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Rubio: I expect Romney will win Florida

Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican senator who will introduce his party’s presidential candidate at the national convention Thursday, predicted Mitt Romney will overcome President Obama’s current lead in Florida and win the state. “Absolutely, I expect he will,” he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer from the convention floor Wednesday. “I think once the argument is clear about the differences b

Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican senator who will introduce his party’s presidential candidate at the national convention Thursday, predicted Mitt Romney will overcome President Obama’s current lead in Florida and win the state. 

“Absolutely, I expect he will,” he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer from the convention floor Wednesday. “I think once the argument is clear about the differences between Republicans and Democrats on the economy, I expect to win Florida.”

Romney currently trails Obama by about 4 percent in a recent poll among voters in Florida, which carries 29 electoral votes.

Rubio, who will speak at the convention Thursday night, had been on Romney’s short list for running mates. His selection as prime-time convention speaker reflects the national profile he enjoys as a conservative Republican.

He predicted Romney will be able to cinch a gender gap over the issue of abortion. Rubio has taken a stronger stance than Romney when it comes to the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion but said the disagreement goes beyond the law.

“From a moralistic point of view, and political point of view and other points of view, there’s a strong disagreement in America about whether Roe v Wade should be the law of the land,” he said. “There’s also a constitutional disagreement about whether it was an appropriate decision.”

Rubio also described abortion as “an issue that Americans are divided on, not just women, and not just men. I don’t think it’s simply a gender issue.”

Rubio said it will be his job in his speech to shed light on Romney, the individual, since the nation already knows so much about the candidate’s business and political background.

“We have an obligation to let people know the Mitt Romney we’ve gotten to know,” he said, referring to the candidate as a successful father, husband and member of his church and community.

“Everywhere he’s gone, he’s made things better for the people around him. He’s a modest guy; he doesn’t like to tell that story.”

Eun Kyung Kim is a TODAY.com contributor based in Washington. You can follow her on Twitter @eunkim

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