(CNN) - Cross at least one Republican off the potential 2012 presidential list: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says there's no way he's going to seek the White House next year.
In an interview with ABC News that aired Tuesday morning, the fresh-faced senator said it's too soon in his career to consider a presidential bid.
"I'm not running for president in 2012," said Rubio, considered to be among the GOP's up-and-coming rock stars after knocking off ex-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in a Senate primary last year and cruising to victory in the general election.
"I want to be United States senator. I want to be the best United States senator that Florida's ever had," added the 39-year-old Rubio who was formally the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. "I just got elected three months ago, so how can I be a full-time United States senator if my eye's already on something else?"
Rubio however did not rule out the possibility he would accept a vice presidential offer it was extended.
He probably looked at the GOP competition and said to himself, "This is a circus! I'll just sit this one out until the next round."
Good for you Rubio. How refreshing to see a GOPer/TeaPer who has enough sense to realize they will never become President of the United States, and leave it at that.
Good decision. Why would Rubio enter a race that he has no chance of winning?
What beguiling humility, so unlike the hubris of another beginning senator who thought he was prepared to run for president from the get-go. Now, we suffer from his inexperience on a daily basis. Life does have lessons to teach. Charm and personality are not enough to lead a country; one cannot merely vote "present." Hard decisions – not dithering and reversals – are possible only for those who have a developed political philosophy based on experience. Good for you, Marco. I don't know enough about you to know whether I agree with your politics, but I applaud your approach to serving and your humble recognition that there is so much to learn.
Infinitely better than Palin. When Conservatives and Republicans refuse to acknowledge that their candidates are idiots, point to Rubio as a sane, reasonable conservative. He puts the Palins, Bachmanns and O'Donnells to shame. Don't run for VP with a weak presidential candidate, Rubio. You'll only tarnish your image. Just bide your time.
Rubio finally said one thing I agree with....It's too soon.......Right check back in about 100 years but doubt if you'd be ready then........Rubio VP? Wow the Repubs ARE REALLY short on qualified candidates....Palin, Bauchman, Loser Newt.....What a crew..........Really Pathetic
You dont have the brain for the job.
Wow!!! The entire CNN web site has not ONE story on the "Fast and Furious" gun walking program that was approved by the DOJ (Eric Holder loser). This allowed 1700 high-powered weapons to be bought by Mexican drug cartels. The gun shops alerted the ATF and were told to allow it to happen!!! But not one story from CNN – Communist News Network.
Oh please! even the VP nod this young man doesn't deserve it. He has no idea yet how things function!
This is odd? Maybe we have a sensible one in the GOP after all. All we have seen so far for the nominees, are a bunch clowns from the GOP
K,,, how is this news? He always said he would never run this year, What's your next headline, CNN. "Obama Elected President"???
Rubio and Christie may be the only 2 who can save our nation from our downward socialistic spiral from Barackracy. The Dems are here are too short sighted to see this, they are just focus on "gimme stuff" and "punish those who work harder and are better human beings than I am".
The republican's are becoming more and more desperate by the day ! They know that what they have in the pipeline of potential candidates won't have a chance against Obama ! The smarter one's are looking at this scenario and saying I'm sitting this one out ! Obama is more intelligent , more pragmatic , and all around better for our country than anyone the GOP has to offer ! Obama 2012 !