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Rubio says super PACs helped drive his push for moving Florida primary

Associated Press

Sen. Marco Rubio helped persuade Florida lawmakers to move back the state's presidential primary in 2016, drawing speculation about his motives. It was then-House Speaker Rubio who helped move up the primary in 2008, after all.

"All I did was let them know what the party wants," Rubio told the Buzz. "They are pretty clear they are going to continue to penalize states," that move up their primary, resulting in fewer delegates and distant hotels for the nominating convention.

"When we changed the primary when I was in the House, it made sense because at that time these elections were still being decided in three or four early states. In the advent of super PACs, where someone will give you $1 million and you can survive for months at a time, it's changed. If these races are going to go on until April or June, then it behooves Florida to have its full comple­ment of delegates."


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:08pm]


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