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Rubio Said He Wouldn’t Run For Senate Again. He’s Changed His Mind.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has decided to run for the Senate again after previously rejecting the idea.

Rubio announced his intention to seek re-election in a statement posted on his website.

“Control of the Senate may very well come down to the race in Florida,” Rubio said. “That means the future of the Supreme Court will be determined by the Florida Senate seat. It means the future of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal will be determined by the Florida Senate seat. It means the direction of our country’s fiscal and economic policies will be determined by this Senate seat. The stakes for our nation could not be higher.”

The junior senator admitted that he had changed his mind on running.

“There were two paths before us,” Rubio said. “There was one path that was more personally comfortable and probably smarter politically. But after much thought and prayer, together we chose to continue with public service; to continue down the path that provides the opportunity to make a positive difference at this critical and uncertain time for our nation.”

This is what Rubio tweeted out in May:

Which led columnist Michelle Malkin to have this cynical response:

The polling data is certainly clear that Rubio has the best chance of winning against the Florida Democratic Senate candidates, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL). It’s possible this may have influenced his change of heart, but there’s reason to believe that he had other intentions in mind.

The GOP establishment in the Senate, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and whip John Cornyn (R-TX) had been pressuring Rubio to run for re-election. Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has also pushed for Rubio to run for re-election. As Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz pointed out, “They are concerned that with a divided and crowded establishment field, [Rep. Ron] DeSantis [(R-FL)], with the help of groups like Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund, would be able to win and become another [Sen. Ted] Cruz [(R-TX)] ally into the Senate.”

“This 5/16 tweet from Rubio, who just announced he IS running again, earns 10000 flaming pants on fire.”

Michelle Malkin

But first and foremost to Rubio is his desire to become president, as Hot Air’s Allahpundit explains:

Temporarily retiring to be a lobbyist or a banker or whatever would have been lucrative but the path back to national prominence wouldn’t have been easy. Rubio had the “future of the party” niche to himself for the past few years; pols like Nikki Haley and Ben Sasse are going to compete for that in 2020. If Rubio had left politics, he’d risk becoming “old news” and he’d lose his ability to shape legislation on which he’ll base his national platform when he runs for president again. And Rubio’s sensitive to the idea that an ambitious pol needs to move quickly to capitalize when he has some political cachet. That’s why he refused to stand aside for Jeb Bush in running for president. He watched Obama seize his chance in 2008 when Democrats were telling him to stand aside for Hillary. That paid off. Like O, Rubio’s a young man in a hurry. Running this year and losing his Senate race is hugely risky in that it would all but finish him off as a serious presidential contender, but dropping out of politics for awhile runs a similar risk. He’d rather take an active risk than a passive one, it seems. Can’t say I blame him.

Rubio’s political career may not be over just yet.

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