10 important hug techniques Marco Rubio has used on the campaign trail

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For politicians, hugging is part of the job. Sometimes it can win you votes. Other times, it can sour you to your base for life — hi, Chris Christie.

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For U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), who is announcing his run for president on Monday, one hug also played a significant role in the formative moments of his political career.

In 2009, as Rubio considered mounting a challenge to incumbent, then-Republican Sen. Charlie Crist in the following year's election, he trailed in polls by 30 points. But as President Barack Obama stopped in Florida to pitch his $787 billion stimulus plan, Crist appeared as a guest and greeted the president with a hug. Rubio seized upon the moment, and the rest is history.

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But Rubio has also weaponized the hug for good purposes. Here are 10 techniques he's used when embracing constituents and others on the campaign trail.

The Two-Armed Reacharound

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The Closed-Eyes Embrace

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The Long Build-Up 

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The Two-Armed-Reacharound-That's-So-Good-The-Other-Guy-Doesn't-Even-Know-Where-To-Put-His-Hand 

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The It's-Hard-To-Hug-While-You're-Pulling-My-Neck 

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The Lean Over

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The Cautious Embrace With Some Outside Encouragement 

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The Double

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The Presidential 

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Brett LoGiurato is the senior national political correspondent at Fusion, where he covers all things 2016. He'll give you everything you need to know about politics, with a healthy side of puns.

Elena Scotti is a New York-based visual artist and Fusion’s senior photo editor and illustrator. She eats more pizza than your entire family combined.

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