Rubio planning mid-April announcement in Miami

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Sen. Marco Rubio on State of the Union

By Alexandra Jaffe and Dana Bash

CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Marco Rubio is planning a major announcement for mid-April in Miami, sources tell CNN, with that announcement likely to be the launch of his presidential campaign.

The announcement is expected the week of April 13, and will very likely come as soon as that day, a Rubio source confirmed to CNN.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, which first reported news of Rubio’s announcement, the Florida senator has reserved the Freedom Tower on the campus of Miami Dade College — which once housed the Miami News — for an undisclosed event that day.

A Rubio aide hinted that some clarity on the announcement could come Monday, during the senator’s appearance on Fox News’ “The Five.”

“You should tune in,” the aide said.

Rubio has not publicly confirmed plans to run for president, but he’s been making preparations for a campaign, traveling to early primary states and reaching out to donors and supporters to gauge support for a bid.

While he’s drawn interest from Republican kingmakers, he routinely polls in the middle of the likely field, recently drawing 7% support in a CNN/ORC poll.

His announcement is one of a handful of expected presidential launches in a busy April as the contest gears up.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off the competition and became the first prospective contender to make his bid official this week. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is slated to announce on April 7, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is planning an April launch as well.