Marco Rubio shoots down VP trial balloon
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The Senator closed the book on the idea during a Thursday interview.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says he’s not interested in the No. 2 slot on the 2024 presidential ticket.

During a Fox News interview, the Senator rebuffed a question from host Brian Kilmeade about being Donald Trump’s running mate.

“Well, we’re both from the same state, so that’s probably not going to work that way,” Rubio said.

The Senator added that Trump “ultimately” is “going to win” and “going to be our next President,” but predicated his case on a reading of the 12th Amendment that two men on the same ticket can’t be from Florida.

That’s not exactly true, PolitiFact noted in 2015, when exploring the question of whether Rubio and Jeb Bush could run together.

Article II of the Constitution does stipulate that “electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves.”

That’s not an outright ban, but it could cause problems in a close election. The 12th Amendment leaves openings for novel if improbable solutions, including the Senate voting on Vice President, or the Electoral College voting to elect a new Vice President and leaving the House to choose the President.

Rubio endorsed Trump on Jan. 14, when Gov. Ron DeSantis was still an active candidate.

“When Trump was in WH I achieved major policies I had worked on for years (like expanded Child Tax Credit & tough sanctions on regime in Cuba & Venezuela) because we had a President who didn’t cave to special interests or let bureaucrats block us. I support Trump because that kind of leadership is the ONLY way we will get the extraordinary actions needed to fix the disaster Biden has created,” Rubio posted to X.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Ain’t gonna happen

    January 25, 2024 at 10:14 am

    It is pointless to discuss any Floridian as a Trump running mate. It would immediately prevent Florida’s electors from voting for the ticket – per the, uhh, Constitution. And Trump is not changing his residency to NJ or back to NY – he doesn’t want their state courts to have in personam jurisdiction over him.

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 25, 2024 at 11:15 am

    I ain’t buying Little Marco’s attempt at distancing himself from Trump.

    As pictured here, Rubio looks to have pink eye, no doubt transmitted from Trump’s open sores.

  • PeterH

    January 25, 2024 at 12:35 pm

    Trump’s cabinet was chock full of revolving door appointees who served in an attempt to protect their narcissistic president from doing further damage to our intelligence agencies and international partners. Many were incompetent the first time around ….. particularly economic advisors who made absurd and expensive business bail out decisions in the early days of COVID.

    After Trump’s insurrection on January 6th and his promised vendetta…… few competent advisors will step up to Trump’s side for another brutal four years of chaos. We can expect a government by stupids led by the king of corruption and incompetence!

  • MH/Duuuval

    January 25, 2024 at 2:33 pm

    “Li’l Marco” is forever adjusting his politics to what he perceives to be the prevailing winds. Perhaps the drubbing he took from DJT onstage in 2016 has caused him to hear footsteps 24/7.

  • Lex

    January 26, 2024 at 8:41 am

    Rubio needs to clearly vow to take immigration seriously. The issue destroyed Marco’s otherwise skyrocketing career. Marco put the cart before the horse and tried to do a global immigration reform similar to the boondoggle that happened in the Reagan presidency where people were granted citizenship, but the border remained open. The deal can only be done in phases. Phase I: Truly close the border to 99.9% of illegal immigrants for a significant amount of time and in a bipartisan way that won’t allow a future Democrat President to ignore the policy. Phase II: have an open discussion on handling illegals already in the USA. Until you control the border, no one can have an honest evaluation of how many illegals we need to decide how to handle and we have no guarantee that whatever options we consider would not include untold hordes in the future. At that point, you can evaluate compassion vs common sense/practicality. We also need to consider that illegal immigrants might forever forfeit some benefits and rights such as voting rights.

  • Leonard

    January 26, 2024 at 2:15 pm

    If you know anything about Rubio you know that he is a machiavellian…he is in the game to win…and he will do anything it takes to win. It also means he never forgets…and he will forever view Trump as an enemy..not only for beating him in 2016…but for humiliating him (the label “Little Marco” will never go away). Rubio took 2016 very personally (who wouldn’t)…he will only support Trump because he has no choice.

    • Michael K

      January 26, 2024 at 4:54 pm

      Oh, he has a choice all right. What he lacks is a spine, and a moral compass.

  • Craven Florida

    January 26, 2024 at 7:53 pm

    So gross, so craven.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 27, 2024 at 11:30 am

      Craven understates the reality as Little Marco is owned lock, stock, and barrel by gun extremists:
      Gun control activists call out Marco Rubio on NRA …
      Florida Politics › archives › 497779-gun-co…
      Feb 17, 2022 — The group [Brady Center] found that Rubio has received $3.3 million in National Rifle Association donations over his career. That’s enough that former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is asking who Rubio really works for.

      Mucarsel-Powell is the likely D opponent against Slick Rick in the upcoming US Senate race.

  • Josh Green

    January 27, 2024 at 4:35 pm

    Remember that noose that January 6th cretins brought the White House? Think anybody wants to be El Presidente Trumps VP after that?

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 29, 2024 at 7:59 am

    Little Marco thought it was a Chinese spy balloon.

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