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Marco Rubio says he won't run for Florida governor in 2018

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke with reporters when he returned to work in Washington on Thursday, less than two days after he suspended his campaign for president.

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Sen. Marco Rubio spoke with reporters when he returned to work in Washington on Thursday, less than two days after he suspended his campaign for president.

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Marco Rubio today ruled out running for governor in 2018, ending any speculation he'd jump at the next big opportunity.

"I'm not running for governor. I'm not running for re-election to Senate," Rubio told reporters in Washington.

He also ruled out being a vice presidential running mate.

Rubio would not speculate beyond that. He said he'll finish his term, "and then I'll be a private citizen in January."

There was widespread talk Rubio would eye a return to Tallahassee, it also seemed unlikely.

For starters, it would emphasize Rubio jumping from one thing to the next.

The Florida primary showed, moreover, he's got issues with the conservatives who put him in office in 2010, a job Rubio skimped on as he sought the presidency. There is also a bench of Republicans, namely Adam Putnam, who will likely seek to replace Gov. Rick Scott.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 3:50pm]

    

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