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Rubio stops in Mpls., says he can unite GOP to win presidency

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Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at a press availability Tuesday in Minneapolis. Rubio trailed Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in a straw poll of Minnesota Republican leaders last month. But his campaign says it intends to compete hard in the state's March 1 precinct caucuses.
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Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told a Minneapolis fundraiser Tuesday he would be best at bringing together Republicans after the hard-fought presidential nomination battle.

With the Iowa caucuses only a few weeks away, Rubio told the Minneapolis crowd the Republican Party needed to attract voters beyond its base.

"Our nominee must also be someone that can attract new people into our cause, and we will," he said. "That's why we spend time talking about college loan debt and what students are facing and young Americans. Because we are going to win more young voters."

Rubio trailed Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in a straw poll of Minnesota Republican leaders last month. But his campaign says it intends to compete hard in the state's March 1 precinct caucuses. 

Rubio on Tuesday was also stopping in Chicago, Missouri, and New Hampshire.

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