of Florida, his alma mater, and then talk about the health care law again with the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce.

On Tuesday, Rubio has a Obamacare event in Panama City then one in Pensacola on Wednesday with small business owners.

Rubio has joined tea party Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in a last-ditch effort to stir public opposition to Obamacare. It's a steep hill and a growing number of Republicans say a threat to shut down the government would only hurt the GOP.

Rubio campaigned against all things Obama in 2010, so he's not new to the issue. But the renewed spotlight on the the law arrives at a fortuitous time for an ambitious lawmaker feeling the immigration fallout.

[Last modified: Monday, August 12, 2013 1:34am]


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