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Marco Rubio says Orlando shooting gives him 'pause to think' about where to serve



Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that the Orlando attack has given him some "pause to think" about how he can serve. He stopped short of saying he would consider running for re-election, but an exchange with radio host Hugh Hewitt raised the possibility.

Here is the exchange with Hugh Hewitt:

HH: Does this horror change in any way your resolve not to seek reelection, Senator?

MR: You know, I haven’t even given it thought in that perspective other than to say that I’ve been deeply impacted by it, and 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. 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.

HH: Now that I ask, will you at least consider it again?

MR: Well, obviously I have a couple of things in play. It’s not part of our plan as a family. And certainly wasn’t part of, 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…

HH: I understand, but…

MR: But suffice it to say that…

HH: …there are people who know this issue. You are one of them.

MR: Yeah.

HH: And…

MR: 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.

HH: Senator Rubio, I appreciate that. I hope it leads you to stay in the United States Senate. Very few people know this issue as you do, and I hope your service extends.

[Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2016 10:40am]


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