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Rubio again insists if he were running for president in 2020, he wouldn't be in Senate race

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and his Democratic opponent shake hands before Monday's U.S. Senate candidates debate in Orlando.

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and his Democratic opponent shake hands before Monday's U.S. Senate candidates debate in Orlando.

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio again tried to strike back at criticism that he is only running for re-election to position himself for another White House run in the year 2020.

During an interview on AM Tampa Bay on WFLA-AM 970 this morning, Rubio was asked how voters can be sure he’s going to serve a full 6 year term if he wins re-election.

“Well, first of all because I said it,” Rubio told hosts Jack Harris and Tedd Webb.

He didn’t stop there.

“If I wanted to run for something else, I wouldn’t have run for Senate," Rubio said. “If I were going to run for president in 4 years, I would have just stayed out of this race and started running on Nov. 9th, which is what a lot of other people are going to do. I wouldn’t have run for re-election at the last minute in the toughest swing state in the country, in a year as uncertain as this one."

His comments follow his answer to a similar question during a debate with his Democratic rival Patrick Murphy on Monday. Rubio was asked if he was going to run again for president.

“I’m going to serve six years in the Senate, God-willing, and I’m looking forward to it,” Rubio said.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:27pm]

    

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