The Washington Times - October 27, 2012, 08:08PM

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. — Sen. Marco Rubio’s 12-year-old daughter was injured in an accident involving a golf cart Saturday, prompting the rising conservative star to leave the Romney-Ryan campaign bus and race home to care for her.

Mr. Rubio’s office said that the freshman senator’s oldest daughter, Amanda, was was injured in an accident at a classmates house and was airlifted to Miami Children’s Hospital with a head injury.

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“She was a passenger on a golf cart involved in a collision in a private gated community,” said Alex Conant, Mr. Rubio’s spokesman. “She has been admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She is in fair condition. Senator and Mrs. Rubio are grateful for all the outpouring of support and prayers.”

Mr. Rubio, a father of four, linked up with Mr. Romney earlier in the day in Pensacola, where they appeared at a victory rally for the Republican presidential nominee. Mr. Rubio and Rep. Connie Mack also appeared with Mr. Romney at an event in Kissimmee, where Mr. Rubio later learned about his daughter’s accident.

Mr. Rubio was scheduled to accompany Mr. Romney to a rally here at Land O’ Lakes High School. But instead, the Romney motorcade stopped abruptly on the side of Interstate 4 between Orlando and Tampa, where Mr. Rubio climbed off the bus and was picked up in a police car. He was taken to the Tampa airport, where he caught a flight to Miami.

“Governor Romney spoke with Senator Rubio and expressed his concern and hope for Amanda Rubio’s quick recovery,” said Andrea Saul, a Romney campaign spokeswoman.

Mr. Rubio is a rising star in the Republican party and has proven to be a loyal surrogate for Mr. Romney, who at times has struggled to excite the party’s conservative base that embraces Mr. Rubio.