MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Presidential Primaries begin in about six months, and Republican hopefuls are working their way around the Palmetto state to get your vote.
A group of nearly 300 people gathered at RIOZ Brazilian steakhouse, in Myrtle Beach, to hear from Republican Presidential Candidate Senator Marco Rubio, and ask him questions.
"Millions of Americans locked out of the American Dream, and it's only getting worse," Rubio said.
Rubio wants to restore the American Dream saying this election is about the future and that is his focus.
"We've got to modernize our economic policies, we've got to modernize our higher education system, we have to rebuild our military and strengthen our foreign policy," he said. "If we do all these things the United States in the 21st century will be even stronger than it was in the 20th."
A topic re-visited, again in the crowd's questions, is education and student loan debt.
"I think the people who have student loans should pay them back on the basis of how much they make," Rubio said.
Giving alternatives to student loans, like his student investment plan and pursuing studies, that are in high demand or lead to higher paying jobs.
"If we give people the skills they need for the 21st century, and we have globally competitive economic policies, our economy will grow, but it won't matter if we aren't safe."
Which is why he also believes it's important to make sure our allies can trust us, and our adversaries know not to test us.
He also discussed military spending, and strengthening the VA.
Finally, since he knows the weight the Palmetto State has on the primary nominee, he anticipates another visit.
"It's important to be successful here and we intend to spend a lot of time to make that happen," Rubio said.
Marco Rubio now makes the list with several other Republican Presidential candidates who have visited our area. Chris Christie, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and John Kasich have all made trips to the Grand Strand.
According to the Horry County Republican Party, we could see more candidates in the near future including Carly Fiorina and Scott Walker.