During an interview with News Radio 970 WFLA, former presidential candidate Marco Rubio discussed his Senate run and made it clear that he has no plans to run for president in 2020.
Rubio was responding to a question about how Florida residents could be sure he would serve a complete senate term.
‘First of all, because I’ve said it. Not only am I going to serve for six years, I’ve been honest with people, the things I want to achieve, some may take longer than six years to achieve. So that’s what my focus is on, 100 percent.’
Rubio continued, making a jab at his opponent, Patrick Murphy, who has raised questions about his dedication to the Senate.
‘If I wanted to run for something else, I wouldn’t have run for Senate. My opponent keeps saying I’m gonna run for president. If I wanted to run for president in four years, I would have just stayed out of this race and started running on November the 9th, which a lot of other people are going to do. I wouldn’t have run for re-election at the last minute in the toughest swing state in the country, in a year as uncertain as this one.’
Rubio expressed similar sentiments during an interview with John Dickerson of Face the Nation back in June, shortly after he announced his re-election run.
“I didn’t run for the Senate to run for president again,” he said. “I’m running for re-election because I’m going to be a senator. I’m going to spend six years in the Senate making my mark on behalf of the people of Florida, but also on behalf of the things that are important for America.”
Rubio caused some people to question his plans to serve a full Senate term after he added “God willing” to his promise during the Florida Senate debate that took place on Monday. Since then, though, he has insisted repeatedly that he is focusing solely on the Senate and has no plans to run for president.
Despite his lack of consistency — he also said that he had no plans to run for the Senate just a few months ago — Rubio currently leads his Democratic opponent by 4.2 percentage points, according to the Real Clear Politics poll average.
Listen to Rubio’s interview below, via News Radio 970 WFLA.
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