AP: Marco Rubio Says He’s Running For President In 2016

Marco Rubio says he’s running for president, The Associated Press reported on Monday.

The 43-year-old freshman Republican senator from Florida reportedly said he feels “uniquely qualified” to discuss the future.

A Rubio political aide didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

The widely-expected decision is slated for an official announcement later in the afternoon at the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami, according to Rubio’s political team. He’ll become the third Republican to officially jump in the race after fellow first-term Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The decision to run for president means Rubio will not run for reelection to his Senate seat in 2016; he’s prohibited by Florida law from appearing on the ballot for two different offices.

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