Marco Rubio willing to be VP but insists there’s been no talks with Trump camp

If Marco Rubio were picked to become Donald Trump’s Vice President it will potentially open his Senate seat early if Trump wins

On Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio said he was open to joining former President Donald Trump as his running mate.

However, he again insisted he had no conversations with Trump or his campaign team about being the vice presidential nominee.

Rubio appeared on “Meet the Press,” where he had a contentious back-and-forth interview with host Kristin Welker over abortion, immigration, and whether he would accept the results of the 2024 Election.

Rubio has been viewed as one of the potential contenders for Trump’s running mate and his name has repeatedly surfaced in news reports speculating about it. But he’s just one of several people who have been mentioned in recent weeks. During a rally in Minnesota on Friday, Trump said that a “lot of people think” that it could be North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

When asked point blank if he would consider becoming the vice presidential nominee, Rubio said, “I’ll do whatever the campaign asks me to do.”

But Rubio added that it was “presumptuous” even to discuss the selection and that no one knows Trump is going to pick other than Trump himself. He said that political reporters were speculating and that most of the people he’s spoken about as the vice presidential pick are members of the media.

“Why would I opine on something that I have never talked to the campaign about?” Rubio said at one point.

Rubio added that he would “virtually do anything” to ensure that Trump defeats President Joe Biden in November and that he did say that being vice president would be an “incredible place to serve.”

If Trump picked Rubio to become vice president, it would potentially open up his Senate seat early if Trump ultimately wins. Rubio won a new term in 2022, and if he resigned to become Vice President, then Gov. Ron DeSantis would get to appoint someone to fill the office until the next round of elections in 2026.

In that same interview, Welker asked Rubio whether he agreed with Trump that Florida’s recently enacted ban on abortions after six weeks was a “terrible mistake.” Trump commented about it last year after state legislators approved the ban that did not go into effect until May 1.

Rubio did not directly address Trump’s criticism but instead said, “I support laws that save unborn human life.”

During the interview, Welker pointed out that Rubio had criticized Trump’s proposals for mass deportation during the 2016 presidential campaign when both men were vying for the GOP nomination.

He suggested that he was open to looking at mass deportations now because of the surge of migrants that had come into the country over the last few years.

“This is an invasion of the country,” Rubio said, “and it needs to be dealt with dramatically.”

Rubio also bristled at questions about whether he would accept the results of this year’s election no matter who winds up winning.

Instead of answering the question, Rubio — who did vote to certify the results of the 2020 Election — pushed back and said, “I think you are asking the wrong person.” He blasted Democrats’ criticisms of past election wins, even noting that some opposed certifying results in the 2004 Election between President George W. Bush and John Kerry.

“You need to ask them,” Rubio told Welker. “Have you ever asked a Democrat this question on your show?”

Rubio then criticized the media for covering Hunter Biden’s laptop in the run-up to the 2020 Election and how the election was handled in several states, like Wisconsin. When Welker said there was no evidence of “widespread fraud,” Rubio said, “I haven’t used the words widespread fraud.” 

Christine Jordan Sexton

Tallahassee-based health care reporter who focuses on health care policy and the politics behind it. Medicaid, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and business and professional regulation are just a few of the things that keep me busy.


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

    May 19, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    Good afternoon American Press,
    Now y’all just a’int right picking on ‘Lil Marco the way y’all have been doing.
    Quit asking him to comment on the VPOTUS position when y’all know Trumps not gonna pick him.
    Thats what we all did to folks like ‘Lil Marco back in High School ….. it was wrong then ….. its wrong now.
    Y’all just a’int right ….. leave ‘Lil Marco alone already.
    Thank you American Press ….. y’all a’int right.
    Elvis Pitts American

    • Eric Krewenka

      May 20, 2024 at 12:25 pm

      I am leaving him alone, he won’t get any votes from me.

    • rick whitaker

      May 20, 2024 at 5:13 pm


  • Tom

    May 19, 2024 at 5:19 pm

    I saw his interview this morning and it was like somebody stuck a battery up his backside and flipped a switch. He sat there and spewed republican talking points so fast you couldn’t understand what he was talking about. What a sad little sycophant. I’m sure he’ll be in NYC sometime this week kissing the ring.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 20, 2024 at 10:27 am

      I saw that too and I agree Little Marco was a babbling hot mess. He might have a cocaine problem.

  • Ocean Joe

    May 19, 2024 at 5:39 pm

    Only a fool or an idiot or somebody with absolutely no principles would agree to be Trump’s vp.

    OK, so maybe it WILL be Marco.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 20, 2024 at 3:23 pm

      Somebody with strong, persistent suicide ideation but an inability to commit the act might volunteer to be Trump’s VP.

  • satan

    May 19, 2024 at 8:33 pm

    What the hell? Desantis can appoint someone to fill Senate seat until 2026? Prove to me where in the law it says that……?

    If it happens it would need to be a special election.

    PETE – get your’e people lookin’ into that.
    Nighty night

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 20, 2024 at 3:24 pm

      That’s how it usually goes. That’s how Georgia got that Kelly Loefflerjet as Senator for a spell till the next election when their voters picked a Democrat to replace her and all her Trump nonsense.

  • Jojo

    May 20, 2024 at 7:10 am

    What a profile in courage… he would only accept the results of the election “if it was fair”??? Then falling back on that tried and true republican response “ what about the other side”
    Fair as in trying to insert your own set of electors when you don’t agree with the vote?

  • LexT

    May 20, 2024 at 7:52 am

    Rubio was going to be the nominee of the Republican party for President and then he endorsed a deal on Immigration. The last deal with Democrats on immigration allowed millions of illegals to become citizens but the border remained Swiss cheese. Rubio has repented that mistake, so I believe he would be an excellent candidate for Vice President. Rubio is exceptionally knowledgeable on foreign affairs and understands the failings of communism.

    • Ocean Joe

      May 20, 2024 at 11:02 am

      The failings of communism. Yet he, and possibly you blindly follow Trump who was going to build or license a hotel in Moscow and who loves Putin for his electoral support. Putin, the dictator for life of Russia, which is trying to reconstruct its’ union of soviet socialist republics. Russia, which kept Castro in power all this time. Russia, which appears at every hotspot in the world to throw logs on the fire.

      Yes Rubio is knowledgeable on foreign affairs but what good is his brilliance when he’s obviously going to be a pawn of El Corrupto?

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 21, 2024 at 5:13 am

      While it’s important to have an understanding of the failures of Communism, it’s even more important to recognize those same failures in your own form of government. Hint: It’s certain people.

  • Rubio for diaper boy

    May 20, 2024 at 9:41 am

    Please don’t forget how Tramp publicly insulted Little Marco and his wife. Little, Little Marco, you are NOT a real man. You are a little pathetic loser, and if you will “do anything” that the campaign asks, I hope that they ask you to change von Shartzncourt’s dirty diapers. You are an embarrassment to our Florida.

  • PeterH

    May 20, 2024 at 10:45 am

    Rubio could be tasked with procuring Donnie Dirty Diapers McDonalds Big Mack’s…… but not much else. Donnie will be looking for another Mike Pence……keep your mouth shut! Carry MY message! Regency over Party and Country! Marco could be the perfect tool.

  • Michael K

    May 20, 2024 at 11:52 am

    Any politician who refuses to accept the results of an election is unfit and unworthy.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 21, 2024 at 5:14 am

      The rule should be “Accept either the results or a one way trip to the gallows.”

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