Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) made an oblique reference to his budding rivalry with former Governor Jeb Bush (R., Fla.) during the speech announcing his presidential campaign.
“I have heard some suggest that I should step aside and wait my turn,” he said during the speech. “But I cannot. Because I believe our very identity as an exceptional nation is at stake, and I can make a difference as president.”
It was the most explicit reference to Bush in a speech heavy on calls for the American people to reject older politicians. “Yesterday is over, and we are never going back,” Rubio said. “We Americans are proud of our history, but our country has always been about the future. Before us now is the opportunity to author the greatest chapter yet in the amazing story of America. We can’t do that by going back to the leaders and ideas of the past. We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them.”