Marco Rubio's Closing Statement At GOP Debate Reimagines The American Dream For Young Voters

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As we wrap up the fourth Republican debate, it's clear that some campaigns are losing steam. Candidates who looked attractive several months ago are now considered likely to drop out soon. But that's not the case for Marco Rubio, whose closing statement was a perfectly-timed reminder of why the young senator is rising in the race.

It was a good night for Rubio, who has started to earn a reputation for being successful in debates. In the past three, he has been considered the popular winner, or at least among the top-performing candidates. Tuesday was no exception. Once again, the Rubio on stage was calm, collected, and prepared for anything thrown his way.

And nothing epitomized his performance better than his closing statement. While the other candidates focused on how to fix or repair America, Rubio brought a youthful optimism to the table that was reflected in his rhetoric. In his previous debate closing, he had explained that America's greatness didn't have to be found again — it just needed to be expanded. These remarks felt like a continuation of this, as Rubio provided yet another tidy summation of how he differed from the other candidates.

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In the last debate, America truly saw Rubio break from the pack. Instead of being drawn into a sparring match by Jeb Bush over his Senate attendance record, he disposed of the argument quickly and effectively. He avoided delving into the arguments that ensnared some of his fellow candidates. And despite being one of the youngest on the stage, he came off as one of the wisest.

So understandably, there was a lot of hype for Rubio to live up to on Tuesday night. And with his earnest entreaties to voters and focused responses, he succeeded.