…… Sen. [score]Marco Rubio[/score] doesn’t want to run.
Honestly, I’ve been told Rubio’s term was up for the last couple of years and he couldn’t run again so I just went with that. Now it seems as if he made the decision “not to run,” and that changes things. If he can run and hold the seat and become a beacon of strong conservatism, the Senate will be more the better for it. We do not know what “behind the scenes”action is going on for Rubio to be steadfast at this moment to turn down these requests and pleas but it must be pretty big.
Mitch McConnell conducted a survey on Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday: At a GOP caucus lunch, he asked senators whether they’d like to see Rubio run for reelection.
Every hand in the room went up. And then the Senate majority leader told senators to get to work persuading Rubio to ditch his retirement from the chamber after one term and run again, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
National Republicans are growing increasingly worried about their chances in Florida’s open Senate race. And Rubio — adamant until now that he will seek a job in the private sector after his failed bid for president — is leaving the door open, if only a millimeter.
The Florida senator on Thursday said it was “unlikely” he would jump into the race, even as fellow Republicans began openly urging him to. A chaotic, five-way Republican primary has stoked worries that Rubio’s seat will flip to Democrats.
“I didn’t think it was fair for me to run for president and freeze that seat in a competitive state. So, I made my decision,” Rubio told reporters on Thursday afternoon. “I don’t have anything new to say from what I said in the past. … I made that decision and I’ve lived by that decision. Nothing’s changed.”
But pressed further whether he might change his mind and file for the seat by the June 24 filing deadline, he replied: “I don’t think so. Look, I enjoy serving with my colleagues, I respect them very much; I’ll always listen to what they have to say. But I don’t think anything’s going to change.”
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