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IDAHO FALLS — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio held a presidential campaign rally of about 1,000 people in Idaho Falls on Sunday, March 6, in hopes to convince Idaho voters that he deserves the GOP nomination.
Rubio is one of four republican candidates currently in the running for the presidential nominee in the general election and won the primary vote in Puerto Rico the day before — making that his second primary victory along with Minnesota.
“I’m the conservative who can win because I can unite this party,” Rubio said. “I’m the only one left who can unite us, and the only one left who can grow (the Republican Party).”
With Idaho’s GOP primary election being held Tuesday, March 8, Rubio said he needs Idaho’s vote to move forward in the election.
Rubio is currently in third place among GOP nominees, falling behind Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Rubio has won 151 delegates while Cruz has won 300 and Trump winning 384, according to The Post Register.
Sen. Jim Risch, who endorsed Rubio early on in his campaign, addressed the audience previous to Rubio speaking. He said Rubio is the candidate ready to be the next U.S. president.
“I know Idaho; I know Marco Rubio,” Risch said. “He knows Idaho, and he knows our values. This is a man who can be, should be and will be the next president of the United States.”
Rubio discussed key points and issues that he said makes him a true conservative candidate. He said as president, he will repeal every executive order from the Obama administration that he said was unconstitutional.
Dallan Starr, a junior studying recreational management, said he tends to lean more democratic in his views and has been trying to decide between Rubio and democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. After attending the Rubio campaign rally in Idaho Falls, he said Rubio now has his vote.
“I really like who he is as a person and what he stands for,” Starr said. “I really like on paper Hillary Clinton, but as far as being commander in chief internationally, I think I side with Marco Rubio more.”
Starr said he likes Rubio’s policies, particularly his foreign policies, and that he looks out for police, public figures, first responders and his support for nuclear power.
Rubio told the story of his family who immigrated to U.S. from Cuba, seeking the American dream. He said this country literally changed the history of his family.
“The American dream is not by chance,” Rubio said. “We are a nation founded on the powerful, spiritual principle that our rights do not come from government, our rights do not come from law, our rights do not come from leaders — our rights come from God and that every human being has a right to live and a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Idaho will offer 32 delegates this Tuesday, according to The Post Register. Candidates need to win at least 20 percent of the vote to obtain delegates. If a candidate wins 50 percent of the state’s vote, that candidate wins all 32 delegates.
“The most recent Idaho presidential poll, conducted by Idaho Politics Weekly in late January, showed Trump ahead of Cruz 31 to 19 percent, with Rubio at 11 percent among GOP voters,” according to The Post Register.