Rubio spent about two hours at the $1,000 per person event hosted by a handful of lobbyists and former Reps. Adam Hasner and Ellyn Bogdanoff at the Governor's Club. After the event, Rubio visited with members of the Florida Insurance Council and a handful of legislators, including freshman Rep. Mike Miller of Orlando, who worked was a fundraiser and consultant for Rubio's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign.
The Florida Republican was not too eager to answer reporters' questions, directing them to his expected campaign announcement scheduled for April 13 at Miami's Freedom Tower.
Does Florida test students too much? "I have a lot of teachers in my family. They think so,'' Rubio replied, addressing what may be one of the most vulnerable issues facing likely rival and former Gov. Jeb Bush. "But I do believe it's important that we have a standard that we measure student gains by."
Rubio is all but ready to say he's jumping into the presidential ring. He was asked what impact will your decision have on your family?
"If we move forward with this it's going to be difficult,'' he answered. "If we move forward it's because our family has made the decision that we have a unique opportunity to serve the country."
Rubio reportedly raised bigger bucks Monday evening, at a fundraiser at the Panama City home of a Florida shipbuilder Brian D’Isernia, who is competing for a multi-billion dollar contract from the Coast Guard, according to Politico.