Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio will seek re-election to his U.S. Senate seat, he announced on Wednesday, reversing a pledge not to run. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Republican senator Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he will seek re-election to the Senate. The move reverses a pledge not to run. Republicans are more likely to retain his seat if he is a candidate in the Nov. 8 general election, as they face a tough fight to preserve their majority in the Senate. Rubio had harsh words for Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, predicting her election would mean four more years of what he termed President Barack Obama's "failed" policies. But he said the prospect of Donald Trump winning the White House was also "worrisome," citing the candidate's statements about women and minorities and noting that many of the likely Republican nominee's positions on important issues are unknown. In a statement Rubio, who has endorsed Trump, said, "If he is elected, we will need Senators willing to encourage him in the right direction, and if necessary, stand up to him." His announcement did not mention the massacre last week at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, but he had said in recent days that he was reconsidering his decision not to run because of his concern about serious events in the country, including the mass shooting.