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Rubio tells UofL crowd how he believes economy can improve

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Rubio spoke to a crowd of about 550 people at UofL Rubio spoke to a crowd of about 550 people at UofL
Demonstrators voiced their opposition to deporting immigrants during Rubio's speech. Demonstrators voiced their opposition to deporting immigrants during Rubio's speech.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A potential Republican front-runner in the next race for the White House was in Louisville Monday.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida spoke before a sold out crowd of about 550 people at the University of Louisville as part of the McConnell Center Distinguished Speakers Series.

After some jokes about how three teams from his home state are still in the NCAA Tournament, Rubio focused his hour-long speech on how he thinks the country can improve the economy. 

Rubio told the crowd he believes the breakdown of the American family is a leading reason for poverty. He believes history shows limited government is what will help our nation and the government make it easier for start-up businesses to prosper.

Rubio also talked about his immigration beliefs. He told the audience modernizing our immigration policies is key to improving the country's economy.

"We are in a competition for global talent," Rubio said. "The analogy I always use is sports. If tomorrow we identify a foreign national who could consistently throw 98 mile-per-hour strikes in baseball, you know we're going to bring him here. If tomorrow your lead recruiter identified a six-foot nine-inch power forward that never missed a 20-foot jumper, you know you're going to bring him here. If we do that in sports, how are we not going to do that for our economy? How are we not going to continue to be the place where the world's smartest people live, where the smartest people want to come to and can come to?"

Rubio got a standing ovation inside, but a group of about a dozen demonstrators was outside. Some of them are part of Kentucky Jobs with Justice. They used a megaphone to voice their opposition to deporting immigrants.

As for talking about running for president, Rubio didn't mention it, but Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky alluded to it while introducing Rubio.

McConnell also joked that he believes Rubio is looking for vacation homes in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the first states to cast ballots in the primary elections.

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