Rubio rules out run for governor, says he’ll return to private life

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Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio returned to Capitol Hill Thursday for the first time since suspending his campaign after losing his home state of Florida.

During a media availability with reporters, Rubio ruled out being a vice presidential candidate. “I’m not going to be anybody’s vice president. I’m not interested in being vice president, I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way … I ‘m not running for governor of Florida. I’m going to finish out my term in the Senate over the next 10 months,” he said. “I’ll be a private citizen in January.”

He also did not give an endorsement for any of the remaining candidates. He did say he believes the Republican Party will be fractured if Donald Trump is nominated.

“I think that’s going to happen now that the race has narrowed even further, hopefully there’s still time to prevent a Trump nomination, which I think would fracture the party and be damaging to the conservative movement,” Rubio said. “Of stuff that he says, there isn’t going to be any riots, but it’s a very unusual political year, people are going to write books about this year.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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