MIAMI, Fla -Florida's newest U.S. Senator has barely been in office for 5 days but in nearly every interview since being sworn in on January 5th, Republican Marco Rubio has been asked about his aspirations for 2012.
Rubio has repeatedly sought to shut down any speculation that he may run for president, but speaking Monday to a local radio station in Fort Myers, Fla., Rubio also rejected any talk of becoming a vice presidential pick on a potential GOP ticket.
"No, and I don't spend anytime thinking about it," Rubio said bluntly to FOX 92.5 radio host Trey Radel.
"I'm flattered that people would ask that question, because I think they mean it in a complimentary way. By the same token, I recognize that this job ,this is the one job that I wanted, I wanted to be a U.S. Senator, not a vice presidential candidate, not a presidential candidate," Rubio continued. "I didn't run to use it as a stepping-stone; I ran because I wanted to be a U.S. Senator."
Rubio has been rumored as a 2012 VP short-lister since beating Democrat Kendrick Meek and independent candidate Charlie Crist in the November 2nd election, which the former Florida House Speaker & Jeb Bush acolyte, won by double-digits. Rubio's rise was fueled early by the Tea Party political wave, and he is considered by many Republicans to be a formidable part of the party's future, as a telegenic, Latino Conservative who is as fluent, and articulate in Spanish, as he is in English.
Listen to radio interview here: