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Marco Rubio skips CPAC, elects for a Florida "focus"

The Florida Republican got a rockstar reception at the forum for conservatives in 2010, but Marco Rubio will be a no-show this time around, electing -- his office says -- to focus on Florida.

The convention opens Feb 10 in DC. Spokesman Alex Burgos said Rubio will focus on his Senate duties that week, "and then cap off the weekend" by addressing the Pinellas County Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 12.

"His focus is on Florida and his schedule that week will reflect it," Burgos said.

No hard feelings: His picture and that of Allen West are on the CPAC banner. West, the site says, is a confirmed speaker.