The New Hampshire primary is history, up next for Republicans is South Carolina and the GOP presidential candidates descended on the state Wednesday.
Florida US Sen. Marco Rubio is part of that wave. He told a crowd at a Columbia rally Wednesday that he believes 2016 this is a make-or-break presidential election for this country. “And that’s why I feel so passionate about this race. Because I know our moment has arrived. And we can either have the greatest era in American history or we will be responsible for America’s decline,” Rubio told a crowd at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Wednesday afternoon.
After placing fifth in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, Rubio tried to sound like the frontrunner in Columbia, including taking a swipe at Hillary Clinton. “And I can tell you this, she is not qualified to be president of the United States,” said Rubio.
Rubio said Americans are not getting a sense that things will be bright down the road. “You open up the newspaper and it says that oil prices are down, gas prices are down, but the economy doesn’t grow and jobs are not being created. So there’s a lack of confidence in the future as well,” Rubio said at the Columbia rally.
Rubio also made a stop in Spartanburg Wednesday. At both rallies he was joined by South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy. Both have endorsed Rubio. He had to cancel an appearance in North Charleston later in the day for a key US Senate vote on North Korea sanctions.