Florida Republican Marco Rubio “not running for president”

March 30, 2011

While the world waits for  potential Republican candidates to decide whether they are in or out of the 2012 presidential race, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is leaving no room for speculation.

“I am not running for president in 2012. Because I want to be a United States senator. I want to be the best United States senator that Florida has ever had,” Rubio said in an interview on ABC’s “Nightline.”

“I just got elected three months ago so how can I be a full-time United States senator if my eye’s already on running for  something else?”

Rubio, the biggest Tea Party success in the 2010 congressional elections, has said it before — he’s not considering a presidential bid at this point in his career.

But that didn’t stop ABC’s Jonathan Karl from pressing the issue  during the Florida freshman’s “first national television interview” since being elected.   (The new senator was doing his “first live network interview on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.)

“Speculating about it is problematic because when you speculate about it what you’re basically saying is, ‘I’m thinking about something other than the job I have,’ ” Rubio said.

ABC says Rubio was not quite so definitive about speculation that he’s the odds-on choice to be the Republican vice presidential nominee  in 2012.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (Rubio (R-FL) (L) stands next to his wife Jeanette Rubio as he takes part in a ceremonial re-enactment of his swearing-in by Vice President Joe Biden)

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