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Marco Rubio to deliver his first Senate floor speech Tuesday

The Florida senator will give his first speech from the floor of the Senate Tuesday -- a tradition known as the "maiden speech."

In an e-mail to supporters sent out today, Rubio says that "since our nation's founding, the Senate floor is where our leaders have stood, debated and ultimately made consequential decisions to address the great challenges of their time. Next week, I will have my first chance."

Rubio will be the last freshman senator to deliver his first speech. Since school is out for the summer, his wife and four children will be present for the speech.

It'll be the first major speech -- since his televised victory speech in November -- for the tea party sensation that some GOP'ers are already championing for a vice presidential slot.

Rubio is writing the speech himself. Though Rubio often talks about his parents' arrival in the U.S. from Cuba and his last elected predecessor, Mel Martinez, made history in 2005 by delivering part of his first floor speech in Spanish, Rubio isn't expected to deliver any remarks in Spanish. 

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