Marco Rubio says he will not seek to become vice president

U.S. senator says he will focus on retaining conservative majority in Senate


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Former presidential hopeful Marco Rubio announced Monday that he does not want to be considered as a possible running mate for vice president.

"While Republican voters have chosen Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, my previously stated reservations about his campaign and concerns with many of his policies remain unchanged," the U.S. senator from Florida said in a statement posted to his Facebook page. "He will be best served by a running mate and by surrogates who fully embrace his campaign. As such, I have never sought, will not seek and do not want to be considered for vice president. Instead, I will focus my attention on representing the people of Florida, retaining a conservative majority in the Senate and electing principled conservatives across the country."

Some Facebook commenters praised Rubio for sticking to his principles while others said Republicans refusing to side with Trump will ensure that Hillary Clinton gets elected president.

"Thank you for sticking to your moral values and focus on what is important to you and the people you represent," Colin Lempert said. "God bless you and I can only hope to see you involved in the next election."

"If you are a Republican you need to back Trump or Hillary will get elected," another commenter, Shirley Gillespie-Leopard, said. "You have to remember what is at stake ... a Supreme Court justice and several more will be retiring or pass away!! VOTE TRUMP!"

Last week, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that he would not be voting for Trump in the November election.

"I congratulate Donald Trump on securing his place as the Republican Party's presumptive nominee," Bush wrote on his Facebook page. "There is no doubt that he successfully tapped into the deep sense of anger and frustration so many Americans around the country rightfully feel today."

Still, Bush said he felt that Trump hadn't exhibited the principles and character of a true Republican.

"Donald Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character. He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy," Bush wrote.


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