• With: Sen. Marco Rubio

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, CPAC this weekend. You're going to speak.

    RUBIO: Right.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Have you written your speech yet?

    RUBIO: You know, I usually write notes for speeches. I very rarely write out a speech because I just don't have the time most of the time.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Have you done your notes?

    RUBIO: Yes, I mean, you know, it's not really a new message. It's pretty a consistent message, you know, and that is that this country -- I think we have to analyze where we are today in 2012 as we head towards this election. We have a president that inherited a bad economy and high unemployment. He got everything he wanted from his friends in the Congress, and everything got worse. And now he's asking for a four-year contract extension.

    So -- and obviously, he can't run on his record. This is a president who has run some -- in 2008, for example, he ran the most negative campaign in American history in terms of the funding and the amount of money he spent on negative attack ads. We can expect more of the same in 2012 because he can't run on his record.

    And what else are you seeing from the president? He's trying to divide Americans against each other. He tells Americans that the only way for some of us to do better is for other people to do worse. And Americans don't buy that.

    At the end of the day, Americans know -- you look at the product of the American century, where America -- in 1945, America's economy was about $200 billion. Today it's $15 trillion large. That's what our economy is. In the last 10 years or in the last 20 years, it's tripled in size. That's the miracle of America.

    Are we going to walk away from that and instead go the direction of these other countries that -- whose economic policies people flee and come here to get away from? That's really what the president's asking us to do.

    VAN SUSTEREN: What's the Senate like? This is your first term.

    RUBIO: Slow.



    RUBIO: Yes.


    RUBIO: It's just a slow institution. I think it's designed to move slow, but not this slow. You know, I think the only thing that troubles me is, I get that there are major disagreements here, and that's why we have elections. And some of them are so big, we have to take it to the American people in November. But there are things we agree on, and not even those things are getting action.


    RUBIO: I don't know. I think the politics of it, probably. But I think that's the question you have to ask of the folks that run this place. Why aren't we getting action on these items? Perfect example is a bill, a bipartisan bill that I filed in December with Senator Coons. And this is a bill that's called the Agree Act. It basically went through and took all these ideas that Republicans and Democrats agreed on. We can't get a hearing on it. We can't get any traction on it. It makes no sense.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Can't -- and why not, though?

    RUBIO: I don't know.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Can't -- can't anyone go to Senator Harry Reid and say, Let's get some traction on this?

    RUBIO: I -- well, I would imagine that Senator Coons or others have probably tried. I know that I've certainly talked about it. We can't even get the White House to support it. Why? I don't know. But that's what the fundamental core of what happens in our country.

    And by the way, look at the Senate. We're now three weeks into this work period. We've voted on one bill. I mean, there's no action. It's not like this country doesn't have any problems or is on autopilot. We have serious issues to confront. And we haven't done anything in the year- and-a-half that we've -- in the year that we've been here. We haven't had a budget in a thousand-something days.

    So my point is that I wish there was more of a sense of urgency about the issues that our nation is confronting.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, I know you say that you love your job, you have a lot to do for Florida. I know you get asked this all the time. But if tapped to be on the ticket...


    VAN SUSTEREN: And you laugh! Or in cabinet, would you do it if asked?

    RUBIO: No, well, I'm not going to be asked.

    VAN SUSTEREN: OK, well, let's say you are asked.

    RUBIO: Well, I'm -- hypotheticals are always dangerous.

    VAN SUSTEREN: Hypothetical.

    RUBIO: No, look, I don't do hypotheticals. Let me just say that I'm not going to be asked. I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee. It's not me playing coy. I think that the Senate is an important place, and we need people in the Senate that stand for the limited government principles...

    VAN SUSTEREN: How do you -- how -- how are you going to -- if the Senate is so slow...

    RUBIO: Yes.

    VAN SUSTEREN: ... that things don't get done, how are you going to change things?

    RUBIO: We need new senators. And that's why we hope we'll have a majority of people here next year that agree that these issues need to dealt with urgently. And I think that means new leadership. So that's what I hope we'll be able to do in this coming election cycle, make the argument to people across this country that we need a few new senators to come up here and change the way the Senate does business. And if we do that, we'll be better off.

    VAN SUSTEREN: What happens when you and Senator Harry Reid pass in the hall?

    RUBIO: Oh, I don't have any personal problems with anybody.

    VAN SUSTEREN: I know you don't, but, like, Hi, Senator...