Senator Marco Rubio isn’t running for reelection to the U.S. Senate, at least that is what he has been telling the American public.
Up until the tragic mass shooting in Orlando this past weekend, Rubio has been steadfast in saying that he would not seek reelection, but that may have changed.
Now after being visibly moved by the carnage and personally seeing the aftermath of the shooting, Rubio maybe reconsidering his options.
Appearing on The Hugh Hewitt radio show, Rubio was asked this question by Hewitt:
“Does this horror change in any way your resolve not to seek reelection, senator?”
How did Rubio respond?
“Awww. You know, um, I haven’t even given it thought in that perspective other than to say that I’ve been deeply impacted by it.”
“I think when it visits your home state, and it impacts a community you know well, it really gives you pause to think a little bit about, you know, your service to your country and where you can be most useful to your country,” Rubio continued. “We live in a very dramatic moment in our history. I think we’re at a tipping point here moving into the next election. Irrespective of who the next president is, I think we’re going to face some real foreign policy challenges, given some of the things both of the candidates have outlined. So you know, obviously I haven’t thought about it from a political perspective, but it most certainly has impacted my thinking in general about a lot of things.”
“Well, obviously I have a couple of things in play. It’s not part of our plan as a family…And … I have a friend of mine who is running for the U.S. Senate. So I want to be fair, Hugh. I haven’t thought about it in that context. I really don’t want to link the two things right now, because I don’t want politics to intrude in all of this.”
And even more…
“Well, as I said, my family and I will be praying about all this, and we’ll see what I need to do next with my life in regards to how I can best serve.” (Source)
Recent polls have Rubio tying or leading Democratic senatorial frontrunner Rep. Patrick Murphy, so no wonder the Republican senatorial poobahs want Rubio to run for reelection to the Senate.
The five GOP Senate candidates, including Lopez-Cantera, have all failed thus far to garner the necessary traction needed to win a statewide campaign.
Rubio can be partly blamed for this as his profile has long overshadowed the GOP senate primary race.
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