Sen. Marco Rubio finished a strong third in Iowa saying, he has been told to ''wait his turn,'' but that the people of Iowa ''have sent a very clear message.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Sen. Marco Rubio relished his string third place finish in Iowa saying, "They told me I needed to wait my turn, that I needed to wait in line. But tonight here in Iowa the people of this great state have sent a very clear message." "In American there are only two ways forward for us now, we can either be greater than we have ever been, ore we can be a great nation in decline, if Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton get elected, if they were to win we would be a great nation in decline," he said. "When I am our nominee, we will united our party, we will grow our party and we will defeat Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders," he said. Sen. Ted Cruz's win, and Rubio's strong showing could dent the momentum for Trump, whose candidacy has alarmed the Republican establishment and been marked by controversies such as his calls for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. The Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in the state, gave its coveted endorsement to Rubio. Republican voter turnout far exceeded the normal average from previous years. Long lines were reported at many caucus sites with many new voter registrations. The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio has drawn support by stressing his working-class upbringing in Las Vegas and Miami as the child of a bartender father and a mother who was both a maid and a cashier. Rival candidates for the Republican nomination have assailed Rubio also for his absences from the U.S. Senate during hearings and floor votes, raising further questions about how he spends his time. Defending his record of missed votes, Rubio has said the majority of his time is spent in service to his constituents and his Senate committee work, both of which he says continue unabated.