If Hillary Clinton takes the White House, there’s one former 2016 contender we now know won’t be in the 2020 race. Well, at least for now…
Marco Rubio had previously said as early as October 2015 that he wouldn’t be running for Senate again following the Republican primary. “In November of next year, I will either be the president of the United States or a private citizen again, because I have no sense of urgency.” As we all know now, he is seeking re-election in Florida, stating in June that “I think that the point that really drove me to change my mind is that as we enter this kind of new chapter in our history here is, there’s another role the Senate plays that I think can be really important in the years to come.“
Now, he’s coming out with a new promise. As the Daily Caller reported: Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won’t run for president in 2020, Rubio told local radio station News Radio 970 WFLA Wednesday.
“If I wanted to run for something else, I wouldn’t have run for Senate,” Rubio said. “My opponent keeps saying I’m gonna run for president. If I wanted to run for president in four years, I would have just stayed out of this race and started running on November the 9, which 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.”
Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy attacked Rubio during the Florida Senate debate Monday evening, asserting that Rubio will only serve as senator if there are no other options available. Rubio responded by saying that he would not run as president in 2020, “God willing.”
“As far as my commitment to the office … that’s proven by my record of achievement,” Rubio said.
Thus far, the polls show Rubio as the expected winner in his race, with the Real Clear Politics average showing him leading by an average of 3.8 points. The poll with the largest sample size shows him ahead by eight points.
If Hillary Clinton does wind up being our next president, there may be more than a few Republicans praying Rubio flip-flops again on a campaign decision.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]