Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addresses the International Association of Firefighters delegates at IAFF Presidential Forum

Hawkish U.S. foreign policy at heart of Rubio's presidential bid

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addresses the International Association of Firefighters delegates at IAFF Presidential ForumBy Steve Holland and Alistair Bell MIAMI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will make a muscular foreign policy a focal point when he announces his presidential candidacy on Monday, portraying himself as the Republican most ready to handle threats to America in a chaotic world. Advisers say a key part of the Cuban-American’s election strategy for 2016 will be a “peace-through-strength” global view based on increased defense spending. To highlight his foreign affairs credentials, Rubio, 43, a first-term senator from Florida, will announce his bid for the Republican nomination with a speech at Miami’s Freedom Tower, where thousands of Cuban exiles fleeing the communist-run island in the 1960s were first registered by U.S. authorities. His support registers in single digits in opinion polls on likely Republican contenders, but aides believe Rubio, who was on 2012 nominee Mitt Romney’s short list for vice president, will rise when voters take a closer look at him.

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