Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Marco Rubio ruled out appearing on the Republican presidential ticket in 2012 in the number one or number two spot, under any circumstances.
"I won't consider it. I don't want to be vice president of the United States. I want to be a senator," Rubio said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I'm not going to be on a ticket in 2012 … under no circumstances."
Instead of predicting the future of the GOP field, the Tea Party favorite from Florida said the most important call he can make is for presidential leadership. Without stewardship from President Barack Obama, Rubio said, America can't tackle Medicare, the deficit or its standing in the world.
"The president has failed to lead," Rubio said. "I want him to lead. Americans want him to lead."
"I'd rather him lead than just hope my party succeeds, but he's not leading and we're going to pay a tremendous price for that," Rubio said.
If he fails, Rubio said he should be replaced in the next election.
"Anybody's beatable in American politics," Rubio said. "I learned that myself."