U.S. Senator and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio took the stage on Friday for his 5th appearance at CPAC.
“My first time was 2010 when I was 50 points down in the polls and the only people who thought I could win my Senate race all lived in my home.
“The bad news is that our country is on the road to decline. But here’s the good news: we are one election away from triggering another American century," Rubio said.
The most interesting moment of Rubio's remarks came when he walked back his own position on immigration reform.
"We also have a legal immigration system that’s the most generous in the world. A million people come here legally every year, but it’s all based on whether you have a family member here. And it can’t continue to be based on family alone. It has to be based on some sort of merit or economic contribution.
"And yeah, you have 10 to 12 million people who have lived here, some for longer than a decade, who have not broken any immigration laws, I get all that. But what I’ve learned is that you can’t even have a conversation about that until people believe and know — not believe, but know — that future illegal immigration can be controlled and brought under control," Rubio said.