.@marcorubio: "This election is a generational choice about what kind of country we will be" http://cnn.it/1Nzj0Rh
.@marcorubio: Hillary Clinton is a leader from yesterday, "promising to take us back" http://cnn.it/1Nzj0Rh
Sen. Marco Rubio cast himself as the forward-looking candidate to lead the nation toward a new American century when he announced his presidential bid Monday, framing the election as a "generational choice" for Americans.
"Grounded by the lessons of our history, but inspired by the promise of our future, I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America," Rubio told supporters at Miami's Freedom Tower.
Rubio wasted no time in taking a swipe at Clinton.
"Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday," he said, as the crowd erupted in boos, "began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday. But yesterday is over, and we are never going back."
Rubio's candidacy will also lean heavily on his personal story as the son of Cuban immigrants. In his speech, he told the story of his parents' struggles and said that today, the American Dream seems unattainable for many because "too many of our leaders and their ideas are stuck in the twentieth century."
"My candidacy might seem improbable to some watching from abroad," Rubio said. "In many countries, the highest office in the land is reserved for the rich and powerful. But I live in an exceptional country, I live in an exceptional country, where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege."
But while Rubio has all the makings of a winning presidential candidate ― youth, a compelling personal narrative and deep roots in a crucial swing state ― he's still missing one thing: Support.