Visits to Key Early States in the Pre-Campaign Period


updated only through Nov. 4, 2014...for more recent visits see respective state pages
Iowa: 4 visits, 5 days
>Sen. Marco Rubio visited Iowa on October 28-29, 2014.  On October 28 he joined U.S. Senate nominee Joni Ernst on her "Iowa Knows Best" tour, making retail appearances at the Pizza Ranch in Pella; at the Smokey Row in Oskaloosa; and at the Java Lounge in Williamsburg; and in the evening he keynoted Scott County Republicans' Ronald Reagan Dinner at the QC Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.  On the morning of October 29 he hosted a fundraiser for 1st CD Republican congressional nominee Rod Blum in Dubuque; and joined Blum for a GOTV rally at Blum's headquarters at 40 Main St. in Dubuque.

>Sen. Marco Rubio appeared at a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst and at the annual summer party at Iowa Board of Regents president and agricultural entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter's property in Hubbard (Hardin County), Iowa on August 2, 2014.  (Sens. Cruz, Rubio and Johnson-WI also appeared).

>Sen. Marco Rubio made a brief visit to Iowa on June 2, 2014, the eve of the primary, mingling with attendees and speaking at a cookout for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst in the parking lot at her campaign headquarters in Urbandale.  (Rubio's Reclaim America PAC has run an ad supporting Ernst starting May 24 in Des Moines and around the state the week of May 26).

>Sen. Marco Rubio headlined Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday party fundraiser at Adventureland in AltoonaIowa on November 18, 2012.

New Hampshire: 3 visits, 3 days
>Sen. Marco Rubio visited NH on October 23, 2014.  He appeared at a reception for the Senate Republican Majority PAC at The Capitol Club in Concord; campaigned with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein at Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics in Manchester; and was the special guest at a fundraising reception for congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia at LaBelle Winery in Amherst.

>Sen. Marco Rubio held a foreign policy discussion with U.S. Senate nominee Scott Brown, attended by many veterans, at Halligan's Tavern in Derry, NH on October 7, 2014.

Sen. Marco Rubio visited NH on May 9, 2014.  (After a fundraiser in Boston for Sen. Kelly Ayotte), he held a lunchtime fundraiser for the NHGOP at the Copper Door restaurant in Bedford; and he keynoted the Rockingham County Republican Committee's annual "Freedom Founders Dinner" at the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel in New Castle.

South Carolina: 2 visits, 2 days

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited SC on October 22, 2014.  In the morning he attended a meet and greet with local officials and party leaders at the home of Peter and Pam Brown in Columbia; he and Sen. Tim Scott headlined a SC GOP "Road to Victory" luncheon at The Hall at Senate's End in Columbia; he spoke to the South Carolina Student Legislature at the Statehouse in Columbia; and CNN's Peter Hamby reported that he was to headline a private fundraiser for the Palmetto Policy Forum in Greenville.

>Sen. Marco Rubio visited SC on August 25, 2014.  CNN's Peter Hamby reported Rubio "spent the day in a series of closed-door sessions with influential local activists and potential financial backers" including meeting with senior officials from Bob Jones University; meeting with social conservatives at the home of Lisa van Riper, president of South Carolina Citizens For Life, in Greenville; and holding a fundraiser for his Reclaim America PAC in Greenville.  The public event was his evening appearance as the featured speaker at U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan's 4th Annual Faith & Freedom BBQ at the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson (-).

  this page last revised Nov. 11, 2014