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Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) / Conela Regarding Senator Marco Rubio’s 2016 Presidential Campaign Announcement April 13, 2015

“Senator Marco Rubio’s candidacy should be celebrated as a testimony of God-fearing, hard-working, family-loving, freedom-advancing Americans of Hispanic descent.

“With two Americans of Latino heritage campaigning to occupy Pennsylvania Avenue, our nation continues to demonstrate that we stand defined not by the color of skin or ethnicity but by our commitment to life, our conviction to protect liberty, and our unbridled courage to pursue happiness; so help us God.”

NHCLC/CONELA is the largest Hispanic Christian organization.  It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.