Rubio makes first postelection trip to Iowa

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Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 10:04 AM

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio is telling Iowa Republicans he understands their frustration with the results from Election Day but is urging them not to lose hope or abandon their principles.

Rubio told an audience Saturday night that he doesn't believe President Barack Obama won re-election because the country's views have changed so dramatically. Rubio, a rising star in the GOP who could make a White House run in 2016, says the United States needs to return to conservative principles or else risk losing its global dominance.

Rubio spoke at a party for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and says his trip was solely to help a friend celebrate his 66th birthday. But a visit so soon after Mitt Romney's presidential bid came up short is stoking buzz about Rubio's presidential ambitions.

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