Rubio:  No ‘eject button’ if he runs for president
May 11th, 2014
12:25 PM ET
2 months ago

Rubio: No ‘eject button’ if he runs for president

(CNN) – Marco Rubio said that if someone wants to be president, they should fully commit to just that, adding that candidates shouldn't try to hold their congressional seats while pursuing the White House.

The Florida Republican said in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC that, should he decide to launch a 2016 campaign, he won't run simultaneously for re-election for his seat in the U.S. Senate.

“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."

Rubio also told ABC's Jonathan Karl that said he's ready to be commander in chief, "but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run."

Rubio has noted that Florida law prohibits candidates from being on the ballot for two offices, a rule he described as "the right law."

Past White House hopefuls have run for two offices at once, and the next group of presidential candidates will probably have to make the same judgment.

Kentucky, for example, has a similar rule to Florida’s, but allies of Sen. Rand Paul, another potential 2016-er, in the state’s GOP-controlled Senate passed a bill that would allow a candidate to simultaneously seek more than one office.

Rubio gives Clinton an "F" at State

Rubio's comments come two days after he made his first visit to New Hampshire, a key primary state, to talk to Republicans at the Granite State's Freedom Founders dinner. In his speech, Rubio took an apparent shot at a potential 2016 presidential opponent: Hillary Clinton.

Although not referring to Clinton by name, Rubio said: “They're threatening to nominate someone now who wants to take us to the past, to an era that is gone and is never coming back. The 20th century is gone. We live in the 21st century, a time of extraordinary challenges but also extraordinary opportunities. And that's where our party must step in.”

He again leveled heavy criticism at Clinton on Sunday, telling ABC he thought American's former top diplomat deserved an "F" for her tenure at the State Department.

"I'm sure she's going to go out bragging about her time in the State Department. She's also going to have to be held accountable for its failures, whether it's the failed reset with Russia or the failure in Benghazi that actually cost lives," he said.
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"If you look at the diplomacy that was pursued in her time in the State Department, it has failed everywhere in the world," Rubio added.

Rubio once led the pack in a list of Republicans considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. But in a CNN/ORC International survey released this week, only 6% of Republicans picked Rubio as their favorite in the next presidential race.

But despite his falling popularity in recent surveys, Rubio said he doesn't pay much attention to the polls.

CNN's Greg Clary and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Marco Rubio • New Hampshire
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Juvenal451

    No eject button? What about "404 – Not Found"?

    May 11, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. 333maxwell

    "Rubio gives Hillary an “F’’ as secretary of state"

    So I have to give credit where credit is due.

    I didn't think Rubio even knew the aphabet.

    May 11, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. tom

    Now what was that about inexperience that the GOP kept leveling on Obama? And what about the birther thingy? And the comments about moving the country forward? Then he better join another party, because the GOP is ALL about looking back to some mystical time that was so much better.

    May 11, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Thomas

    I don't think Marco likes Rand Paul .

    May 11, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. chris87654

    RUBIO / PALIN in 2016 !!!!!

    May 11, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. chris87654

    RUBIO / BACHMANN in 2016 !!!!

    May 11, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. mikeb

    Don't worry Marco . Americans will hit the eject button for you if you decide to run .

    May 11, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Gary

    There is no "Eject" button but there is a " Reject" button and I bet more than 60% of Americans will push it Marco.

    May 11, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Brent Babcock

    And what particular skill set or attribute would the politician from Florida have to offer?
    1. Honesty?
    2. Maturity?
    3. World View?
    4. Other Ethnicity Blindness?
    5. National and Regional Issue Awareness?
    6. Free from the Affects of Potomac Fever?
    7. Lack of Education in Technology?
    8. US Military Service?
    9. Religious Confusion or Bias?

    May 11, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. SLT

    Rand Paul will squash Rubio like a bug in primaries

    May 11, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. sharkguitar

    I sure hope he Rubio runs for President because he is always good for a laugh. Future of the Republican party? LOL! The dude isn't even bright enough to think to have a drink of water before giving the Republican response to the SOTU. Has he ever accomplished anything in the Senate? Nothing I'm aware of. Most of what I've heard about him involves putting a lot of personal charges on his GOP credit card, that was promptly taken away. His term has been an Epic Fail……F-

    May 11, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Steve

    So Marco is in the grading business. He thinks he's a teacher but most of us think not. Marco Rubio a man devoid of ideas and imagination is another GOP loser. Criticizing without a thought to fixing and improving he is like his GOP brethren a two year old stomping his feet saying NO NO NO. The people of Florida made a mistake in electing a man who cares not a whit about them but is in love with himself. Like his father Narcissus he looks in the mirror each morning and declares himself the fairest of all. So enough of Rubio and the rest of GOP money machine who have been tearing America. Enough is enough.

    May 11, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Sally Wells

    Oh GREAT! Another science denier. Maybe he'll pick Sarah Palin as his veep pick.PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

    May 11, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. James Hall

    Well then if it means Rubio is resigning then by all means RUN MARCO RUN!

    May 11, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. don in albuquerque

    Won't need a button. He's already been ejected.

    May 11, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Mark Greenbaum

    Mr Rubio, your comments regarding your belief that climated change is not human activity indicates to ke that you have some knowledge on tne subject. But you don't. Do you have a PHD in climatoloty? Have you spent a career studying oir climate? If you want to debate the policy and politics of climate change, great. That's what you should be doing. But to challenge the science shows ignorance. The environment doesn't care what you believe or for that matter what I believe (for the record I am a scientist). Republicans should be leading on this subject. Comments like yours are the problem with our Republican party – encouraging ignorance not enlightenment. You are on the wrong side of this issue and if you chose not to lead on motigating climate change to the extent we can will cost lives, property and money.

    May 11, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Sen Rubio must looking at his falling poll numbers with trepidation. His barbs aimed at Hillary and flip flop on immigration is a calculated move to rid himself of the RINO label and appeal to the extreme conservative purists. Time magazine's poster child as the savior of the Republican Party turned out to be another Romney clone.

    May 11, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @SLT: "Rand Paul will squash Rubio like a bug in primaries"

    And then the gop establishment will force Jeb down your throats, since he's committed to being a good little puppet like his brother before him (and what Mittens also agreed to).

    May 11, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Jim Radburn

    When I heard Rubio say that people are not the cause of climate change problems, I now realize he is an ignorant republican dunce who is appealing to those who believe that the earth is flat, was created in 6 days and that dinosaurs never existed-you know-the brainwashed, braindead bible belt.
    This is the base of republican party.

    May 11, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Galactus

    Just another slimy politician who refuses to enforce our Federal immigration laws and deport all 12 million illegal aliens. I will never vote for him and ask my friends to not vote for this slime either.

    May 11, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. footsailor

    racism, willful ignorance, fraudsadomoralism, greed, deception, self-deception

    May 11, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Rider

    This must be a huge internet hoax.

    May 11, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    I wouldn't worry about an eject button when you can't even load.
    Castro from Texas has a better chance as a first Hispanic president than you. At least he's on the right side of those not rich and he might not need as much water as you do.

    May 11, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. pete

    an eject button from a cockpit on an off ramp? what kina metaphor is that? hint a bad one.

    May 11, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. Lizzie

    ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority., no only if the press likes the one running for President, will he or she be elected, new slogan vote for the FIRST WOMEN PRESIDENT and you will make history, remember the one you did not like before, because then was the slogan, vote for the first black president and you will make history

    May 11, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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