Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is looking forward to becoming a private citizen next year

By Tierney McAfee
Updated March 18, 2016 03:30 PM
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It’s all or nothing for Marco Rubio. After dropping out of the 2016 presidential race following a disappointing showing in the Super Tuesday 2 primaries, the Florida senator says he plans to close the door on his political career after his Senate term ends next year.

“I’m not going to be vice president,” he told reporters in Washington, D.C., on Friday. “I’m not running for governor of Florida. I’m going to finish out my term in the Senate over the next 10 months and then I’ll be a private citizen in January,” he said with a smile.

Asked whether he would consider being Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s running mate, Rubio replied, “I’m not going to be anybody’s vice president. I’m not interested in being vice president.”

Rubio arrived on Capitol Hill for the first time since he ended his campaign Tuesday night after losing the Florida primary to GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

While Rubio said he wasn’t ready to announce his endorsement, he said he hoped Republicans would support Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich over Trump.

“Hopefully there’s time to still prevent a Trump nomination, which I think would fracture the party and be damaging to the conservative movement,” Rubio told reporters.

Meanwhile, the Florida senator and one-time rising star of the Republican party said he plans to “work really hard here and we have some things we want to achieve.”