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Carlos Lopez-Cantera says he has no indication Rubio has changed plans to run for re-election

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera

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Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera



Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera said on a Fox News Channel interview Wednesday that he has no inside information on whether his friend Marco Rubio will run for the U.S. Senate again, despite being with Rubio on Sunday.

“I don’t have any indication that anything has changed,” Lopez-Cantera said this morning on Fox & Friends during an interview.

His comments come days after Rubio said in a radio interview that the tragedy in Orlando had given him pause to think about how he can best serve and appeared to leave open the possibility of running for the Senate again.

Lopez-Cantera said he spoke with Rubio on Sunday about the shooting that left 49 people dead.

“And we were both just affected by what we were witnessing there. This horrific and horrible tragedy,” Lopez-Cantera said. “It makes anyone pause to think about their place in the world, not just from a political standpoint but from a human standpoint.”

In recent interviews, Rubio has been supportive of Lopez-Cantera’s campaign to replace him in the U.S. Senate, including agreeing to help host a fundraiser for Lopez-Cantera on June 24, the last day of qualifying for the U.S. Senate race.

Lopez-Cantera is one of five Republicans running to replace Rubio in the Senate, though Rubio has been getting increasing pressure from Senate Republican leaders to seek re-election because he represents their best chance to retain the seat in a narrowly divided Senate chamber.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:30am]


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