In convention message, Marco Rubio calls on Republicans to ‘fight for a new direction for America’

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Focus on November.

That was the message Sen. Marco Rubio sent in a brief video message during the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. In the 85-second video, the Miami Republican went after Hillary Clinton, saying she did not have the qualities necessary to become president.

Hillary Clinton does not have the honesty, the courage, or the independence we need to be the president for the next four years, after the president we’ve had for the last eight,” said Rubio in his video.

He went on to say Donald Trump has committed to “cut taxes, curb spending, and get our national debt under control.”

“Unlike Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump takes seriously the threat from Islamic radicals and is committed to rebuilding our military,” he said. “And unlike Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, he is committed to appointing constitutionalist judges who will respect the role of the judiciary.”

Rubio opted not to attend 2016 Republican National Convention, choosing to stay in Florida and campaign for re-election. Rubio was one of more than a dozen Republicans who ran for president this year, but he dropped out of the race after Trump won in Florida.

While he was a critic of Trump’s on the campaign trail, Rubio has said he would support the Republican nominee. And on Wednesday, he called on Republicans to come together to win in the fall.

“After a long and spirited primary, the time for fighting each other is over,” he said. “It’s time to come together and fight for a new direction for America. It’s time to win in November.”

Rubio wasn’t the only big name Floridian to address the convention Wednesday. Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi were in attendance and delivered remarks to the crowd.