Marco Rubio dodges question if he would leave Florida to be on Donald Trump’s ticket

He discussed the folly of speculation and the weaponization of the courts, but did not answer.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio dodged a question whether he’d leave Florida to be Donald Trump’s running mate.

During a live interview on Fox News Sunday, host Shannon Bream pressed Florida’s senior Senator on rumors he’s on the former President’s short list for Vice President.

“There may be a technical glitch with having two people from the same state when it comes down to an electoral college vote,” Bream noted, referencing a long-debated constitutional concern. “Would you leave the state of Florida or change your residency if you were asked to join the ticket?”

The Miami Republican changed the subject multiple times without answering yes or no to the question. Instead, he turned discussion to whether Trump’s ongoing trial in New York is politically motivated.

“Leaving me aside for a moment, I think that before anyone decides to move from their state, you better make sure you move to a state where there’s not some DA (district attorney) that makes a career after going after Republicans,” he said, “because what we’re seeing all over the country right now is the weaponization of our criminal justice system.”

He went on to say the politics around the hush money trial were well documented, repeating allegations made by Trump himself in the case. That included inferences that New York Judge Juan Merchan supports President Joe Biden’s re-election, New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg had ill motives bringing charges, and the case was intentionally being tried in New York City in the “most liberal county in America on ridiculous charges.”

“The rest of the world is watching that saying, you know, this is the stuff that America used to sanction other countries for doing well, it’s happening here in America. But But I think that that’s something that we need to be focused on because I do think that has an impact on people’s thinking about getting into politics.”

He also suggested questions of Vice President prospects were meaningless.

“The vice presidential choice for Donald Trump is going to be made by one person and that’s Donald Trump,” Rubio said, “and all this other stuff is just speculation.”

But with a Republican National Committee meeting in Florida this weekend, hosted by Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Rubio said he was confident Trump had other good options for a running mate and for Cabinet appointments.

Bream, clearly spotlighting none of that answered her question, circled back to the original topic.

“So if you do move, not to New York,” Bream said, “that won’t be your choice. We got that.”

“That’s a pretty good guess,” Rubio replied.

“If you decide that you have anything to tell us about that, or if you, you know, want to consider your residency elsewhere, let us know,” Bream said.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Elvis Pitts "AMERICA'S BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

    May 5, 2024 at 8:20 pm

    Good evening America,
    I, Elvis Pitts American, join the writer in a hardy belly laugh …. HA Ha Hardy Har Har ….. as everyone already knows Elvis Pitts American has already issued a Sage Proclamation that Ron DeSantis will be Trumps running mate.
    Again more Sage Laughter ….. HA Ha Hardy Har Har,
    Elvis Pitts American

    • Impeach Biden

      May 5, 2024 at 8:44 pm

      Don’t think it will be DeSantis either.

      • Hung Wiil

        May 7, 2024 at 4:03 pm

        Right. It is not going to be someone from Florida, and it is not going to be a foreign policy hawk either.

        It will be either Doug Burgum or Tim Scott.

  • Impeach Biden

    May 5, 2024 at 8:33 pm

    Don’t think it will be Marco, but man anyone is better than that duo of incompetents currently ruining the Country now. Slo / Genocide / Bidenomics has got to go.

  • Assuming it happened, where would Rubio move, to the best benefit of the Trump-Rubio ticket? There are some delicious possibilities, I suppose, but seriously, Folks … I’d suggest somewhere with a significant-sized Hispanic community in a State that was “in play”. Texas and California come to mind., of course. IMHO, California is the “Big Enchilada”, with a Democratic Governor who has Presidential ambitions of his own.

    • Michael K

      May 6, 2024 at 8:54 pm

      Puerto Rico.

    • Hung Wiil

      May 7, 2024 at 4:12 pm


      Hi there. You are clueless, sir.

  • PeterH

    May 5, 2024 at 9:02 pm

    Trump will never get elected president. Voters need to understand that if they vote for any third party candidate like Kennedy….. they are effectively voting for Trump.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 7, 2024 at 7:54 am

      Yes the short term result of a 3rd party candidate taking a few percentage points can be the “other” guy being President, but the long term result needs to be remembered. As long as we all keep voting out of fear of the “other” guy winning, all we’ll ever get is the same old useless choice between which side we prefer on the same old coin.

      That said, the downside of Trump getting back in, yeah, I’d recommend the “other” guy, Biden, be kept on. The risk of Trump goes far beyond 4 more years of his discord, disarray, distemperment, and attempted dismemberment of Congress and the VP.

      If Congress and Pence had been dismembered that one day, where would be right now? Would we be having an election this November when the guy in office constantly claims elections are rigged and so unfair blah blah blah? No. No, he wouldn’t have any more elections because “they’re corrupt!”

      So yeah this time, and this time only, vote like the USA having an election for President in 2028 depends on it.

  • Ain’t happening

    May 5, 2024 at 11:32 pm

    The Constitution of the United States requires senators to be residents of the state they represent, with no exception for running for a higher office. Ditto for governors serving under Florida’s constitution.
    Neither Rubio nor DeSantis will be resigning their offices in order to let Florida’s electors vote for them.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 6, 2024 at 7:24 am

      It’s would be Ponzi level embarrassing for Rhonda to resign because Trumps says so, considering how Rhonda didn’t resign when it was just Florida state law that said to resign. That would be yet another admission from G0Ps that they really do think Trump is above the law.

  • T

    May 6, 2024 at 5:28 am

    So disappointed in Rubio….what happened to his values? He’s fallen so far.

    • Hung Wiil

      May 7, 2024 at 4:13 pm

      He’s better off than are you, MR T.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 6, 2024 at 7:21 am

    How about if Little Marco is not on Trump’s ticket? Would he leave Florida then? Please?

    • Impeach Biden

      May 6, 2024 at 8:47 am

      Can we get Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to leave then too?

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 6, 2024 at 11:24 am

        If they run off together, I’ll take that!

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