All signs point to White House bid for Florida Sen. Rubio

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2015 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in National Harbor, Md.

MIAMI (AP) – Sen. Marco Rubio is gathering his strongest supporters in Miami for a flashy political rally on Monday. The Florida Republican is expected to announce his presidential bid at the event, though he hasn’t yet confirmed that.

Given the polish and promotion, it is unlikely the first-term senator will be telling hundreds inside Miami’s Freedom Tower, big crowds watching on Jumbotrons outside and who knows how many watching on television – that he will be seeking a second term in Congress. Instead, all signs point to a presidential campaign.

Rubio’s campaign kickoff – at the site of what was the first stop for tens of thousands of fleeing Cuban exiles during the 1960s and 1970s – would formalize a presidential run that has been unfolding for months.

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