(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.
A senator with some common sense. Who seriously has the audacity to think working less than one full term as a senator qualifies them to be president?
No way, no how would I vote for Rubio, so the feeling is mutual.
"Great" Your smarter than we thought you were?
Rubio the R.I.N.O. if you want more of the same vote Rubio
He has much to learn, before he could ever be ready.
As the backlash will soon be felt by the American voters against the republicans, that may be a wise decision on Rubio's part! I can't wait to see the slaughter coming!
Rubio is a smart guy and wise to hold back for now. Just needs some more experience learning the ropes and then he may be ready. Hopefully, it won't be too late to undo some of the damage inflicted upon us by the current operative.
Those ConservaFascists have no morals at all. Only reason they would want Rubio to run is for the hispanic vote. Being the best U.S. Senator from Florida? I highly doubt it.
The GOP needs to be very careful. Rubio has baggage too.
I like it. Contrary to our National Twit, $arah Palin, this guy appears to be actually interested in performing his job, and doesn't have his personal notoriety as his primary goal.
That is funny: Rubio however (did) not rule out the possibility he would accept a vice presidential offer (if) it was extended.
Is this a new strategy to become President if you are absolutely unqualified? Get the second position and go from there? OK, if it was good enough for Ms Palin – why not for him? If not successful at least a great money maker! The GOP/TP just knows how to entertain with more stupid stuff every day!
Please. Rubio got lucky he was in a 3-way race in FL.
A national election would not be so fortunate for Sen. Rubio to overcome his hypocrisies and glaring inconsistencies with party credit card abuses of donors' funds.
No way, no how you had a snowballs chance in you know where of winning. With so many wing-nuts running on the GOP side, who knows who will win the nomination and subsequently get slaughtered at the general election?
A Republican with some sense? This could be trouble for Democrats in the future.
Tp young , to soon. Let him prove himself. Look what we got with Obama.
Damn.. and here I was hoping that we could get rid of our junior Senator sooner rather than later. Whatever!
If this chump was ever a star, it was a "shooting star"
Now he is only looking for away to put his whole family on staff as paid consultants or lobbyists.
Wow a politician who knows his limits. No one could be prepared to be president after just one term in the senate, he knows the voters won't fall into that trap ever again.
That's a GOP star? I thought Palin, Bachman, Gingrich and Huckabee were the GOP stars? It's hard to keep up with right wing whack job reality TV.
The GOP is uncharacteristically late with any candidates formally announcing that they are entering the race. They are about 6 months late and still counting. I don't think Rubio really wants to run for POTUS, not yet. He's trying to raise his stock for the #2 position on the ticket. So is Gov. Christie.
Someone should ask either one of them if they would accept a VP nomination. That's the right question to ask.
Oh ghez STAR....seems like the media is deeming another republican a star. That makes about 1001 doesn't it. Looks like they should all walk around with and Oscar in their arms...you know for effect. And to let everyone know that they are a star, Like Palin, Bachmann, Huckabee, Newtie, Rudi, Romney and the list goes on and on and on. All stars YOU BETCHA. That is according to the republican corporate owned media.
He is too close to an investigation. His platform...get rid of social security, cut medicare and medicaid and be damned to seniors and the middle class. Ask his how is family got started in the US. He is from Cuba you know....ALL GOVERNMENT HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He got his so no one else should.
I am moving out of Florida....too many like Rubio down here...selfish!!
Bravo Marc. It's good to see someone that knows 40 hours of Senatorial experience isn't a qualification for the presidency.
GOP star??? what the hell are they talking about. I live in Florida and so far all this guy has done is flip flop on the issues he ran on in addition to serious ethical concerns when he was speaker of the state senate. Is CNN now th king maker? why are you calling him a star if in his own state he is not viewed that way?
if he becomes President, America is going to be sold out to Mexico to drug cartels...true...I do not know how is he elected in the first place.....Florida got to be idiotic....that's it....