Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio brings his campaign to Joplin this afternoon. Representative Caleb Jones (R-Columbia) serves as the national southeast chairman of the Rubio For President campaign. He says this is Rubio’s first campaign visit to Missouri.

Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio (R-Florida)

Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio (R-Florida)

“Senator Rubio is very excited to come to Joplin, Missouri. He’s visited a lot of different states. He’s looking forward to a great crowd,” said Jones.

The first term Florida Senator is up against 13 other Republicans vying for the nomination. The 44-year-old was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2011.

“Senator Rubio will talk about the future of our country, why it’s important that we have good, strong leadership in the White House and why Senator Rubio would make a good President,” said Jones.

Rubio will speak at the Millennium Tennis & Fitness Club from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The public is invited. Several hundred people are expected to attend.

Rubio attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri, for a year on a football scholarship.

Joe Lancello of KZRG contributed to this story.