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Senator Rubio and Albert Martinez sharing a laugh

Rubio Hinting At Possible Gubernatorial Run?

By Javier Manjarres

Senator Rubio and Albert Martinez sharing a laugh

Senator Rubio and Albert Martinez sharing a laugh

Senator Marco Rubio is one of the “next generation” of Republican leaders who’s been blessed with a set of superior communications skills that enable him to articulate the conservative message better than most of his colleagues in the Senate.  While Rubio oftentimes attempts to insert some form of comic relief into his speeches, those of us who’ve covered him for quite some time agree that he should stick to his day job and leave the ‘funny-business’ to the professionals.

One of these attempts at “funny” occurred Friday morning during his bi-weekly political science teaching job at Florida International University where he works as a sort of a ‘color-commentating” professor.  The political science class he teaches with Professor Dario Moreno is held every Monday and Friday morning.

According to several students,Professor Moreno told the class that the Mid-term exam’s essay portion  would be based on one question.  He asked the class which of the following candidates they think would win Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial race- Governor Rick Scott, Alex Sink, Manny Diaz, or Charlie Crist.  In response to the professor’s question, a somewhat serious-sounding Rubio felt compelled to pose his own question to the class- “How about, who is not talking about running for governor who would have a high probability of winning?”

Moreno then turned and asked Rubio if he was considering running for governor, but Rubio laughed the question off.

Was Rubio really implying that if he were to run for governor of Florida- which he is almost certainly not going to do in 2014- that he would easily win?

Back in 2009, many thought running for Governor was a very real option for Rubio.  Prior to the commencement of his 2010 senatorial campaign, Rubio was mulling over his options to run for several elected positions, before announcing for U.S. Senate.  Two of the options Rubio was contemplating running for were Attorney General and Governor.


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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Read into the comment

    Or was he suggesting Governor Scott is vulnerable

  • Alice C

    Frankly, I prefer to see him running for governor than president.

  • Walker

    I think Mario is getting a little too full of himself. He better worry about whether or not he can get reelected Senator. He is showing his RINO colors in Washington.

    Plus, I think Rick Scott is doing a wonderful job as Governor, and I will feel nothing but disrespect for any Republican who runs against him in the primary. We have a great Governor!! We should all be supporting him .. . not talking about replacing with a RINO

  • Marian

    As much as I love Marco Rubio and think he would make a great Governor , I would like to see him go higher . I would love to see a Allen West/ Marco Rubio POTUS ticket for 2016.
    I can honestly say that as of right now, I think Rick Scott is doing a good job, I don’t agree with all but most and I would vote for him again.
    Now, IF, Rubio runs, Than I will have to change my mind and Vote for him, But then, If , WEST throws his hat in that race, Not only would I vote for him, But donate money, volunteer, Sell my first born

  • mascmen7

    Only 2 US Senators have become US president in modern era JFK and the Kenyan Imposter so Rubio would have a better chance as a governor as most presidents are former governors. Crist is next governor if Dems nominate him which is a 50/50 chance.

  • Professor Robert J. King, M.Div., Th.M., Ed.S.

    Rubio for FL Governor is a win-win for FL and for the Republican Party. The demographics of FL well match Rubio in a way that the entire nation does not. I love what Rick Scott has done and is doing, but he’s polling quite low and likely will lose in 2014. The BEST career path for Rubio is FL Governor, followed by U.S. Secretary of State. Gov. Bobby Jindal as P.O.T.U.S.? Ivy Leaguer, plus Evangelical-Roman Catholic with ample Executive branch experience as Louisiana Governor? Rubio for FL Governor in 2014!!

  • Luis R Vazquez

    I rather have him running for the Senate, but if he decides for Governor it will be smarter than going for the presidence.
    I really believe that he should establish himself as a good administrator, before going for the whole thing

  • yshaw1

    Rubio is bright and witty – no reason there to criticise. I have heard him speak and a little levity is a welcome relief to most of these politicians who take themselves sooooo seriously!

  • Walker

    First of all, I think Rick Scott is doing a great job, and I think he should run in 2014. In which case, I will not look favorably on any Republican who runs against him in the primary.

    Secondly, Rubio’s immigration bill has caused me to no longer trust him as a conservative. It’s the same bill that McCain tried to push through . . .which “we the people” called, emailed , and wrote letters to defeat.

    Thirdly, as far as Rubio running for Pres. or VP, he is not qualified , because he is not a “natural born citizen”. Surely he must realize that . . he’s in the U.S. Senate for pete’s sake. Surely he knows the constitution well enough to know he is not eligible.

  • Jerry M

    Mr Walter you are incorrect. Mr Rubio was born in Miami. His parents were naturalized citizens

  • FLgeezer

    Rubio has already taken the first step on the road to being approved for higher office. America is no longer sovereign.