Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] says Florida is a must-win state for his presidential campaign.
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” with George Stephanopoulos, Rubio said that because former Florida governor Jeb Bush dropped out of the race, “that really boosts us, not just in Florida, but in Ohio and in other key places around the country.” (RELATED: Jeb Bush Drops Out Of Presidential Race)
Stephanopoulos said to Rubio, “Three big contests so far. You’ve come in third, fifth, and now second in South Carolina. The big question for you is where do you win?”
“Well, when we get to these winner take all states, we have to start winning, because they award all their delegates to one person,” Rubio said. “And if you look at what we’re doing now, we are going to be doing a national campaign. I mean, I am in Tennessee today, then I’m going to Arkansas, then we finish up in Nevada and tomorrow more of the same.” (VIDEO: Watch Marco Rubio’s Post-South Carolina Speech)
“We’re competing everywhere,” Rubio suggested. “So, the way this process works for people that are watching is these states right now are awarding delegates proportionally. And — but come March 15 if you win a state you get all of their delegates, that’s when it’s really going to start to matter. And we’ll be in real good shape for that.”
Stephanopoulos followed up, “And Florida is must-win?”
“Well, I think that’s true for everyone in this race,” Rubio said. “And it’s always been true. And we feel real good about Florida, especially now that the race has narrowed. And obviously I have a lot of admiration and respect for Gov. Bush. We obviously shared a lot of supporters. Now that he’s suspended his campaign, I think that really boosts us, not just in Florida, but in Ohio and in other key places around the country that are going award a tremendous number of delegates.”