Marco Rubio Puts Friendship Before His Senate Seat

Pressure building on him to change his mind in Florida
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2016 12:54 PM CDT
Marco Rubio Puts Friendship Before His Senate Seat
Marco Rubio says he'd maybe run for reelection to the senate...if his friend wasn't already running.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

You know what they say, bros before strategically important Senate seats. Marco Rubio tells CNN he'd consider running for reelection to the Senate if only his "real good friend" Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera wasn't already running for the seat. "I think he's put in time and energy to it, and he deserves the chance to see where he can take it," Rubio says. Since launching his failed presidential bid, Rubio has said he wouldn't be running for reelection to the Florida seat. “I have only said like 10,000 times I will be a private citizen in January," he tweeted recently. But MSNBC reports Republicans have started an "organized effort" to get him to change his mind.

Republican senators—and even Donald Trump—are pressuring Rubio to run, fearing that without him a Democratic candidate could win the seat. “Poll data shows that Marco Rubio does by far the best in holding onto his senate seat in Florida. Important to keep the majority. Run, Marco!” Trump tweeted. This coming from a man who, NBC News reports, once said Rubio couldn't get elected dogcatcher in Florida. Rubio has until June 24 to change his mind and file for reelection. Rubio does say he plans to run for something again in the future, either the presidency or another office. (More Marco Rubio stories.)

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