Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is planning to announce he’s running for president today here in Miami, using the Freedom Tower as his backdrop.
Well, not to rain on his parade, but I am confident that this is going to be the high point of his run for the White House. The most he can hope for is second or third place in the primaries behind Jeb Bush and either Scott Walker or some other flavor of the month (hey, it’s been a while since we’ve heard from Chris Christie), and perhaps be considered as a vice presidential candidate. The problem with that is that if the nominee is Jeb Bush, Mr. Rubio is constitutionally blocked from being the on the ticket with someone from the same state.
If Mr. Rubio decides to keep his campaign going, Florida law prohibits him from running for re-election to the Senate. So he’s going to have to make a decision about that, and assuming his ego is as strong as it appears to be, he’s going to stick to the presidential run and thereby open up his seat for a race back home. And there are already people jockeying for that race.
The presumptive Republican frontrunner, Jeff Atwater, currently the state’s CFO, has decided not to run, leaving the GOP field wide open. The Democrats already have Rep. Patrick Murphy announced for the race, and while the Democrats don’t have a lock on the election, they do better in Florida during a presidential election year.
As for Marco Rubio, I’m sure he’ll land on his feet either as a high-powered lobbyist or a host on Fox News.