ABC News(MIAMI) — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — the latest GOP 2016 presidential candidate to enter the race — wants voters to know his personal story as the son of Cuban immigrants who came to America looking for a better life.

His wife, Jeanette Dousdebes, shared a few different stories in an exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Monday:

1. High School Sweethearts

Marco and Jeanette met in high school, down the road from where they live today in West Miami. The future senator won over his wife with more than his charm and sense of humor.

“Marco was different,” Dousdebes said. “He had a depth about him that for me, that’s I think what struck me about him.”

2. He Proposed at the Empire State Building…

After dating for seven years, Rubio proposed to Jeanette as soon as he finished law school, on a trip to New York City. He popped the question at the top of the Empire State Building — because of her favorite movie.

“At that time I did enjoy [Sleepless in Seattle],” she said. “And so he decided, ‘Let me be creative,’ and so he tried to put something that I liked at the time, and incorporate it in.”

3. …Only to Take Back the Ring

While he scored points for being a romantic, Rubio didn’t let his wife hold on to the ring — he was too afraid it would fall off the building.

“So he put it on and he goes, ‘Okay, let me take it off and we’ll put it, I’ll put it back on downstairs,'” Dousdebes recalled.

4. They Didn’t Think He’d Run for President

Looking back, Rubio’s wife wasn’t certain her husband would ever run for president.

“He talked about it, but it’s one of those things that people talk about, you know, when they’re young,” she said. “We never thought it was going to come true.”

5. He’s a Die-Hard Miami Dolphins Fan

Rubio, who played football briefly in college, is a Miami Dolphins fanatic, according to Dousdebes, who briefly worked as a cheerleader for the team before getting engaged to Rubio. While the Rubios take faith — and Sundays — seriously, Dolphins games are also closely observed.

“You can ask the neighborhood about that,” Dousdebes told Stephanopoulos.

6. Marco Was a Singer

Rubio, who is a noted lover of rap and hip-hop, used to enjoy singing along to his favorite hits.

“He likes to sing. I don’t know about anymore,” Jeanette recalled. “There’s a couple [songs he sings].”

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State of Florida/Office of the Governor(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott has invited potential 2016 presidential candidates to Florida this summer to participate in an economic summit in Orlando.

“I am honored to host potential Republican presidential contenders in Florida to share with Americans their plans to take our country into greater prosperity, and am proud to showcase our state as a leader in job creation and economic growth,” Scott told ABC News.

The first ever “Governor Rick Scott’s Economic Growth Summit” will take place at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club on June 2. The lineup currently features Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker.

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ABC News(MIAMI) — Hillary Clinton’s economic proposals “will not help everyday Americans,” Sen. Marco Rubio told ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on Monday announcing his 2016 presidential campaign.

“This notion that somehow if we just increase the size and scope of the federal government, it helps people who are trying to make it has been disproven,” Rubio, R-Fla., said at his West Miami home. “The bigger the federal government, the more the people who can hire lobbyists and law firms to help them navigate it are going to do.”

“This attachment to more government and more taxes and more regulations,” he said, “crush the people who are trying to make it.”

In the video announcing her own presidential run on Sunday, Clinton said she wanted to be a “champion” for Americans at a time when “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.”

When asked about Clinton’s candidacy, Rubio said: “One of the challenges we have today in this country is that we’re trying to fix 21st century problems with 20th century ideas.”

Rubio, who has referred to Clinton as “yesterday,” doubled down on that criticism in the interview.

“The jobs of the 21st century require different skills and more education than in the past,” he said. “We have people from yesterday — leaders that are still grounded in the 20th century who think if we just pour more money in our existing higher education system, we’ll get a 21st century result. It isn’t true anymore.”

In a May 2014 interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Rubio gave Clinton an “F” for her work as secretary of state under President Obama, and said her diplomacy “failed everywhere in the world.”

“If she is going to run on her record as secretary of state, she’s also going to have to answer for its massive failures,” Rubio said.

Rubio, who has represented Florida in the U.S. Senate for four-and-a-half years, sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence. He has been critical of the Obama administration’s recent efforts to normalize relations with Cuba.

At his official campaign kickoff event Monday night, Rubio took another jab at Clinton.

“Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday,” Rubio said to loud booing from the crowd, “began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday. But yesterday is over, and we are never going back.”

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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress to give the administration some “space and time” to complete a Iran nuclear deal.

“We have two and a half months more to negotiation,” Kerry said as he headed into a classified briefing with members of the House of Representatives Monday evening. “It’s a serious amount of time with some serious business still to do, so we hope Congress will listen carefully and ask the questions that it wants, but also give us the space and the time to be able to complete a very difficult task which has high stakes for our country.”

The secretary of state questioned whether critics have accurately depicted the framework that was agreed to last week — about which both Iranian negotiators and those from the Obama administration seem to have opposing descriptions.

Kerry said he was pleased to have the chance to discuss the situation with the members of the House, “because there have been a lot of representations, misrepresentations, a lot of questions raised — and it’s good to have an opportunity to really be able to discuss with people what is really contained within the parameters, and also to lay down some of the work that we have left to do.”

Despite criticism from some lawmakers, such as the 47 Republican senators who signed a letter earlier this year warning the Iranian government that a deal not approved by the U.S. Congress won’t be consitutional, Kerry remains optimistic that he can shift the sense Congress has of the potential deal. “We’ll wait and see,” Kerry said Monday. “That’s why we’re here.”

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Marco Rubio made his presidential 2016 campaign for president official on Monday with a Monday event in Miami, hours after he told ABC News’ chief anchor and This Week host George Stephanopoulos that he would seek the nation’s highest office.

“I chose to make this announcement at the Freedom Tower,” Rubio said, “because it is a symbol of our nation’s identity as the land of opportunity. And I am more confident than ever that despite our troubles, we have it within our power to make our time another American Century. Speaking from in front of a backdrop that featured the words “A New American Century,” the Florida senator spoke of his parents and their experience with the “American Dream.”

“Both of my parents were born to poor families in Cuba,” Rubio explained, telling of his father’s time as a bartender and his mothers work as a cashier, a maid, and a Kmart stock clerk. “They never made it big. But they were successful. Two immigrants with little money or education found stable jobs, owned a home, retired with security and gave all four of their children a life far better than their own.”

“At the turn of the 19th century, a generation of Americans harnessed the power of the Industrial Age and transformed this country into the leading economy in the world,” Rubio said. “And the 20th century became the American Century. Now, the time has come for our generation to lead the way toward a new American Century.”

Rubio outlined his goals in the speech, calling for efforts to, “reform our tax code, reduce regulations, control spending, modernize our immigration laws and repeal and replace ObamaCare.”

“This election is not just about what laws we will pass,” he explained, “it is a generational choice about what kind of country we will be.”

He criticized Hillary Clinton, who announced her own campaign the day before. “Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday,” said the Florida Republican. “But yesterday is over, and we are never going back.”

“I have heard some suggest that I should step aside and wait my turn,” Rubio added. “But I cannot. Because I believe our very identity as an exceptional nation is at stake, and I can make a difference as President.”

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Newly minted presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio said on Monday he won’t let his bid for the White House come between him and his long-time mentor, fellow Republican — and likely 2016 rival – former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

“Jeb is my friend, he’s still my friend, he will continue to be,” Rubio said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I think it’s important to understand – I’m not running against Jeb Bush, and I hope he’s not running against me. We are competing for the same job.”

Rubio and Bush, who has yet to formally announce his own presidential bid but is widely expected to do so, have been close friends for more than 15 years. When Rubio was contemplating his first Senate run, he pledged to defer to Bush if the governor wanted the seat. So many pundits assumed Rubio would bow out of the 2016 contest if Bush launched a bid.

Not so.

“It’s a different time,” Rubio said in the interview that took place at his West Miami home. “Back then, I was the termed-out speaker of the Florida House, he was the former sitting governor of Florida. I was at different time in my life and in my career, and the country was at a different moment.”

“I just feel uniquely called to at least lend my voice to this effort – and I think we’re going to be successful,” the Florida senator told Stephanopoulos. “My view of the primary is we are all going to go out and make our best argument and the voters are going to decide who they want.”

Rubio, 43, revealed in 2012 that his motto in the Senate was WWJD – “What would Jeb do?”

Rubio said he still has “tremendous admiration” for the 62-year-old former Florida governor. But the country needs a “new and vibrant” candidate, he said.

“I think that Jeb Bush continues to be a model for people in terms of how you approach public policy. I believe public policy should always be about policies and big ideas,” Rubio said on Monday. “But we’ve reached a moment now, not just in my career, but the history of our country, where I believe that it needs a Republican Party that is new and vibrant, that understands the future, has an agenda for that future, and I feel uniquely qualified to offer that. And that’s why I’m running for president.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Marco Rubio’s foreign-policy platform has a theme: undoing some of President Obama’s biggest decisions.

That would include reopening the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, if Obama succeeds in closing it as the president promised at the outset of his first term in the White House.

“Absolutely,” the Florida Republican said when asked whether he would reopen the prison. The question was posed in an exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Rubio’s first as a presidential candidate.

“Here’s why,” Rubio continued. “We no longer, on an ongoing basis, detain terrorists, and so we’re not getting interrogation. They’re killed by a drone, or they’re targeted in some other way, but there’s tremendous value in capturing people that are enemy combatants and, from them, being able to gather actionable intelligence that can not only prevent attacks against the homeland and abroad, but allow us to disrupt their cells that they’ve created in different parts of the world.”

Rubio, who publicly announced his 2016 run for president in the exclusive ABC interview, had previously supported keeping the prison open. Home to military detainees from the U.S. “Global War on Terror” from the George W. Bush presidency, Obama has sought to transfer detainees out of the prison but has struggled to close it despite his pledge to do so.

Rubio also vowed to reverse course on Obama’s recent diplomatic endeavors with Iran, with which the United States is working to finalize a nuclear pact, and Cuba, with which Obama has opened diplomatic relations.

“I think from a national-security perspective, this deal with Iran is an extremely dangerous one,” Rubio said when asked what he would do on his first day as president. “I think the next president of the United States is going to have to deal with that on day number one.”

Of the diplomatic opening with Cuba, Rubio said, “I would reverse every single one of the decisions that [Obama] made.”

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Charles Wright(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton, who embarked on a roughly 1,000-mile road trip after formally announcing her presidential bid on Sunday, was spotted at a Chipotle in Maumee, Ohio on Monday afternoon.

According to Manager Charles Wright, no one recognized Clinton, who was wearing sunglasses.

The newly minted presidential candidate ordered a chicken bowl with guacamole, a chicken salad, and fruit juice, according to Wright.

“She got great food,” the manager told ABC News. “Everybody loves Chipotle.”

This was just the second Clinton sighting in as many days.

Last night, the former secretary of state made a pit stop at a gas station in Pennsylvania, where she met a family from Michigan.

Road trip! Loaded the van & set off for IA. Met a great family when we stopped this afternoon. Many more to come. -H pic.twitter.com/5Va7zeR8RP

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 13, 2015

Clinton and her van – nicknamed “Scooby” after the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine – are headed for Iowa, where she’ll meet with voters at a local community college.

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ABC News(MIAMI) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is running for president in 2016, the Florida senator told ABC News’ Chief Anchor and This Week host George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview in West Miami Monday.

“I think this country’s at a generational moment where it needs to decide not what party it wants in charge but what kind of country are we going to want to be moving forward,” Rubio told Stephanopoulos in an interview at the Florida senator’s home. “I think the 21st century can be the American century, and I believe that I can lead this country in that direction. I can help lead it there from the Senate. I can lead it there as president.”

When asked whether Rubio believed he was the most qualified candidate to be the president, he said: “I absolutely feel that way.”

The announcement came just a few hours before Rubio will speak to supporters at an evening event at the Freedom Tower, a downtown Miami building with historical significance for thousands of Cuban-Americans.

If he is elected president in 2016, Rubio would be the first ever Cuban-American to win the White House.

Rubio, 43, is the fourth major candidate to declare a run for the presidency this year. His announcement comes one day after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her presidential bid.

Two other Republican candidates — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — entered the 2016 race within the last two weeks.

Rubio was elected to the Senate in 2010 and lives in Miami with his wife Jeanette and four children.

Watch World News Tonight with David Muir Monday night and Good Morning America Tuesday morning for more from Stephanopoulos’ exclusive interview with Rubio.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The FBI is investigating a former top military aide to three U.S. presidents and his firm over allegations it bilked foreign investors out of millions of dollars by touting his White House ties and making promises of quick U.S. Green Cards to raise funds for a giant hotel complex, ABC News has learned.

Five years after an elaborate ground-breaking ceremony in New Orleans, there is only a vacant lot and investors say almost $16 million has disappeared.

The former aide, retired Air Force Col. Timothy Milbrath, confirmed to ABC News that he is aware of the FBI investigation but said the allegations against him and his firm “are not correct.” Investors said the FBI has recently conducted interviews, and city officials in New Orleans confirmed agents have collected boxes of documents related to the company. A spokesperson for the FBI in New Orleans declined to comment.

The investigation centers on a project set up under a controversial U.S. immigration program known as EB-5, which allows foreign investors to obtain visas, and eventually Green Cards, if they invest at least $500,000 in projects that will create American jobs. As ABC News reported in February, an internal government review found that more than 30 EB-5 projects have come under criminal investigation, including the one set up by Col. Milbrath and a business partner, called Noble Outreach.

Promotional videos and material produced by Noble Outreach to entice foreign investors flaunt Col. Milbrath’s White House ties and feature photos of him serving Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as chief of staff to the White House Military Office.

In a civil lawsuit, the investors allege that much of the $16 million they invested with Noble Outreach ended up going to Col. Milbrath, his partner William “Bart” Hungerford, Jr., and companies they controlled. None of the foreign investors were able to receive Green Cards because of the project’s failure, investors said.

“We were duped,” said Terry Sumpter, a retired British police officer who says he lost the bulk of his savings investing with Noble Outreach. “It’s gut-wrenching, it really is.”

Sumpter is now living in Florida on an expired visa. He has been allowed to stay in the U.S. by immigration officials, but if he leaves the country, he fears he will not be permitted to return.

Milbrath told ABC News that because of the ongoing litigation, he cannot say what happened to the money but that, “Everything is accounted for.”

“I can honestly say that what we have here — the claims are not substantiated,” he said in an interview to be broadcast on ABC’s World News with David Muir.

Noble Outreach is one of dozens of businesses that — despite being under federal investigation — remain certified by the Department of Homeland Security to operate as part of the little-known EB-5 immigrant investor program. Federal certification enables the firms to continue to solicit wealthy foreigners to invest $500,000 or $1 million in qualified U.S. projects. And they can promise in exchange that the investors will receive a two-year visa. The firms pledge that if the investment creates 10 American jobs, the investor will be able to short-cut the usually lengthy immigration process and receive a Green Card.

Earlier this year, ABC News reported on firms that continued to operate as certified EB-5 regional centers despite being the subjects of national security investigations.

One such firm, American Logistics International, was recruiting investors from Iran to be granted American visas, even as it was being investigated by U.S. non-proliferation agents for its possible role in smuggling sensitive electronics to Iran. American Logistics has denied being involved in any illegal activity.

Internal documents obtained by ABC News showed dozens of the regional centers have been investigated for a range of criminal violations. There have been so many fraud cases involving EB-5 investment opportunities that the Securities and Exchange Commission has posted an investor alert online warning foreign investors to be “aware of investment scams targeting foreign nationals who seek to become permanent lawful U.S. residents through the Immigrant Investor Program (‘EB-5′).”

Homeland Security officials said they remain powerless to revoke a regional center’s certification unless there is proof they have not been creating jobs.

“USCIS only has the authority to terminate a regional center if there is evidence the center is no longer promoting economic growth — not on the basis of national security concerns,” an agency spokesman told ABC News in a written statement. “This lack of discretion limits the ability of the Director or the Secretary to terminate a regional center in the event of suspected or even proven criminal activity.”

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson provided a statement to ABC News saying he is urging Congress to provide his agency “legal discretion to deny or revoke cases when necessary, authority to exclude people with criminal backgrounds from participating in EB-5 regional centers, and authority to require regional centers to certify compliance with our securities laws.”

Terry Sumpter, the British ex-policeman, said he started researching investment opportunities in 2007 because, after a career in law enforcement and as a successful entrepreneur in England, he wanted to permanently move to the U.S. He said Noble Outreach promised a quick path to permanent residency, and if the investment paid dividends, he said it would be “a win-win.”

“They were saying it was going to help the New Orleans people after Katrina, we would get our Green Card, and we’d get a return on top of that,” Sumpter said. “It really did seem like a good deal.”

Noble Outreach appeared to have significant support from public officials. Milbrath and his partner, Bart Hungerford, had brokered a 30-year deal with then-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for exclusive rights to offer EB-5 investments in New Orleans, they established office addresses at the Watergate Hotel complex in Washington and in the D.C. suburbs. They unveiled glossy plans to build a hotel, restaurant and conference center development in a blighted lot in Algiers, a neighborhood in the shadow of the New Orleans skyline, and in 2010, at the groundbreaking event, there was a line of local officials waiting to grab a golden shovel for the photo opportunity.

But the investor lawsuit alleges that behind the scenes, Noble Outreach had established a tangled web of corporate entities through which the investment money moved without the investors’ knowledge.

During an 18-month period beginning in 2009, the suit alleges that one of those entities paid Milbrath and Hungerford and their wives $1.82 million in salaries. The suit alleges that the two partners “in fact, converted millions of the fund’s assets ($6 million at least) for the their own ultimate personal benefit.”

Some of Noble Outreach’s early investment money went to finance other ventures, including coffee shops and restaurants in the city’s bustling French Quarter. Investors say those ventures were structured in a way that Hungerford and Milbrath retained a controlling interest, and the jobs those ventures created did not result in any investors receiving Green Cards or a financial return.

The addresses Noble Outreach listed on its promotional material, it turns out, were a borrowed desk at a travel agency in the Watergate Hotel complex in Washington, D.C., and a rented mailbox at a UPS store in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Addresses in New Orleans were for a law firm that no longer represents the company and an economic development agency.

When ABC News tracked down Milbrath at an event last month, he said he and his partner did not enrich themselves in the deal. The projects stalled, he said, because the firm could not recruit enough investors. He said the company struggled to get support from the federal immigration agency that was supposed to process visas.

“I just know that what we did was completely within what we thought was our purview to do for the program, I really do,” he said.

Milbrath said he wanted to be able to explain why the ventures have not yielded the promised benefits for the investors, but because of the lawsuit he cannot. But he did tell ABC News he believes the real fault rested with difficulties Noble Outreach had in dealing with the immigration agency that oversees the EB-5 program, USCIS. At one point, Milbrath and Hungerford enlisted help from Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, who wrote a letter to the agency on their behalf.

“Congressman Van Hollen’s office asked DHS and USCIS to respond to [Noble Outreach’s] request for information before we became aware of any investigation or complaints against the company,” Bridgett Frey, the spokeswoman for the congressman, told ABC News. “Once Congressman Van Hollen learned of complaints against NOR, he informed his staff to cease any interaction with them. Congressman Van Hollen believes that the allegations against NOR are troubling, and, if true, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Frey added that Van Hollen, who is now a candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, also supports a systematic review of the EB-5 Visa Program, which he believes “is clearly is in need of reform.”

Sumpter said the greatest insult from his experience in participating in the immigrant investor program has not been the loss of money — though he estimates that between the failed investment and legal fees, the experience has cost him upwards of $750,000. It has been the refusal of his Green Card. Once two years had expired and his investment had failed to create the required 10 jobs, the government began deportation proceedings.

He said he and other Noble Outreach investors now live in limbo. If they leave the United States, they have little chance of returning as anything more than a tourist, he said.

“I know one of the investors left on business to go to Europe and now he can’t get back in,” Sumpter said.

He said he remains in his own brand of immigration limbo, unsure if he leaves, whether he will ever be able to have the life he does now.

“I’m here because I want to be,” Sumpter said. “I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve only done everything by the book, what has been asked of me, and it seems I’m being punished for that.”

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