“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.)