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Sen. Marco Rubio declares he's ready to be president

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks to a group of GOP activists at the Rockingham County Republican Committee’s Freedom Founders Dinner on Friday in New Castle, N.H. Rubio’s weekend visit to New Hampshire fueled speculation that he’s getting ready for a presidential run.

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks to a group of GOP activists at the Rockingham County Republican Committee’s Freedom Founders Dinner on Friday in New Castle, N.H. Rubio’s weekend visit to New Hampshire fueled speculation that he’s getting ready for a presidential run.

The 2016 presidential primaries are less than two years away, and the prime season for thinking about running — and couching your thoughts in the vaguest language possible — is nigh. But Republicans seemed a bit more open about their future ambitions on this week's menu of Sunday shows — especially Sen. Marco Rubio.

The senator from Florida was already stirring up 2016 gossip with his presence in New Hampshire this weekend — his first visit to the early primary state in two years. ABC's Jonathan Karl interviewed him there Friday, and their conversation aired Sunday morning on This Week With George Stephanopoulos.

Karl asked him the question obviously prompted by the scenery: Do you think you're ready to be president? Instead of crafting an appropriately ambiguous response, Rubio said, "I do."

"I'll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don't realize," Rubio said, "I've served now in public office for the better part of 14 years."

This is "true for multiple other people that would want to run," he acknowledged. "I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there, and I think we're very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria."

On CNN, former presidential candidate Rick Santorum mentioned himself as a 2016 contender the public might be interested in following.

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