U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is ready for the White House, becoming the second prospective Republican candidate to indicate strongly he might be running in 2016.
In an appearance in ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, the Florida Senator said he would wait until the end of the year to make a decision, adding he has a “vision” a strategy for America’s future.
When asked if he is ready for the presidency, Rubio answered, “I do … I mean, but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run.”
Rubio’s statement came shortly after Texas Gov. Rick Perry offered an indication he was also contemplating another run. Perry talked of his “botched” 2012 campaign in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” stressing that Americans believe in giving “second chances.”
Although recent polls put both Rubio and Perry behind other potential candidates such as Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the New York Times reports that their comments could be seen as attempts to stand out in the Republican field lacking a clear front-runner.
A Tea Party favorite, Rubio lost most of his luster when he cooperated with Democrats last year on a Senate immigration reform bill. In this latest move, he seems intent on regaining support from conservative voters.
While House Republicans begin to reopen the investigation on the 2012 attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the Times notes that Rubio went on the attack against Hillary Rodham Clinton, another potential 2016 presidential candidate:
“If she is going to run on her record as secretary of state,” Rubio said, “she’s also going to have to answer for its massive failures.”
Rubio also took a shot at a study by the Obama administration saying many places are already suffering from the consequences of climate change, saying that he disagrees with scientists who believe humans were affecting the “always evolving” climate.
“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” Rubio said. “And I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it except it will destroy our economy.”