By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Monday, November 16 Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Florida Senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will be visit Alabama for a campaign stop on December 1.
Senator Rubio will hold a public campaign rally in Guntersville, from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Guntersville Recreation Center; 1500 Sunset Drive; Guntersville, AL. Senator Rubio will then hold two private fundraisers, one at Dream Ranch in Guntersville and a second at the home of state Senator Slade Blackwell (R from Mountain Brook).
Secretary of State Merrill said in a statement, “Senator Rubio has energized the electorate during his recent debate performances, and there is no doubt that he will be very well received in our state! We are very pleased with the way the SEC Primary has developed and what it means for our people to have personal interaction with these candidates. With the assistance and full support of the Alabama Legislature, one of the most significant things we have done in the Secretary of State’s Office is change the primary date to March 1. Since the March primary legislation passed, the top two Democratic candidates and eight of the top Republican candidates have made campaign stops in Alabama, which is unheard of for our state. As Secretary of State, I will continue to position Alabama and the South as a place where Presidential candidates are willing to make an effort to visit and meet our remarkable people.”
Senator Rubio said on Monday at a rally in Florida: “Rubio: “We were reminded this week that evil is alive and well in the world, just this Friday. And we are reminded that we are still called to be vigilant and to defeat it in every form that it takes. It changes names, it changes locations, but it is evil nonetheless.”
Sen. Rubio’s campaign in Alabama is chaired by former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead and State Representative Will Ainsworth (R from Guntersville).
Chairman Armistead said on Facebook, “It is exciting to have a dynamic conservative running for President, like Senator Rubio, who can defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Since June, Alabama has been visited by numerous presidential candidates including: former Pennsylvania Governor Rick Santorum, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, New York City businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
For more information on meeting the candidates, contact the Office of the Secretary of State at 334-242-7200.
The SEC Primary, which will be held on March 1, 2016.