Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio rallies in Idaho Falls

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Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio speaks at a rally in Idaho Falls on Sunday. | Photos and video by Nate Eaton & Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com

IDAHO FALLS — Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio laid out his plan for America during a rally Sunday night and asked Idahoans to vote for him in the state’s Republican primary election Tuesday.

An estimated 700 people attended the rally, held at the Melaleuca airport hanger on International Way.

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Rubio took the stage about an hour after learning he was winner of the Puerto Rico primary election – bringing his total number of delegates to an estimated 149. A candidate must receive 1,237 delegates to be the Republican nomination for president.

While the Florida senator is currently trailing frontrunner Donald Trump (389 delegates) and Texas Senator Ted Cruz (302 delegates), Rubio told the energetic crowd that he’s the only true conservative who can win a general election.

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“Usually when people come to you and say, ‘Vote for me – I can win,’ you have to compromise on your principles,” Rubio said. “You don’t with me. I’m as conservative as anyone running for president of the United States.

“The conservative movement is about the belief and fundamental principles of limited government and free enterprise,” Rubio said. “I believe in this and a strong national defense and traditional values.”

RELATED: Rubio speaks exclusively with EastIdahoNews.com reporter Nate Eaton about a variety of issues.

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Photo by Brad Christensen

Rubio promised to appeal “every single one of Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders” on his first day in office and stressed that he will support the military.

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“When I’m president, we are going to take care of our veterans again,” Rubio said. “Right now we are not taking care of our veterans in this country and that will change.”

Rubio spoke for 30 minutes and spent around 15 minutes greeting supporters before departing for a rally in Boise.

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