Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Prospective Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will continue his fundraising swing through Southern California Wednesday with a $2,600 “intimate roundtable” in Newport Beach.

The junior senator from Florida will hold what organizers are billing as a “key discussion of the new senatorial leadership and how it will impact America.”

People who attend will receive a signed copy of Rubio’s recently published book “American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity For Everyone.”

“I wrote this book because we stand at a critical juncture,” Rubio said. “What kind of country are we going to be? Will we surrender to Obamacare and other laws that crush innovation and entrepreneurship? Will we accept a powerful nanny state and the erosion of family values? Will we allow politics to kill the American dream?

“Or will we rise to the challenge and take back our legacy as the only nation on Earth that offers unrestricted opportunity for all?”

Proceeds will benefit the Rubio Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee composed of Marco Rubio for Senate and Reclaim America Political Action Committee, which he formed in an effort to have more conservatives elected to the Senate.

Following the roundtable, Rubio will speak at a Lincoln Club luncheon in Newport Beach, discussing the Republican-controlled Senate’s agenda and such issues as Cuba and immigration, according to organizer Seth Morrison.

On Tuesday, Rubio took to Facebook to unveil the latest element from what he described as his playbook “to help reclaim America,” passing legislation to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would deliver tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

Rubio called passing the legislation “an important step towards energy independence (that) will bolster our national security by tapping into our energy resources and those of our friends in Canada instead of tyrannical governments.”

Environmentalists who oppose the pipeline contend it would exacerbate climate change because tar sands fuel is as much as 19 percent more “greenhouse gas intensive” than regular fuel, according to Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz.

Rubio had fundraisers scheduled Tuesday in Costa Mesa and La Jolla and was to attend another one Thursday, in Beverly Hills.

Born May 28, 1971, in Miami to Cuban-born parents, Rubio and his family moved when he was 8 years old to Las Vegas, where his father worked as a bartender at the Sam’s Town Hotel and his mother as a housekeeper at the Imperial Palace Hotel.

The family returned to Miami in 1985 with his father working as a bartender at the Mayfair House Hotel until 1997, then as a crossing guard until his retirement in 2007. His mother worked as a Kmart stock clerk until she retired in 1995.

Rubio graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Miami’s law school. He began his political career as a city commissioner in West Miami.

Rubio was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000- 2009, serving as its speaker from 2007-2009. He was elected to the Senate in 2010.

—City News Service

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