Rubio has taken pains in recent years to highlight his support for the Second Amendment.
Sen. Marco Rubio will speak at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention on Friday just days before he is expected to formally enter the race for the White House.
The Florida Republican is one of a slew of GOP presidential hopefuls trekking to Nashville to speak to the key group, but his appearance may be more important than those of his competitors.
Rubio is expected to announce his White House bid on Monday, and Friday’s remarks to the NRA are a last, high-profile chance for him to shore up support on the right before one of the biggest days in his political career.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is also scheduled to address the NRA, as are fellow Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Businessman and television celebrity Donald Trump will also speak.
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are the two biggest 2016 GOP names who are not attending.