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GOP's Rubio Special Guest at Republican's Picnic

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will be the special guest at a summer picnic held by a prominent GOP donor this weekend in Hardin County.

Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says Rubio, who is weighing a 2016 bid for president, will top the list of out-of-state political visitors to his annual party, which is also expected to include Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, another prospective presidential candidate.

Rastetter, an agribusiness company founder, has become one of Iowa’s leading Republican donors. He helped encourage Gov. Terry Branstad to return from retirement to seek the governorship again in 2010, and tried to recruit New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run for president in 2012.

The guest list for the private party includes about 1,200 Iowans from politics, business and higher education.

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