Rubio speaks out about future plans
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Marco Rubio went back to work Thursday at an office-- not on the campaign trail and spoke out for the first time since Tuesday’s primary defeat about his future plans.
Florida's freshman Republican Senator is only 44-years-old and is one of the most prominent Hispanic voices in a party that badly needs to make inroads with Latinos.
Many of his supporters said they hope that he takes another shot at elected office in the future. But now he's taking time to push the pause button and finish his work on Capitol Hill.
Rubio said Thursday that he will not endorse another Republican and said he has no plans to campaign as a Republican's running mate.
"Yeah, I don't have any announcement on that today. I'm still talking through with our folks. We're still in the process of thanking all the people who were helpful to us," said Rubio. "No, I'm not going to be anybody's vice president, I'm just not going, I'm not interested in being vice president. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way, I'm not going to be president, I'm not running for governor of Florida. I'm going to finish out my term in the Senate over the next 10 months; we're going to work really hard here. We have something we want to achieve and then I'll be a private citizen in January.”
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry endorsed Rubio and campaigned with him in northeast Florida. Curry didn't speculate on Rubio's future but said he will respect the will of the people and, just like Rubio, Curry plans to watch awhile before endorsing anyone else.
“Look, I’m proud to have supported my friend Marco Rubio. But the voters spoke. This is how the Democratic process works,” said Curry. "The voters in state of Florida, people here in Duval County and Jacksonville, picked Donald Trump. And I respect that. As the Republican candidate he won the state of Florida, and I will pay attention and see how this plays itself out in the weeks ahead, see who the nominee ultimately is.”
One reporter questioning Rubio Thursday said he seems exhausted and ready for a political break.
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