Rubio Gives up on Senate: ‘He Hates It’
Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t feeling the Senate anymore. For a man that is trying to become president, a severe lack of commitment is a worrisome problem to have.
“I don’t know that ‘hate’ is the right word,” Rubio said in an interview. “I’m frustrated.”
Rubio made it clear that he will not run for the Senate anymore, it is president or nothing.
“That’s why I’m missing votes. Because I am leaving the Senate. I am not running for reelection,” Rubio said.
The Washington Post reports:
Five years ago, Rubio arrived with a potential that thrilled Republicans. He was young, ambitious, charismatic, fluent in English and Spanish, and beloved by the establishment and the tea party.
Sen. Marco Rubio, who’s running for president in 2016, is known for his stances on immigration and tax reform. Here’s the Florida Republican’s take on Obamacare, the Islamic State and more, in his own words. (Julie Percha/The Washington Post)
But Rubio had arrived at one of the least ambitious moments in Senate history and saw many of his ideas fizzle. Democrats killed his debt-cutting plans. Republicans killed his immigration reform. The two parties actually came together to kill his AGREE Act, a small-bore, hands-across-the-aisle bill that Rubio had designed just to get a win on something.
Now, he’s done. “He hates it,” a longtime friend from Florida said, speaking anonymously to say what Rubio would not.
Which makes for an odd campaign message.
Rubio must convince voters that his decision to leave the Senate — giving up the power he already has — is actually a mark of character, a sign that he is too dedicated to public service to stay.
Rubio is not a quitter, the argument goes.
In fact, that’s precisely why he’s quitting this place.
“He wouldn’t be doing what he’s doing now if he were a quitter,” said Norman Braman, a Florida auto dealer and one of Rubio’s longtime donors.
See the full story at the Washington Post.
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