By Alexa Angelus
Sen. Marco Rubio made his way through the packed crowd at Lizard's Thicket in Blythewood Monday. He spoke to voters trying to gain support for his presidential campaign in South Carolina.
Rubio was confident in his readiness to be President.
"I'm ready to be Commander in Chief on day one. That's the most important job as a President. No one running as a republican has better experience or has shown better judgement on foreign policy than I have," Rubio said.
Rubio had actor and television host Mario Lopez and Blythewood Mayor J. Michael Ross, beside him as he spoke. Mayor Ross said he's nothing more than a little mayor of a great town but still hopes to help get voters to support Rubio.
"We have a man here who can be President of the United States in 2016, you have a chance to talk to him. Let's put him in the White House," said Ross to the nearly one hundred people gathered in the restaurant.
Rubio supporter Bob Barnwell was accompanied by his grand-daughter at the event.
"I think he's probably the strongest on national defense and speaks honestly about it with not a lot of rhetoric and loud talk. I think he understands that," said Barnwell.
Barnwell's grand-daughter, Samantha Pierce, a Jefferson Middle student from Winston-Salem, NC, skipped school for the day to meet the republican candidate.
"I'm here for my social studies project, I kind of want to meet Marco Rubio or take a picture to try to get some extra credit," said Pierce.
The Florida Senator was also supported by South Carolina congressman Trey Gowdy who highlighted the importance of selecting a president after the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
"It kind of cements, at least in my mind, the importance of the election in November. So when you kind of have a principal conservative who also is electable, it kind of makes it easy and he's a super nice guy," said Gowdy.
Rubio made his way out of the restaurant as the crowd chanted "Rubio!"
Coming up in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, February 20, Rubio will need these votes to beat out tough components.