Rubio To Step Out in “Maiden Speech” on the Senate Floor Tuesday

By Eliza

Jun 10, 2011 10:30am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:

Freshman Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida will deliver his “maiden speech” on the Senate floor Tuesday in what aides are calling his first major national speech since Election Night.

The Senator – via a web video that will be sent out to supporters today – harkens back to the history of a maiden speech, noting that this is an important address in the career of every Senator when they “first outline why you ran for the Senate and what you intend your Senate career to be all about.”

Rubio has been in the Senate just five and a half months, and is the last of the incoming Freshman class of Senators to deliver his first floor address. 

“My speech will come at an important time in American history when we’re debating the future of our country,” Rubio says in his web video sitting before a bookcase, an American flag and a tiny bust of President Ronald Reagan, “now our past is pretty clear – we have built here the greatest and most exceptional nation in all of human history. And now we have to decide whether we want to continue to be that. Or are we prepared to decline.”

The speech, scheduled for 2:45 pm on Tuesday, will be available on Facebook and the Senators webpage in addition to C- SPAN. Rubio’s wife, Jeanette, and four children will be on Capitol Hill to watch his speech.

In a letter to supporters which will be sent to supporters today, along with the web video, the Senator asks supports to tune in and comment.

“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, Rubio writes, “Next week, I will have my first chance. You helped make this opportunity possible, so I don't want you to miss it.”

The Junior Senator, described as a rising star in the Republican Party, is a name being tossed around as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for 2012.

When ABC last caught up with Rubio in March, the Senator showed ABC’s Jonathan Karl what he called “the  bunker” – a windowless office space in the basement below the Capitol that served as his temporary office.

Now that the Senator has a permanent office in the Senate Hart Office Building, he can formally make his debut as Senator on the Senate floor come Tuesday. 

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