DUBUQUE, Iowa — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been traveling around the country, stumping for senate and House candidates, with his aides and often his family in tow.
But another near-constant presence with Rubio on the trail is a professional photographer, hired by his PAC to take photos of the Senator with those who want them. The photographer has been on-hand at events in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina in recent weeks. Those who get a professional photo snapped are then handed a card by a Rubio aide, who tells them they can download the photos for free at Rubio's Reclaim America PAC website.
While it's nice for people to get a professional shot taken, there's an advantage for Rubio. To access the photos, you must first enter a name, address, and personal email "to verify your attendance." But it's also a way to collect information on voters and add them to Rubio's PAC list: information that will be especially useful down the road should Rubio run for president in 2016.
"We think that if you want a picture taken, you're probably also a supporter," a Rubio aide said.