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Marco Rubio: I’m Ready to Be President

On ABC’s This Week, Senator Marco Rubio told Jonathan Karl that he is ready to be president, but that his viability will depend upon which “vision” the Republican party “wants to follow.” “I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there,” Rubio explained. “And I think we’re very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria.” If he runs, Rubio promised that he would not simultaneously run to retain his Senate seat. “I believe that if you want to be president of the United States, you run for president,” he suggested. “You don’t run for president with some eject button in the cockpit that allows you to go on an exit ramp if it doesn’t work out.”

Rubio was keen to note that, while he may have been in the Senate for only four years, he has “served now in public office for the better part of 14 years.”

On the issues, Rubio confirmed that immigration reform was now on the back burner, but that he remained “convinced that we need to do something our immigration policy in this country.” “We’re not going to grant blanket amnesty to 12 million people,” he acknowledged. “But we’re also not going to round up and deport 12 million people.” He took a swing at Hillary Clinton, arguing that, eventually, she was “going to have to be held accountable for its failures, whether it’s the failed reset with Russia or the failure in Benghazi that actually cost lives,” and suggested that the Obama administration was far more worried about what it should say on questions of foreign policy than about what it should do. As secretary of state, Rubio said, Clinton gets an “F.”

Rubio was also asked about climate change. The preferred policies of the Obama administration, he said, would “destroy our economy.”

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