LAS VEGAS (CBSMiami/AP) – Potential Republican running mate U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio rallied hundreds of supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and criticized President Barack Obama in Las Vegas on Saturday.

In a 20-minute speech at Ronnow Elementary School, the Florida senator said voters face a clear choice in November with Romney supporting free enterprise and Obama imposing too many government rules.

The Miami native, who’s among Romney’s potential running mates, moved with his family as a child to Las Vegas in 1979 before returning to Miami in 1985.

Rubio didn’t mention the immigration issue during his speech, but told the Las Vegas Review-Journal afterward that he still plans to introduce DREAM Act-like legislation after the election.

Outside the school, protesters gathered to oppose Rubio and support the DREAM Act.

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