Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks Feb. 9, 2012, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in D.C. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
"The ideal is somebody that is beloved by the tea party who holds statewide office in a swing state and, oh, is Hispanic and young," said Jennifer E. Duffy, of the Cook Political Report. "He [Sen. Marco Rubio] pretty much fills that bill, doesn't he?" (Associated Press)
Former first lady Nancy Reagan is helped by Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, as she falls at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Mrs. Reagan, 90, had invited Mr. Rubio to speak at a forum in the library there. Several people rushed to help her as she stumbled. A spokeswoman for the former first lady said she wasn't hurt after tripping over a crowd-control post.
Sen. Marco Rubio (right), Florida Republican, helps former first lady Nancy Reagan as she takes a tumble at the Reagan Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)