09/05/2013 11:23 am ET Updated Sep 05, 2013

Marco Rubio Talks Hispanic Vote: 'Voters Choose The Candidate Who Stands For What They Stand For'


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) opened up about the idea that he could help the Republican party win favor among Hispanics in an interview with Parade.

Rubio denied that he could win over Hispanics on name alone, saying "voters choose the candidate who stands for what they stand for."

“I don’t think you can nominate someone with a last name that ends in a vowel and expect that all of a sudden Hispanics will flock to them," Rubio said. Voters choose the candidate who stands for what they stand for, and who stands with people like them. And I don’t mean like them ethnically; I mean like them in terms of understanding what they’re going through.”

Rubio opened up about his family, saying his "increasingly opinionated children" and wife would have a hand in his decision on a potential 2016 run. He also revealed how he feels about his infamous sip of water during his 2012 GOP State of the Union rebuttal, saying "in hindsight, it’s one of the things I laugh about."

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Sen. Marco Rubio