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Marco Rubio coming to OKC Wednesday

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will be in Oklahoma City Wednesday to speak to energy industry executives, his campaign announced. Rubio will speak at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association at 500 NE 4 Street.

The latest survey of Republican primary voters showed Rubio trails frontrunner Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the GOP nod, according to Public Policy Polling. 

In Oklahoma City, Rubio plans to discuss his energy policy.

On his campaign website, Rubio calls for "eliminating government-imposed barriers to energy production and economic growth."

Rubio said a prime example is the "outdated ban" on exporting crude oil, which was imposed by President Richard Nixon in the 1970s.

"Lifting the ban could create hundreds of thousands of jobs, boost wages, and lower gas prices in America," Rubio says on the website. "It would

also strengthen our national security by asserting our global leadership and undercut dangerous regimes like Iran and U.S. foes like Russia that use energy as a weapon against America's allies."

Phillip O'Connor

O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently... Read more ›