PHOENIX — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio planned two speeches
in Arizona, one to the business community and another to a social conservative
group that is a powerful force in the right-leaning state.
The choices the Florida senator made in Wednesday’s swing through Phoenix
illustrated GOP candidates’ need to appeal to both conservative and moderate
Republicans if they hope to pull out a victory from a crowded primary field.
Rubio will address members of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry at
midday. He then headlines a fundraiser for the Center for Arizona Policy.
That group championed a 2014 law religious freedom law that set off a national
firestorm because it was seen as allowing discrimination against gays. Then-Gov.
Jan Brewer vetoed the legislation.