At Thursday’s caucus lunch, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked a question. Who in the conference would like it if Rubio stuck around the Senate for another six years? As Politico reported Thursday, no one in the room thought it was a bad idea.
“Every hand in the room went up,” Politico wrote.
Rubio once said that he intended to run for president in 2016 and nothing else, but pressure is mounting for the freshman senator to give that decision another look. A report published by CNN Thursday morning chronicled how donors and strategists were begging Rubio to jump back in the Florida Senate fray as it looked increasingly unlikely that the Republicans could keep the seat without him.
The Republican’s Senate majority is already vulnerable and losing Florida could give Democrats the edge.
Rubio told reporters Thursday on the Hill that it was still “unlikely” he would change his mind about another Senate run.
“I made that decision and I’ve lived by that decision. Nothing’s changed,” Rubio said according to Politico.
Reporters kept asking, according to Politico, but when asked if he might change his mind Rubio said, “I don’t think so. “