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Rubio holds town hall meeting in Johnston

Posted January 17

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio holds a town hall meeting in Johnston, Iowa, on Jan. 17, 2016.

— Florida senator and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio held a town hall meeting Sunday at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa.

At the event, Rubio focused on appealing to demographics from millennials to Baby Boomers. He discussed his plan to make some changes to Social Security and Medicare, but not to get rid of these programs like other candidates have suggested. He attributed these ideas to his mother.

"My mom is on Social Security and Medicare, so I’ve taken a very hard line in this campaign," he said. "I am against any changes that are bad for my mom."

Rubio said he wants to change the retirement age to 68 years old and to allow Social Security benefits to not be based on income levels.

He also told the crowd that he just finished paying off his student loans less than five years ago. Rubio graduated from law school 20 years ago.

He said, growing up, he struggled to make ends meet.

"I grew up paycheck to paycheck," he said. "I lived paycheck to paycheck."

Rubio did not discuss his plans for women’s health or his plans for Medicaid at the event.

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Elon University students are in Iowa, covering the presidential campaign and caucuses are part of their coursework.