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The '2020' question will hang over Marco Rubio



On the day in June he reversed his vow not to run for re-election, Marco Rubio refused to say if he would serve out a full six-year term. In a fresh sign of how that refusal will play a prominent role in the general election, Patrick Murphy this morning seized on a CNN report in which Rubio says “No one can make that commitment."

“I can,” Murphy said in a news release.

The Democrat will continue to hammer that message until November.

At issue is whether Rubio, 45, would run for president again in 2020 should Hillary Clinton win this fall. He says he’s not thinking about that, but anyone with half a clue about politics knows it’s a possibility.

And that possibility has Rubio declining to answer questions about the future. “I'm done making unequivocal statements about anything," he told the Tampa Bay Times on June 22, adding he was "fully committed to coming back and making my mark in the Senate."

Rubio campaign: "Since getting into the race in June, Marco has said he's running for re-election because he wants to continue serving Floridians in the Senate. Unlike Patrick Murphy, Marco has been there for Floridians and will continue to fight for them."

Asked how Murphy has not been there for Floridians, spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas replied: "Supporting dangerous Iran deal, voting against Zika funding, wanting to close Guantanamo, asking to hold off on algae funding until he can hold a press conference."

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:50am]


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