Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida and 2016 presidential candidate, speaks during a town hall meeting at the Pella Golf and Country Club in Pella, Iowa, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. Rubio found himself under siege on two fronts Tuesday over his attendance record in the U.S. Senate as the Florida lawmaker embarked on a swing through snowy Iowa.
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By Daniel White
January 5, 2016

The super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio aired its first television ad Tuesday in South Carolina.

A 30-second spot by the Conservative Solutions PAC recruits South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to pitch his home state on the merits of the Senator from Florida.

“Our Founding Fathers gave us a President and a Commander in Chief because they understood that national security and public safety are the foundations of a free people, and there is nobody better on those two issues than Marco Rubio,” Gowdy says in the ad.

The ad is the first in a series of expected moves from Rubio’s super PAC in the crucial early-voting state of South Carolina, which holds its Republican presidential primary on Feb. 20.

FOX News reports that it is the first in a significant statewide buy, but would not specify the exact cost of the TV spot. Rubio is currently polling third behind Trump and Cruz in South Carolina, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average.

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