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Rubio shies away from talk of 2018 election



Sen. Marco Rubio does not want to talk about the 2018 race for U.S. Senate.

Fresh off re-election, he's safe in his seat for six years, but Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson is up for election next year. And it appears likely Gov. Rick Scott could challenge Nelson for the seat.

Nelson and Rubio have a close relationship as the sitting senators from Florida, despite their differing party labels. So asked Monday by the Associated Press' Gary Fineout whether Scott should throw his hat in the ring, Rubio bristled.

"I don't know. Running for office is a decision people have to make on their own," Rubio said. "I want us to have a Republican majority and grow that majority, but I have a good working relationship with Bill Nelson, so I'm not going to jump into an electoral argument right now."

[Last modified: Monday, November 21, 2016 5:46pm]


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