Marco Rubio announced around 10 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, he will go back on his word of retirement and seek his second term as the Florida state Senator, according to “The Washington Post.” This sudden announcement does not come as a surprise to many experts and followers.
Rubio’s return has been a rumor circling political analysts and TV networks since the mass killing in the Florida Senator’s home base of Orlando.
The former presidential nominee, who finished in a close third, just behind Trump, during the Iowa caucus in February, made his decision public in an interview with the “Miami Herald.” His entry to run cuts it extremely close to the final deadline on June 24.
Previously, Rubio had decided not to run for re-election and announced his decision after failing to come within double digits of a victory during the GOP primary held in his home state. However, according to “Politico,” he has a great fear of losing the house majority to Democrats in an election year, which according to polls across the country, shows a very difficult path for Republicans to keep the house.
The tragedy in Orlando has “deeply impacted” Rubio, however, he said that this was “a decision not made in D.C., but back in West Miami over Father’s Day weekend.” Rubio also stated that this was a decision made with his wife and four children.
Rubio said on Twitter that the goal behind his running for re-election is that he wants Florida to have a major role in the fiscal budget, economic policies, Iran nuclear deal and the overall direction of the country.
Ted Cruz announced his endorsement. “Marco is a friend,” Cruz stated in his public endorsement, saying that Rubio has been “an ally” in many battles fought in the Senate.
Written by T. Aaron DeGeorge
Edited by Cathy Milne
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