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First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

Florida's Marco Rubio has ride like no other this week as GOP's 2016 campaign gets underway

First Bush, then Cuba: Rubio rides political wave

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no Republican prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio.

The Florida senator's White House aspirations took a hit when Jeb Bush announced plans to "actively explore" a campaign for president.

Less than 24 hours later, Rubio was everywhere -- seizing the moment presented by President Barack Obama's surprise announcement the U.S. would restore relations with Cuba to become the face of the Republican opposition.

Rubio continued his media blitz on Thursday, hammering away at the Obama administration in Miami.

Just weeks before he's set to declare his 2016 intentions, the timing and foreign policy focus play to Rubio's advantage.