Even though he says he hates the Senate and it’s a total bore, Marco Rubio wants to run for the seat he was happy to give up last year.
In a major reversal highlighting Republican fear over losing the Senate majority and his own plans for another presidential run, Marco Rubio on Wednesday broke a longstanding promise not to seek re-election, becoming an instant favorite but facing the challenge of running in a year featuring Donald Trump.
As a presidential contender over the last year, Rubio repeatedly said he would not seek re-election, dismissing the Senate as ineffective and out of touch.
“It’s frustrating to watch every day nothing happen, no matter who’s in charge, who you elect, who you give the majority to — nothing happens,” Rubio said in New Hampshire in November. Another time he declared, “You’re not going to fix America with senators and congressmen.”
In May, he tweeted: “I have only said like 10000 times I will be a private citizen in January.”
Now he’ll have to confront those words in a state that handed him an embarrassing loss in the March 15 presidential primary. His candidacy was rejected by all of Florida’s 67 counties except hometown Miami-Dade.