The Senator from Florida sat down with This Week’s Jonathan Karl on Friday while on a visit to the key state of New Hampshire and teased on the possibility of a 2016 Presidential run (via Memeorandum):
He’s a 42-year-old freshman senator, but when asked by Jonathan Karl on “This Week” if he’s ready to be president, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida answered without hesitation.
“I do … but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run … I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize, I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years,” said Rubio. “Most importantly, 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.”
When asked if he was qualified to run, Rubio reiterated that the Republican Party has several qualified candidates.
“The question is what — who’s vision is the one that our party wants to follow?” he said.
Rubio – who spoke to Karl on Friday in New Hampshire — said that if he decides to seek the presidency, he would not simultaneously seek re-election as a senator for the Sunshine State.
“I believe that if you want to be president of the United States, you run for president,” he said. “You don’t run for president with some eject button in the cockpit that allows you to go on an exit ramp if it doesn’t work out.”
I’ll just go ahead and put it out there for the record that if Rubio definitively decides to run for President later this year, he’ll be a frontrunner for my vote. He, along with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, are intriguing figures in Republican politics and both articulate strong visions for their respective states – and America’s – future very well. With Rubio in particular, he has a crossover appeal on a national level that the party desperately needs. He’s appealing to younger voters, Hispanic and other immigrant voters, is strongly pro-growth and pro-life, and has an extremely compelling family history.
Make sure to read the rest of his interview with Karl as he talks about the “grade” he would give former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as his thoughts on whether or not “climate change” is “man-made.”