WASHINGTON — Florida U.S. Senator and former Tea Party favorite, Marco Rubio, told ABC’s “This Week” program that he is ready for a presidential bid in 2016.
Reuters reported Rubio responded with a simple, “I do,” when asked if he’s ready to be the next U.S. president after Barack Obama’s second term expires. The 43-year-old U.S. Senator cited his fourteen years serving in the Florida state legislature as an example of his experience, along with his first term on Capitol Hill.
He also said he would not seek re-election as a Florida U.S. Senator if he does run for president in 2016. He said, “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.”
In answering the question about his readiness, Rubio added, “And most importantly, 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.”
He criticized the presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her time as Obama’s secretary of state. Rubio said, “I don’t think she has a passing grade.”