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Paula Dwyer

Rubio's Old Ideas for New Gig Economy

The Republican candidate loves Uber, but his deregulation proposals aren't that relevant.
Love this gig.

Love this gig.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Marco Rubio gave a nice speech on Tuesday about how much he loves Uber, Airbnb and the rest of the sharing economy -- and how much he wants to free it from government shackles. 

Politically speaking, it was a demographic pitch: Millennials (ages 18 to 35) make up about a third of the electorate, and their livelihoods depend disproportionately on the gig economy. They could swing the 2016 outcome in Florida, Ohio and other swingy states. At age 44, Rubio is the youngest person in the race, and he casts himself as the tech-friendly candidate of the future. There's even a chapter in his book, "American Dreams," called "Making America Safe for Uber."