KENDALL (CBSMiami) – If you are curious about just how popular Marco Rubio is during this presidential election year, a scan of the crowd lined up for Saturday’s Kendall book signing eliminated any doubt.

In the kind of response usually reserved for a rock star, Rubio efficiently moved through the signing of hundreds of books Saturday at the Kendall Barns and Noble.

“I really like him. I think he’s the new voice of our party,” said Gabriel Quintas, one of the people lined up clutching a copy of Rubio’s book, waiting for that all important autograph.

“He really symbolizes a lot of the struggle that the Cuban community has been through,” said Claudio Perez. “I believe that we need to support that.”

Handlers moved people through the line quickly, leaving little time to chat with the Senator and even less time to take pictures.

Rubio was a bit regretful everything moved so quickly.

“It was good though you know we have to get through them,” he said, “but I’m happy to be here. Its always great to be home.”

Rubio will be signing books all week, part of a tour promoting “American Son”, published in both English and Spanish and detailing the struggles of his family from their decision to leave Cuba to his election as a US Senator.

“The book talks about the times I was discouraged and didn’t think I could win and found strength both in my faith and in my family,” he said.

Rubio said his wife pressed him to continue.

“I think what she reminded me of was why I was doing this,” Rubio said. “I wasn’t doing this to be somebody I was doing this to do something. And if stand for a set of principals you believe in strongly then it doesn’t matter if you’re gonna win or lose.”

Right now, he’s winning.,

“I think he could easily be the VP but not only the VP; he could be the president,” said Perez.

That just isn’t something Rubio wants to talk about.

“Yeah that’s nice but I don’t even talk about that obviously I’m just focused on my job in the Senate I’m proud to represent them there,” he said.


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