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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.[1] 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.[2] There have been 16 Senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.[3]


On April 11, 2014, Rubio's chief of staff resigned from his post in order to lead Rubio's Reclaim America PAC.[4] He made his first ever Senate primary endorsement on June 2, 2014, when he endorsed Joni Ernst from Iowa.[5]