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Feb 24, 2015 5:51 PM

Paul Steinhauser: Rubio weighs in on Bush during NH visit

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

CONCORD - It appears Sen. Marco Rubio may have Jeb Bush on his mind.

The Florida Republican and likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate appeared to reference Bush on Tuesday morning as he spoke at the "Politics and Eggs" series at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Rubio was highlighting his parents escape from communist Cuba and their initial rough start in the United States, telling the audience that "my parents were never rich. They never owned more than one home or one car at a time. They didn't even save enough money to pay for us to go to college. But working as a bartender and a maid, my parents were able to provide us a safe and stable home and the chance at a better life."

Rubio went on to say that "there's no way in the world that I could have the same dreams, and potentially the same future, as the son of a president or the son of a millionaire."

Rubio seemed to be talking about Bush, the former two-term Florida governor and son and brother of former presidents. Bush, like Rubio, is taking concrete steps towards launching a Republican presidential campaign.

Rubio's appearance at "Politics and Eggs" wrapped up a jam-packed two day swing through the first-in-the-nation primary state. The trip also included a town hall-style event with Republican activists Monday afternoon at the Lawrence Barn Community Center in Hollis, a stop at the Barnes and Nobles in Manchester to sign copies of his book "American Dreams," and a meeting early Tuesday with young Republicans at Saint Anselm College.

He kicked off his New Hampshire visit with a one-on-one interview with NH1.

Asked how he would feel about facing off against Bush, a close friend and a mentor, Rubio said "I certainly have a lot of admiration for Gov. Bush. He's very intelligent, very hard working. I have a lot of personal affection for him and his family as well. But if I ran it wouldn't be against him, it would be because I believe I have something unique to contribute to the county at this time in its history."

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