Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has said time and time again he won't run for president in 2012, and while he hadn't exactly been stoking the flames, he had left the door just a crack open that he'd perhaps consider running for vice president. Well, yesterday he shut that door, announcing on Meet the Press he will not accept an invitation to be the Republican presidential candidate's running mate in 2012.
"I'm not going to be on a ticket in 2012," Rubio told moderator David Gregory, adding "under no circumstances."
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"I don't want to be the vice president of the United States," Rubio later clarified. "I want to be a senator, and I want to be a senator from Florida. I think in the United States Senate, I can have an impact on these major issues that we're facing."
Though there's hardly a serious front-runner in the Republican field at this point, the media had painted Rubio as a likely VP candidate no matter who won the nomination.
Of course, you can never say never in Politics. This might put the "Rubio as VP" rumor mill to rest for a while, but we wouldn't be surprised if it starts up again after the Republicans have chosen their candidate.