If Marco Rubio jumps into the Senate race it will be portrayed as an act of service and party loyalty, a way to protect the GOP majority.

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Behind Rubio's Senate decision, hopes for another presidential run

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If Marco Rubio jumps into the Senate race it will be portrayed as an act of service and party loyalty, a way to protect the GOP majority.

But Rubio’s decision is also a story about self-interest.

He wants to run for president again, as early as 2020, and being in office has clear advantages over the “private citizen” he vowed to become. Rubio's ambition is one of the immediate challenges he’ll face if he goes forward with the plan.

Would-be rival Carlos Beruff asked the million dollar question:

“The most important question for Marco Rubio to think about today as he decides whether to run for reelection: Are you willing to look the voters of Florida in the eye and commit to serving out an entire 6-year term in the U.S. Senate? Do you commit to not running for President in 2020? Do you pledge to truly serve the people of Florida by showing up to work and not missing votes or committee hearings?” read an email this afternoon from Beruff’s spokesman, Chris Hartline.

“If Rubio runs and refuses to make this pledge, the voters of Florida have a simple choice: do you want Carlos Beruff, who will bring his real-world experience to the problems facing our country or do you want Marco Rubio, a career politician who will simply use the Senate as a launching pad for his future political ambitions?"

Beruff and others have begun to compare Rubio to his 2010 nemesis Charlie Crist.

[Last modified: Monday, June 20, 2016 1:35pm]

    

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