14 / 16

Marco Rubio

U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) holds his son Dominick as he sits next to his wife Jeanette (R) during a public event to sign election documents to officially qualify as a Republican party candidate for the U.S. Senate in West Miami, Florida April 27, 2010. Former Vice President Dick Cheney endorsed Republican Marco Rubio in Florida's U.S. Senate race and coupled his announcement with sharp criticism of Rubio's competitor, Governor Charlie Crist. As conservative favorite Rubio picks up momentum before the August 31 primary, support for Crist has been dropping in the Republican Party to the extent that the Florida governor has been contemplating whether to run as an independent. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Sen. Marco Rubio

Addressing what he calls a "growing opportunity gap" between people with and without advanced educations, Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for state-accredited alternatives to four-year colleges and income-based repayments for college loans.

The Florida senator and possible 2016 Republican presidential contender also says Congress should establish an independent accrediting agency to assess free courses offered over the Internet and elsewhere as transferrable credits. (AP)

Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries and follow us on Tumblr