Statement of Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, on Marco Rubio’s announced candidacy

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“As we mark the Sixth Anniversary of our original Tax Day rallies, it’s gratifying to see yet another candidate who shares tea party values enter the 2016 presidential race.  We have come a long way, in six years, when three tea party senators are major players in the presidential race.

“Sen. Rubio’s personal story inspires, as does his commitment to personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future.

“Marco Rubio’s candidacy and the 2016 election are about the future, not the past. He knows first-hand that prosperity comes not from a government program, but from free markets and the hard work done by the millions of individuals and small businesses that still believe in the promise of the American Dream.

“As the GOP presidential field expands, Tea Party Patriots across the country will be watching and listening: Which candidates will lead the fight for personal liberty, and which favor a Democrat-lite approach to managing the welfare state?

“With Marco Rubio’s formal entry into the campaign, there is one more strong voice advancing the cause of freedom. We welcome him to the race, and look forward enthusiastically to hearing and seeing his vision for America.”