ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Presidential candidate Marco Rubio didn’t mention Jeb Bush or Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Georgia Republican Convention on Friday, but he said America has too many “outdated” leaders.
The Florida senator said “the 20th century is over, and it’s never coming back,” and he promised “transformational” leadership from a new generation.
The comments were part of Rubio’s sweeping campaign pitch that paints a dire picture of America today, yet promises a better future.
But the theme also helps the 43-year-old senator remind voters that Bush and Clinton have spent decades in public life.
Bush, who is 62, is expected to launch his formal campaign later this year. Clinton, who is 67, is the Democratic favorite for 2016.
Another declared candidate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, will address the GOP later Friday.
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