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A second Senate term for Marco Rubio?

Marco Rubio for Senate?

Marco Rubio for Senate?

For a couple months now, Marco Rubio has been among the most vocal advocates to massive funding to thwart Zika - sounding more like a fierce advocate for Florida's interests than for primary voters in Iowa and South Carolina.

We've seen him make what had become rare local appearances in Florida communities and media outlets.

We're seen Rubio's team encourage stories like these:

May 4 Politico: Rubio learns to love senate

May 6: Miami Herald: The political rehabilitation of Marco Rubio (" With seven months left in his term, Rubio has pointedly devoted himself to being full-time senator.")

Today from CNN: Rubio faces pressure to run for reelection as GOP fears grow over his Senate seat

Impossible not to wonder whether Rubio is positioning himself to run again for the job he dismissed as virtually irrelevant while running for president. Certainly, GOP leaders would love to see him run again considering none of the five Republicans running to succeed Rubio in the sSnate has managed to raise much money or enthusiasm. That race could determine control of the Senate.

So could it be time to dig out those Marco Rubio in 2016! bumper stickers again?

No way. Nope, Negative. Hell no, Not gonna happen, Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos assures The Buzz (and Rubio pal Carlos Lopez-Cantera).

"He has repeatedly closed the door on that.," Burgos said. "He will be a private citizen in January 2017."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:04pm]


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