‘Good choice’: Marco Rubio happy with Ben Sasse at UF

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'He'll do a really good job.'

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is joining the list of backers of U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, who will leave the Senate for the University of Florida presidency.

“I think he was a good choice,” Rubio said during a radio interview Friday. “He’ll do a really good job.”

“He’s been a university president before,” referring to Sasse’s tenure at Nebraska’s Midland University, a much smaller school than UF.

Rubio talked about how he wanted the school to remain affordable with courses that lead to an education with a degree, and not deviate from its core mission.

“I don’t want it to become one of those weird places where weird things are happening,” Rubio added, saying his hope under Sasse was that it would remain a “normal university” that would “teach and empower” future leaders.

Sasse was the presidential search committee’s only named choice to succeed outgoing Kent Fuchs, president since 2015. UF’s Board of Trustees will consider his appointment when it meets next month.

Rubio spoke to the Sasse hiring Friday, during an appearance on Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson Show, taking a position that put him opposite of former President Donald Trump.

“Great news for the United States Senate, and our Country itself. Liddle’ Ben Sasse, the lightweight Senator from the great State of Nebraska, will be resigning,” Trump posted to Truth Social, as first reported by the Tampa Bay Times. “The University of Florida will soon regret their decision to hire him as their President … We have enough weak and ineffective RINOs in our midst.”

Sasse, once a “Never Trumper,” was endorsed by President Donald Trump. But the former President later mocked the Nebraska Senator as “a quiet little boy,” a “loser” and a “sleaze bag.”

DeSantis’ Office told the Times that “as a successful former university president, national leader, and deep thinker on education policy, Ben Sasse has the qualifications and would be a good candidate.”


Anne Geggis of Florida Politics contributed to this report.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ocean Joe

    October 7, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Weird things…like requiring the professors to complete surveys about their personal beliefs. Weird things like making Ladapo a professor to justify paying him an exorbitant salary so Gov. Destupid could recruit a covid denier to serve as surgeon general.

    Marco, if you get reelected, who will you be this time? A moderate who works across the aisle, or a Magat who once offered the promise of serious immigration reform only to slip away like a greased weasel the moment the immigrant haters came for you.

    You claim your parents lost their country to socialism, but the truth is they left while Batista was still in power for economic reasons,
    and Batista’s corruption is an inescapable reason why the poor in Cuba were willing to give their lives to support Castro and his revolution. Everybody suffered. We don’t need that here and the corrupt, incredible disparity of wealth pre-Castro led to it.

  • Hope

    October 8, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Are you kidding me, Marco?! Marco should be leading the charge to denounce this position as SASSE is a traitor, so why should we reward him with a university presidential position? Rubio needs to take a stand against this.

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