(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.