Knowing his performance in South Carolina could either make or break his campaign, GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio held a busy final day of campaigning Friday with five stops across the state from Clemson to Pawleys Island.
Governor Nikki Haley introduced Rubio at a rally in downtown Columbia Friday morning, two days after she formerly endorsed the Florida senator.
Rubio told the crowd at the Marriott Hotel that if he is elected president he will shrink the size of the federal government. “The federal government is involved in all kinds of things it has no business being involved in,” Rubio told the cheering crowd. “Do we need a national school board? We should get rid of the Department of Education at the federal level.”
The first-term senator came out and asked for their vote. “We have a chance to be the authors of the greatest chapter of the amazing story of America,” he said. “That’s why I need your support tomorrow. So that’s why I am asking for your help.”
Most polls show Rubio is a very close third behind fellow US Sen. Ted Cruz among South Carolina Republicans. The Real Clear Politics poll tracker has Cruz averaging 18.3 percent in polls taken the past 14 days, while Rubio is averaging 17.6 percent. Both are well behind frontrunner Donald Trump’s 31.8 percent, however.
“This nation was founded on a very profound spiritual truth that our rights don’t come from government, that our rights don’t come from the law. Our rights come from God,” Rubio said.
Not only was Rubio joined at the rally by Gov. Haley, but also US Sen. Tim Scott and US Rep. Trey Gowdy, both of whom had already endorsed Rubio.
The Florida senator run into trouble when his campaign had to postpone an event in Pawleys Island due to plane trouble. The 11:30 a.m. event at Lowcountry Prep School was instead rescheduled to 10:00 p.m.