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Senator Marco Rubio speaks at U of L

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man touted as a possible presidential candidate in 2016 is in Louisville today.

Senator Marco Rubio was at The University of Louisville today.

It's part of the school's ongoing effort to bring in prominent political leaders.

Among other things, the Florida Senator talked about creating more middle-class opportunities and making the American family stronger.

"Today, one of the leading contributors to poverty in America is the breakdown of the American family," says Sen. Marco Rubio, (R) Florida.

The junior republican senator did not talk much about his future political plans, however, his name has been mentioned as a presidential candidate for 2016.

Rubio also delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address.

Rubio is Cuban American and high on his "to do list" is immigration reform.  Senator Rubio says, "We have to deal with it in a way that doesn't encourage people to illegally immigrate in the future, we have to do it in a way that doesn't reward people who illegally immigrated here, we have to do it in a way that isn't unfair to people who did it the right way but we have to address it because we can't do the more important thing if we don't address that. And that is modernize our illegal immigration system."

Meanwhile, just outside the school of music, where the senator was speaking on Monday, a handful of protesters urged him to help ease laws that deport illegal immigrants. "And what we have to say his that no human being is illegal, and that no one deserves to be deported," says protestor.

Again, Rubio did not talking about the 2016 presidential election, however, in his introduction, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell did joke about the Junior senator buying a vacation home in Iowa.  And that of course is a huge presidential battleground state.

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