In an interview conducted during a visit to New Hampshire in May 2014, Rubio stated that he was ready to be president. He stopped short of announcing a run, and stated that if he did run for the presidency, he would not seek re-election to the Senate. Rubio has visited Iowa and New Hampshire since the 2012 presidential election. He also gave the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address in 2013 but had an awkward moment reaching for a drink of water. There have been 16 Senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.
PreparationsOn April 11, 2014, Rubio's chief of staff resigned from his post in order to lead Rubio's Reclaim America PAC. He made his first ever Senate primary endorsement on June 2, 2014, when he endorsed Joni Ernst from Iowa.
- ABC News, "Sen. Marco Rubio: Yes, I’m Ready to be President," May 11, 2014
<ref>tag; no text was provided for refs named
Cite error: Invalid
- United States Senate, "Senators Who Became President," accessed October 16, 2013
- Washington Post, "Marco Rubio announces staff changes sure to fuel 2016 talk," April 11, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Marco Rubio, Joni Ernst and an owl," June 2, 2014