U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been keeping a decidedly low profile in Washington, urged the Miami-Dade Republican Party Saturday night to look beyond winning elections. The purpose of the GOP, he said, should not be to "simply want to be a political movement that spends money to win elections."
"We have to be willing to be on the right side of the issues, even if those issues may not always be the winning side," Rubio said.
Rubio mostly kept to his stump speech, warning about the dangers of the ballooning federal debt and referring to one of his favorite themes, "American exceptionalism."
"When I give this speech in Miami, I think it resonates more than in other places," Rubio told the captive audience largely of immigrants and the children of immigrants.