Less than two days after suspending his 2016 presidential bid, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) revealed that though he will finish out his current term, he does not plan to seek re-election in the U.S. Senate or run for governor of Florida. Rubio also forcefully asserted he won’t be “anybody’s vice president.”
Via The Blaze and CNN:
“I’m not interested in being vice president,” Rubio told reporters on Thursday. “I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way. I’m not gonna be vice president. I’m not running for Governor of Florida. I’m going to finish out my term in the Senate and over the next ten months we are going to work really hard here — we have some things we want to achieve — and then I’ll be a private citizen in January.”
To make it perfectly clear, Rubio clarified, “No, I’m not running for reelection to the Senate.”
You can’t help but see and hear the weariness and a sense of defeat in Rubio’s remarks, both of which are completely understandable at this juncture. He put forth a fierce fight and no doubt he’s not only disappointed but also exhausted from it all. So could Rubio’s perspective change over time and with some distance? Stranger things have happened, and we all know that “never” or, in this case, “not running,” rarely is set in stone in politics.
Personally, though I didn’t agree with Rubio on everything, his was an articulate voice for many of the principles that make America great. Whether or not you supported Rubio, do you think his decision to step away from the political realm is a loss for the Republican party specifically — and the conservative cause more generally?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]