Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: Clinton-Lynch meeting ‘raises all sorts of red flags’ Which GOP pols will actually attend the convention? Poll: Rubio holds massive lead in primary MORE credited an unlikely lawmaker when discussing Veterans Affairs issues at Thursday night's GOP debate: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersDem platform draft adopts Sanders proposal on taxing foreign earnings Sanders wins concessions in Dem draft platform Dem draft platform a full repudiation of Trump MORE.
At Thursday's debate, Rubio veered away from personal attacks and focused on a more policy-driven conversation.
The Florida senator is pinning all of his hopes on his home state as he seeks to prove that he is a viable alternative to Trump.
Rubio has insisted that he will not drop out prior to the March 15 contest but has acknowledged that he needs a victory in order to continue to the nomination.
If Rubio fails to win Florida, there will be heightened pressure for him to drop out.
Some recent polls show Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDem platform draft adopts Sanders proposal on taxing foreign earnings Dem draft platform a full repudiation of Trump Coal company warns of mass layoffs MORE leading by double digits, while others find a tighter race between the front-runner and Rubio.