As he campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has pitched himself as the candidate of the future– a fresh face for the GOP who will bring a fresh approach to policy problems that have long been frozen in place by partisan warfare.
On domestic issues like education and the economy, he’s carved a fairly standard GOP profile, embracing private school vouchers and tax cuts while opposing Common Core education standards and Obamacare. He’s been reliably conservative on social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, and his approach to foreign policy tends to be more hawkish.
One notable sticking point for Rubio among conservatives has been his stance onimmigration. He sponsored a comprehensive reform bill that included a path to citizenship in 2013, and he’s since backed away from that effort, but he’s continued stressing the need to overhaul U.S. immigration policy.
Thus far, his approach has earned him a solid – but not dominant – placement in early primary polls, behind more high-profile candidates like Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, but ahead of a number of lesser-known contenders.