Many believe Sen. Marco Rubio will be the next vice presidential candidate. He lived in Las Vegas as a child and the valley was the site of his first solo campaign stop for Mitt Romney.
Standing room only, hundreds of Romney supporters greeted Rubio Saturday morning. He spoke at Ronnow Elementary where he once attended.
"This election is important. It matters, and I want to tell you why it matters and I hope to encourage you to get involved," said Rubio.
The 41-year-old Republican is being vetted as Romney's potential running mate but Rubio wouldn't say if he thinks he's the top choice.
"The only thing I can tell you for sure is that Mitt Romney is an excellent decision maker. That's why he has been successful in everything he has ever done, so he is going to make a great choice pretty soon," said Rubio.
Born in Miami from Cuban immigrants, his family moved to Las Vegas for a few years before returning to Florida.
Rubio hopes his visit this weekend will help swing votes in Romney's direction.
"I like his policies and he is very impressive. I wanted to see him in person and this was a good opportunity," said Mesquite resident Cheryl Rohleffs.
"I like that they (Rubio) represent American values," said local resident Cecilie Campagna.
Outside the elementary school, a small group protested Rubio's visit.
State Sen. Mo Denis showed up to the event after it wrapped up. He may be Rubio's cousin but they have different views on politics.
"We were raised differently. Even though we think education, jobs, the economy, healthcare are important - both of us do. His look on that is different than mine," said Denis.
Rubio is proud of his Hispanic background and says he wants the same opportunities he had for everyone else.
"That's what this election is about because the free enterprise system is the only economic system in the history of the world were dreams like my parents are possible, and that's why we need to fight to defend it and not abandon it," said Rubio.
Analysts say that could be key in helping Romney win in November. Only time will tell if Rubio will be his choice for vice president.
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