Politics

Rubio to Trump: I'm Not Interested in VP

Trump rival says he still has reservations about him

Marco Rubio says he will focus on representing Florida, keeping a "conservative majority" in the Senate and help conservative candidates across the country. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump's running mate should fully share his policy views and that someone is not Marco Rubio.  

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Rubio again made it clear that he has no interest in the No. 2 spot on the Republican ticket this November, and that he's not sure yet whether he'll even attend the party convention in July. He hasn't thought much about it.  

Rubio said he has been busy reentering the Senate after an 11-month campaign, and said he had not spoken with the Trump campaign about running with the real estate mogul. And that's fine with him.  

[Cruz won't rule out a return to the race] "I believe he would be best served by someone who more fully embraces the things he stands for," Rubio said. "That's not me."  

On Monday, Rubio also doused the prospect of sharing the ticket since dropping out of the race, saying on his Facebook page that his "previously stated reservations about his campaign and concerns with many of his policies remain unchanged."  

Last week, CNBC asked Trump if any of his 16 original rivals for the nomination could be his VP choice. “I would say probably a 40 percent chance within the group. I’ve gotten to be friends with a lot of those people,” the business mogul said.  

[Why Trump Could Do Lasting Damage to the GOP] Rubio dropped out of the presidential race on March 15 after he lost to Trump in the Florida primary.  

Though, Rubio did say that it was smart that Trump planned to meet Republican leaders in Washington on Thursday. However, he doesn't know if there is a "roadmap" for him to ultimately win support from reluctant lawmakers and other party heavyweights turned off by his blunt and unpredictable style, and his startling policy pronouncements.  

"We'll see where we are" in a few months, he said.  

   

[The Case for Gingrich as Trump's Running Mate] "My sense is he's going to continue to be who he is and that’s who the Republican voters nominated," Rubio said.  

He hopes Trump can be "persuaded away" from some of his positions, especially on foreign policy, that have alienated establishment Republicans.  

Rubio is often asked about his next steps now that he's out of the race for president and leaving Congress at year's end after serving only one term.  

For the moment, he has said he's focused on his current job, and is not looking now to run for governor of Florida. But he has not ruled out a return to public office down the road.  

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