Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, pulled no punches Monday evening when he hammered home his message against 2016 presidential candidate rival Democrat Hillary Clinton, when he declared in his formal announcement of his 2016 presidential bid that "yesterday is over, and we are never going back."
"Yesterday is over, and we are never going back. We Americans are proud of our history, but our country has always been about the future. Before us now is the opportunity to author the greatest chapter yet in the amazing story of America. We can't do that by going back to the leaders and ideas of the past. We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them," Rubio said in excerpts from a 12-minute speech provided by his campaign Monday according to the Sun-Sentinel.
"I am more confident than ever that despite our troubles, we have it within our power to make our time another American Century," he said in explaining why he is seeking to become president instead of a second term in the U.S. Senate.
Rubio, 43, who was elected to the Senate in 2010 with strong support from the Tea Party, painted the 2016 presidential election as a choice between generations. He became only the third Republican to throw his hat in the ring for president joining Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in what is expected to be a crowded Republican field.