Being Senator Is Not a ‘Stepping Stone,’ Rubio Says

Enough with the veep talk, Senator Marco Rubio says:

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) said Monday that he has no interest in becoming his party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012. 

Rubio, a newly elected senator who’s considered a rising star in the GOP, rejected running on the Republican Party ticket in two years. 

“No, and I don’t spend any time thinking about it,” Rubio said on 92.5 radio in Fort Myers when asked if he’d be open to serving as the party’s vice presidential nominee. 

“I’m flattered that people would ask that question, because I think they mean it in a complimentary way. But, by the same token, I recognize that this job — this one job that I wanted, I wanted to be a U.S. senator, not a vice presidential candidate, not a presidential candidate,” Rubio added. “I didn’t run to use it as a steppingstone, I ran because I wanted to be a U.S. senator.”

“I’m not going to be able to do this job well unless I’m 100 percent committed to it,” Rubio said. “And even with 100 percent of my focus on it, it’s going to be a tough job. So I can’t afford any distractions, or any of these other things.”

I wrote a little about Rubio and the new look of Congress here

Kathryn Jean Lopez — Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and an editor-at-large of National Review. Sign up for her weekly NRI newsletter here. This column is based on one available through Andrews McMeel Universal’s Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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