Marco Rubio: Big Shout-Out to Nicki Minaj!

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It hasn't even been 24 hours since Marco Rubio announced that he's running for president, but the Florida senator is already courting the youth vote in a major way.

TMZ caught up with the 44-year-old Republican today and asked about two topics that tend to make politicians uncomfortable: his wife's past, and what those gosh darn kids are into.

Rubio fielded both queries like a pro and demonstrated why the fact that he's the youngest presidential hopeful may make him an attractive prospect for Republican voters.

The conversation began with a hard-hitting question from the celebrity news site about Rubio's wife and her career as a Miami Dolphins cheerleader.

As usual, the senator wasn't shy about discussing her pop-pom waving past. Hey, you might as well own it at this point, right?

The cameraman then broached the subject of Rubio's musical tastes in remarkably awkward fashion.

Asked what music he believed Hillary Clinton is listening to on her road trip to Iowa, Rubio passed up the opportunity for a solid old-people burn ("I hear she hates how the record scratches when they hit a pothole. Zing!") and instead turned the discussion to his own funky-fresh tastes.

Rubio name-dropped some of his favorite EDM artists, such as David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. He closed by saying, "I'm still a Nicki Minaj fan."

It's a throwaway line, but it's still something of a bold move.

In 2013, Rubio clashed with Pitbull in the most random, low-key celebrity feud in history, and most of the hip hop community (Minaj included) would likely take issue with many of the Senator's political stances.

So he left himself vulnerable to a public rebuff from Nicki, and only time will tell if she'll swoop in for the kill.

Of course, even if she publicly disses the man, it still won't be as awkward as Rubio and his water bottle during his 2013 State of the Union response. 

Someone keep this dude away from beverages during his campaign!

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